Out recent trip to London was broken up by a day trip to Manchester. We rode a 2 hour train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, mainly so Alex could visit Old Trafford stadium (this is how I got him to go to tea at Harrods).
Old Trafford: Alex is a Manchester United fan, so he set up a tour of Old Trafford so we could have the full stadium experience. We saw every aspect of the stadium including the locker room, tunnel, players seats, owners box, and press room. Go behind the scenes at Old Trafford and see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves. The tour was about 80 minutes long and very informative. Tickets for adults are £18 and if you have your student ID you can get a student ticket for £16.
La Tasca: After our tour of Old Trafford I went on the hunt for a curling iron that worked in the UK and finally found one at Boots. Since we were already out walking around, we decide to just pick a random restaurant and give it a try. We were craving something spicy, so when we saw a Spanish restaurant we were pretty excited. We started our meal with the Pan Del Día, which was grilled bread served with extra virgin olive oil and sherry balsamic reduction. For our main course we shared four different tapas including the Gambas Pil Pil (king prawns cooked in garlic, chilli & olive oil, served with baked bread), Pollo con Chorizo (chicken & chorizo in a creamy white wine & smoky paprika sauce), Chorizo (fresh ‘dulce’ chorizo sausage, sautéed with caramelised red onion, garlic & thyme), and Albondigas (roasted pork meatballs, in a rich, slow-cooked spicy tomato sauce). My favorite tapas were the Pollo con Chorizo and the Albondigas, but Alex liked the Chorizo the best. When we saw the Churros Y Amigos on the menu, we instantly splurged for dessert and did not regret it one bit.
Cloud 23: When we first arrived in Manchester, our Uber driver was kind enough to share his favorite spots in Manchester, including a dining room on the 23rd floor on the Hilton hotel. We had some free time, so we gave Cloud 23 a try before catching our train back to London. The atmosphere and view were incredible and we enjoyed the cheese plate with a selection of cheese, seasonal fruit chutney, grapes and biscuits. Our cheese selection included a sharp cheddar, a mild blue cheese, and one of the creamiest bries I have ever had. They were serving tea as well while we where there and I would not mind going back for tea sometime in the future.
Below are picture from all of our stops in Manchester! xoxo
Images above: The Lowery Hotel.
Images above: Old Trafford.
Images above: La Tasca.
Image above: Cloud 23.