DAY TRIP TO ANCOATS

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Hello and happy new year to you! I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Christmas break, I know that I did! Today I’m back with a Manchester based post all about exploring what Ancoats has to offer. If you are ever in the city and need any hotels in Manchester Ancoats is a great location to stay for a weekend.

Disclaimer : ‘‘The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.’’

Manchester has seen a lot of new development and change over the past few years, extending to the Ancoats area. This area for me and Joe has seen the most change in the last 12 months, brand new restaurants and bars including Rudy’s and Seven Bro7hers beerhouse to name a few have all opened up. Ancoats is fast becoming the coolest part of town to eat, drink and live. So we thought let’s explore and discover some new places you can visit on our recommendation. 

Starting with a stop off at Form Lifestyle. This store is a hidden gem that is just past the main part of Northern Quarter, but before you reach Ancoats. This unique store is tucked away down a side street, but it’s worth searching out for the well-designed and unique products they sell by independent designers and makers. You can find plenty of things from abstract printed cushions to bamboo toothbrushes. Its a treasure trove of cool eco friendly products. I purchased the charcoal soap with coffee beans for a natural body scrub. 

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After shopping we made our way into Ancoats, passing on our way the Ancoats General Store. This is a great place to either grab a coffee or check out their selection of craft beers. From there we walked right into Ancoats, keeping an eye out for the peepholes that are dotted around the old mills. As there isn’t an map showing where they are located, you just have to take a wander around the buildings and admire the architecture of the place. Ancoats has a modern Manhattan feel, with a mixture of the original red brick buildings and the white stone modern developments.

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After wandering around taking a few photos we then headed over the bridge from Ancoats into New Islington Marina where Pollen Bakery is now based. We stopped off here for something sweet and picked up a salted caramel brownie. This place is so popular most things sell out pretty fast. In fact it’s not uncommon for people to be queuing first thing in a morning to be the first to choose from their homemade pastries, famous cruffins and delicious sourdough loaves. I would highly recommend this place for anyone with a sweet tooth or a love of bread and they also do great coffee as well. For an added bonus Pollen is also dog friendly, they even have a fluffy chow chow dog called Maru who features on their Instagram regularly! 

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While eating our brownie, which was deliciously gooey, we carried on wandering through the marina and onto Piccadilly estate to make another stop at the second best craft brewer in the world, Cloudwater Brewery taproom. This is another hidden gem for Manchester, it’s that well hidden it has no sign posts guiding to the taproom. You have to know the address or you would never find this place! When we arrived it honestly looked like we were walking into any of the other office blocks and not into brewery. Once inside though it’s completely different. Upstairs is where the tap room is with a well-designed modern space, that serves beers costing as little as £3 for a third of a pint, which is perfect for tasting the original and seasonal beers on the menu. Cloudwater taproom is great way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon where there isn’t much else to do other than sit and enjoy great beer. No dry January here! 

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As this brewery is slightly out of Ancoats, we headed back to Cotton Square, where the main restaurants in Ancoats are located. We headed for a quick drink and some yummy spring rolls at NAM. NAM comes highly recommended if you like your Vietnamese street food, with amazing cocktails and you can head downstairs to watch local DJ’s play on a Friday or Saturday night. The spring rolls and ribs are my favourite things on the menu.

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Last but not least, we headed over to the newest and coolest restaurant that opened four weeks ago, The Hip Hop Chip Shop. This place isn’t like your normal chip shop, for one they have old school hip hop playing but also the decor has all the old gig posters on the wall. Oh and the food was bloody delicious! We slightly over ordered but not that it mattered as we ate everything and we got to try different parts of the menu. We had a fish wrap each and battered hallomi chips that are a third of a block of cheese. So so good! We also got some spicy slaw and the best bit was the chips, cheese and black Sunday gravy, which looks like chips in a gravy soup. This was the most delicious thing we ordered. I would highly recommend this place. Note if you get the chance to come here, dip the battered hallomi fries in the gravy, absolute game changer! 

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These are my personal choices of places to visit around Ancoats, I know there are so many pmore restaurants and bars popping up around Manchester so maybe next month I can try another area of the city for you guys. Let me know if you have been to any of these places or you know anywhere else good to eat in a Manchester.

Joey x

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