If unlike the rest of the population you’ve not managed to master the banana bread in lockdown 1.0, 2.0 or even 3.0 – don’t worry these places have got you covered…
We’ll kick off with a place that actually sells banana bread so you don’t need to worry about a single thing. Loaf kicked off in the start of lockdown selling classics like lemon drizzle, as well as imaginative loaves like their Jammy Dodger delight – plus a Biscoff Loaf that is incredible. You can order via their Instagram.
A super popular donut and cookie shop created from the guys behind foodie account @eatmcr. For now, you can grab just the huge New York-style cookies packed full of treats. There are regularly changing specials too like the recent Peanut Butter Jelly cookie.
The Northern Quarter cafe offers nation-wide delivery of all their delicious treats which make fantastic prezzies. They’ve got the Big Cake Box (£30), The Brownie Box (£19) and even a Vegan Cake Box (£19) too!
Arguably one of the best deserts, these Portuguese treats are now available on Deliveroo every day until they sell-out!
The Palms Bakery
Self-titled ‘home of the shaggy cake’, The Palms Bakery will fill all of your bakery-based Instagram requirements. You sort of ‘build your own cake’ first choosing the size, then the flavour followed by your fave shaggy design (not the singer).
The NQ-based cafe is now offering deliveries through lockdown from their pimped up van. The Doughnut Delivery is £3 and you can add on coffee or even a branded t-shirt. They’ve got a lot of Manchester already covered, you can see if they deliver to your area here. A classic doughnut box is £13 (there’s a vegan option too!).
Drizzle City Bakes
Bursting with colour, these 100% vegan cakes will make the perfect addition to any lockdown birthday or celebration. There’s even a whole Valentine’s range including plenty of chocolate, red velvet cookies and even a Biscoff cookie sandwich. Get involved.
Pot Kettle Black
The place for croissants and all butter-based breakfast snacks courtesy of Half Dozen Other bakery. They create naughty things like a Marshmallow S’more Croissant. Need I say more?
Sweet Bay Bakery
Another vegan-based sweet shop with 100% compostable packaging too! They’ve got sweet treats like New York-style cookies, Cinnamon Rolls and Lotus brownies.
Nell’s Ice Cream
The place that took over the Northern Quarter in lockdown with ginormous pizzas, now offer ice cream sandwiches! They’ve even got a vegan option. Flavours include the likes of Salted Caramel, Cookies & Cream and Vegan Chocolate Cookie.
Cookies, Cookie Muffins (muffin shaped cookies oozing with triple the amount of stuffing you’ll find in a regular cookie), Cookie Pies (massive) and Cakes ‘n’ Shit.
Manchester Brownie Box
Born in lockdown as owner Rachel tasked herself with finding the perfect brownie recipe, Manchester Brownie Box is an Urmston-based small business offering hefty Brownie slabs that you can even personalise! There are flavours like Jammy Dodger, Kinder, bourbon and salted caramel.
Freshly baked cookies and brownies based in Saddleworth with flavours like Peanut butter, Triple Chocolate, Jammie Dodger Blondie and plenty of different cookies too! There are gluten free and vegan options too. A pack of six mixed-flavour brownies will set you back £15.
NEW OPENING: The bakery serving school dinner cakes and cookie dough tubs
This all looks incredible!
Dedicated dessert cafe Little Blonde Bakes has opened a brand-new site in the former Lazy Tony’s site on Radium Street in Ancoats.
The bakery began life back in 2016 and has since gained a huge cult following – they’re now moving from an at home business to a fully fledged takeout venue.
Serving nostalgic bakes and a huge menu of indulgent sweet treats, you’ll find old-school cake and custard, millionaire’s crepes, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and more.
Already famous for its mammoth portion sizes, Little Blonde Bakes will also offer bespoke cakes and cookie dough tubs, which come in a variety of flavours.
For now, the bakery is operating as a takeout and collection spot only, and it’s open Thursday to Sunday.
Those with a sweet tooth will be able to order through Uber Eats for their bakes to be delivered straight to their door, or just take a short walk to Radium Street in the heart of Ancoats.
As well as its massive range of milkshakes, brownies, cookie dough and crepes, Little Blonde Bakes will also curb any nostalgic cravings, as the bakery also serves a range of school dinner cake with custard that provides the ultimate winter warmer – including mint custard!
Little Blonde Bakes is now open – find more info and place an order here.
Baileys launches boozy hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas
How good do these look?
It’s not officially Christmas until the bottle of Baileys has been opened, is it?
It’s a festive favourite, so what better way to enjoy it than in an incredible boozy hot chocolate while you wait for Santa to climb down the chimney.
Well now you can, as Baileys has relaunched its hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas.
The hot chocolate bombes were a hit last year, so much so that Baileys has decided to bring them back again for 2022.
They consist of an outer shell made from velvety dark chocolate and flavoured with Baileys, and are stuffed full of fluffy mini marshmallows.
To activate the bombes, simply pour hot milk over them until they dissolve into creamy hot chocolate.
Baileys teased on its website: “Who fancies something really special? And we mean, REALLY special.
“Enjoy two of the greatest indulgences… chocolate and Baileys, in one decadent drink. Welcome to hot choccie heaven!”
You can get yourself a 130g box on Amazon, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Spanish tapas restaurant in a cave reveals stunning new look after refurb
This looks stunning!
If you’ve ever fancied enjoying some incredible tapas in a cave then we’ve got just the place for you to explore.
La Cueva is an iconic ‘cave-like’ restaurant in Cheadle’s Old Rectory Gardens, and it’s just reopened after an extensive refurbishment which saw the venue double in size.
The authentic Spanish tapas bar has been in the heart of Cheadle for years, gaining cult status for its incredible salt cave interior, which features cascading walls and ceilings filled with pink Himalayan salt lamps.
However, it’s not just the interior that entices customers back for more – La Cueva’s mouthwatering menu of traditionally prepared tapas is all made fresh in house.
The diverse range of dishes hail from all regions of Spain, and includes Empanadas – oven baked pastry filled with minced lamb, beef, bell peppers, onion, garlic and olives – and special imported Chorizo.
Also on the menu is Pollo Alla Crema, a chicken breast cooked in cream with smoked cheese, roasted garlic and parsley.
You can also get Gambas Pil Pil, king prawn tails sautéed in olive oil, garlic, fresh chilli and tomato sauce, and Guso De Mariscos, which is mixed seafood stewed in rich tomato sauce with garlic and aromatic herbs.
And if you just fancy an afternoon drink, La Cueva’s Cava Sangria is something special – it’s all made fresh in-house and is bursting with fruity flavour.
Since the renovation, the restaurant has also acquired a van that it will use to serve paella from, as well as for future event planning, festivals and private hire events.
La Cueva is open Monday to Friday, 5pm-10pm, and Saturday to Sunday 4pm-10pm – get yourself booked in here.