Massive queues as NQ brunch favourite 19 Cafe Bar reopens after refurb

Fans of the hit brunch spot queued up in their droves as the cafe reopened its doors

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 13th March 2023

Massive queues formed up the street this weekend as fans flocked to the newly-reopened Northern Quarter brunch favourite 19 Cafe Bar.

This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot has become an absolute go-to over the years for all-day breakfasts and naughty pancakes, thanks in part to its chocolate bar-laden menu.

It has been closed for several weeks whilst undergoing a refurbishment but reopened its doors on Saturday with a brand new look.

Tucked away on Lever Street in the shadow of Piccadilly’s bus stops, if it wasn’t for the huge queues stretching down the road this weekend it would be very easy to walk on by.

The cafe is worth seeking out though, with its Biscoff and Kinder Bueno pancakes both big draws amongst its fans.

Image: 19 Cafe Bar
Image: 19 Cafe Bar

Loaded with the likes of Biscoff crumb and spread, banana, ice cream and salted caramel sauce, or homemade Kinder sauce, Bueno, chocolate sauce, roasted hazelnuts and vanilla ice cream, if you’re in the mood for a treat this is where to find it.

There are healthier pancake options too and a strong list of brunch cocktails available from the bar, with pornstar and espresso martinis, Aperol spritz, bloody marys and mimosas all on offer from 9am.


On the drinks front, you’ll find special hot drinks like gingerbread lattes and Terry’s hot chocolate served alongside proper builder’s brews, chai lattes, hot Biscoff, coffees and more.

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Image: 19 Cafe Bar
Image: 19 Cafe Bar

Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find traditional English and Irish fry ups, a bacon and black pudding benedict, salmon and avocado bagels, indulgent French toasts and loaded breakfast brioche buns.


Extras are available to add on from £1.50, with options like fried eggs, toast, Bury black pudding, smoked salmon, hollandaise and halloumi all on offer.

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The cafe is reopened now with a brand new look, serving its hit all-day breakfast menu from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.

Feature image – 19 Cafe Bar