You may remember me venturing down South a few months ago where I got to try a particularly impressive bottomless brunch The Load of Hay. I left the Big Smoke both happy and sad, happy that I had found such a hidden gem yet tinged with sadness that the bottomless brunch wasn’t really a ‘thing’ in Manchester. I hit Twitter and was pleasantly surprised to see both Neighbourhood and Black Dog Ballroom are now offering weekend bottomless options. They are definitely on my hit list to try and I will report back once I have. New to the brunch scene is one of my favourites, All Star Lanes, and they have something a little different to offer.
Most bottomless brunches offer mimosas and bloody marks as their drinks package and there is nothing wrong with this, nothing at all. But what about those people who would love to enjoy brunch with you yet fizz and cocktails just doesn’t float their boat? Yeah, I know, I didn’t know those people existed either. They do though and All Star Lanes have created the bottomless craft beer brunch just for them.
Every weekend between 12pm-4pm you can enjoy 2 hours of unlimited craft beer for £19 on top of your brunch order. The craft beer menu has been put together with beer guru Melissa Cole and includes an impressive selection that should satisfy most craft beer lovers as well as a beer cocktail. For those who want the traditional mimosa option, you can have that too. What more could you ask for?
Well you should be asking for tasty food too because after all you will need to line your stomach. You couldn’t go far wrong with the Salt Beef Hash with chunks of potato, homemade salt beef served with 2 wibbly fried eggs on top. It is a fairly modest portion but the combination of flavours is a winner, and the yolk running over the hash is incredibly satisfying.
The Fried Chicken and Waffles is even more satisfying with a generous helping of buttermilk fried chicken topped with bacon and served with soft, sweet waffles and two pots of toppings to choose from – maple syrup or chilli butter. Both are excellent but I have to admit to being a huge fan of the chilli butter giving the chicken a light heat, it is really good.
I personally think the bottomless drinks price is a little steep for 2 hours of drinking, it is more expensive than my visit to The Load of Hay and the same price as the London venues of All Star Lanes. I am not sure we are really ready for London prices but I love the variety and that a venue is trying something a little different. Let me know what you think.
We were invited as guests of All Star Lanes and weren’t asked to pay for our meal.