Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to be invited to the newly-refurbished 19 Cafe Bar in Manchester City Centre so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see my favourite girl, Hannah, before we both went our separate ways for the festive period.
Located on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter (literally 2 minutes from Picadilly Gardens), you’ve probably walked past this place a million times if you’re from Manchester, but next time, I would highly recommend giving it a go: They also sell locally sourced produce, including honey and coffee, which is another great reason to check it out.
I met Hannah outside on an incredibly busy Saturday in Manchester, and we took refuge in the cute little cafe, admiring the exposed brick look vinyl on the walls and filament lights – it is the Northern Quarter after all. After ordering a couple of teas and having a read of the menu, the lovely waitress took our order – we both went for the poached eggs, smashed avocado and halloumi on a toasted bagel, which will set you back a very reasonable £8; definitely worth it for the amount of food you get.
Anytime I can have halloumi for breakfast (or any meal for that matter), I usually will, and this time was no different. The eggs (which were perfectly runny) were also drizzled with a rosemary oil, which is something I don’t recall having ever tried before, but was a very delicious addition. The dish was enough to fill you up and for once I felt full after the meal.
After breakfast, I took some pictures of the cafe, which, although it was grey and rainy outside (it is Manchester after all) came out incredibly bright and colourful, which says a lot about the vibe of the place.
The waitress overheard the news of my recent engagement and offered us a cocktail off the list to celebrate, which we very humbly accepted – you don’t have to ask me twice to day drink! I went for a passion-fruit martini and Hannah went for an espresso martini, both of which were lovely, and made the experience even more special.
The good thing about 19 Cafe Bar is that they are open late night Thursday – Saturday, and the space is available to hire if you so please. They also have a separate evening menu with pizzas and platters on it, which I will definitely be trying out at some point this year.
If you’re after something tasty and quick, I think 19 Cafe Bar is a safe bet, and the staff are so lovely that you won’t actually want to leave after you’ve finished your food. It’s in the perfect location if you’re in the centre of Manchester, but set back enough so you don’t feel overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the city.
Have you been to 19 Cafe Bar before? What did you think?
My meal at 19 Cafe Bar was complimentary. All views are my own.