Federal Cafe & Bar // 9 Nicholas Croft // Manchester


I was over the moon with the amount of options for non-coffee drinkers they had. Here, an Oatly matcha latte
Every drink looked like a work of art
The whole crew enjoying the sunshine whilst waiting for a table

I couldn’t leave without trying out another one of their hot drinks, this time I went for a turmeric latte

This surely must be brunch goals!

To top it all off, warm banana bread with vanilla mascarpone! OMG… We all died and went to cake heaven…

I had one main mission given by the Rainhill crew for the weekend and it was to find a nice place for brunch on the Sunday. I of course took my job very seriously and did lots of research. I love researching food places anywhere I’m going. Food is such a big part of the experience. There’s nothing worse than a disappointing meal… Why have a bad or mediocre meal when you can have an incredible one? That’s what I think. You’re spending money go out so make the most of it!

The one that really grabbed my attention in searching was Federal Cafe and Bar. “A New Zealand and Australian cafe” as they describe it. As soon as I read that I was intrigued! Aussies are great with tasty brunches. The menu looked very appealing and I knew this was the place we had to go. Faye also did a bit of research and stumbled across Federal too and approved.

After our browsing in the shops we were ready for a late brunch! We headed over and it was so busy! As soon as we stepped through the doors a super lovely girl spoke to us and said the wait would be about half an hour. We were more than happy to wait so grabbed a seat outside in the sun and ordered some drinks in the mean time. I had the most delicious matcha latte I’ve ever had. It was unsweetened and only had Oatly in it. I died it was so good. Why don’t cafés in Glasgow have this to offer us non-coffee drinkers? I would absolutely love that. We had a lovely time sitting in the sun with our drinks. Such a beautiful crisp autumn’s day.

We eventually got a table inside. There was loads of deliciousness to choose from. Unfortunately a bit limited on the vegan front so I went veggie for the day. I went for the halloumi and ‘shrooms. So did Carole and Faye too. Faye and I added avocado  as well. Sharon had avocado toast with bacon and eggs. I also had to try their turmeric latte with Oatly. It was magical as well. It had a bit of coconut sugar in it but had just a small hint of sweetness. It tasted like Christmas in a cup.

Then the food came in. It was beautifully plated and it tasted soo good! I haven’t had cheese in quite a while and thought it was a bit much so next time I would probably have it without it. That’s just me though! Faye happily had some of my halloumi haha. The food was lovely and so fresh. A great light lunch.

When we were looking at the menu we saw they served banana bread with vanilla mascarpone, which stole our attention. We couldn’t leave without trying it. That first bite, wow, it was delicious! The banana bread was slightly warm and moist. Together with the mascarpone it was a match made in heaven. I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. I could’ve had the whole thing to myself!

We loved our visit to Federal and the staff gave the friendliest service I’ve experienced in a while. Super chatty and lovely. If you’re in Manchester you need to go here! You won’t regret it.

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