I went to Manchester for the August bank holiday weekend, to visit a friend who moved there recently. I have been to Manchester a couple of times before and always enjoyed it.
I booked my tickets on https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/ for a total of £40 return. The train went from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly where my friend picked me up. We had a little wander through town, I especially liked the Spinningfields area with its cool restaurants and bars. We took an Uber taxi back to her place and chilled out.
In the evening, we went to a great restaurant called Red Chilli:
I really liked the food here. The salt and pepper squid was nice and tasty (not chewy like at a lot of places) the dumplings were tasty, and my main dish of poached mutton in spicy sauce really tested my chilli spectrum! I would have been happy to go back there.
We headed out to the Whitworth Art Gallery:
I hadn’t heard of this place before, but it is somewhere my friend had been meaning to check out and I was happy to give it a go. It is free to enter, and I was pleasantly surprised by the wide range of art they had on show, including clothes, photos, watercolour paintings and quite random displays.
We also had lunch at the gallery’s cafe. My friend and I both had the soup with market salads and bread, which was very tasty. It’s a very nice little cafe, very bright and located amongst the trees of the outside park. Worth a visit.
In the afternoon, I caught up with another friend for drinks at the Joshua Brooks bar:
This place has a nice vibe. It was a Sunday afternoon so pretty quiet, but there were some other groups there and the background music added some atmosphere. A good place to catch up for drinks.
For dinner, I went to Bem Brasil on King Street:
This is a buffet style Brazilian restaurant where you can help yourself to a buffet of salads, and people come around with freshly grilled/barbecued meats for you to have as much as you want. Good for carnivores. Everything was tasty – especially their sangria!
The rest of the trip involved chilling out. On Monday we watched the ‘Adjustment Bureau’ on DVD and ordered some pizza. I took the 3.35pm Virgin train back to London, which was sadly delayed by 45 minutes – I’m going to figure out how to claim a reimbursement!
All in all, a good little trip to Manchester.