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These are my top 9 favourite places for a beer (or a brew) and some cake around Manchester and they are all family / children / breastfeeding friendly.
If you have somewhere that you think should be on the list, let me know!
Slattery’s – Whitefield
If you live within a 100 mile radius of Slattery’s and you have not yet been then go – GO NOW! Slattery’s is a sublime bakery to the north of Manchester which specialises in chocolate. Downstairs you can order cakes for any occasion as well as picking up savouries and cakes to take away. Upstairs you can sit in and enjoy as much of the menu as you can fit in – and they also have a good selection of wines and beers.
We went as a group of 14 adults with 7 babies and a child and they were super accommodating (we had to book in advance which I would recommend if you want to eat in rather than take-away). If you think you can handle it there is a Slattery’s challenge consisting of an enormous amount of cake, chocolate, hot chocolate, cream, chocolate pots etc etc you get the idea!
Afternoon tea with prosecco – pictured above is not to be missed but make sure you book your table to avoid disappointment. If you have room, they also have a wide selection of delicious ice-cream.
Teacup – Northern Quarter, Manchester City Centre
Teacup in the Northern Quarter has a wide variety of teas to choose from and to accompany this, a menu of delicious cakes. They also have a savoury menu – personally I would recommend the eggs. Cake slices are huge but they will box up what you don’t eat to take home, so don’t feel the pressure to finish it all in one sitting! Scones are not to be sniffed at and come with a fabulous pot of jam and cream. You can book a table at Teacup if there are 6 or more than you, otherwise it is first come first served and there is usually a short queue. Buggies and children are welcome – there is plenty of room. As well as an extensive selection of teas there is also a drinks menu boasting coffee coolers, shorts and cocktails – try a ‘cup cosmo’ with your cake!
Yes they have tea and coffee. Yes they have a wide array of alcohol. Yes they serve good food. Yes they are family friendly. But above all, they have the best views over Manchester and beyond – especially at sunset. It takes a little bit of finding and you will need to drive but it is well worth it as you can see over the basin of Manchester – see how many landmarks you can pick out.
There is plenty of seating outside if the weather is decent enough, or buggies and children are welcome indoors which is split into two areas for bar and restaurant. This is one of my favourite places in Manchester – I would recommend if you are eating that you book a table in advance. There is a children’s menu and also one for gluten-free – see website for details.
If you join their mailing list you will also get great offers from time to time – and 20% for your birthday 😉
Worsley Old Hall – Worsley
Slightly hidden within the grounds of the golf course, Worsley Old Hall is a real gem. There is plenty of seating inside and out, beautiful gardens with swings and a tractor for children to play on. Food is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and Sunday roast is a real treat (book a table in advance). Worsley Old Hall is a great meeting place for groups of parents with children as it is so spacious. Tea is served in beautiful pots and they even have prosecco on the breakfast menu in case it has been a particularly difficult night! There are local walks nearby with guide leaflets available within the booklet – you could also make use of Worsley loop line (https://notjustritasmother.com/2015/10/02/park-it/) before retiring to these comfortable surroundings and settling in for a couple of hours. Board games are available to help pass the time and the toilets in this place have to be seen to be believed!
The Stables – Heaton Park
Serving tea and coffee alongside beer, you can’t go wrong at The Stables cafe situated just to the side of The Hall in this vast, beautiful park. Plenty of room for buggies and great cake make this a winning combination for groups of parents and their children. To top it off this cafe is really a part of the community using locally sourced produce and providing opportunities to get local young people into work. The Stables is the perfect resting place after a long walk or why not try one of the #parklives activities available throughout the week. Thursday morning post-natal fitness is our favourite. If you need something stronger than caffeine to keep you going, they are fully licensed. Best car park is via the St Margaret’s entrance just by the swing park and then it’s a short walk down the hill.
The Lead Station – Chorlton
The Lead Station is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and once you have navigated the couple of steps at the front, it is very family and buggy friendly. Children are given colouring sheets and pencils and have their own menu – babies are welcome. Breakfast here is not to be missed although food all day is excellent value for money and again it is fully licensed. We often take advantage of the early evening menu (4.30-7) and it is also worth noting that the specials menu changes regularly. There are always children in here and staff are brilliant with them – we would highly recommend and go here often. As for the cake – Eton Mess is my favourite.
It’s far from the ideal of an independent coffee shop but Starbucks is most definitely family friendly, spacious and good for breast-feeding. And, lets face it, if you can get past the guilt of the 10,000 calories, their cinnamon swirls are amazing.
Most importantly – and the real reason why Starbucks is on this list – when you are driving your screaming baby around at 2am trying in vain to get them to sleep, some Starbucks have a wonderful, magical 24 hour drive through which takes the edge off the need to cry. It’s not top of my list but sometimes it is a case of any port in a storm and Starbucks is a pretty safe and reliable port.
Bean and Brush – Sale
I have not been here – yet, but I do have the following on very good authority from several friends with small children …..
Marketing itself as a family Art cafe, Bean and Brush is certainly welcoming selling teas, coffees, breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside being fully licensed. Brush and Bean offers your little ones the chance to paint a pot, make clay imprints or try their hand at decopatch. This really is a place that doesn’t just welcome your family, it extends it’s arm and beckons you in providing activities you can complete together and take your time with your brew – NB bacon butties are available all day (Yippeee!)
Artisan – Spinningfields
For something a little different, Artisan is a restaurant and bar located in Spinningfields which welcomes families, children and babies during the day time. This may not seem like the obvious choice for families and certainly during the evenings this venue is for adults only (a great place for date night) but throughout lunch time Artisan is welcoming of children and is a treat not to be missed. Food is delicious and there is a children’s menu available – see website for details. Cocktails here are notably fabulous and for the alcohol free, I can recommend a virgin mojito. Desserts are not to be missed – I usually have the homemade donuts with salted caramel sauce. As well as fabulous food in beautiful surroundings, Artisan showcases a variety of art work on its walls which is for sale. Round off your visit in the photo booth – a family must for a fridge door keepsake!
If after all that cake you fancy some exercise, here are my reasons for being a Mum on the run…..
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