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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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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!