31 May Having lunch in Altrincham
We had another lovely bank holiday weekend, and since the weather was cooperating, we decided to go explore another area we haven’t visited yet (even though we’ve been here for a year already, yikes!): Altrincham. I’ve heard it’s a nice place to walk around and thought we could use a change in our scenery, so we hopped on the tram and went all the way to the end of the line.
And because no venturing is complete without us trying a new place, we decided to try Blanchflower’s lunch menu to get the much-needed energy we needed to continue discovering the area.
In case you haven’t been, Blanchflower is a lovely bakery/kitchen/restaurant/cafe close to Altrincham Market, and you can find your typical brunch selection, like eggs royale and other poached egg dishes, and lunch options like sandwiches and salads. This time we decided to go for the sandwiches.
Our server recommended this yummy-looking beef sandwich so I went for it and enjoyed it quite a lot. It was extra meaty, which is always nice, and the dijon mustard had a strong flavour serving as a good contrast against the roasted beef. The bread itself was nice and soft, which makes absolute sense when you learn that they bake it in-house.
G originally asked for an asparagus and gruyere tart, but a couple of minutes after we ordered it was sold out, so he then decided to go for another recommendation: a Lancashire cheese and asparagus sandwich.
We split both of our sandwiches in half and exchanged a piece so we could try them both, and I have to say my roasted beef pick wins over this one. Gabs’ sandwich was a bit like a grilled cheese with some asparagus in it, which isn’t bad, but it’s not what I had in mind originally. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that it’s incredibly greasy, so you better have a napkin by your side to clean yourself after every couple of bites.
Apart from the salad that comes as a side, which we both enjoyed quite a lot, we also asked for some thick-cut chips which were absolutely fantastic. I loved the crispiness, which is quite unusual to get when you ask for thick-cut, but I had no complaints, of course!
Another downside I must share is that, even though we just ordered sandwiches, we had to wait quite a long time for our order to come out. Maybe it was because we went around 1pm and most people are having lunch by that time, but it’s just something to keep in mind in case you’re extra hungry or just in a rush. If you don’t mind the waiting time, then sit by a window and enjoy the view of people passing while you have a chat, nothing wrong with that 😉
After we devoured our carbs, it was time for dessert!
I did let the experts guide me on this and asked for their two favourites. We shared a strawberry tart and an orange and dark chocolate cake, the latter one being my absolute favourite part of this lunch by far.
The cake was spongey, and the orange flavour was subtle but good enough to present a contrast against the dark chocolate flavour. If you pay these guys a visit, eat this cake, please! And even if you can’t have it at that moment, get a slice to go, you won’t regret it.
Overall, our experience was good. The staff was lovely and the sunny day definitely made everything look and feel even nicer, which is always a plus 😉 I have some plans to return to Altrincham on Sunday, but I’ll share more on social media, so make sure to follow me to see what I’m up to. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).
In the meanwhile, if you’re looking for a lunch deal in town, maybe check the one I posted on Tuesday.
Thank you so much for reading me, and make sure to come back next week for more 😉