11 reviews of Koffee Pot in English
Like another reviewer on here, I love the vibe, history, and location. The place is always bustling and there’s a high probability that you won’t get a seat on Saturday/Sunday morning when the place is filled with hung-over NQ dwellers. The place is so busy the windows steam up.
There is a good offering of breakfast options and pies for
lunch. As long as you don't have the scrambled eggs the food is nice enough: think greasy spoon. The scrambled eggs could literally be poured from my plate as though they were
liquid. It turned my stomach. I sent them back twice before they understood my
request to have them well done - despite the fact that I specified it upon
ordering. Then they looked pi**ed off with me!
Service is efficient but lacks the casual NQ friendliness and charm that can be found in other NQ eateries. Overall it is just: nice enough.
Came here on a Sunday to try and grab breakfast, arrived at 10:30am and the place was packed and I mean packed. Quite a few of the diners looked worse for wear and one like they may puke up on the table at any moment, not a great impression. The four seater tables were often taken up by only one person, many of them had finished their meal and drink and lazed about reading the paper while a queue grew bigger and bigger out of the door of people wanting to eat. We waited for about 10 minutes before we gave up, the fact it was packed out was a factor but the main reason was that the staff didn't seem to give a monkies that people were waiting, or even that there was no room for them to sit! I saw four people get served and they had to stand there with a hot cup of coffee waiting until someone could be bothered to finally leave! Unacceptable. It smelt really strongly of fat and oil, like a greasy spoon and the decor was dated and dirty :/
Actually glad I didn't eat there as I've heard some horror stories from a friend who once worked there, lets just say that mouldy pies are still served with the mould cut off. Yuck!
Koffee Pot is a retro-y, laid back coffee shop cum diner. It's a bit battered and old, but thats part of the cosy charm. The radio is going in here, and it attracts a nice mix of old folks, creative people who work in the Northern Quarter and labouring men who always know where to get the best breakfasts!
There is some street art on one of the walls, which looks like it might be a changing canvas for this sort of stuff. The man serving behind the counter has a great beard.
The coffee is hot, milky and with a nice dollop of foam on the top. I also had a toasted teacake in here, which was toasted just right and had an even amount of butter on. The bacon butties are pretty good too.
You can watch the world go by in here through the big glass windows all around. There are loads of flyers and free arty type fanzines dotted around to read while you wait for your egg and sausage bap too.
Laid back place serving good no nonsense grub!
Nice enough spot for a coffee but I've found the food to be a bit disappointing: sloppy, flavourless chilli con carne, and a gooey tuna melt with a stingy portion of chips.
The all-day breakfasts look quite good so I may venture back for a third try (I work 2 mins away so may be lured back in).
I saw Bez in here recently - not sure how much of an endorsement this is, as he was probably mashed off his tits.
Like a lot of places in the Northern Quarter, this is style over substance.
They’ve painted over most of the wall scribbles now - the walls used to be decorated with graffiti from the various bands that have visited for a no doubt hangover curing fry-up.
Walls may have been cleaned but food remains the same - big english breakfasts (which I have never found greasy) and lots of specials if you fancy something different- including smoked salmon on potato cakes with creme fraiche, smoked haddock rarebit etc.
Lunches tend to be a different pie each day (have heard bad stuff about the hotpot, v. greasy and chewy) and sandwich specials like the yummy hot pastrami. Seems to depend what chef is on that particular day, food mostly gorgeous, from time to time you might get a duff dinner!
Prices tend to be around a £5 - £6 for everything.
Oh and I seem to be alone on this one, but I’ve never found the coffee that bad at all!
Love the vibe, history, and location, but my meal was mediocre: goat cheese pie with sweet potato, leeks, carrots. The pastry crust was nice but the filling was very greasy, and the carrots were watery. It came with a small portion of beans that were alright. Maybe I don’t “get” English food, but some brighter flavors, different textures and an acid would have helped. The coffee was weak and lacked depth.
Walked into this place as it looked funky from the outside and fancied a coffee. I had to walk straight out because of the really REALLY strong smell of fat/oil. It put me off. If I’d have stayed in there for a coffee I’d have had to go straight home and have another shower and probably have been followed home by countless stray animals on heat.
Thhe Kofee Pot was once a yucky greasy spoon...that was til some musos took over the place and now you'll find arty stuff and staff who seem to know EVERYTHING that is going on in Manchester's music scene. You'll still find the occasional odd-bod but you'll be guaranteed to find them perched between musicians, artists and creative bohemian types.
One little tip, try to avoid the coffee!!!
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