As a firm fan of brunching in Manchester, I’ve recently discovered a new little opening that I had to come and share on the blog.
Open Under Coffee is one of Manchester’s newest launches, situated on Deansgate. At first, you assume it serves up a range of coffees and hot drinks, along with a strong offering of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. However – there is a slight twist.
Over Under Coffee runs as a stylish coffee shop and brunch destination by day, then then when night falls, it turns into a classy cocktail bar. This is a brand new concept for Deansgate, with its versatility to offer two different options to cover both day and night visitors.
I chatted to the team when I popped in one Wednesday midday for a spot of brunch, who said: “We will close the shop for an hour to do the change over in which it will then open as a bar.” In my opinion, this will amaze people when they come back in and see how much the space has turned around, offering an evening vibe.
As you can see from the photos, the place has this clean, minimal aesthetic, which gives a nod to a stylish scandi theme. It always reflects a Manchester industrial theme, with a strong deep green colour palette running through the stark bright white and black.
Over Under offers an intimate space for those on their lunch breaks or passing by for brunch to come in an pick from the menu. The place caters for 22 covers during the day and a further four at night.
I have to admit, the space is so beautiful. I genuinely enjoyed visiting and catching up with my friend over coffee and avocado on toast!
And on that note, lets have a little look at what you can expect to see on the menu, and why I feel it’s a pretty strong food menu even though it isn’t too extensive in length.
For each Over Under (there is one in London too) there is a base menu, so don’t expect the Manchester menu to duplicate the London food offering.
They currently serve up a Chorizo Hash, which I almost went for (chorizo, potato, mustard, paprika, fried egg etc…) as it sounded too delicious. I actually spied the man next to me eating it and I was truly tempted.
For more breakfast options, you can expect a Granola and Coconut Yoghurt and American Style Pancakes, which would make a lovely Friday breakfast treat on your way to work.
The Reuben Toastie on the brunch menu was recommended to me, as was the Truffle Egg and Cress Roll. I absolutely adore truffle anything, so this one nearly made the cut. But you know what? Give me sourdough loaded with avocado and poached eggs and I’m more than happy.
So that I went for.
Alongside this dish, I went for an oat milk latte, and my friend chose the Poached Eggs on Sourdough as her brunch option with an Americano.
Service was speedy, to say there were at least another ten people in their the same time as us. And when my coffee came out first, I couldn’t help but think ‘hey, this place is uber instagram-able’. So I had to take a few arty snaps for the gram while there, of course.
The portion of avocado and seeds was waaaaaay generous – just how I like it. This place does not scrimp on the lashings of smashed avo, and I was more than happy about this.
It was a truly tasty and delicious brunch dish, and for £7 (an additional £1.50 for poached eggs) it pretty much reflects the standard prices for brunch in Manchester.
I can’t comment on what the bar at night will be like as I haven’t experienced this yet, but I’m uber keen to check it out soon.
As far as breakfast/brunch/lunch goes – this place has won be over, and I literally can’t complain about anything. It is a small space so don’t expect to always get a seat, but due to the busy nature of Deansgate, there should be people coming and going all the time.
Fab coffee, and a strong, statement brunch men. Thanks for having me guys and looking after us!