Mann Island Social
£££ Craft Beer & Breakfasts In Waterfront
Written byCharlotte Davenport
25A Mann Island
0151 541 7093
Payment TypesCash & All Major Credit Cards
A casual, elegant dining and drinking space that is open from dawn till dusk on the cusp of the Albert Dock and in a prime spot on Mann Island. It is the perfect place to brunch, an easy space to work, to read, to have lunch with friends, or post-work drinks. It caters for many different types of people, and is a spacious, pleasant environment.
It’s such a big open space, with a large entrance and a glass front looking out towards the Museum of Liverpool and the Albert Dock, and a back entrance that comes out opposite the Open Eye Gallery in Mann Island itself it is a truly welcoming, and social venue – as the name suggests. There are some long, comfortable sofas in the front, some booths along the right-hand wall, and some other tables and chairs throughout the rest of the venue. It is big without feeling too expansive and cold, managing to retain warmth, with the bright lights and the welcoming staff. If you fancy a little bit more seclusion, there are a few casual tables through the back entrance. We’ve always had great service whenever we’ve been to Mann Island Social, and the entire experience is a casual one that allows you to sit back and relax.
If you are here for brunch and some coffee there are a few different breakfast choices, including a full breakfast (meat or veggie), egg dishes, muffins, and a breakfast bagel. If you’re just after a quick and simple porridge or a round of toast, they’ve got you covered for that too. Our favourite lunch at Mann Island is to have the mozzarella and pesto ciabatta, with rocket and little pops of tomato – we always upgrade to a portion of fries on the side, that are crispy and salty, and delicious. It’s a pretty sizeable lunch at an extremely good price. Sometimes, after work, we’ll also pop in, order one of the craft beers, and a few sides for the table. The sweet potato shoestring fries are great, the arancini balls fall apart in your mouth and are extremely moreish, and the garlic bread with cheese as good as anything -simple food, done well. The burger choices, and the other main meals all come with big portions and delivered with quality, providing you those signature casual dining dishes, such as sausage and mash, scouse, and chicken katsu.
We’ve always been pleasantly surprised that a bar with such a prime location as Mann Island has such a cheap menu. This turns into astonishment when you realise how good the food is at that price. The breakfast dishes are all between £7 and £11, sandwiches between £5 and £7 (and you can add fries for £1.50), and all the main meals are under a tenner. Great value. It’s worth popping in during Happy Hour too – every Monday to Thursday 5-8pm, and every Friday 4-7pm – where you can get 2 pints for £8, 2 cocktails for £10, and a bottle of Prosecco for £15.