Whilst I love the new bars and restaurants that pop up in Northern Quarter on a regular basis, the old ones are my favourite. The classic Northern Quarter venues that started the hipster vibe and gave the city a different vibe. One of those places is Abel Heywood, the Hydes pub named after the Victorian Mayor of Manchester which underwent a major refurb not so long ago. I visited when their new restaurant opened and they invited me back recently to try the new breakfast menu.
I dragged Anoushka along with me and we sat in the main bar area for a more relaxed feel. It was only early after all and, being the nosey pair we are, we like to people watch with a cocktail.
There is a lovely mix of people, from older men escaping the crowds to enjoy a solo pint, to younger couples coming to enjoy the range of spirits and real ales available at the bar. Their new terrace area allows for al fresco drink and, with the unusually sunny weather we have been experiencing, it is the perfect spot in the Northern Quarter to spend some quality time with friends.
Yes it was breakfast but it is never too early for Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s. Anoushka was asked how spicy she wanted her Bloody Mary and it was served as requested, the Mimosa had just the right balance of orange and prosecco to bring out the best in both flavours.
The menu has a Mancunian spin on the classics and we chose their bestsellers to try, The Manc Madame and Million Dollar Bacon and Eggs.
The breakfast of Mancs, the Manc Madame is a twist on the tradition breakfast sandwich. Smoked bacon, sausage, Bury black pudding and slow roasted plum tomatoes arrive between two thick slices of buttered toast, topped with gooey melted Lancashire cheese and a wibbly fried hen’s egg. It may look demure on the plate but boy, this is a tummy filler and perfect for a refuel post shop.
My breakfast was slightly lighter yet no less satisfying. Treacle cured bacon with chilli, soy and five spice and hen’s eggs served to your liking, on a toasted muffin drizzled with sriracha mayo. The sweet bacon is a lovely balance against the asian flavours and my choice of poached eggs were cooked perfectly with the runny yolk oozing nicely into the sriricha and mayo to be mopped up by the muffin.
We left with full tummies after a great catch up. The service was attentive and friendly, the ground floor level of the Abel Heywood has a lovely traditional pub feel with a good range of real ales, spirits and cocktails. We could have stayed chatting well into the afternoon did we not both have places to be. I know the Abel Heywood will be a regular spot for our catch ups in the future and the fact they are dog friendly, means Ferguson can join us to rest his legs.
Next time it will be dinner and drinks, we’ll see you at the bar.
I was invited to dine as a guest of the Abel Heywood and was not asked to pay for my drinks.