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Stopping for a bite to eat…

By this time feeling exhausted but knowing I had to continue on my trek, I decided that a break was in order and headed to the Slug and Lettuce opposite St Peter’s Square. I have to admit though that it was the creative name which attracted me here in the first place but the delicious pub food managed to exceed my expectations. There are plenty of Wetherspoons pubs dotted about the city, most notably along Oxford Road.

For somewhere to eat for that special occasion, I can’t recommend enough going to Beluga, just off Albert Square (no, not from the set of EastEnders but the real one in Manchester), where upstairs is a cocktail bar serving tempting drinks and downstairs is a fine, classy restaurant where you will dine in comfortable surroundings. A little on the expensive side, but the prices are certainly worth it if you’re in Manchester for a special break away.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Manchester during the Christmas period (and I was), then visit the German market at St Peter’s Square. Although it gets very busy, you will find everything you want here: pottery, glasswork, ornaments, bags, jewellery. The icing on the cake for me was enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a delicious German sausage inside a warm wooden shelter. Sausages and mulled wine galore here!

The Quays are calling…

After I had gained a small paunch from my lunch at Slug and Lettuce, I took the Metrolink tram along the Eccles line to Salford Quays, having heard that it was an up and coming area. Upon arrival I could certainly see why so many young professionals had decided to call this area of Manchester home: it is complete with impressive apartment blocks, cute little cottages and the breathtaking waters with the promenade leading down to exactly what I had come for: the Lowry Outlet Mall. Only recently opened, there is also the Lowry Centre sitting opposite the mall, housing a Vue cinema and the newly opened theatre, where many Shakespearean plays are acted out.

But if it’s shopping we’re talking about, there is plenty to find in this mall. It basically consists of independent shops, but many of the outlet stores such as Whistles often have sales and you definitely won’t miss them, as Sales Posters adorn every window. My favourite shop was the Buddha Shop, selling sumptuous bean bags which I could have sat on for hours before falling into a peaceful and relaxing sleep. There are also plenty of gallery shops in case you want to decorate the walls of your home with something a bit different. Again if you’re feeling a bit hungry, head to the extensive Food Court where you can tuck in to some mouth watering Harry Ramsden fish and chips.

Further afield…

If you haven’t heard of the Trafford Centre then you mustn’t be living on Earth. This gigantic shopping mall opened to the public on the 10th September 1998 and has since become one of the most popular destinations for shopping in Britain. Just 9 kilometres from Manchester city centre, the Trafford Centre holds 230 stores. Like the Arndale Centre, it holds every store you can think of, except on a grander scale and with amazing architecture and décor: just look out for the dolphin fountain!


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