If you’ve never visited the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, you really must. With eighteen studios, it’s a terrific place to find handmade jewellery, sculpture, furniture and original artwork amongst many other unique things. My particular fave is the lady selling cacti pincushions!
The Craft Centre is tucked away in Manchester’s Northern Quarter area, which is only a five minute walk up past the Arndale. As well as being a source of fabulously original gifts for friends or yourself, the pretty Oak St. Café at the heart of it is a tranquil place to drop in and have lunch. The menu was diverse and included soups, frittatas, stews and chillis as well as some beautiful homemade cakes. There are no children’s options as such, but ours happily tucked into flatbread and houmous together with some hot chocolate. The café’s situated in the open space of the centre’s ground floor, so there’s plenty of room for buggies. Though we didn’t need them at all, a nice touch is the supply of red blankets to keep you warm from draughts!
Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JD
Tel: 0161 832 4274 craftanddesign.com