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Porter and Cole – Lifestyle lounging

There are many places where the coffee is excellent but the decor is grungy, or the service is amateur, or the seating is uncomfortable. I am happy to say that my new favourite place is not one of these. Porter and Cole (named after the owner’s dogs) is a large, airy space, exquisitely furnished and imbued with an air of luxury – and the coffee is the same price as it is in the grungy places! Go here if you appreciate comfort, professional service and good coffee – and wine, and food, and even lifestyle goods. It feels like being at home – but with staff to cater for your needs – and its mix of big tables and comfortable seats makes it a perfect hangout for gigging home-workers and office dudes who want an off-site meeting.

When I tire of wooden benches and dirty table-tops, this is the place to revive my spirits and make me feel civilised. I would like to spend more time sampling the lamb tagine, drinking the reasonably priced bottles of wine and browsing the shelves with a view to buying a chic table-lamp but time, the ultimate luxury, presses so I rarely get more than an hour to linger in this stylish lifestyle lounge. Who said less is more?

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Details about this spot



124 High Street, Manchester

Opening Times

Mon 11:00 - 20:00, Tue - Fri 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 20.00, Sun 10:00 - 18:00


Bowl of food: £ 7.50

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)