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Cafes & Restaurants

Tumble Downs, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu Natal

Last week we visited Tumble Downs restaurant on the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu Natal to celebrate my sister’s 40th birthday.   The setting is stunning – Tumble Downs is located outside Howick on the Curry Post Road, with views over… Continue Reading →

Bijou, 9 Massie Street, Cheadle

What a brilliant recommendation this was from a friend recently.  The interior is quirky, the owner (I think) has a fantastic, dry sense of humour, the food is fresh and good… And they have sofas!I was here for breakfast, but… Continue Reading →

Badly done, Beluga, Mount Street, Manchester

What a disappointment our “tea with a twist” was this afternoon. I would advise anyone thinking of going to give it a wide birth. It is a brilliant idea, executed very badly. The idea is that they serve “afternoon tea”,… Continue Reading →

Fuel, Wilmslow Rd, Withington

We went off to Fuel last Sunday afternoon to check out the scene.  It is set in a fairly scruffy part of town.  It also doubles as an evening bar/music venue.  I didn’t go upstairs, but understand that’s where the… Continue Reading →

Oklahoma, 14 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Yes, we continued our cafe quest, and the third cafe we went to, was Oklahoma in High Street. The big wooden doors are kept shut, so you could think they are closed, but what a surprise when you walk in!… Continue Reading →

North Tea Power, Tibb Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester

This was our second stop. As you walk in you realise they must have good wifi as you can barely move for all the laptops! The table configuration is quite unusual as they have one large dining-type table with multiple… Continue Reading →

Drip, Hilton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester

At first we couldn’t find it, but thanks to 3G and mobile internet we realised we’d turned left, instead of right into Hilton Street. (57 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 2EJ, England, tel +44 161 2355100) The cafe had quite a… Continue Reading →

2012 cafe challenge

I met up with my friend, Lisa, last night.  And asked her whether whe wants to take part in my 2012 challenge.  As it involves coffee and cake, I think she’s in. I am planning to visit Manchester’s top 10 cafe’s,… Continue Reading →

The Cake Gallery, Bowdon

Bowdon has a coffee shop!  Hurrah.  And what a little gem it is too.  A mere 3 blocks from our house, in the old Post Office Building, opposite the Griffin Pub, they have opened The Cake Gallery.  It only has… Continue Reading →

Dun Cow, Knutsford

I was so impressed with my experience at the Dun Cow (between Knutsford and Ollerton, Cheshire, WA16 8RH, tel. 01565 633093) yesterday, I feel I need to share the experience. Firstly some background: Tim and I popped in one day… Continue Reading →

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