I took advantage of the long weekend to visit my friends back in Manchester, where I went to university. Although it’s only just over two hours from London on the train, I hadn’t been back for five months or so due to how expensive the trains are. It was a short, sweet and messy visit – it brought back a lot of memories. Manchester was the perfect place to be a student in – big enough to always have something new and exciting but cosier than London, and definitely more affordable which is great when you’re on a student budget.
We spent the days enjoying picnics in the sun and revisiting old haunts at night. Fab Cafe is always a good shout – great 80s/90s/00s music and decor (my favourite fixture being the Dr. Who police box/tardis in the corner) as well as table football – everything you need for a good night out if we’re being honest.
On Sunday night we swung by Noho on Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter. Free entrance, more amazing music and completely unpretentious, it’s a really nice bar and really good fun. I only managed to get some pictures as I walked past it the next morning but in the evening the shutters are up, and it is packed to the brim with Honey (the film) projected on the wall (when I was there, anyway).
And of course I couldn’t go back to Manchester without popping by Trof for a fried breakfast. They do a mean latte, the right level of milkyness and coffee for my taste and the best fried vegetarian breakfast I’ve ever had. It’s the only place I’d consider getting a veggie fried breakfast as I’m particularly partial to bacon but they do it so well, and you don’t get the meat sweats which aren’t particularly pleasant on a hangover. They get extra points for their menus, too.
The city centre was looking good too, with a wheel that wasn’t there the last time I was up! Manchester you were glorious, and I’ll be back soon.