Usually when it comes to industrial-style eateries and tea shops in Manchester, the Northern Quarter is your natural port of call. However, trust me when I say it’s worth making the (very minor) detour to the bottom end of Portland Street, where you’ll find LEAF. Born in Liverpool, LEAF is all you could want from a tea shop, bar, eatery and venue – and then some. As well as offering “Brunch and Beats” (their sweet Sunday soiree which involves brunch and live DJs) and “Pudding Club”, LEAF also hosts a book club, life drawing sessions, wine tasting and night time music fun featuring local musicians and DJs.
When it comes to food, LEAF gets it spot-on. Ranging from burgers to salt & pepper squid, from veggie Goan curry (my favourite) to jerk lamb, there’s really something for everyone. Aside from a diverse and delicious food menu, gin is their thing. A flurry of floral options includes lavender & star anise, and pink grapefruit & jasmine tea, and their non-alcoholic drinks list is even longer. I’ve never counted, but there’s upwards of 50 different loose leaf tea options, either to enjoy there and then, or to buy from their little shop to take home.
One of the key differentiators between LEAF and those similar across town is the space. It’s so roomy compared to the numerous poky cafes and tea shops with tables tucked into every corner possible. These have their charm of course, but large groups are easily accommodated in LEAF and elbow room is aplenty. With additional event and meeting spaces, I’m really not sure what else they could possibly add to their repertoire of offerings!
113–115 Portland Street
+44 161 883 1138
Photos by @leafonportlandst