With the folks visiting from London, we thought we’d spend a day locally in Castlefield, Manchester. And although threatening to rain, the sun came out at the right moments and we managed to enjoy an afternoon lunching and strolling.

We headed for lunch first, al fresco at The Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester. And what a lunch it was! As I was too distracted with eating, drinking and chatting in the sun, I’m afraid I didn’t get many foodie shots except this one…

lunch at the wharf castlefield manchester

This was my incredibly scrummy lunch of Tart Tatin of fig and blue cheese with piperade and sweet potato mash – delicious and light on a Summer’s afternoon. Mum had the same and we shared a good bottle of French Sauvignon Blance. Hubby had haddock and chips with mushy peas and Dad went for the BBQ burger and chips. None of us was disappointed with our choice.

The good thing about The Wharf is it has fantastic inside space (2 floors full of tables, nooks and crannies and fireplaces), an outdoor terrace on the 1st floor and a huge terrace overlooking the canal, with lots of tables around the central fountain and an outdoor BBQ for the Summer. We sat outside to make the most of the sun. The staff were friendly and chatty, the food delicious and Dad was happy as there was a great selection of ales – a real pub! Will 100% be back  soon and will write-up a full review – perhaps will head over for a Sunday Roast.

Feeling happily full after lunch, we decided to wander along the canal at Castlefield to burn-off some of the extra calories we’d consumed.

This is the bridge leading out of The Wharf.

bridge at the wharf castlefield manchester

What I love about Manchester is its rich mix of architecture and untouched history. Castlefield is a great example of this, full of red-bricks, converted factories, wrought-iron bridges and modern bars and restaurants. The stroll along the canal is quiet, but lovely. We enjoyed nosing at the canal boats and crossing the bridges.

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Here’s a self-portrait looking into the canal, part of my 30-day self-portrait challenge. You can see the 30 day #ABeautifulMess self portrait challenge photos here.

selfie in the canal at castlefield manchester

Enjoying the view…

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We were lucky to be crossing the bridge just as a boat needed to get through the Lock.

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Whilst we were enjoying lunch, we could hear some live music being performed at a bar across the way. As we got closer, the music was fab and it was part of the One Day One Love Festival #MancuniaBand Mancunia Castlefield Manchester

So all in all we had a lovely afternoon in Castlefield, Manchester – it really is steeped in history and interesting sites. Of course everything looks so much prettier in the sun!

Has anyone else been along the canal here?