I have a real soft spot for Manchester. It was our closest ‘big city’ growing up and we’d get the train there for shopping and concerts with friends. My sister Zöe has lived in Manchester for a few years, and has just moved into a cute new flat with her gorgeous pug Harriet. Zöe‘s birthday is next weekend and I hadn’t seen her flat since it was totally empty so I decided to pop over for a girly weekend.
I got the train over thinking it would be more relaxing than driving. I had visions of cosing up with my book and watching the world go by. Oh how very wrong I was! The train was packed, standing room only, so much more stressful and sweaty than I had planned. To top it all off, the hot chocolate that I picked up at the station turned out to be a coffee, and I hate coffee. Not off to a good start.
Things definitely picked up when I arrived though. Zöe picked me up from the station and we parked the car and went straight for lunch. We had wanted to go to Mowgli for dinner but left it too late to book a table so decided to have lunch there instead. Its a gorgeous little place in the Corn Exchange serving Indian street food in a kind of tapas style. The restaurant is decked out beautifully, all fairy lights, bare wood and exposed brick. There was lots of choice on the menu, even for my gluten-free-vegetarian sister.
Zöe went for the Mowgli Paneer, Fenugreek Kissed Fries and Basmati Rice, while I made the most of the meat and gluten containing menu and had Agra Ginger Chicken and Elephant Atta Roti. All of the food was delicious and also reasonably priced. Had we gone in the evening and been a little more hungry, I would have maybe tried one of their tiffin boxes, where you get 4 surprise dishes (amazing for someone as indecisive as me!).
After lunch we hit the shops (mainly Primark!) for some retail therapy, stopping for a drink and a spot of eyebrow threading, before heading to Zöe’s flat. I literally love her flat! She’s done an amzing job of making the most of a small space with lots of clever storage solutions and has created such a cosy home using lovely soft furnishings and fairy lights, amongst other bits and bobs. Of course being greeted by the gorgeous little Harriet pug also makes a place more homely!
After a couple of hours chilling out at the flat we headed out for our evening at Junk Yard Golfclub. There are two courses of crazy golf basically created using junk! In the day its a family friendly activity, and in the evening the music is turned up and the lights are turned down and you get crazy golf in a club. It was literally so much fun. The holes are all really inventive and have amusing names such as ‘Piggy Azelea’ and ‘Car Part-Full Dodger’. We enjoyed the golf a lot, as well as the music and cocktails! We played two rounds and won one each, so I guess we’ll have to go back sometime for the decider… We moved on to El Cappo to meet some friends for drinks before heading home.
We spent Sunday having a lazy day of TV catch up, YouTube and snuggles on the sofa with Harriet. Just how Sunday’s should be spent. We ordered in pizza and made gluten-free churros using a bake-your-own kit I put together for Zöe using an adpated version of Harriet from LifeWithMrsLee’s recipe. You should definitely head over to her blog for the recipe, this is the second time I have made them and they’re so easy and really tasty, I’m obsessed! Ours turned out quite ugly due to a piping bag malfunction, but tasted great all the same! The train ride home was just as I’d hoped the journey there would be and I enjoyed 40 minutes uninterruped reading time.
I had a lovely weekend in one of my favourite cities and really enjoyed spending time with my sister. It’s not often we get a whole weekend together, just the two of us, but I think we should definitely make an effort to do it more often!
Thanks for popping by,