Alfresco Dining In Manchester's Prettiest Square


If you ask us we'd say that St Peter's Square is one of the prettiest areas in the centre of Manchester. There's some beautiful pieces of architecture with buildings like The Midland, the Central Library and the Town Hall to name a few, the large open space and on a sunny day you can usually stumble across some pretty epic buskers from guitarists & singers to classical violin players. Until now there's never really been anywhere to sit and enjoy this wonderful space but The Anthologist has arrived to change that, with its beautifully big terrace for alfresco dining on the front.

With a large eclectic menu made up of flavours from all over the world there's going to be something for everyone. There's even loads of options for vegetarians & vegans too which is really nice to see as it's not always the case. We popped in for brunch on a pleasantly sunny Sunday, sitting outside to enjoy the view - it's not very often you get the opportunity in Manchester (although we think Anthologist have cottoned onto this as each table is equipped with blankets to keep you warm in the usual weather we see in Manchester!). 

As always we had to order the chicken & waffles, an all time brunch favourite of ours, Anthologist add avocado, sour cream and jalapeños to the mix, perfect additions if you ask us! It would of been nice to have a bit of bacon in their too for extra depth of flavour as the chicken and avocado together gets a bit samey halfway through but it was certainly tasty enough to order again. Also be sure to try their super Instagram-worthy D&M burger; a 7oz beef patty, smoked bacon, Applewood cheese in a very fancy beetroot brioche bun. If you can squeeze in a dessert they all sound pretty incredible but we had the crème brûlée and the toffee roasted pineapple with passion fruit sorbet and they were both next level.

Just like the food menu the cocktail menu is as equally big with so many options to choose from, there's even a selection of alcohol free cocktails that are under 50 calories but where's the fun in that? The Jasmine Blossom was an all round winner for both of us, the perfect summer cocktail; Silent Pool gin, lemon, homemade jasmine syrup & bitter orange & elderflower tonic spritzed with an orange blossom scent which smells amazing. We'll certainly be returning to enjoy a few more of those on the terrace.