Best Cafe of the Year

I love food, me. Don’t you? Of course you do. Because food is great. We all like going out for food.


If I was going to do a round-up of the best food I ate this year it would be pretty useless to you because the best meal I had at a restaurant that parted ways with its chef soon after and one of my other favourite meals was at a restaurant that was literally in a three house village in the Sahara Desert and as such, might make it unsuitable for a date night for anyone not currently living in or near southern Morocco. I will recommend The Spärrows in Manchester though, which is a superb restaurant (and in particular their goulash) and Skaus in Liverpool (who, as you might imagine, do an excellent beef scouse with red cabbage).

But my favourite place to eat food in 2022 was the Open Kitchen Cafe in The People’s History Museum in Manchester. I was intrigued by their environmental/ethical politics…

“Alongside working with a range of food businesses to source perfectly edible food that would otherwise go to waste, Open Kitchenpurchases ingredients from a sustainable food chain – local, seasonal, organic, independent, short supply chains and Fairtrade – supporting other ethical businesses and social enterprises, making it the first of its kind in the UK to take this combined approach.”

…but the reason I returned and will return again in 2023 is the quality of the food.

I wish I could think of a way of phrasing that better – that didn’t imply that I would happily throw my beliefs to one side if an oil company set up a cafe next door that sold better food. Because I wouldn’t.

The food really is superb though. That mac and cheese in the photo is the best I have ever had. The menu is constantly changing so there is little point in me recommending anything I’ve eaten there but order two small plates and a coffee and you won’t go far wrong. Unless you don’t like coffee. In which case have a fizzy pop or something.


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