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Teatime Collective, Manchester (and some sewing)

Teatime Collective, Manchester (and some sewing) Posted on 04/04/20164 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Both living in East Manchester and an exceptional level of personal laziness have contributed to me never having visited Teatime Collective before now, even though it opened back in late 2013.

Teatime Collective is a now (I think!) 100% vegan cafe and ice cream parlour also offering custom-made bakes, and event catering. I was dead set on stuffing the biggest burger possible down my mouth hole after seeing some other reviews online, so that’s exactly what I did.

The cafe itself is in a slightly faffy location if you’re travelling via Manchester City Centre. It’s around 1.3 miles from Piccadilly Gardens and around a 20-25 min walk, or you can hop on either the 250, 256 or 263 if you’re lazy (like me). You’ll want to jump off on Stretford Road, just next to Hulme Park, and then walk across the park to find the cafe.

HOWEVER. I would suggest that the menu makes it worth a trip. There aren’t many fully vegan menus quite this exciting in Manchester and with so much variety on offer. My lovely pal Vicki went for a taco trio (with jackfruit and coconut bacon, among other delights) and I went for a ruddy big tex-mex burger.

Taco Trio – £6
Taco Trio – £6

My burger was huge and tasty as all heck. You guyz, it had molten cheeze lava INSIDE IT. Inside THE BURGER.

The cafe offers various ice cream flavours but we were both entranced by the 3 different kinds of cake available. We went for some kind of joyous chocolate/caramel/hazelnut confection. I can’t remember its formal title. I was in a cake reverie.

I took pity on poor C, who was back at home keeping my wonderful little poochums entertained, and grabbed a slice to take away. I even managed to NOT EAT IT on the way home. Actually, I confess to being so stuffed I literally couldn’t eat another thing that day, which is very unusual for me. Really VERY unusual.

After the gargantuan effort of trotting out for lunch and then doing some Saturday-in-Manchester-City-Centre shopping, Sunday was mostly spent draped over the settee trying to muster energy enough to make tea/visit the bathroom/etc. Lord help me, if my recent blood test shows my B12 levels are now ship-shape and back to normal then it’ll be time to admit I am just more lazy than I ever thought possible :/

In any case, I did manage to get some embroidery done and even made a ruddy big pie for dinner. I’ve been nicking designs out of a lovely Scandinavian Needlecraft book I got for Christmas, and I had a go at a cheap plain pillowcase yesterday….


Not too shabby, I feel! That yellow is a regret, though. Far too pale, woe 🙁 But I’ll try try again of course and hopefully knock up some nice gifts soon.

I hope you all had a super weekend and aren’t too depressed that Monday has arrived again so soon. It’s pretty gloomy here in Manchester I have to say. Come on springtime, I want to ride my bike!

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  1. Yay, so glad you made it to Teatime! I always eat so much there that I don’t eat for the rest of the day, sometimes I can’t even squeeze cake in and have to take it home for breakfast the next day!

    If your b12 comes out as being a-ok, don’t be disheartened. Your levels might be right now, but your body still has lots of internal repairs to make from deficiency. It took me almost a year to feel normal again

    1. Thanks chum; yeh, I’m hoping it’s just my body catching up with itself! Once something vaguely resembling spring arrives I want to get back on my bike and hopefully get my energy levels up a bit.

      Also: NO ROOM FOR CAKE? I’m not sure I know who you are anymore.

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