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.
8 Thomas Street