I may be more known for my love of gin, but I’m no stranger to a glass of the fizzy stuff.
What better way to celebrate it being Friday, than treating yourself to a little after work? That’s what Bubbles at Browns is all about. Great fizz, at a price that won’t make you wince, but you’ll still feel like you’re pushing the boat out a bit.
And the Friday before my birthday, and the first day of Manchester Pride, I headed over with a few friends for a little fizz of our own, to kick off the best weekend of the year (for me anyway).
Five minutes away from the hubub of Market Street, and the bustle of Piccadilly, Brown’s is on York Street, it’s in an old bank building that was transformed into the pub known as Athenaeum (hit Google for that one) and since then into Brown’s Brasserie & Bar.
As you’d expect from that part of the city, the building is filled with marble, tiled floors, and wood panels. You can still picture gents in big hats, and shiny boots and tailored suits doing business standing on the tiled floors, clerks scrawling in ledgers (ladies would rarely have been seen on the premises). Now it’s filled with the scent of food from the kitchen at the back of the venue, underneath the big clock, the chatter of customers and on a Friday, shuffle of ice as a bottle hits an ice bucket.
Our plan was simple, take advantage of the Mercier Blanc de Noirs Champagne at the price for £29.99 (Prosecco is £19.99 and Palmer & Co Rosé Champagne is £39.95), and a nibble or two, including the oysters on offer on a Friday too.
And that’s exactly what we did.
We slurped the oysters with a little shallot vinegar, fresh and sweet. We nibbled at soft and buttery duck pate smeared on toasted brioche. We crunched the crisp green olives, and we may have also indulged ourselves with the salted caramel profiteroles, I mean just look at them, you would wouldn’t you?
It was such a bloody lovely Friday. The combination of friends, food, and fizz, conversation swirled around us as we asked for another cork to be popped.
I might just have to do it again tonight.