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I was excited to be taking my mum around Manchester for the first time since moving to my new apartment. But as she is an even pickier eater than me (and that’s saying something) I was struggling to find somewhere we could eat and spend time together. And then I found Teacup Kitchen!
Located in the Northern Quarter, Teacup Kitchen is an award-winning cafe and restaurant… and even at 11 o’clock on a cloudy Saturday morning, I realised just how popular this place was.
You’ll find this cute restaurant on Thomas Street, and to be honest I think you’d walk straight past it if you weren’t purposefully looking for it. The outside isn’t as charming as the inside, the only thing that stands out is the lovely red paintwork and logo in the middle of the window. But once you step inside, you discover it’s real charm.
INSIDE THE TEACUP
Like a Tardis, you won’t realise the size of this restaurant until you step inside. There’s plenty of seating, and the room goes waaaay back – so don’t worry if you’re larger group and want to eat or drink there. And inside it’s all red themed, so of course I loved it that little bit more.
Me and mum were seated at a small wooden table, right by the massive cakes! Good for our eyes… bad for our bellies. The place is really cute, it’s got that rustic feel, but still modern and somewhere you’d expect to see in the Northern Quarter.
CAKE, COFFEE AND CAROLE (momma Stoker)
As we took a look at the menu, I see a queue that is now out of the door! So I was very excited to try their food and drinks if this is how popular it was. Me and mum wanted to have a nice coffee and cake date, and it was hard to pick out of their menu. There’s brownies, salted caramel slices, rainbow cake, and the drink selection is even more varied. The breakfast menu looked insane too, with people ordering full English’s, eggs Benedict, and American pancakes with bacon and syrup.
In the end, I ordered a latte with a slice of red velvet cake, and mum also had the latte but with hazelnut syrup and the lemon drizzle cake.
What I liked most was even though it was really, really busy at the point and people were having to wait for tables, it still had that really cosy vibe.
And if you think these pictures look good, let me tell you it all tasted even better. Ok, the portions are unnecessarily big for one person, but when you don’t have the same cake taste as someone else, you have no choice but to get two! Also, the coffee perfectly complimented our sugary treat.
I highly recommend this place as it has that nice feel between a coffee shop and restaurant. The service was slow I have to say, but when somewhere is as busy as that was, it’s only understandable. There’s loads to choose from off the menu too, and a lot of gluten free and vegan options. I can’t wait to go back and try one of their dishes.
All in all, it’s also the perfect spot to take someone who isn’t familiar with the Northern Quarter, and wants to experience somewhere that isn’t a chain you can get anywhere across the country! After all, it’s places like these that make Manchester so unique.
Have you been to Teacup Kitchen? Do you have other favourite spots you like to go to in the Northern Quarter, or Manchester in general? Let me know in the comments!