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Friday, 24 May 2019

Bottomless Brunch At Albatross & Arnold

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[Gifted review] I'll hold my hands up, I probably brunch too often. I'm not sure how or when I got into 'going for brunch', but what I do know is I can't remember my life before it. And then came bottomless brunch, which if you're not familiar with - is the same as brunch but with bottomless drinks. For me, bottomless is that something extra.  That little bit more of a special occasion.

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I've been to a fair few bottomless brunches across Manchester, and always love scoping out new takes on the concept. So when an invite dropped in to review Albatross & Arnold's offering, it didn't take much deliberating. As my boyfriend had never been to one before, I took him along to give a fresh set of eyes and tastes on what he thought too.



I'm not often in Spinningfields as I work in the Northern Quarter, so we headed down especially for the review and found Albatross & Arnold right next to the river neighbouring The Dockyard, Refinery and Menagerie. Their brunch is named the 'Classy Bottomless Brunch' and is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm. As I'd not been to the venue before, I didn't have much idea of what to expect in terms of interior, food, service or anything. We were led upstairs to our table overlooking Spinningfields and had a DJ throughout the session.



Usually in bottomless brunches, you get the one dish and a few hours of unlimited drinks. Venues differ to differ in what they other - some will give you options, whilst others will limit it to one or two drinks. Here you have all of the options. Bottled beer, mimosas, prosecco, g&t, rose and bloody mary, which I think is really great, as chances are if you're in the group, one person will like one drink and the lads might want a beer - so it makes it easy to please more people.

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I stuck to mimosas throughout as it's a good in-between. In terms of food, you get two courses from three categories: 'Eggs', 'Savoury' and 'Sweet.' These varied from chorizo Benedict, smoked salmon royale and salt beef bagel to a duck egg omelette and buttermilk pancakes. I've never had more than one course at a bottomless brunch before, so this was a novelty.


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We both went for the chorizo Benedict and the buttermilk pancakes which you can see in the photos. I'm a big fan of eggs Benedict, so for me, I'd prefer the portion size of this to be bigger with two eggs as opposed to the one as it was really flavoursome and the eggs were cooked perfectly. I enjoyed the addition of chorizo as I traditionally have it with ham or bacon, and the hollandaise was deliciously rich. The pancakes were light and fluffy and a perfect contrast to the sweet option before. I don't have the biggest stomach so the two portions combined would be fine on a normal day. But I do think when you pair it with alcohol, they could be somewhat bigger to balance out what you're drinking.

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A lot of work had clearly gone into the presentation and the menu itself. There's so many different, mouth-watering options on there and our service throughout was flawless. And it's not often I say that. Not because I'm harsh, I used to work in hospitality, but because I've had a lot of bad service recently, and I feel people only make noise when it's bad. So in that respect, theirs should be applauded. We felt really looked after, the staff were friendly and we never went thirsty. They couldn't do more to help or make sure we had everything we needed.


Their bottomless brunch is priced at £40 for two hours, including all of the above drinks and two courses, which despite the portions being a little small for me whilst I'm drinking, is still good value. And the reason I say that is if you were for instance to have five g&ts or wines in that time - that would come to £6-£7 / £30-35 alone (depending on where you drink in town),  so you get the two courses for the remaining amount. Adding that to the service the staff provided, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.


This review was kindly gifted but all views are my own.


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