Going out for a meal alone is virgin territory for many.
Many feel awkward at the very thought of it; petrified of being seen out on their own, like it’s something to be ashamed or embarrassed of – whereas in reality, it’s a deliciously wonderful experience.
Having travelled around Europe solo last summer, taking myself out for dinner or lunch is something I’m very familiar with and honestly? I absolutely adore it.
There’s something just so calming about choosing exactly where you want to go, listening to your own cravings and finding the perfect spot to nestle in to while away the hours without the influence of anybody else.
A book, or any kind of reading material, is a necessity I feel in order to fully enjoy this act, when you’re first beginning to enjoy this experience anyway. Without one you’ll find it hard to sit back and watch people come and go with ease, and will be more conscious of your own actions and whether people are dissecting them as much as you are.
Should find yourself without plans, or with an hour or two spare in the city of Manchester; consider yourself very lucky indeed. Pick a spot you’ve had an eye on for a while, and go.
I highly recommend Fig + Sparrow.
The sweetest of spots; grab yourself a table and pull up a cuppa.
Fig + Sparrow source their loaves from Trove bakery and champion a select few daily, especially for you.
It’s pretty impossible to go wrong with bread (as we previously discovered here), especially when toasted and topped with sliced avocado and chopped walnuts.
A light glug of olive oil adds an extra layer of decadence to an otherwise ordinary dish.
Light and yet rich in flavour, simple but extremely comforting.
If you’re bored of the avocado toast movement, go for a sandwich.
And we ain’t just talking any sandwich.
Pesto, mozzarella and sun-dried tomato on rye.
Pretty exceptional, especially when paired with your latest page-turner.
Punchy, loud flavours, softened by the chunky mozzarella and chewy bites of bread.
If you do get the chance to indulge in a bit of me-time, I highly recommend you give it a go. Fig + Sparrow have a knack of offering up the calmest of ambiences, the perfect therapy if you’re feeling a little fed up or crave a side of solitude with your sandwich.
Try it, just once. I promise you’ll love it.