I’ve just returned from my first ever trip to Manchester this weekend and I had the best time, courtesy of The Slate Yard (massive thanks to Leanne for all of her help). We managed to explore Manchester as well as heading to the theatre and eating & drinking some top notch food and drink. Read on to find out what we got up to on our mini adventure!
The Slate Yard is situated just a few minutes from the area called Spinningfields, which hosts a whole range of restaurants and bars. Perfect for finding somewhere to spend an evening! The Slate Yard is a new development which offers stylish spacious, modern apartments for rent with hand-crafted furniture and features superb services and facilities at no extra cost. They have a 24 hour-customer service (with Trudy on the front desk, she was great) and a beautiful social area called the residents lounge, they even have an on-site maintenance team. They offer flexible contracts and have no lettings fees so it’s really a deal not to be messed with and I’m sure the spaces will fill up in no time at all. Plus, there’s free Wi-Fi and coffee, these are the only things you really need in life. Oh. And pets are welcome!
The Slate Yard really went above and beyond with our visit, they’d laid out some nibbles and breakfast bits including croissants, yoghurts, strawberries and cheese and crackers as well as a bottle of Prosecco for us to celebrate our first ever night in Manchester. As well as this there was a little moving in hamper which included soap, some sweets, a reed diffuser and a torch. So sweet. As well as this I went into one of the bedrooms to find a lovely little bath set with everything you need for a little pamper, not to mention it was prosecco and cassis flavour. Everything was just exactly how I’d pick it if I had actually been moving in for real. Cute little books (one about Instagram which I loved) and notebooks. As well as cookbooks and flowers and my friends personal favourite…a set of gold knives. She was absolutely obsessed with them. Maybe I’ll have to get her some for Christmas!
The Slate Yard had organised for us to go see a show! We picked to go to the matinee of Sunset Boulevard which is currently touring the UK and has Danny Mac (from Hollyoaks and more recently Strictly Come Dancing). I wasn’t too sure of what exactly to expect as I haven’t seen the film, which stars Glenn Close (although now I know I neeeeed to watch it as soon as I have time. It was a great show and both Danny Mac and Ria Jones who plays Norma were incredible, as was everyone. Just great! I was singing the songs all the way back to the apartment (which must’ve been annoying as I only knew two lines).
Neighbourhood (a New York inspired vibrant dining restaurant and bar – they also have branches in Leeds and Liverpool) for dinner and drinks!
We were very happy to find out that Neighbourhood was only around 8 minute’s walk away because it was absolutely freezing but we managed to make it there in one piece and were shown to our table before more prosecco was brought over to us. Let the party begin.
I loved the decor of the restaurant/bar which later got livelier and even had dancers on various tables and stages around the venue. There were lots of neon light quotes and signs and even a flower wall! Such a cool place to spend an evening, I’d definitely recommend it…you may even see a few celebrities chowing down in there like we did.
We started with a selection of small plates which were all absolutely incredible. We chose: Lobster Wontons with Kimchi mayonnaise, Cheese Beignets with Dijon mustard, Chicken Lollipops with Lime & Coriander dip, Tostadas with Chicken, Shredded gem lettuce and cheddar cheese, everything was delicious, my favourite being the Lobster wontons but the cheese beignets were a close second. They were so cheesy and dreamy. But this just left us wanting more so we continued to order the Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese to share. This was also great although I struggled to find a huge amount of lobster, I think my friend was stealing it. You can’t go wrong with a Mac and cheese though can you. It’s just the rules.
The next morning was a monumental struggle. The error of our cocktail mixing ways was apparent as we failed to make it out of bed before 11, to then just crawl to the sofa to scoff our croissants left by The Slate Yard team. We finally mustered up the courage to shower and get dressed before descending back onto the streets of Manchester to find a suitable place for a hangover breakfast. We walked past so many places that would’ve been adequate but finally came to the decision that we would head to Home Sweet Home, which had been recommended to us by Leanne. Sadly, because we were so late in getting up and out of the apartment we managed to miss breakfast. But luckily for us, Home Sweet Home were still including various brunch dishes, including waffles and pancakes as well as a variety of avocado and toast dishes. My friend went for the slightly less adventurous egg and avocado on toast whilst I opted for the Steak Benny. It was phenomenal and exactly what I needed that morning. It consisted of; Seared pink rump steak, chorizo (which I decided against on this occasion), avocado, peppered mayo, light blue cheese crumb, soft poached egg and creamy hollandaise sauce. It was like a dream in my mouth and cured my hangover almost instantaneously. Wow. I washed it all down with some rose lemonade and then followed it with a very naughty S’moreo hot chocolate (this was their special) and came with whipped cream, marshmallows and an Oreo smore. So bad but so good.
We headed back to the apartment to collect our things before making our way back to the station to make a start on our way back to London (sad). Obviously, our train was over 2 hours late which put us in a bad mood but hasn’t stopped me wanting to return to Manchester in the near future! Does anyone else have any recommendations on where to go if I return?!
Thanks so much to the team at The Slate Yard! You can find out more about about the apartments HERE