Grindsmith is a coffee house in Manchester, that I fell in love with the second I walked through the door.
Not only is it my cliché Central Perk, where me and my friends like to hang out, but they have created an amazing environment. It has this crazy mix of driven and motivated people, small businesses and start up entrepreneurs, mixed with laid back people wanting to grab 5 minutes with a coffee. It just works!
Every time you go there the first thing you get is this amazing feeling of being home when you open the door. Somewhere you can go to relax, spend time with friends and family, or get 12 hours of work done straight!
Then you get the welcome of the guys that work there. There isn't enough I can write about them. Always willing to help, fast service, smiles all round.
The owner, who I have spoken to on a number of occasions, has an attention to detail that I would be proud of.
Everything in there has been picked to match the interior feel and add to the surrounding environment. If only people would stop taking the spoons! They are the nicest gold effect spoons I have ever seen, but lets leave them where they are...
The food is just what you want, great tasting cakes, sandwiches and everything else you would expect. Top pick for me is the Turkey Warmer.
People always laugh when I say I am off to Grindsmiths, as if I don't go anywhere else. Not true as there are some great coffee places in the City.
The thing is, I have business meetings there, I meet my Mum and Dad there when they want to come into town for a coffee. I even met my Girlfriend in Grindsmiths! So I have a lot to be thankful for.
If you are ever in town and want to have a coffee made for you that has had a Breaking Bad level of chemistry go into its taste. This is the place for you.
Oh, and come and say "Hi". (I will probably be in there).