I don’t think I’ll run out of blogs about new places we haven’t been to in Manchester; despite living here for almost 13 years we’ve not seen anything near all of this fantastic city. When starting my current job near Old Trafford cricket ground, this gave me some new places & areas to explore.
I’d ventured down the road into Chorlton a couple of times, more from that will come later, but on sunnier days I had gone for walks in my lunchtime into Longford Park, popping into Caffeine & Co. for the odd cup of tea or a cake. Mrs B had a day off last Sunday and it was a sunny (if chilly) day so I took her out for drive and some light lunch.
We got chance to have a good walk around Longford Park, I’m constantly surprised with the amount of pretty, green spaces within the M60, usually in the most unusual places. Nestled in between Chorlton & Stretford, there are beautiful areas here in the park, lots of planted wild flower beds, big open fields and enough benches to sit and spend an hour or too letting the world pass you by.
Lunch was a hectic affair, there are only a handful of tables varying in size from 2 to 8, but I think with a bit of reshuffling they could fit a lot more in! It’s a rustic, friendly place, nice big open serving area and the speed and pleasant nature from all the guys would put every big-chain coffee shop to shame.
The specials board was crying out to me, something hearty was needed for us both after a walk around the park. A couple of nice teas ordered and we managed to grab a table for two in the corner.
A sweet, fragrant roobios & honeybush tea for me was just a perfect Sunday brew, sweet enough to not need sugar, even with my sweet tooth. Mrs B going for earl grey but the selection was not limited to these at all. A huge selection of teas, coffees and cold drinks available.
My hearty lunch was exactly this; home-made baked beans with a poached egg on fresh doorstop bread. A runny egg just as I like it, with heaps of the beans. These were great, but I must add that I immediately thought of my vegetarian friends who may have had these; not the wisest choice as it doesn’t say on the menu that they are filled with tasty gorgeous bacon!
Mrs B was eating the devil’s food; roasted mushrooms and cheese on more of that gorgeous fresh thick bread. According to her,the mushrooms were roasted with thyme and were meaty and earthy but juicy enough not to need butter or a sauce. There were plenty of them as well, too many for her to finish!
As ever, we will hopefully be back, well I certainly will be, it’s literally a ten minute walk from my office. Good simple food and in the sunshine it’s a lovely spot to sit outside and have a pot of tea.
I’ll leave you with what was left of the extensive cake collection after a busy Sunday lunch, we were lucky enough to grab a couple of pieces to take home and have with our afternoon tea.