Albert’s Schloss has just introduced a new breakfast menu packed with Alpine delights.
Manchester’s Bohemian bier palace, cook haus and bakery has just rolled out a host of new dishes perfect for the upcoming cold season, so naturally we had to go down and give it a try.
Think stacked Schloss breakfast poppy bagels filled with your choice of Yorkshire streaky bacon, round bratwurst, haus chilli jam and gouda, coriander and pink pickled onions, soft chive omelette, slow roasted portobello mushrooms and smashed avocado (£7.95).
Elsewhere, you’ll find more haus-baked bagels filled with smoked salmon, chive cream cheese and poached Burford Brown eggs, alongside British breakfast staples like the full English, eggs benedict and avocado and eggs.
We went for the regular fry-up and a meaty breakfast bagel, washed down with a few ‘liveners’ which more than did the required job of bringing us back to life after a long, mournful weekend.
Opting for an espresso martini and a relatively fiery Bloody Mary (well, a Red Snapper, as we switched out the vodka for gin), we got stuck in to our platefuls of chunky sausage, crispy bacon bits and stacks of lightly charred toast.
Overall, the size of the Catherine wheel sausage left us a little disappointed (it was, as you can see, really more of a squiggle) but it’s fair to say that the rest of the plate more than made up for it.
A pot of beans, rich, gooey fried eggs and a hearty helping of crispy Yorkshire streaky bacon was a warm hug on a cold September morning, whilst a poppy seed bagel spilling over with colour and freshness did wonders to lift our spirits.
Whilst there’s not much here for vegans, vegetarians are well catered for with dishes like goats cheese and courgette fritters with Burford brown eggs, frankfurt sauce and spicy devilled tomatoes, and Turkish eggs with garlic yoghurt, poached Burford brown eggs, herbs, chilli butter, crispy onions and sourdough toast.
There’s also a veggie Cook Haus breakfast with Moving Mountains sausage, smashed avocado, Burford brown egg, roasted portobello mushroom, baked beans, hash brown, roast tomato and Pain de Mie toast, and a sweet veggie pancake stack with vanilla, berries, maple syrup and cream.
Pixies to play three Manchester gigs as part of major European tour in 2024
Pixies are heading out on a European tour in 2024, and they’re stopping off here in Manchester for three nights.
After recently playing to intimate Manchester crowds at the relaunch of iconic music venue, Band on the Wall, and to thousands at Castlefield Bowl as part of 2023’s Sounds of the City concert series, Pixies have announced they’ll be making a return to our city once again next year, and they’ve got three gigs lined-up.
The influential and pioneering US alt rock band are set to head out on a tour of some of the biggest cities in Europe tour in 2024, and will be performing a selection of tracks from their hugely-acclaimed albums, Bossanova and Trompe Le Monde – which were released in 1990 and 1991 respectively.
Black Francis and co will be taking over Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall for three major gigs on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, and Thursday 14 March 2024.
Bossanova was the band’s third studio album, and was praised by critics for showing their less primal side, with a recurring sci-fi theme running throughout, and surf and space rock influences at the forefront.
‘Alison’, ‘Dig For Fire’, ‘Velouria’, and ‘Cecilia Ann’ were just some of the notable tracks from the album.
Trompe Le Monde, on the other hand, was known for having bookended a run of landmark records for the band, and although it was their fourth album, it’s arguably the most playful in their catalogue – with singles ‘Planet of Sound’, ‘Alec Eiffel’, and ‘Letter to Memphis’ featuring lyrics on UFOs, conspiracy theories, and more to prove Black Francis and co were still restless to push their sound forward.
Both albums are described by critics as sounding just as fresh and relevant today in 2023 as they did when they were released over 30 years ago.
Pixies’ celebration of these two iconic albums will see them perform across major European cites such as London, Dublin, Paris, and Amsterdam, as well as Manchester for three nights.
Pixies – Bossanova x Trompe Le Monde Tour 2024
8, 9 & 10 March – Olympia Theatre Dublin
12, 13 & 14 March – Albert Hall Manchester
16, 17 & 18 March – O2 Forum Kentish Town (London)
20, 21 & 22 March – Paradiso Amsterdam
25, 26 & 27 March – L’Olympia Theatre Paris
Tickets to the Bossanova x Trompe Le Monde Tour 2024 are officially set to go on general sale this Friday 9 June from 9am.
Hit Stockport sandwich shop Rack is opening a second cafe in Sale
Stockport’s favourite sandwich shop is coming to Sale, it has been revealed this week.
The small but mighty butty shop is expanding, as owners unveiled plans to open a new cafe and brunch spot inside a former barber’s shop in Sale.
Set to open on School Road later this year, the team will move into a characterful and quirky space in M33 following a full refurbishment.
With a hidden entrance down a side alley and then up a flight of exterior stairs, it might not be the easiest to find but – based on the calibre of butties coming out of their original shop – we know with certainty this will be worth seeking out.
Promising to keep it ‘all things sandwich’, just as they do at the original Stockport shop, on the Sale menu fans of things in bread will be as well catered to as ever with a dedicated grilled sandwich menu, plus staple breakfast butties and regular specials.
That’s not all, though. Given the increased size of the new space, the Rack team is also planning on introducing a new brunch menu – although details are currently being kept under wraps.
Sharing the news with fans online in a post that has been liked over 500 times, the Rack team wrote: “Huge Sandwich & Brunch Announcement.
“We’re opening a brand new sandwich and brunch spot on School Road in Sale M33! Taking over the space that once was a quirky first floor barber shop on the high street – The entrance is down the side alley and up the stairs, it’s got bags of character.
“Swipe to see how buzzing we were to start smashing walls down and see some of the progress. Keep your eyes peeled for progress pics and the menu drop – opening soon!