Staycation – Part 2

The sun set and Manchester was lit up by bright lights.

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I could not get get over the view! It was stunning.


All dressed up we nipped to the 23rd floor lounge for a couple of canapés and a drink before heading back down and up again to Cloud 23 for a drink. Haze has been in Manchester for 7 years and even she hadn’t been to Cloud 23 so it was a first for both of us.


It’s impressive with high ceilings and has incredible views of the twinkling lights of Manchester.


We ordered cocktails and joked that we actually felt like we were on our holidays.


How gorgeous though..

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After cocktails we went to the room to freshen up before our uber whisked us away to another place we had never been before, Grafene.

We’d heard good things but had no real expectations.


The restaurant was cool and contemporary and we had, what I think, might possibly have been the best meal I have ever had in Manchester.

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Without sounding like a food snob the menu was inventive and the flavours of all the dishes were amazing.

The portion sizes weren’t huge but that’s just the nature of the restaurant. Anyway what they lacked in size they really did make up for in flavour.

I started with tomato, consommé, black olives and mozzarella. Yeah, tomatoes, doesn’t sound like much and I’m not sure I can really sell it to you but it really was delicious so you’ll have to take my word for it.


Haze started with Mackerel.


For mains we both went for cod (which I seem to be ordering it a lot lately) which was served with mussels, potatoes, broccoli and seaweed. And for a white fish it was anything but bland. We just rabbited on to each other about how we don’t get how they can make it so succulent, buttery and delicious. I guess we need to get practicing in the kitchen to improve our culinary skills.

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We shared a dessert. Chocolate ganache with meringue and a mandarin sorbet.




Giggly and giddy we finished our wine and headed to The Alchemist to meet some friends. We ended up dancing the night away on the benches in Albert Schloss. By the time the clocks had gone forward we’d stayed out reasonably late (not like us at all) so we had mixed feelings of pride but also slight dread about the impending hangover for Mother’s Day the next day.

We walked back to the hotel before falling straight to sleep in our king size, fluffy cloud of a bed!!

The food at Grafene really was incredible and I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.

Goodnight Manchester, I love you!


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