While traveling to Manchester to visit friends, going to a football match, shopping and just being a tourist in my old home of England, I came across a fantastic place called Barbecue Cafe. It is located in an area called Chorlton, outside the Manchester City center. Not far from Manchester United famous Old Trafford football stadium. We walked there on a rainy day (every day in Manchester is rainy :) with my partner and our friend and her 5 month old baby. Was not expecting a thing when my friend said that she knew about a great coffee house close to her house. Walked and saw this modest looking storefront as seen in the pictures.
Walk in and instantly you get the feeling that this is a place that loves coffee. Not as refined and sleek as other places I have seen in England such as Takk in Manchester City center or Laynes Coffee and North Star Cafe in Leeds, all are great places. This is rustic, oozes knowledge and passion for genuine great coffee. Looks slightly clustered, but at the same time, everything there has its place and is very relevant to the business. I felt like I was at peace.
The owners and staff answered all my questions, and showed me around and explained everything about the roasting, the coffee beans, and what they are seeking in their own search for the ultimate coffee cup. I bought three bags of coffee from them that I used when I got home. I do not usually drink much volume of coffee, but in this case it simply vanished in record time. I was very impressed and the guys are amazing, even the roaster himself was not working, but was there for some reason, and he showed me around and explained everything, when he had no obligation to do so. Just a very passionate guy. I really liked the whole setup and the location and the place itself.
We sat and talked about the baby, coffee and everything. I drank way to much coffee but it was totally worth it. I tend to be positive about places I go to, but if there is something I do not like I say so. But this place is my all time favorite I have been to, so far. An absolute gem.
They have a website, Instagram, Twitter and are on Facebook as well.
If you have a chance to go to Manchester then this place is a must see for coffee lovers, who like great coffee, the best espresso I have tasted so far, and a small great looking place with passionate owners and staff. I will be back next time I am in England. That is for sure.
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