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It is time to follow up on my 2012 Cafe challenge which had become a little slow in progress. So today Tim and I decided to try Battery Park in Chorlton. The original plan was to try out the tram which now runs to Chorlton, but that plan was shelved due to the fact that I have marmalade on the stove and I have to be back within 2.5 hours! And of course the weather was a factor: heavy rain is predicted for the afternoon. (Which never materialised …)


I was keen to try the Raspberry Razzle smoothie, as it was legendary. And it certainly lived up to expectations. And, might I add, it is almost a meal in itself, so when combined with a soup and sandwich, you really have to work hard to squeeze it all in!


The Raspberry Razzle contained: tropical juice, raspberries and banana.
Tim and I both had the Sweet Potato, Coconut & Chilli soup, which was truly delicious. I think it needed a bit of salt (or perhaps they could have put salt on the table to add yourself if you wanted to). But the winner was the sandwich from the specials board: Halloumi, sunblushed tomatoes with salad on ciabatta. I always forget how much I love halloumi. But it is also one of those things that always tastes better when someone else makes it ….


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The cafe itself is quite small and cosy. There is a main sitting area as you come in, with another on the mezzanine level. However, unless it is busy enough, you could end up looking like billy-no-mates in the upstairs room, as it clearly is a second choice seating area. Also, it was pretty freezing up there, so we were lucky to find a table below.


Just another note, they have a book exchange in the back room. If you’re not yet converted to Kindle, bring a book and swap it for another.


Would I be back. Yes! I can see why it was included in the Manchester top 10 cafe list. However, the reality is that I don’t really come to Chorlton that often, and when I do, it is usually in the evening, when they will be closed.


It really is a pity that in the UK coffee shops/cafes cannot survive by opening in the evening. I often feel like getting out in the evening, but I don’t want to go a restaurant, and I don’t fancy the pub. A cafe would really work for me …


I believe my 2012 Cafe Challenge is absolutely on track. I am planning a few visits for when my parents are here, but I think I only have a few to do. I shall do a tally soon.
You will find Battery Park opposite Croma on Wilbrahim Road in Chorlton.  For contact details and operning times, go to their listing on the View Manchester website, which you can find here:   link for contact deails