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The best places to get a bottomless boozy brunch in Manchester

Manchester’s bottomless brunch selection is smashing

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The bars and restaurants are back open, the sun is finally shining in Manchester, and the beer gardens are full once again.

Life is good.

But to make things even better? Bottomless brunch.

Yep, the trend of eating a breakfast-lunch hybrid in the middle of the afternoon with copious amounts of alcohol is booming at the moment and, luckily for us, Manchester boasts an impressive choice of boozy brunch fixes.

Here’re some of our favourites…

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KBOM Brazilian Bottomless Brunch

The Portuguese eatery, which can be found nestled within Hatch down Oxford Road, has launched its new ‘Domingo sem Fundo’ which, loosely translated, means ‘Bottomless Sundays.’

Every Sunday, guests can choose a starter and a main alongside bottomless drinks – both alcoholic and soft – for ninety blissful minutes at just £26.95 per person. Oh, and they serve sangria on tap. Need I say more?

Unit 9, 103 Oxford Rd, The Hatch, Manchester M1 7ED
07766 407138

The Bay Horse Tavern Bottomless Brunch

Available every Saturday and Sunday, Bay Horse’s Bottomless offer gives you the choice of one of the dishes from their menu plus bottomless drinks for only £27.50.

They’ve got you covered on the breakfast front with their Full English, Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs and the obvious one – Avocado & Poached Egg on Toast. On the drinks front, they offer prosecco, Bloody Mary, Irish coffee, mimosa, house wine, bottled beer or hot & cold soft drinks.

35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
0161 669 5799

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Cottonopolis Bottomless Japanese Brunch

Since re-opening in May, Cottonopolis has renewed their brunch menu and lord and behold, it now includes a bottomless option.

You will now be able to select a minimum of two items from their menu, which includes avocado and caviar dragon rolls, beef tskune bao buns and pork and prawn sesame toast, and then pay an extra £25 for bottomless drinks, or £35 if you fancy cocktails.

Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
www.cottonopolis-nq.com

Crazy Pedros Bottomless Brunch

The pizza kings of Manchester are offering their bottomless deal every single day of the week – utter mayhem, I know.

Get on down to your local Pedro’s (Northern Quarter, Bridge Street or Liverpool) any day before 7pm and order their Bottomless option, which comes with unlimited slices of pizza and booze for just £25 per person.

They accept both bookings and walk-ins.

Visit their website here.

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WowYauChow Chinese Bottomless Food & Drinks

Altrincham’s WowYauChow endless lunch option serves up completely bottomless food and drink for 1 and a half hours and starts at a reasonable £23.

You can either create your own ‘lunch basket’, choosing from dumplings, bao buns or rice/noodle bowls, or you can choose from their brunch menu, which includes a selection of pork and chive, buffalo chicken dumplings and bao buns filled with the likes of char siu pork and crispy chilli chicken.

WowYauChow Altrincham, 59 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham, WA14 1DS
wowyauchow.com

Elnecot Bottomless Brunch

This Ancoats haunt offers a more traditional brunch vibe with some breakfast icons such as shakshuka, breakfast sandwiches and a humble fry up.

With any one of these brunch dishes, you can choose to have bottomless booze for 2 hours for an extra £25. Said booze includes prosecco, lager and a selection of cocktails. Lovely.

Elnecot, Cutting Room Square, 41 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AJ
elnecot.com

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The Pen & Pencil

The Northern Quarter bar and restaurant has decided to jump on the bottomless brunch bandwagon with their colossal ‘all you can eat, all you can drink’ deal.

For £40, you can order as much food and as much booze as you can (there’s definitely a competitive element there), though they are keen to stress that it should only be one drink and dish per person at any one time.

On the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm, you can head down and take advantage of this generous offer. 

Pen and Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ
www.thepenandpencilnq.co.uk

La Bandera’s Spanish Bottomless Brunch

The Independent Spanish restaurant, located just a stone’s-throw away from the elusive Spinningfields, has officially launched its very own bottomless brunch menu.

The menu offers either two tapas for £29 or three tapas for £32.50, and provides guests with a massive ‘Tabla Mixta’; a selection of Spanish cured meats and cheeses served with bread.  The deal also includes ninety minutes of unlimited Cava refills.

It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? 

La Bandera, 2 Ridgefield, Manchester M2 6EQ
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A FREE Michelin-starred food and drink festival is coming to Manchester this summer

Celebrated chefs from across the country will be joining forces with Escape to Freight Island for one weekend only

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The KANTINA Food and Drink Weekender is returning to Manchester this summer with a whole host of Michelin-starred talent.

And better yet? This year, it is completely FREE to attend.

Billed as a ‘feast for the city’, KANTINA 2022 will see national guest chefs, restaurants and bars pairing up with the existing traders in Escape to Freight Island for a whole host of tasty and unique collaborations.

As a part of the weekend’s line-up, Brad Carter’s One Star Döner Bar will partner with Michelin-starred chef Tom Brown who founded Cornerstone in London, alongside renowned independent food consultant from Birmingham, Lap-fai Lee.

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Escape to Freight Island

Famous for her South-East Asian cookery, Pippa Middlehurst ‘Pippy Eats’ will be returning to KANTINA for a follow-up collaboration with Mi & Pho, while the upscaled tacos from Madre will be teamed up with AngloThai’s co-founder and head chef John Chantarasak.

And Carnival – the popular new collaboration concept at Escape to Freight Island – will be taken over by award-winning chef, butcher, restauranteur and food writer Richard Turner, formerly of Hawksmoor.

There will also be an exclusive supper club will be presented by Luke French, the head chef and owner at the acclaimed JÖRO in Sheffield, which holds an impressive 3 AA Rosettes and Michelin Guide 2021 Recommended.

And for those with a sweet tooth, there will be a tantalising selection from ice cream sandwich connoisseurs Happy Endings will be available alongside offerings from Gooey and Batard.

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On the drinks side of things, Soho House will take over Escape to Freight Island’s bar in the sky at The Jane Eyre, while the Pomona Island taproom will provide a whole range of beverages across the board.

And in true Escape to Freight Island fashion, the festival will host a vibrant roster of entertainment, varying from live performances, DJs, satellite events and more across the weekend.

KANTINA 2022 will be hosted at Escape to Freight Island on Friday June 10th (from 4pm until 1am), Saturday June 11th (from 12pm until 1am) and Sunday June 12th (from 12pm until 9pm) and will be completely free to attend.

Get your table booked here.

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Kong’s Chicken launches jerk fried chicken, hanger steak ‘surf & turf’ and cheesy chips with gravy on new menu

Kong’s has shaken up the menu with some tasty new additions…

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Manchester’s staple fried chicken joint Kongs Chicken Shop has strayed from tradition with the launch of its brand new menu.

Kong’s, the very place that sent the city into a frenzy with its fried chicken Sunday roast last year, was born out of the popular Northern Quarter ramen spot, CBRB, where it operated on a collection and delivery basis.

Thanks to its success however, Kong’s has been quick to grow and, in its short life, has held residencies in a number of city centre venues such as Foundation Coffee on Portland Street, Northern Monk Refectory, The Head of Steam in Didsbury Village and, most recently, Clubhouse in Spinningfields.

But in perhaps their biggest move yet, the fried chicken connoisseurs launched their very own American-style diner in late night arcade and bowling bar Dog Bowl at the start of the year.

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And now they’ve settled into their new home nicely, Kong’s have unveiled a brand new menu, complete with their iconic fried chicken and something a little different, too.

Fans of the restaurant will recognise their trademark Signature Chicken Sandwich, which comes with a fried chicken thigh, crispy chicken skin, chunky burger sauce, iceberg lettuce, pickles and sriracha slaw, all sandwiched within a toasted seeded brioche bun.

For the first time, Kong’s is offering its own take on Caribbean cuisine with the new Jerk Chicken Sandwich – the chicken is marinated in house jerk sauce and paired with mango and pineapple hot salsa, slaw and iceberg lettuce. It is also available in vegan form, and is equally as good. 

Also new to the menu is the Panang Curry Chicken Sandwich and the Buffalo Chicken Poutine, consisting of a fried chicken thigh in buffalo sauce with mozzarella, fries, gravy, blue cheese sauce, crumbled cheese, chives and chilli. 

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Kong’s has strayed from tradition with some of their new dishes too, including the Hanger Steak and Fries, which comes cooked rare and topped with chimichurri and watercress, with the option to add king prawns for £5 and a fried egg and grilled pineapple ring for £1.

And it’s worth mentioning that the restaurant doesn’t mess about when it comes to sides; their fried chicken and steak can be accompanied by Kong’s SlawOnion RingsBuffalo Blue Cheese Fries and a range of BBQ chicken wings and tenders.

Kong’s at Dog Bowl is open from 12pm every day, and makes the perfect accompaniment to a game of bowling or fun in the arcade. 

Make sure to follow Kong’s Chicken Shop on Instagram for news and updates.

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New Turtle Bay restaurant set to open in Salford Quays as plans submitted

Manchester’s existing Turtle Bay restaurants are hugely popular thanks to their Caribbean-inspired menus and cocktails

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Salford Quays could soon be getting its very own Turtle Bay, with plans to build a new restaurant recently being submitted.

There are currently two existing Turtle Bay restaurants in Manchester, with one located down Oxford Road and the other in the Northern Quarter.

The venues have proven to be a huge hit among Mancunians over the years, mainly thanks to their Caribbean-inspired menus, extensive list of rum cocktails and their competitive Happy Hour, which runs at varying hours every day of the week. 

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But the brand could soon be expanding outside of the city centre, with plans been recently submitted to open a new restaurant in Salford Quays.

According to the Salford City Council website, the application was received on Wednesday April 6th, and proposed the brands recognisable features, including an illuminated Turtle Bay sign, a ‘Caribbean social’ neon sign, and coloured awnings with pattern/graphics wording. 

It has also been pitched for the new Turtle Bay to move into the former Real China restaurant space in The Lowry Designer Outlet.

The proposal was validated last week on Tuesday May 3rd, so updates can be expected in the coming months. 

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Turtle Bay was founded in 2010 by Sri Lankan Ajith Jaya-Wickrema, who also established the Mexican restaurant chain Las Iguanas. 

Ajith, who moved to the UK at the age of fifteen, had a vision to create a group of restaurants that would ‘transport you to the Caribbean without a plane ticket’ and, ultimately, ‘bring the fun, bring the flavour, and bring on the good times’. 

Fast forward to today and there are now forty-two Turtle Bay restaurants across the UK, with ever-evolving menus, cocktails, live music and social events.

Head over to the Turtle Bay website for to stay posted with updates on their next venture.

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