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Trof, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Sign
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A popular Northern Quarter spot for drinking, dining and dancing. The quiz is great fun, too

Trof is one of those rare places that simply ticks all the boxes, competently catering to the need for late night dancing, soothing acoustic gigs, a midweek quiz or a Sunday roast. One of the city centre’s best places for anything from a 10am breakfast to a 10pm beer, the bar has become a Northern Quarter staple.

Food here follows the formula of bar meals done well, with burgers, dogs, salads and sandwiches all made from quality ingredients. The Sunday roast is great, too. You’ll find the most exciting stuff on their breakfast menu though, with eggs benedict, huevos rancheros with chorizo hash, a sausage and egg 'Trofmuffin' and their stellar full English just some of the highlights.

Behind the bar sits an impressive selection of over 40 bourbons, plus plenty of craft beers from various corners of the globe. The house wine can be a bit of a challenge, but a few glasses in and you'll soon become pals; she just wants to help you forge memories too special to remember the next day, so let her in.

Crucially, though, the staff at Trof are friendly – without being the peppy type to rub their hands together and exclaim, ‘So, guys! What are we drinking?’ with a strained grin etched on their face as they watch your skin crawl. Instead, the approach here is more laid back and informal, just like the joint itself. Indeed, with the three floors of stripped-back wood, industrial fixtures, chesterfield sofas and moose heads achieving that cosy and low key quality that so many have since tried to replicate, it’s the space itself that keeps pulling the punters in and back.

By: Jess Hardiman


Venue name: Trof
Address: 8 Thomas Street
Northern Quarter
M4 1EU
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Jess H

Had a number of excellent breakfasts at Trof in recent months; it's a NQ stalwart but can become forgotten with the number of new restaurants and bars popping up all over the place. Service is okay - can be a bit shaky when it gets busy, with items being delivered in a haphazard order - but it's worth it when the food comes. My most recent plate of french toast with strawberries, blueberries and whipped ricotta was simply delicious. 

Matt T

I've never met someone with a bad word to say about Trof, it seems as though they can do no wrong. From the cracking brunch options (the chorizo and sweet potato hash is a must) to the hangover curing Sunday roasts, the food menu has something for everyone. And if you're looking to wet your whistle, you've got plenty to keep you  busy, from cocktails and craft beers to a dozens of different whiskeys and bourbons. The staff are some of the friendliest you'll meet, which only adds to the welcoming atmosphere. Once you're here, you won't want to leave.