With just a fortnight to go until we can dine out again, the Manchester hospitality scene is starting to build itself back up. This week sees Nell’s pizza return for takeaway in the Northern Quarter as Common readies itself for the expected onslaught of April 12. Meanwhile, table bookings are filling up fast across the city – with only a handful of venues still left with room to spare. That’s not the case here, though. You can enjoy all of these right now at home or on the go – no bookings necessary.

Lemon meringue eclairs from a Deansgate food truck

Manchester’s sorely in need of more food trucks, making Choo Choo Eclairs a welcome addition indeed. Parked on Deansgate square, this cute little pink and blue van is open until 3pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Find eclairs in flavours like PB&J, lemon meringue, rum and pineapple, salted caramel and classic – plus glorious weekend specials like cherry chocolate gateaux buns. Yes please.


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Dreamy schmears, sourdough bagels and hand-tied bouquets

Bread Flower delivers exactly what it promises on the tin and then some. Founded by Maya Black and Scarlett Jamieson, a £30 order will get you six different sourdough bagels, 2 sides of flavoured schmears or vegan hummus, and a bunch of freshly-picked flowers for Sunday brunch. Schmear choices currently include roasted garlic, beetroot and walnut, harissa and smoked paprika, plain and lemon, herb and spring onion.


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The ultimate peanut butter and jelly burger

Manchester’s lockdown burger obsession continues with the arrival of the ultimate peanut butter and jelly burger. The creation from Fat Hippo – which consists of two beef patties topped with bacon jam, chunky peanut butter and smoked chilli jello – is by all accounts pretty legendary. Available for takeaway now, Fat Hippo has opened in Great Northern Warehouse as part of the new Lane 7 complex.


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An ice cream parlour and cafe inside an Edwardian bungalow

Not new but well worth a visit, Longford Cafe is a bit of a Manchester secret. Housed in the middle of Longford park in Stretford, it dishes up great ice cream, cakes, sandwiches and more. This April, owners Phil and Claire Howells will rebrand the cafe as Blanchflower Longford in a symbolic move to connect it with their other site in Altrincham. They also plan to extend it this summer and launch a new evening pizza concept.


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A new cocktail bar inside landmark boozer The Old Grapes

Bury brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield have worked in some of the world’s best bars, collected some of the industry’s highest accolades and even published a book. Now they’ve returned home to open their own place. Schofield’s Bar will be opening its 60-seat terrace soon, but for now you can sample some of the cocktails at home – think dark chocolate and mint old fashioned, rhubarb negroni and tropical rum punch.

Mon 29 Mar - Sun 11 Apr
Georgina Pellant
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Mon 29 Mar 2021