Matt Goddard from Rhembo Consultancy tells us the best places to grab a coffee and work if you’re a Manchester startup
Takk – Tariff Street
This is my favourite place. The staff are friendly, and the coffee is great. I’ve been working from here for a couple of years, and it’s full of likeminded people during the week. There are always plenty of laptops on display, and a mixture of people having business meetings, working alone, and chatting informally. I’ve not hesitation in spending several hours here, and the staff are happy for people to do so. I always make sure I’m buying drinks at regular intervals, and food (really good food!) if I’m staying for a particularly long time. My only criticism of Takk, is that the seats aren’t all that comfortable, especially when sat in them for several hours.
Foundation Coffee Shop – Lever Street
This is a more recent discovery, and I like it here. It’s a big building, and lots of space to sit down and get on with work. There’s also plenty of power sockets available (always important when looking for somewhere to work from!) The coffee is good here, too, and they also do smoothies, an amazing Matcha Latte (green tea), and my favourite – protein pancakes!
Because of the size of the place (really high ceilings), it can get very loud when it’s busy and the sounds echoes, so it can be difficult to have a telephone conversation or as quiet meeting.
Grindsmith Coffee Shop – Deansgate
This is a cool place, and also has a remote working business centre in the same building so pretty geared up for people working there. Again, plenty of plug sockets available so no worries of running out of laptop battery. The food is good here, but pretty carb heavy- – not so many healthier options, but the coffee is great, and also a good selection of herbal teas.
This is quite a small coffee shop, and when it gets busy, can be hard to find a table.