We decided to make a day out of it and arrive in Manchester mid-day to have a wonder around the Christmas markets and see if we could find any Black Friday weekend bargains. The Christmas markets in Manchester are HUGE – pretty much any pedestrianised area in the centre is covered with independent stalls selling international food, drink and an array of gifts to buy for friends,family or yourself. We didn’t last long as it was very busy but it was great to have a look around and get into the festive spirit. If you visit the Manchester markets yourself though remember to take cash as not all the stalls take card and if you’re not good with crowds definitely avoid the weekend!
We then visited my favourite place to drink in Manchester – Albert’s Schloss because you know we’d been stood up on the train and in the markets so needed to rest our legs (any excuse). Located underneath Albert Hall on Peter Street the Bavarian-style beer cellar is a blogger’s dream with copper, copper, copper. Honestly – it’s beautiful. The decor has a Mad Men vibe to it in my opinion and they have a vast range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. I’ve never eaten there but man it’s on my list because the food being served looked amazing. If you go – let me know what you think 🙂
After mooching around the shops we had an early dinner at PLY a pizzeria in the Northern Quarter of the city. The Northern Quarter is definitely the place to go for craft beer, great food, vinyl record shops and art exhibitions – so, well worth a visit. Both Matt and I made the very bold statement that it was the best pizza we have EVER had (and we eat a lot of pizza….) so if that isn’t enough to get you there I don’t know what is! I went for the Njuda pizza with tomato, mozarella, ‘ndjuda spiced sausage and red peppers then added mushrooms for 50p because mushrooms are just the greatest. Whilst PLY had a great selection of pale ales I decided to treat myself to a cocktail with gin, rhubarb, strawberry and prosecco and it was delicious. Safe to say. we left very full and very happy….
Now it was time for the cycling – YUSSSSS.
I’ve visited the Revolution Series a few times now both in Manchester and Glasgow – you can read about my visit earlier on in the year here. It’s a fantastic way to see world class track cyclists as it is both affordable and accessible. You can’t beat the atmosphere of a velodrome and the action on the track!
The Revolution series this autumn saw many of our winning Team GB cyclists return to the track after a phenomenal summer in Rio such as Dame Sarah Storey, Elinor Barker, Ed Clancy and Owain Doull. You also get to see upcoming stars to watch out for and Neah Evans & Ellie Russell are definitely ones to keep an eye on! I can’t get over how young and amazing the cyclists are – watching them race around the track in seconds definitely motivates you to get back on your bike or in the gym….
I got to see my favourite men’s duo of Owain Doull and Jon Dibben race for Team Wiggins but it was Ed Clancy and Jon Mould of the JLT Condor team and Sarah Storey and Neah Evans of the Podium Ambition Team who were the cyclists celebrating with champagne at the end of the night! Find out more about the Revolution Series here – I couldn’t recommend enough.