Coffee Shops, Explore Places, Place Reviews

Thyme Out Food Co, Didsbury

I have wanted to visit this lovely little cafe for so long, but it is always so busy – I see this as a good sign! We decided to visit on the morning of our 3rd anniversary. It was such a treat! The rumours were true – it’s a great spot for breakfast! Here’s why…

Thyme Out Food Co, Didsbury

Thyme out, aside from its quirky name and great outside seating area, is conveniently located on Nell Lane (just off Burton Road) in Didsbury! There is plenty of parking in the surrounding area and a metro link stop on the other side of Burton Road, making it an accessible place to visit!

We visited for breakfast and on entering, we were met with a lovely warm welcome! Due to the current distancing measures, the tables were sensibly spaced out and I felt fully confident that the team were working hard for the safety of their customers.

We sat near the counter and I was really pleased to see that Thyme Out uses the online ‘Seatd’ facility to take contactless orders and payments. This was really reassuring and made for a comfortable and safe experience.

Inside the spacious cafe, there is plenty of Manchester themed art by local artists and photographers. There was also a really great playlist full of classic Manchester music and other great tunes!

When ordering, we were spoilt for choice! The menu is so varied and all of the dishes were imaginatively named! For instance, I opted for ‘Manc Eggs!’ I also ordered a much needed morning Latte. When this arrived, I was surprised by how lovely the coffee was. It was smooth and well balanced – and was presented with some great coffee art!

Look at these Lattes!

Then, after a short wait, breakfast arrived! The presentation alone was mouth watering. Manc Eggs consists of; 2 poached eggs, crumbled Bury black pudding, sriracha, yoghurt, garlic butter and two slices of sourdough toast. I also chose a Portobello Mushroom and Bacon as extras. It was pleasing to read that the cafe makes use of local producers, too. On tasting the dish, I was so happy with my decision. It was flavoursome, fresh and the perfect portion size! I definitely recommend this breakfast option.

Manc Eggs! Absolutely delicious!

As our visit was drawing to a close and we were approaching 10am, the team brought out some delicious and (very) tempting sweet treats! These cakes are super impressive. I can definitely see myself coming back for a coffee and some cake!

Look at these sweet treats!

The team at Thyme Out Food Co were friendly, helpful and approachable. They were all respectful of one another’s safety and that of their customers. I really appreciate this!

All in all, we had a really great experience and I definitely recommend you pay these guys a visit! Breakfast at Thyme Out Food Co set the tone for a brilliant day celebrating our anniversary, when we visited Ingleton Waterfalls and later stumbled upon The Old Post Office Microbar in Ingleton!

Grace x

Coffee Shops, Explore Places, Place Reviews

Bean and Cole, Chester

I absolutely l o v e the city of Chester so I’m going to start by suggesting that you go! There is plenty to do around the centre and there are loads of cute (independent and chain) coffee shops. This is a major pull factor for me!

I visited Bean & Cole with a friend who highly recommended the place. She thought I’d love it and she was absolutely right!

First of all, I absolutely love the green shop front and cute window art! It draws you right inside from Frodsham Street!

The shop interior is minimalistic but it works. With exposed brick walls and wall art, there’s a variety of seating areas and despite being quite a small unit, the team have created ample space for plenty of visitors. The minimalist lighting around the shop results in a warm and comfortable vibe, attracting a variety of customers.

On entrance, the staff are strikingly friendly and provide a lovely warm welcome.

Bean & Cole is a dog friendly coffee shop – can you spot the puppy!?

The drinks menu is vast meaning there’s plenty to choose from, whatever you’re in the mood for (even for non coffee lovers)! I chose a Latte which came in a really cool mug with the artistic flare I so greatly appreciate. The coffee was smooth, rich and a good size.

The Bean and Cole drinks menu
My Latte from Bean & Cole

I also opted for something sweet to eat. I chose the Açai Bowl which gets a 10 out of 10 from me! It was absolutely delicious, consisting of a red berry smoothie mixture, granola, fresh fruit, coconut flakes, chai seeds and peanut butter. This is by far one of the freshest dishes I have ever ordered from a coffee shop.

This is by far one of the freshest dishes I have ever ordered from a coffee shop.

Made in house, I can not knock the quality of the dish or the fresh, local produce it consisted of.

Fresh, local produce

The Bowl itself was really artisan and handmade by Fire Station Square Pottery in my home town of Salford – check them out (link at end of post).

My Açai Bowl from Bean & Cole served in a dish from Fire Station Square Pottery

As I’ve alluded to already, the staff were so friendly, attentive but also respectful of our current social restrictions.

All in all, I am so glad I visited this coffee shop and I will be back, without doubt!

Let me know what you think if you pay Bean & Cole a visit!

Grace x



Coffee Shops, Explore Places, Place Reviews

Gran T’s Coffee House, Altrincham

This is one of my absolute favourite places on the face of the earth. I really don’t know how I’ll do it justice in my review but I’ll try to explain to you just how wonderful Gran T’s is and why.

This Coffee House has been built around immense attention to detail so this review will open with a description of the incredible aesthetic of Gran T’s.

First of all, the colour of the shop front is a distinctive blue, but even more eye-catching is the b i k e situated above the front entrance. This funky feature definitely grabs (and holds) your attention and is what led me to walk through the doors for the first time almost 3 years ago.

Laura and Chris of Gran T’s Coffee House

The image of Gran T’s is all down to owners Chris and Laura (pictured), with the Coffee House being modelled on the original Gran T’s (Chris’ Gran Taylor’s) home. The result is a homely and cosy place with trinkets, vintage light shades and wall features. However, this is not at the detriment to space. There are plenty of comfy seating areas alongside perfect study desks, too.

I love to sit and study in these cosy little booths!

This immense attention to detail means the counter, indoor and outdoor seating areas and even the toilets are absolutely beautiful. The result is a modern yet homely vibe and comfortable atmosphere. To me, Gran T’s is a home away from home.

So, what is the menu like at Gran T’s?

First of all, the coffee is without a doubt the best for miles around (and there are plenty of other Coffee Houses in the surrounding area!) It is smooth, amazing quality and always well presented. The take out cups are just as pretty as their mugs and the staff never fail to work some coffee art into your beverage!

The food menu at Gran T’s is really tasty and, again, is well presented. Their savoury selection includes a variety of fresh sandwiches and soups. Since much of what they offer is made in house, their menu changes regularly meaning you can never get bored! The team are dedicated to providing plenty of options. They also cater to allergies, gluten intolerance and vegetarians.

Gran T’s also always have a crazy selection of sweet treats. Whether you’re in the mood for a Colourful Cake, vegan Banana Bread or a Toasted Teacake, they have it ready and waiting for you with a smile!

Amazingly, they also provide an Afternoon Tea experience which is currently available to take out.

Not only is the quality of food on offer high at Gran T’s, but the cost is reasonable, especially when compared to other outlets!

Throughout the year, the team at Gran T’s hold events and offer function room hire, too. They put on crafty workshops, – i.e Wreath Making – house various social groups such as Knit and Natter and offer ticketed Cinema Nights over the festive period. I would highly recommend you follow their social media accounts – listed at the end of this post – to keep informed about what they are up to and what events they have coming up.

By far the most notable element of Gran T’s Coffee House is the people. The people that work at Gran T’s are so genuine and absolutely lovely. Since opening just over 3 years ago, all of the team members are chatty, efficient and friendly, never failing to put smiles on faces as customers walk through their doors.


Since Lockdown precautions were enacted in the UK, the team at Gran T’s have acted with integrity and have always put the safety of their customers first. Chris and Laura have ensured that the team are fully equipped to serve the public and since reopening I can not fault their conduct, as always.

Let me know about your experience in the comments if you pay them a visit!

Grace x

INSTAGRAM – @gran.t.coffeehouse

FACEBOOK – @ Gran T’s Coffee House