I wanted to tell you about some of the food I’ve been eating on the hoof in Manchester. And I’ve stumbled upon some rather excellent venues!
Scrancoats at Ancoats General Store
A couple of weeks ago I checked out ‘Scrancoats’ at the Ancoats General Store. These were weekly pop ups that ran from January to March at the very cool Ancoats General Store cafe. Each week there would be a different stall serving food. When I heard the vegan restaurant Allotment would be featuring I knew I had to go to that one.
I rocked up to find cauliflower hot wings and vegan cheeseboards on offer. As I perused my choices Matthew Nutter, the Allotment chef and owner, offered me a lump of vegan cheese to try. Made from coconut oil and macadamia nuts I was amazed to discover it was not only delicious but tasted of cheese.
In the end I opted for the cauliflower hot wings and these crispy treats were much tastier than any Kentucky Fried Chicken I’ve ever had.
Fusion Lab, Arndale Market
Fusion Lab bao buns are very very popular. We’d heard a lot about them, and last time we attempted to buy some on a saturday they were sold out by 1pm. We made sure to get there early this time. I’d had a tip off that the fish tacos were good too. Everything exceeded expectation and it was a delightfully cheap saturday lunch. Topped off by bumping into our friend Simon on the train into town, and getting him to join us on our bao bun adventure.
Simone’s Healthy Bakery, Arndale Market
I have been stalking Simone’s Bakery all this year. Their healthy cakes are incredible. They do a mixture of gluten/dairy free and vegan cakes. I was a bit gutted to hear that they are reformatting and will be opening as a healthy lunch venue instead, apparently in the vein of Kettle Bell Kitchen. Whilst disappointed that they won’t have quite the same extensive range of cakes with this new venture, I’m excited to test out their lunch offerings when they re-open.
Wolfhouse Kitchen and Little Window, Altrincham Market
Recently I’ve been going to Market House at Altrincham Market as often as I can. I love it! It’s a beautiful building, there’s a fantastic buzz and the food is really orignal and of such a high standard. In particular I’ve been enjoying a lot of cakes from Wolfhouse Kitchen Bakery and I had amazing morcilla black pudding, poached eggs, romesco sauce and sourdough from Little Window. Romesco sauce is like a spanish version of pesto made with sherry, tomato and almonds. It’s gorgeous.
Pop ups, street stalls and markets are definitely on my radar at the moment. There are a lot out there producing fantastic, experimental food. And because it’s so affordable I can keep going back and trying more. Please let me know if you have recommendations as I’m keen to get tips. Top of my hit list at the moment is Gud the vegan stall on the outside of Altrincham Market. I’ve heard their bean burgers are epic.