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Manchester's Cool Northern Quarter

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A December 2011 trip to Manchester by Slug

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Manchester's Northern Quarter

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Smithfield Market Hall Photo, Manchester, England
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Manchester's Northern Quarter is well worth a look round even if you don't have any particular objective; you will find something to interest you before too long. No wonder the area is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site long list. Coming from a town of grand Victorian stone buildings, the red brick splendour of Manchester's back streets are always interesting to me, and I particularly like spotting some formerly grand building now being used as a tattooist parlour and sleazy Thai Massage emporium or such like. The Northern Quarter is an area of old factory and shop buildings, with a mix of traditional terraced housing. The Northern quarter isn't a gentrified place although it has ...Read More

Kabana

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Restaurant | "Excellent lunch time curry venue"

Kabana Photo, Manchester, England
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I must confess that as soon as I get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, my stomach will start to rumble; my only choice is whether to have a plate of cheese at the Marble bar, or whether to sample a curry at one of the three curry restaurants on or just off Thomas Street; a place I describe as the curry triangle.Each of the places are broadly similar simple affairs; Formica table tops, fixed plastic seats, water to drink and a simple choice of starters and mains. Prices are equally simple, and you can expect to pay £6.50 head for a couple of samosas, a top notch curry and naan bread.My current slight edge favourite of the three is the Kabana Restaurant an unassuming place ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2012

Kabana
52 Back Turner Street
Manchester, England 4 1
+44 161 8352447

Manchester Craft Centre

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Attraction | "Great for inexpensive gift shopping, a cake and a cuppa."

Manchester Craft Centre Photo, Manchester, England
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One of the places I always remember to go to at Christmas is the Manchester Craft and Design Centre – it is the perfect spot to hunt down reasonably priced presents for a few of our artsy type friends. The building itself was well worth preserving, a small mainly wooden Victorian food market. Today, you can still see some of the original stall names above the doorway. I wonder what the original inhabitants would make of the luxury items on sale in their spot today! These small bespoke units make for perfect outlets for individual crafts folk, and you will spot some keeping an eye on their wares while producing the next batch to the rear of their shop. In total there are probabl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2012

Manchester Craft Centre
17 Oak Street
Manchester, England M4 5JD
+44 161 832 4274

57 Thomas Street

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Restaurant | "Manchester's Marvellous Marble Bar!"

57 Thomas Street Photo, Manchester, England
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As a middle-aged lush, I have amassed a few favourite bars in various spots across the world over the last 30 years, but the Marble Bar at Thomas Street really does hit the top spot at the moment. Where else can you enjoy good locally brewed beer and the finest selection of cheeses known to humankind?It may not be a recipe for a long life, but at least I'll go tipsy and stuffed to the gills.The Marble reference comes not from the decor, but from the Marble Brewery about half a mile up the road and its home, the Marble Arch Inn. The Marble Brewery supplies the brews for this little brother in the middle of Manchester's Northern Quarter. The Marble Bar is a more intim...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2012

57 Thomas Street
57 Thomas Street
Manchester, England M4 1NA
0161 832 0521

Afflecks Palace

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Attraction | "Getting down wid the kids at Afflecks Palace"

Afflecks Palace Photo, Manchester, England
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When I'm at a loose end, one of the places I gravitate towards is the lively city of Manchester just a short 45 minute train ride away from my home. I particularly like the variety of Manchester's Northern Quarter just to the north (duh!) of the city centre. I remember visiting Afflecks Palace in its heyday some 30 years ago. It was founded in 1981 in the building of a disused department store, Affleck and Brown. The building was a maze of little shops and staffs run largely by young people into alternative culture and fashion. In those days, it was a treasure trove of used clothes shops, selling a wonderful array of glitzy clothes from the 1950’s and before, and recycled b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2012

Afflecks Palace
52 Church Street
Manchester, England M4 1PW
+44 161 834 2039

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