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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Review | Fress

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I'll admit it, once I have my 'go-to' places, it's rare I'll veer off that path of what I know and love. So when a new brunch spot was thrown into the mix, and when I say 'mix', I mean the group chat, I was in two minds. But I'm a 'say yes' kinda gal, so off to Fress we went.



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Slap bang in the city's Northern Quarter, on Oldham street, I'm told it's an ex newsagents and even before you've walked through the door, it's hard to not be impressed. Outside marble tables line the venue's chic shop front where you can drool over the selection of desserts they've got on offer - whether to eat in or take away. It's an intimate venue and one that was packed when we arrived - always a sign of a good place right?



Before we'd even been greeted, I was snapping away at lightning speed - from the gold and brass finishings to the cute menu clipboards and floor to ceiling subway tiles - hats off to whomever thought this dreamy interior up. After a few minutes we were seated at the bar due to the main dining area being full - we stayed here for a drink before a few tables became available and swapped just before our food came.

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It took a lot of temptation not to order a mimosa with brunch, but having had a few heavy nights that week, thought it best to stick to soft drinks... I had the Fress Full English which is pretty self explanatory from the above but it was seriously deceiving in size the more you got stuck into it. I wasn't overly keen on the bread but the rest I lapped up - full thumbs up for two sausages, something you rarely get in a fry up. I would normally prefer poached eggs but the quality of everything else distracted me from my usual fave egg finish.



The staff and service here were both fantastic and couldn't do more to help, despite having a packed brunch service on their hands. The attention to detail here is really what sells it for me - everything has been thought of and executed beautifully - even to receiving your bill in a gold glass bell jar - making paying a fun task for once...

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As for price, it's pretty standard for a Manchester fry up and is a hidden gem in the NQ, which I can only see becoming the next go-to place as more and more people start finding out about it.



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