What a rubbish day. It's cold. It's raining. Boo you Sunday.
Instead of faffing about the house, we decided to pop over to Manchester for a visit to Sugar Junction. I found this place via Twitter a while ago when I asked for tea room recommendations (thanks @hansyquirk). It's on Tib Street in the Northern Quarter, so was only a couple of minutes walk in the rain from the warmth of the Arndale Centre. It only opened in 2011, having been run as an outside events company for two years.
I was a bit worried that this might end up being a bit of a hipster hangout, but there seemed to be a mixture of people in there, and we survived to tell the tale. (Despite hearing one boy with bouffant hair exclaim 'FML!' at his dessert. Really.)
We both fancied something a bit more comforting than your bog standard jam and cream scone. This was due to the fact we were probably only a couple of degrees off being frozen solid by the Manchester weather! I opted for a Ham and Leek Tea Cup Pie and my husband had Macaroni Cheese. Presentation is clearly their forte. We had already had our drinks served in beautiful mis-matched china, but the mains surpassed that.
My Tea Cup Pie was exactly that. A pie. In a cup. This was certainly no 'fur coat and no knickers' type of dish. The pie filled cup was one of the best things I've eaten recently. A thick creamy ham filling with leek and new potatoes. It would have been easy to serve this with a bit of sorry looking salad or a crescent of crisps, but it was obvious that a lot of thought went into this. It came with home-made pickled vegetables and a big chunk of bread. I'm definitely having this again!
|Ham and Leek Tea Cup Pie|
All the cakes at Sugar Junction are home-made. Even after the waitress had read them from a list, I had to go and have a nosy for myself. We opted for the Sticky Toffee Cake and an Egg Custard. I had my cake warm with custard, which worked a bloody treat. The Egg Custard was lovely, but my husband suggested it was perhaps missing a grating of nutmeg to give it a boost.
|Sticky Toffee Cake with custard|
For more information, visit their website here: Sugar Junction.
Disclaimer: I went to Sugar Junction because I was in need of some comfort food and a nice piece of cake. They did not know I was coming, and they have not paid me for this review.