at Greenhouse Vegetarian Cafe

I first noticed the Greenhouse Vegetarian Cafe due to the appearance of these gorgeous mint planters right outside the entrance. What used to be dead space is now a quaint place for coffee or lunch. I had high hopes for the food served as I knew they served coffee from Ancoats Coffee Co. (I should note here that I’m not a coffee drinker, but I have heard others praise Ancoats Coffee Co. for their coffee).

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Chapter One spread

at Chapter One

One day I was walking down Lever Street when I noticed that a disused space has now been filled with lovely seating, books and tea cups. As I was on my way to do something else, I made a mental note to come back and check out this place when I had more time. Eventually, LivingSocial were doing an offer at Chapter One, where you can get an all-day brunch with tea or coffee for two for £8. Armed with my voucher, I made my way there one evening after work in November.

(I did want to do this on a Saturday brunch time but unfortunately my weekends were filled up and this was the only time I could conceivably utilise the voucher.)

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Leek and kale soup, ready to serve!

Simple Leek and Kale Soup Recipe

I’ve signed up with a vegetable box scheme 3 months ago and it’s been a very enlightening experience. Every week you get a box of local, organic, seasonal vegetables and I find it fun trying to figure out what to make using that week’s veggies. It has also made me more aware of what vegetables are in season and thus cheaper if you were to buy in a supermarket.

I highly recommend signing up to support your local farmers. If you work near the University of Manchester, Vegbox People deliver on site every Tuesday from 12 noon – 5:30pm, thus eliminating the worry of not having someone at home to accept the delivery of a box. If not, you can look for your nearest veg box provider by searching Soil Association.

Leek and kale are both vegetables in abundance in Winter so I’ve been making this soup a lot. You can use any type of kale in this recipe.

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at The Cafe at The Museum by Teacup [CLOSED]

When the cafe at Manchester Museum, Cafe Muse, shut down I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I had lost a local place to have a quick soup but on the other hand, I was excited to see what would be replacing it. In the past, Cafe Muse has had debatable food which I often felt was overpriced. With the announcement that Teacup (of Northern Quarter heritage) would be taking over, I was waiting in anticipation for the day it would finally be open. I had high expectations for this takeover and was keen to add another lunch place to my list. This is also fueled by the fact that they had open a stall inside the museum selling a few sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. As soon as The Cafe at the Museum opened, I decided to go over there with a colleague.

Phil: And that colleague would be me. Another lunchification option is always welcome of course. This one I see as most directly competing with Christie’s and Kro in terms of price, menu and location. Let’s see how we go along…

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Artisan spread

at Artisan

I have been in Artisan before but only for a pot of tea whilst meeting up with my sister and her friends. I saw what they ate and was intrigued by the menu so resolved to come here later for a more in-depth review. This opportunity came with Artisan offered 40% off their then Autumnal menu.

It’s worth noting that Artisan also offers a 20% discount voucher when you first sign up to their mailing list and when your birthday is approaching.

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