Best Brunch in Manchester – Federal Cafe & Bar

Finding a good brunch in Manchester has become much harder. Mainly due to new places popping up around the city and claiming to be the best. Brunch, my favourite meal of the day. Every time I go away (or stay in Manchester), whether it’s to Amsterdam or just down to good ol’ London town I hunt down a brunch spot.


Manchester has become the hub for great food. It’s a foodies dream.  I must’ve eaten in at least half of the brunch spots across the city. The one that stood out the most is Federal Cafe.


Situated next to Shudehill Interchange Federal manages to keep the charm of the Norther Quarter without being too much of a hipster hot spot.


Federal is only small. It probably seats less than 30 people which means it can get over busy and seem a bit impersonal, however it still oozes charm and character and you’ll always find a smiling face.


The menu is typically brunch, lots of bacon, poached eggs and avocado and the coffee offering is exactly what’s need with all different types of milk. The best thing about the menu is that it gives not only the option to add extras but effectively build your own brunch.


Coffee Game

For me, a good cup of coffee is built on three main things; a good cup, strong beans and a sign of love and attention. I ordered a skinny latte (does anyone actually like whole milk these days?). It came in a glass which isn’t a personal favourite, I’d much rather have a cup or mug to clutch.

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Brunch in Manchester

As for the love, you can see that the barista obviously put their heart into it – pun fully intended. It’s little extras like this that make you realise how dedicated to their craft they are.

I went for a classic Eggs Benedict but added halloumi. I can’t think of one meal I wouldn’t add halloumi to if i’m completely honest. My friend ordered bacon and scrambled eggs on sour dough , something I’d never normally go for but after seeing it I was impressed.



Poached eggs with runny yolk. Hollandaise sauce was buttery and tasty. Spinach was perfectly wilted. Sour dough was crispy. Halloumi was salty. Bacon perhaps slightly too crispy.







Overall a top notch brunch and a place which has visited a lot more than once now:

Coffee: 9/10

Food: 8.5/10

Service: 9/10

Price: 8.5/10

Overall: 35/40

Check them out on Facebook for all the brunch updates and to nosey through the menu – 


Have you got any favourite places to brunch in Manchester?





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