TAKK, MANCHESTER

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Whenever anyone criticises Manchester’s culinary credentials, I am the first to jump to its defence. I will concede that London blows most of the country out of the water in terms of variety and sheer volume of delicious dining spots but I definitely maintain there’s a world beyond the confines of the M25.

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MELROSE AND MORGAN, HAMPSTEAD

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I’m proud of myself. Proud of myself for not having plonked myself in the first cafe I came to, Gail’s. I mean absolutely no disrespect to this lovely little chain of bakeries. On any other day it might have been the destination of choice, but, by casting my net a little wider, quashing the lazy voices in my head and wandering just that bit further I happened upon Melrose and Morgan.

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STORY DELI, SHOREDITCH

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We voyaged out into glorious sunshine on a city adventure. Colombia Road flower market was intended to be the main event but turned out to be little more than a fleeting interlude, a precursor to a perfect afternoon.

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