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A Day in Manchester

Manchester, one of England's largest cities, the birthplace of vegetarianism and 2 absolute gods - the Gallagher brothers. Don't @ me.

Last Friday night, I met Ben at Euston station to travel to this great Northern land for a weekend with Roomzzz Aparthotel.

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roomzzz manchester
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The Journey There

Our journey began after work on Friday when I arrived at Euston half an hour before Ben did. As we're both doing Veganuary, I was tasked with locating train snacks. Which was BLOODY DIFFICULT. I looked in every fast-food kiosk to be met with cheese everything.

We eventually settled on £15 worth of Burger King which ended up being like 1 chip and an onion ring because LOL train stations like to rip you off.

We boarded our Virgin train (tickets that I booked in a Black Friday Sale because you normally have to remortgage property to afford London-Manc train fare) and arrived there a swift 2 and a bit hours later.

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roomzzz manchester
roomzzz manchester
roomzzz manchester

The Hotel

We stayed in an Elegance Suite that I'm pretty sure got its name from the fact it has a TV IN THE TUB AND THE NICEST SHOWER EVER. In fact, I just don't think words do the room justice. We had our own kitchenette that we used purely to stock Diet Cokes and Coronas and a TV that swivelled from lounge area to bed purely so we could watch Lord of The Rings at 8.30pm like the grannies we are.

Head over to my Instagram as I have pinned my Manchester stories which include a room tour!

The location was PRETTY SWEET too. Located on Princess Street, all of the areas of Manchester town centre we love were on our doorstep. The Northern Quarter was a short walk away as was the train station and the Arndale Centre (aka FRIGGING MASSIVE PRIMARK)

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The Activities

The reason behind heading to Manchester was primarily to visit my best friend from Uni, Amy and her gorgeous fiancee, Olivia. They get married in August and have asked me to do a reading which I'm so excited for!

It's been an 8 year friendship that has lasted through teaching career ups and downs, relationships and moving 400 miles away from each other, but it's a friendship that forever resumes to exactly how it's always been, whether we've been apart for weeks or months.

This was also the first time that Amy and Liv had met Ben. As he wandered outside the restaurant for a vape, they turned to me and said, 'He's really good looking! Great beard!' and, 'He's absolutely perfect for you, Vix' which I obviously agree with.

He dazzled them with his wit and charm as we reminisced over past uni times, indulged in uni friend gossip and discussed wedding plans.

After gossiping over a vegan lunch, where Amy and Liv attempted solidarity by ordering a sweet potato and onion bhaji burger (but also a greek lamb pizza that left me salivating), we headed to Junk Yard Golf for 9 holes of silliness. I obvs lost. I blame being left handed.

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roomzzz manchester
roomzzz manchester
roomzzz manchester

The Food

On Friday night, not sated by our meagre portions of Burger King chips and onion rings, we headed to Teppanyaki, a restaurant situated in Chinatown which was a stone's throw from the room. Here we cursed being Vegan to the high heavens as diners around us were served fresh fried rice and duck cooked to perfection. We were however delighted by our choices of veg gyoza (mouthgasm) and tempura vegetables.

For lunch on Saturday, with Amy and Liv, we visited HOME. It's a theatre with a bar and restaurant all in one. There were plenty of Vegan options on this menu so Ben and I plumped for pizza. Zero regret.

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The Evening

After about 17 G&Ts at the beautiful bar Refuge, Ben and I parted ways with Amy and Liv and journeyed to the Northern Quarter in search for a vegan dinner.

Both tipsy and desperate for a wee, we attempted to get a table at Almost Famous (famous for their burgers) but it wasn't meant to be. Luckily, V-Rev - the Vegan Diner - was situated just next door.

This is a popular place so we couldn't get a table but the lovely manager said he would do a take away order for us. We both went for the HUGE Donut burgers with 'fakeon', 'cheez' and a side of poutine. Whilst i haven't quite adjusted to vegan substitutes for food - this was delicious and my mouth is currently watering at the memory of the poutine.

We took the food back to Roomzzz and stayed up all night watching Paul, 2 Fast 2 Furious and browsing Pinterest for wedding locations - YUP. NO SHAME.

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roomzzz manchester
roomzzz manchester
roomzzz manchester

The Next Day

On Sunday, we sadly had to check out of our beautiful room (after one more bath with the TV on obvs) to make the journey back to London.

Our train was at 2pm so that gave us a few more hours to look around. Ben had been at uni in Manchester and wanted to show me his old stomping grounds of Fallowfield, so we took a quick trip there to while away some time. It was so nice to hear more about Ben's time in Manchester and reflect on how both of our lives have changed in a million different ways since being at uni.

It was less nice eating a watery mushroom in the Fallowfield Wetherspoons but we did get to over hear a conversation about a girl using a Toffee Crisp wrapper as a condom, so y'know SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS.

We left Fallowfield and headed straight for Manchester Piccadilly station where we had a beverage, 'invented' new card games and continued our silly fun together before heading home.

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Manchester

Overall, Ben and I had so much fun exploring our favourite parts of the city, catching up with old friends and staying in convenient comfort at the Roomzzz Aparthotel.

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This post was sponsored by Roomzzz but my time in Manchester and all my thoughts, as ever are (TMI) and my own!

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12 Comments
  • Lisa
    January 19, 2018

    I’m heading up to Manchester on Monday and I’ll definitely check out the vegan food options! I really like the photos in this post – Ben is ridiculously photogenic! xx

  • Jenny
    January 19, 2018

    Well I love the sounds of the TV in the bath! Sounds like heaven to me! So glad you had a fab time x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • Jessie
    January 19, 2018

    I’ve not visited Manchester before but I hear it’s amazing! I’d really love to go 🙂 xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • Sounds like a fab weekend. I visited Manchester for the first time last year and totally fell for it. Such a cool city. ?

  • Danielle
    January 20, 2018

    I love Manchester, it is one of my favourite cities!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

  • Steph
    January 20, 2018

    Sounds like a lovely little break. Sadly I’ve never really connected with Manchester.

    Steph x
    http://www.wanderlustpulse.com

  • Kristen
    January 21, 2018

    Haha swings and roundabouts! Read that part out loud to my boyfriend and he laughed. Love ya blog Vix xxx

  • Eloise
    January 21, 2018

    I’ve only been to Manchester once before but would love to go back and explore. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, and I’ve learnt a new tip (toffee crisp anyone?!) xx

  • MEL
    January 21, 2018

    I’ve only ever had short stays in Manchester but I think I need to book up the place you stayed asap just for the tub and tv!

    Mel ✨
    meleaglestone.co.uk
    @meleaglestone

  • Vanessa Buttino
    January 22, 2018

    I squeed when you mentioned Liam and Noel 😉 Oasis fan for life over here!

  • Abi Street
    January 22, 2018

    This sounds like such a fab trip!! I’ve never been to Manchester but definitely want to take a weekend break there at some point this year. You look so happy in all of the photos, it is LUSH!

    Abi | abistreetx

  • Megan
    January 23, 2018

    A TV in the bath, ERM I’D NEVER GET OUT! I bloody love Manchester, glad you had such a gorge time!

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