The £10 Challenge: You won’t end up with egg on your face this Easter

By Shanna McGoldrick and Claire Holden

With spring in the air and Easter just around the corner, there has never been a better time to get out and about in the sunshine and hunt for eggs.

Go on, don’t be chicken…

Our top tip for a civilised afternoon of yolk-filled fun is to head to the Northern Quarter: Teacup, specifically, located on St Thomas Street. Don’t worry, the strawberry-red décor and queues of people spilling out of its front doors make it impossible to miss. 

In this kitsch 40’s style café, you will find an extensive menu of mouth-wateringly delicious treats and delights. Bypass these; they will make you fat. We need protein!

Start your quest in the traditional British manner: by ordering a pot of tea (£2.20). Served in charming mismatched china, a cuppa here is almost an event in itself.

But we have bigger eggs to fry. Turn your attention to the impressive menu; whether you like them poached, boiled, florentine or scrambled, there’s something here for everyone.

Personally, we recommend that you go for the dippy eggs at £3.95 for two perfectly boiled lovelies, served with soldiers on the side. Yum!

After all this excitement we suggest you take a breather. Walking is free, and good for lowering your cholesterol. Let your senses guide you to Piccadilly Gardens where you will find Manchester’s Real Food Market, open the second and fourth weekends of each month (Fridays and Saturdays).

With the remaining £3.85 jangling in your pocket, look for a stall selling gourmet chocolate eggs. (Yes, we know we were on a health-kick a minute ago, but no-one said we were consistent.) 

If you fail to find such an oasis in a desert of fruit and vegetables then don’t despair – you can always nip into Spar, pick up a cheeky Cadbury version and much your way through it by the fountains, while tourists look on with envy.

The trail ends in Common Bar, on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter, where Teacake presents ‘Eggs No Soldiers & Other Unseen Moments’, an exhibition by the late Accrington-born photographer Tom Culley.

The collection features some of his most cherished work, insightfully capturing extraordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people. You could finish your evening here with a fruity tipple, but Mancunian Matters absolutely does not condone the delicious effects of alcohol, and therefore recommend that you enjoy your eggsibition sober!

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