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Valentines Day In Manchester

Romantic Valentines Escape Package


Show someone the love with this fantasticValentines Package for the 14th February only £204 per couple.


  • One night accommodation in one of our floor to ceiling windowdouble bed rooms with buffet breakfast
  • A box of chocolates & a bottle of Prosecco waiting for you in your room
  • Three course meal and drinks at the Northern Quarter Restaurant
  • 2pm late checkout, to spend more time with your loved one



Twice baked tunworth soft cheese souffléwith frisée, caraway and poppy seed straws

Lobster ravioli with langoustinebisque, spinach and tempura oyster

Potted suckling with apple andsage relish, toast and crackling

Seafood sharing platter; oysters,beetroot cured salmon, mussels, whitebait and squid, king prawns



Spinach, wild mushroom andricotta rotolo pasta with roast vine tomato sauce and Parmesan wafers

Roast cod fillet with kale,artichoke fricasse, brown shrimp and sauce vierge

Lamb rump with ‘hotpot’ potatoes,braised shoulder, crispy fried tongues, purple broccoli and roast garlic

Chateaubriand for 2 with roastmushrooms and tomato, fat chips, pepper & béarnaise sauce, wilted greens



Berry & champagne jellyterrine, shortbread and chantilly cream

Cappuccino panna cotta withzabaglione and hazelnuts

Baked white chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake, pineapple granita

Chocolate soup with shortbread,fresh fruit, homemade marshmallows, crushed nuts and popping candy.


To make your reservation simplycontact the hotel at 0161 836 9600 and speak to the hotel reception or email us at

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Manchester Christmas Markets 2013

It’s that time of year again, where Manchester becomes a bustling hive of woollen clothed activity. People take to the streets in their hats, scarfs and gloves to join in the festive fun provided by the Christmas Markets and this year promises to be the biggest yet.

The markets are a mix of European stalls including the likes of French, Italian & English, though the underlining theme is defiantly that of the German Markets in Berlin. The markets stretch from Albert’s Square to The Triangle and boast over 150 stalls more than any other of the large Christmas Markets in the UK.

You can purchase an array of items like handmade wooden toys, bath products, art & the usual Christmas decorations, but the main reason to make your way to the markets is for the food and drink. There is a huge amount of food on offer and my personal enjoyment is going from one area to the next sampling foods as I go. Goulash, currywursts, stews, chocolate crepes, breaded pretzels, dumplings, fried potatoes, paella, doughnuts, cakes and much more on offer. It doesn’t take long before you have over indulged, but the smells and sights are enough to keep you wanting more. In true Germany style, Gluhwein is the biggest contender when it comes to winter warming drinks on offer, however there are plenty of other options including hot apple ciders, hot chocolates (with a spirit if desired) and the English classic, hot Vimto.

In 2013 it was reported that more than 1.7 million peoples visited the stalls at Albert Square and that number is expected to increase this year, which without sounding too much like the Grinch is the only downside of the Markets. The Markets where not really designed to cater for so many people and some areas are down small streets, this can cause some minor frustrations as you may not be able to see all the stalls unless you are willing to queue. I would suggest visiting the Christmas Markets on weekdays before 5pm for the quietest periods.

All in all the Christmas Markets are fantastic, well worth the visit and to many people who have been visiting the stalls for 16 years, it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without them.

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Free Wi-Fi & Free Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express. Simple, Smart, Spot On.

As part of a Global campaign all Holiday Inn Express properties in the UK will now offer free Wi-Fi and free breakfast to all their customers, making Holiday Inn Express an ideal place to stay for work and pleasure.

Our free Wi-Fi allows you and your digital self to get on with your work and social life hassle and most importantly cost free.

Our free buffet breakfast consists of scrambled eggs, sausages and beans as well of a range of continental options including pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurts. The only thing left for you to worry about is how you’re going to enjoy it. Whether you enjoy a sausage sandwich with brown sauce, scrambled egg and beans on toast or strawberry yogurt with muesli and honey, or decide to have it all, there are no extra costs.

Have a look at the new Holiday Inn Express advert and click on the link below.

Free Breakfast YouTube

Breakfast Eaters MP4


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Manchester Bierkeller has arrived!

If it’s one thing that Manchester lacked it was a good bit of Bavarian culture, especially when it comes to their food and drink.

The Manchester Beirkeller opened its doors on the 16th of August and has taken the city by storm. They boast a huge drinking and eating complex with 4 separate bars, including the Ski Lodge, Shooters Sports Bar, Around the Wold in 80 beers and of course the Bierkeller. For those unaware Bierkeller translates as Beer Cellar, a traditional Bavarian pub, normally situated underground. These huge Beer Cellars would normally consists of long tables and benches, steins full of Weissbier, good German grub like Bratwurst, large breaded pretzels or a hearty potato soup. Normally the evening entertainment would be supplied by a local Oompah Band, who would encourage the crowed to drink and sway through their songs. Put this all together and you have one amazing night.

A few colleagues and I were lucky enough to be invited along to the VIP opening night. We entered into what seemed at first a small bar, with wooden cladding and antlers on the walls, the seating area consisted of large round booths and the bar served the usual options. However it wasn’t long until we finished our first free drink and headed down stairs to.  We soon realised that there was a lot more on offer than first meets the eye. We made our way to Around The World In 80 Beers Bar, after sampling another free beer we browsed the food and drink menu. I wouldn’t describe myself as a connoisseur of beer but I do like to try as many different beers as possible and if you are like minded, this is the place to do it. Offering 100 different beers from 80 different countries and to go with that delicious beer how about a kangaroo burger or hoi sin duck pizza. We sat down on a large wooden table and sampled a few more of the exotic beers on offer while listening to a live band.  Whilst I was in this area I did notice 5 screen panels at the back of the room with what looked like taps. I presume you can order and pour your own beer without going to the bar, though by this point all was a little hazy and didn’t dare attempt pulling my own pint.

It wasn’t long until it was time to move into the Bierkeller, the room holds around 200 people and consists of private booths with self-serve taps built into the tables or long wooden benches and tables. Personally I prefer the long tables; their great for getting to know the people around you and make friends and even better is that you can dance on them later on when things get crazy. While entrance into the establishment is open to all, the actual Beirkeller room is only for people who have pre-booked on one of their packages. There are 3 packages that include various extras including drinks and food. The nice thing about it being pre-booked is that everyone stays in one room and people are quick to make friends with the people on each other’s table. Each table has its own waitress dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing, an outfit I have always been a fan of. Beer is served by the pint of by the stein. A stein of Erdinger costs £8.20 if I can remember correctly, which is very well priced, considering 4-5 steins should last you the night. At 8pm a large screen lifted to reveal a stage presenting the fantastic Bavarian Stompers, a massively success Ompah band which have played all over the world. I personally have seen them play around 8 times over the many years and can say they always deliver an amazing night. It’s not long before everyone is on their feet, all swinging their steins of beer back and forth to the music.

All in all a fantastic night, if anyone has been to Oktoberfest this is the closest you can get without getting on a plane. It’s a fantastic addition to Manchester’s night life and I am sure they are going to be here for some time.

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Band on the wall Manchester is the place to be.

Band on the Wall is a not-for-profit venue run by registered charity Inner City Music. They exist to present the best music from around the world and support the main stage events with a dynamic education programme which operates throughout the year.

Band on the Wall pride themselves in hosting the best in Funk, Folk, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, with a different artist nearly every night.

If live music is your thing, it’s the place to be in Manchester. Situated on Swan Street, just a 1 minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express.

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Best Bars in Manchester

Manchester offers some of the best night life around with award winning flair bars, multi-story night clubs, Victorian pubs and bizarre concept bars. We have complied a list of Manchester’s best pubs and clubs all tried and tested by the Holiday Inn Express team.

Best all in one – The Bierkeller

The Printworks 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester M4 2BS


Best Pub – Britons Protection

50 Great Bridgewater Street, M1 5LE
Best Cocktail – The Alchemist

3 Hardman St, M3 3HF
Best Rum Bar – Hula Tiki

11 Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, M1 1DB
Most Unusual Bar – The Oast House

The Avenue Courtyard Spinningfields, M3 3AY
Best Concept Bar – The Ski Club

Hardman Street, Spinningfields, M3 3JE
Best Indie Bar – 5th Avenue

121 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7AG
Best Gay Bar/Club – Via

28/30 Canal Street M1 3EZ
Most secret bar – Almost Famous (We can’t tell you their website otherwise it wouldn’t be a secret)

100 High Street, M4 1HP
Best View  – Cloud 23

Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, M3 4LQ

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Rod Stewart Tour Manchester

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Tickets for the 8th & 9th of June shows are on sale now, priced £60.00& £70.00. The legendary singer-songwriter returns to the Manchester Arena venue for the first time in five years to perform tracks from Soulbook alongside hits from his 45-plus … Continue reading

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Manchester Christmas Markets

Festive Stalls

Manchester Christmas Market

17 November – 23 December 2013

Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Markets. Continue reading

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Not Just London….Olympic Football at Old Trafford

During the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Manchester ground will play host to nine matches in the men’s and women’s football tournaments including a semi-final in both competitions.

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Book Our New Legoland Package….

We have teamed up with Legoland at Trafford Centre to offer our guests an extra special package exclusive to our hotel.

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