Manchester Craft and Design Centre
I love Manchester Craft and Design Centre. It's a really unique place. The centre is home to some amazing professional crafters and makers, some of the best in the UK. It's an excellent place to look for unique and special presents or you can even commission work. For instance my sister and her partner are having their wedding rings made there so that they can incorporate Nick's grandma's wedding ring into theirs. The artists studios also function as their shop spaces and it's a great opportunity to actually speak to the person who made your purchase. It's housed in a former Victorian fish and poultry building on Oak Street, not very vegan I know but luckily for us their cafe space is!
The Oak Street Cafe space as it's known is situated in the central atrium space of the building. There's a emphasis on fresh and local ingredients with a changing specials board as well as the standard options and there are always vegan and gluten options. On the day these photos were taken I ordered the flatbread pizza from the menu which had a delicious home made tomato sauce base topped with basil tofu, fresh tomatoes, red onion and rocket. Matt chose from the daily salad options with a side of home made humus and bread. The hot option that was vegan friendly from the specials was a thai bean curry with rice.
All the cakes are home made and there's always a vegan one. This was one of the best ones I've tried there. It was beautifully rich and chocolately with just a hint of the passionfruit, an inspired combination. The cafe also does decent coffee with soya milk and a nice range of loose leaf teas and soft drinks. It's the sort of place you could quite easily spend time on your own with a good book. Oh, and don't blame me if you also come away with a nice bit of jewellery or a lamp!