We had our christmassy trip to Manchester planned for a while so we were really excited to hear about Almost Famous's new christmassy offering, Miracle on High street (or @Almost_Xmas on twitter). I still haven't tried Almost Famous, but they are supposedly the best burger place in Manchester (maybe the north-west) and also the most secretive. There are no signs and it's just up some stairs behind an office door in between two bars in the northern quarter. Miracle on High Street is just as hard to find, just at the back of Socio Rehab on the High Street. Miracle is only open for the run up to Christmas and the whole menu is full of Christmas winter warmers. We went for the Miracle sandwich, which is essentially a Christmas dinner crammed into an amazing sandwich, topped with a pig in blanket.
The amazing Miracle sandwich. My Dad always makes 'bubble & squeak' after Christmas, which is just a big fry up of all the leftovers and gravy and this is what it reminded me of. I think I may be inspired to serve the bubble and squeak as a giant sandwich this year. Just to the right you can see the gobble gobble fries, which were sweet potato fries sprinkled with a festive mix of spices (I have no idea what this spice mix was but it was amazing), topped off with shredded turkey in gravy and cranberry sauce. They also do some amazing sounding stews served in bread bowls. You can see the rest of the Miracle on High Street Menu here.
The whole place was like a winter wonderland, full of fairy lights and Christmas trees. When you walk in, the first thing that hits you is the smell of pine. It made me want to go out and buy a million fairy lights to decorate the house with.
Ahhh, the cocktails. There are festive themed cocktails available and I went for a Candy Cane Collins, which was a strawberry, vodka, white chocolate and cream coda concoction, topped off with a candy cane. They also do traditional warm Christmassy drinks, like baileys hot chocolate, mulled cider and mulled wine. They were actually the most expensive things on the whole menu, with mine being £7! But hey, it's Christmas, it's worth it.
I really recommend catching Miracle on High Street while you can, it's the perfect antidote to the overcrowded Christmas markets. (Which are fun and Christmassy but not good if you hate crowds as much as Scott does). I'm still an Almost Famous virgin but I really need to rectify it soon. Word on the grapevine is that they will be opening an Almost Famous in Liverpool come the spring, and I cannot wait. I'm now craving a miracle sandwich for brunch.