Originally a six-month pop-up venture on Piccadilly Station Approach, Idle Hands was a breath of fresh air on a rather dreary stretch that’s only been revamped in recent years. Idle Hands, complete with an awesome dog, then made a temporary move to the corner of Newton and Dale Street.
In fact, it’s literally bigger and better than ever before
Now, finally, Idle Hands has a permanent home a few meters away in one of the Northern Quarter’s grandest buildings on Dale Street. The good news is, it’s still fantastic. In fact, it’s literally bigger and better than ever before.
There’s still a bit of Scandi feel to the place with neatly designed furniture adorned with etched wooden menus and geometrically cast plant pots.
Damn fine (vegan) cherry pie
The staff are lovely and the coffee is as excellent as ever, there’s now a full-blown kitchen knocking out an excellent menu too. Vegans are especially well catered for here with Oatly on-hand for those looking a dairy-free flat-white which actually tastes nice. We also enjoyed some damn fine (vegan) cherry pie and we’ll be back for more.
You’re really spoiled for choice for coffee shops in Manchester, but Idle Hands is making a fist of standing out from the pack with good food and coffee alongside after-hours events and a well-stocked fridge of quality beers.