You could be forgiven for almost forgetting where you are when you go to Folk. I’d award them full marks for their attempts to fool the people of Manchester into believing they’re somewhere significantly more exotic than they are.
With palm trees outside and a wooden canopy surrounding the entrance, the only disappointment is on taking a seat and looking out: instead of gazing onto a remote beach with the soothing sound of waves crashing onto the shore, you are in fact on one of the main roads through West Didsbury with the sound of the occasional bus careering past! However, despite the lack of beach, the laid-back, chilled seaside vibe is most definitely alive here.
Folk is a refreshing addition on the coffee shop / bar front, being successful at its attempts at both. During the day it offers a relaxed and informal coffee shop atmosphere: hot drinks, cakes, comfy sofas and books to read. As evening draws in it offers pizzas, burgers and other low-key, laid-back eating options, before becoming a more lively bar come night-time – often so busy that the crowds spill out into the ‘beachy’ terrace area, luckily offering essential but sadly artificial heat, making it as attractive here in the winter as it is in the summer.