Eat and Two Veg’s pick the best places for breakfast and brunch in Manchester, from greasy spoons and cheap eats to up-market eateries and swanky restaurants
It’s meant to be the most important meal of the day, but where should you go when you want the best breakfast in Manchester? We have the answer…
Whether you need to kickstart your day in style, recover from the night before or simply unwind after a long week, these places will do you right of a morning whatever your budget.
Moose Coffee – 20 York St, Manchester M2 2BB
Since opening in 2006, Moose Coffee has established itself as one of best places for breakfast in Manchester. Expect an American Style Breakfast experience. If you’re undecided go for the classic Veggie Mighty Moose – Potato hash New York Style fried on the grill cooked with garlic, onion and Dijon mustard. It served with two fried eggs, tomato and chunky toast. Easily one of best places for breakfast. Tip – get there early if you can to avoid the queues.
Brunch at the Refinery – G1 XYZ Building, 2 Hardman Boulevard, Manchester M3 3AQ
If you are looking to indulge in a bottomless brunch in Manchester you are truly spoilt for choice. However, the Refinery in Spinningfields is easily one of the best offerings around. Order any main dish from their impressive brunch menu and for an additional £15, you indulge in free-flowing cocktails. Who can say no to bottomless bellinis?
Gorilla – 54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW
Since launching five years ago, Gorilla has become one of the top bars, eateries and music venues in Manchester. Gorilla is easily one of my favoured bars in Manchester. On top of that, Gorilla is hard to best when in comes to Breakfast in Manchester, offering the Full English along with more unusual options. If you’re undecided, go for the ‘Shakshouka’, a one-pot meal included baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce, chickpeas, coriander, Parmesan cheese, red chilli and sourdough toast. A great option any time of the day!
Vintage Ambiance Monton – 188 Monton Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 9PY
A neighbourhood tearoom, brunch bar and evening drinks venue all in one, Vintage Ambiance is the best place for Brunch in Monton. A full breakfast with either tea or coffee is just £7, making this one of the best value places in Manchester to book. Booking a table is advised as tables fill up quickly at the weekend.
The Beagle Chorlton – 456a Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 0BQ
The Beagle is one of the best brunch destinations in Chorlton, offering the ‘Beagle Fry’ (Full English) & avocado on toast with a few more unique options including the breakfast tacos. For those after Bottomless Brunch, The Beagle offers infinite Booze and Brunch from 10am-12pm every Saturday and Sunday. The terrace at the front of the Beagle makes it a great choice for the Summer too.
Note – Breakfast & Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday only (10am-3pm)
Blind Pig – 204-206 Monton Road, Monton, Eccles, Manchester M30 9LJ
Along with the recently renovated Vintage Ambience just a few doors down, the Blind Pig in Monton is the best place for breakfast in Monton. Family-friendly with ample seating, a full English with tea or coffee comes in just under £10 per person. Tip: – Lunch is served until 12 pm sharp.
Terrace NQ – 43 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
More known for its craft beer and cocktails than food, Terrace is still one of the better breakfast options in the Northern Quarter. Breakfast is served from 10am-3pm with ample seating. The dark and moody lighting is perfect for those nursing a hangover 🙂 – Tip: Go for a deluxe Breakfast! For an extra £2 you get a coffee or tea included plus extras. It’s a bargain!
Albert’s Schloss – 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
They may have only been serving brunch for a few months now, but Alberts Schloss in Deansgate has been a big hit with both foodies and locals alike. Whilst not the cheapest (a full breakfast starts at £12), the extra large options and attentive staff make this worth the visit. Just stay away from the ‘Push for Prosecco’ button until midday at least 🙂
Koffee Pot – 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Those looking for a no-nosense greasy spoon in Manchester can’t go too far wrong with Koffee Pot, a true institution in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Recently relocated, The Koffee Pot offers a full breakfast menu with a free coffee or mug of tea with every Full English that’s strong enough to get you over any hangover.
Trof NQ – 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU
A staple of the Northern Quarter, Trofs brunch menu is great for both Vegan and Vegetarians. The full Vegan Brekkie is one of the best in town and the Wild Mushrooms and Poached eggs on toast should keep anyone going on a busy day. Served until 4pm
Teahive Chorlton – 53 Manchester Rd, Manchester M21 9PW
If you’re planning a big day and want something that’s going to keep you going the Tea Hives Egg menu is definitely one to consider. They have a whole menu dedicated to egg dishes perfect for breakfast or brunch and you can mix and max to your heart’s content, adding extras and sides to make your perfect breakfast treat. The scrambled eggs are particularly great here!
If you are after tea for two and brunch, the Tea Hive is highly recommended!
Unico Lounge – 68 Grove St, Wilmslow SK9 1DS
If you find yourself in Wilmslow, the Unico Lounge is the best place for Breakfast and Brunch alike. Serving breakfast from 9am daily, with great coffee to boot!
Fress Restaurant – 62 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Fress Restaurant has brought a slice of Victorian elegance to Oldham street. Open from 8 am daily, Fress specialists in light brunch and cocktail options. Full English is also served for those with an appetite at just £8. Tip: Fress is also a fantastic venue for cocktails – highly recommended!
Giraffe Trafford Centre – 136, The Orient, intu Trafford Centre, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA
There aren’t many places in the Trafford Centre that are great for food, but for those looking for a bite to eat Giraffe is a great place to start. I particularly like the sweetcorn fritters included with the Veggie Breakfast here.
Vintage Ambience – 188 Monton Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 9PY
Along with the Blind Pig, Vintage Ambience is my other go-to place for brunch in Monton. Recently, renovated, VA offers a full breakfast menu served until 12pm. The Veggie Black Pudding is particularly tasty. Tip: Vintage Ambience is also a great option for those looking for afternoon tea. Just remember it needs to be booked in advance.
Dockyard Salford Quays – B3/4, Left Bank, Irwell St, Manchester M3 3AN
Food options and eateries are improving all the time, but for my money, the Dockyard is still the best Breakfast place on the Quays. Open from 9 am to weekends, this rustic ale house is great for those with a big appetite. Tip: keep an eye on their Twitter and Instagram profile for regular offers.
Station House – The Old Stationhouse, Irlam Train Station, Irlam, Greater Manchester, M44 5ZR
Since it’s renovation in 2015, this quirky venue and ‘living museum’ has been one of my favourite bars and cafes in the Greater Manchester area. It’s also one of the best value, with a full English and a pot of tea coming in at just £5.95! At those prices, we can get all aboard!
How has this list changed? Read back through our update history:
Update 09/01/2018: We’ve added Vintage Ambiance Monton.
Update 01/11/2017: We’ve added Trof NQ.
Update 22/10/2017: We’ve added Station House Irlam and removed Kings Court in Altrincham.