Breakfast(s) of Champions

The only thing that gets me out of bed most mornings is breakfast. It’s my favourite meal of the day, and without it I can’t function. If I’m incapable of cooking by myself at the weekend, here are some of my fave picks in and around Manchester:

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The Hideaway

This one is my fave locally – Ii you’re looking for breakfast in Urmston, this is where you wanna be. Homemade baked beans, homemade potato cakes, and fresh, local bacon and sausages, the breakfast of champions. There’s also vegetarian and vegan options available featuring halloumi cheese, homemade falafel, and scrambled sweet chilli tofu. If you want something a little lighter then there’s also the option of homemade beans on toast, or two eggs anyway with their own potato cakes. Breakfast is served Monday – Saturday until 3pm, or all day Sunday. The coffee is supplied by local artisan coffee roaster, MANCOCO, and their loose leaf teas by Nothing But Tea.

218 Church Road, Urmston, M41 9DX / theHideawayUrmston.co.uk / @PSTM41

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PKB

Situated in Barton Arcade, PKB is a great little find if you’re heading to the shops in town. The coffee bar has recently been expanded to include a new kitchen, which will serves a new seasonal brunch menu, as well as the already well-known specialty coffees & cakes. Served from 8am to 3pm, the seasonal menu offers a variety of brunch options, from healthier chia pudding & coconut porridge, to all out naughtiness with cinnamon French toast, and obviously – a whole lot of eggs!

The avocado on toast was flavoured with tangy lime, and served with two perfect poached eggs, while the Eggs Royale were served on a beautiful English muffin, with smoked salmon cured will gin and dill, and most importantly, a hollandaise sauce which was creamy but not too rich. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, try the whipped ricotta and figs on toast.

Pot Kettle Black, Barton Arcade, Manchester M3 2BW

Beagle

If you’re looking for an out of town brunch, head to Beagle in Chorlton. Sister venue to Common in the Norther Quarter, Beagle boasts a solid brunch menu featuring everything from the Beagle Breakfast, with sausage, maple bacon, & chipotle beans, to breakfast burritos and pancakes. We got stuck into the breakfast burrito, with chorizo, omelette, beans and salsa, but if Mexican ain’t your thinbg then check out the American Pancakes with Maple Bacon and Fried Chicken. There’s a  covered outdoor seating area, for when the sun’s out but it’s still Manchester temperature and with brunch served 10am-2pm each weekend, with the option of a £5 Bloody Mary, what’s not to like.

Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0BQ

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Federal

Federal on the edge of the Northern Quarter quickly became one of the cities hottest for brunch thanks to the team poaching, toasting and instagramming their way into the heart of Mancunians. Open daily from around 7.30am (8am at the weekends) with brunch served all day, and breakfast before 12. Think banana bread with vanilla mascarpone, halloumi and shrooms, or eggs any way on toasted sourdough. The independent and locally owned coffee shop brings Antipodean café culture to the rainy city through it’s varied range of breakfast and brunch options.

The veggie offering is really strong, with around three quarters of the menu catering for non meat eaters, making it a great spot for a group brunch. But get here early, this little places fills up quick, so it’s not unheard of that you’ll need to wait around for a table while you’re waiting for the people before you to pick the right filter for their instapic.

Federal, 9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EY


The Lead Station

Another out-of-towner, the Lead Station is a Chorlton institution, and it’s no different when it comes to brunch. The restaurant & bar serves breakfast from 10am daily in the open plan seating area, with a cute little terrace out of the back if weather allows. The full English will fix any hangover, while the bacon and maple pancakes with cream cheese make a great weekend treat. There is also the option of Eggs Lead Station with Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Spinach & Hollandaise, Huevos Rancheros, or Smoked Haddock & Duck egg. If you’re feeling brave enough to relive the night before, you can get a side order of hair of the dog for just £3.50.

The Lead Station, 99 Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EQ.

Alabama’s All American Eatery

If you weren’t looking for it you might miss Alabama’s, since the eatery appears above street level and is up a small flight of stairs. Once inside it’s bright and airy and you’d be forgiven for assuming you’d walked on to a set of a Wes Anderson film, as the colour palette is evocative of The Life Aquatic, with bright yellow seating and aqua blue walls that are tranquil and calming.

The menu offers Breakfast all day and Lunch from 12, and there’s plenty to choose from including fluffy American pancakes, and a big American breakfast that includes a steak. Yes, a steak. Most breakfast items are around the £7 mark and portions are generous enough to see you through lunch, and possibly even dinner, too.

Alabamas All American Eatery, 10 Newton St, Manchester, M1 2AN

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Home Sweet Home

Owned by the team behind Almost Famous, it was unsurprising that the brunch menu options seemed just as gluttonous, with some exciting twists on traditional favourites. The breakfast and brunch menu features a selection of bennies (Eggs Benedict), House Hash, as well as a full English breakfast or waffles and pancakes if you’re more of a fan of sweet than savoury. Steak makes plenty of appearances on the menu, and there’s even the muscle beach option of chilli rubbed steak with two kinds of eggs, avocado, spinach and ‘absolutely no carbs’ for those looking for the ultimate protein kick, without having to skip a dirty brunch.

Home Sweet Home, Northern Quarter, 49-41 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW

 

Pen & Pencil

Two words – Bottomless Brunch. All you can eat, all you can drink, brunch heaven. Steak & eggs, Eggs Florentine, Eggs Pen and Pencil, American breakfasts, grilled cheese sandwiches, pancake stacks, signature burgers, corned beef hash, eggs, eggs ,eggs. Anyone else hungry?  The worst part about breakfast is when it’s over, so let the team at P&P take all your troubles away with their all-inclusive free-flow brunch. Served from 10am-1pm, take advantage of the all you can eat and drink menu, specially formulated for the weekend. The bottomless brunch is held on the last Saturday of each month, but there’s a standard brunch menu served every day until 1pm, featuring favorites such as Steak and Eggs, or Avocado and Feta sourdough.

The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ

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