Ducie Street Warehouse, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St,, Manchester, M1 2TP – Visit Now
It’s a new name and a new set of reasons to visit Ducie Street Warehouse, formerly known as Cultureplex. There’s an impressive co-working offer in place, £50 for a weekly pass or a daily pass for £12 and both come with £10 worth of freebies, not to mention a cinema and a bar, plus a kitchen offering snacks or full meals. There are even 166 beautiful apartments if you fancy an extended, luxurious stay.
But we’re not here for that. We’re here for the weekend brunch deal, available from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. You can try this out in both the spacious lounge area or the restaurant, and anyone concerned about social-distancing can be put at ease: the staff are masked, remain a polite distance away and the venue itself is so big and airy (the ceilings are way up in the rafters) that there’s little chance of any untoward particles moving around. In fact, of all the restaurants and bars I’ve visited after lockdown measures were eased Ducie Street Warehouse comes top in the safe stakes.
Anyone concerned about social-distancing will be immediately put at ease
The brunch menu is vast, including all your traditional options, plus dishes such as lightly sautéed heritage tomatoes on toast, steak and eggs with chimichurri and French toast with blueberry jam, fresh blueberries and crème fraiche. The atmosphere in this ground floor space is ideal for a relaxing Sunday, busy enough to have a nice ambience, without being too overwhelming – like I said, there are acres of space to lounge about in.
As it’s Sunday, the option that leaps off the page is the DSW breakfast, consisting of cured streaky bacon, handmade sausage, sautéed Paris brown mushrooms, baked beans, hash brown, a fried (or poached) egg for a little over a tenner. It sounds like the perfect solution to a two day hangover, and lo and behold: it is.
It’s also a smidge fancier than your typical greasy spoon cafe breakfast. The beans have a kick and a touch of basil which lifts them to new heights, while the sausage and black pudding are exactly what you want from a slab of meat in the morning. The hash brown is nicely charred and soft in the middle, soaking up the yolk from the adjacent egg to make something so good you should eat it with your eyes closed to avoid distraction.
Ducie Street Warehouse is all set to become a treasured part of the city’s food, drink and working landscape
But let’s not get too overwrought about it. At heart it’s a big breakfast, and a damn good one. It’s also in one of the Northern Quarter’s premier venues, a stone’s throw from Piccadilly and it’s rival high-end hotel and restaurant and bar space, Dakota. Foodwise, it’s perfect. I’ve already made several notes in my Google Calendar to come back and try the other options (the Manx kippers and sausage barm are jostling for pole position).
It feels like Ducie Street Warehouse is finding its feet after a few tricky months in lockdown but with breakfasts as good as this and a venue as welcoming and awe-inspiring as this – not to mention superb deals like the co-working initiative, there’s no doubt it’ll become a treasured part of the city’s food, drink and working landscape.