Brunch at The Modern Pantry

Some weeks just seem endless.

You know the feeling. Minutes feel like hours, days feel like weeks and by Wednesday, the only thing on your mind is brunch.

And if your week is anything like mine, I know a place you’re going to¬†love¬†come brunch day…

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Overlooking Clerkenwell’s iconic St John’s Square, Anna Hansen’s The Modern Pantry is any brunch-lover dream come true.

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And with exposed bricks, loads of light, and just enough quirky, charming little details, it is a very dreamy little café indeed!

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⬆⬆ Dining room goals right there ⬆⬆

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(needless to say, we’ll do that the second we have a place of our own)

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But first, coffee!

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Black & stromy, with just a touch of condensed milk, Vietnamese-style, for him.

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And a hot, steamy cup of jasmine tea for her.

With a few of The Modern Pantry’s iconic dishes on the side…

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Sugar-cured New Caledonian prawn omelette, green chilli, spring onion, coriander, smoked chilli sambal and toast

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Sweet, soft prawns, punchy sambal and a kick of green chilli, all blanketed by the dreamiest of omelette…

A dish definitely worth its reputation!

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And more than worthy of a close-up, too!

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Poached eggs with grilled chorizo, slow-roast tomatoes and plantain fritters.

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A sunny take on the traditional English Breakfast and #yolkporn at its very best.

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All washed down with the appropriate amount of ‘liquid goodness’.

And followed by a little bit of pudding action…

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Sour cherry brownie with Greek yoghurt cream, malt & chocolate crumb and berries.

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Soft, gooey, sweet, sour, rich and fresh all at once, it’s a masterpiece of a dessert.

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An absolute triumph, much like the rest of the meal.

And the #1 reason to put brunch at The Modern Pantry on the agenda for next weekend.

It’s a truly eggcelent brunch spot, bu it gets busy so make sure you book ahead.

 

The Modern Pantry,¬†47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ

 

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Brunch at The Modern Pantry

Weekend Getaway Guide | Manchester

Oh Manchester! What a city!

So little time, so much to see, do, explore (and most important of all, EAT!!).

So much in fact that it can be a bit overwhelming… But fear not, I went and did all the leg work (quite litterally, see below), so you don’t have to!

Ready for the ultimate weekend getaway guide to Manchester?

 

How to get there:

From London, you can jump on a train (departing from Euston station) and you’ll be there in just under 2 hours. Easy-Peasy.

Where to stay:

Location, location, location! I can’t quite stress how truly brilliant it is to only be 5 min away from bed when you’re trying to get home with a belly full of burgers and one too many delicious cocktails. And the same obviously goes for excellent coffee / pastries / brunch the next morning. Because priorities.

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

We stayed in a great room in the Northern Quarter that we rented through Airbnb. Our hosts were lovely, the price was reasonable and the location was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend you give them a shout if you’re heading to Manchester any time soon and are looking for a place to stay!

 

Transports:

Manchester has a very efficient (and cheap! You can get a weekend tram pass for about £6!) public transport network.

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

But then again, you can very well walk to all those¬†places (and get one more slice of cake thanks to all the money + calories you’ll be saving! #winwin)

 

What to see + do / A few highlights:

Explore the reds & blues of Manchester: As for many cities, my favourite thing to do is just to wander the tiny streets and try to get a feel of what it would be like to live there. And Manchester is perfect for meandering!

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

If you’re a bit of an architecture nerd (or as much in love with red bricks as I am),¬†Manchester will steal your heart within seconds!

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

The whole city is an absolute architectural gem. Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Most major buildings are built in a Gothic style, but there’s also a few interesting contemporary buildings out there…

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And¬†then the street art situation isn’t bad either…

Bookworms:

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Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Manchester, home to the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, has many historic libraries and each is more beautiful than the next.

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

From Chetham’s medieval building, to John Rylands’ Victorian neo-gothic architecture, the Portico Library’s stunning 19th century design and Manchester Central Library’s recent refurbishment, a tour of the Mancunian libraries is a must for book and history aficionado alike!

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(very Game of Thrones, don’t you think?)

 

Football fanatics: Football is somewhat of a religion in Manchester and if you’re into it, you’ll be in heaven!

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Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Whether you’re supporting the Red Devils or the Citizens, there’s nothing quite like watching a live game at home. And if there’s no game when you visit, the Museum of Football makes for a great alternative!

 

Where to eat + drink:

For brunch: Evelyn’s

Evelyn’s is a small but perfectly formed café in the heart of Manchester’s hipster-dreamland Northern Quarter.

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Evelyn's Cafe Bar, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Utterly flooded with light, it’s an Instagrammer’s paradise!

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Evelyn's Cafe Bar, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Evelyn's Cafe Bar, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Oh, and they also happen to serve up a near-perfect brunch… AND they take bookings! #miracleshappen Read more

 

For lunch: Soup Kitchen

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Soup Kitchen, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Soup Kitchen, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Serving up freshly prepared, delicious British café food (think soup, sanwiches, jacket potatoes…), Soup Kitchen is a neighbourhood gem and a Mancurian (and now mine!) favourite come lunchtime! Read more

 

For tea: Proper Tea

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Proper Tea, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Located right opposite the Cathedral, it’s the most adorable little tea house you’ll ever find.

Proper Tea, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Proper Tea, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

They serve up fantastic tea & fabulous homemade cakes, making them the perfect spot to rest your worn-out feet (and make good use of all those calories you burnt!!) Read more

 

For a special occasion: Hawksmoor

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Mancurian outpost of London’s famous Hawksmoor group, there’s no better place to go for top-knotch steak & along with all other fancy dinner sheninigang.

Really good cocktails too. And the most indulgent of side dishes (looking at you, pulled pork mac’!!¬†?)

 

For burgers: Almost Famous

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Almost Famous, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Possibly the best burgers I’ve ever had anywhere in the world. And god knows I’ve had A LOT!! Read more

 

For drinks: Dusk til Pawn

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One of Manchester’s top cocktail bars, Dusk til Pawn’s creative concoctions are the perfect start (or end!) to an epic night out! Read more

 

For a snack: Lunya

Weekend Getaway Guide to Manchester | What to see / do / eat in 48h

Part deli, part tapas restaurant, Lunya is any foodie’s dream.

If you’re particularly fond of Spanish food (I like you), then you’ll love it as much as I did.

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Here you can buy anything you‚Äôd find in your local spanish tienda…

Perfect for a light snack or buying provisions for a picnic!

Anyhting I’ve missed? I’m already noting down ideas for my next trip to Manchester, so let me know!

Weekend Getaway Guide | Manchester