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Sunday, 12 February 2017

V-Day: How To Have the Perfect (Date) Night All Under One Roof*

It’s that time of year again: that one that begins with the dreaded “V.” If you’re single, like me, the whole palaver can be quite over the top and frustrating. I’m not really a celebrator of Valentines, single or not, but last Thursday evening I was lucky enough to be invited to a little pre-Valentines shindig of eating good food and watching a fab movie, at the Printworks in Manchester. I invited one of my friends to come along with me and join in the fun and boy oh boy, a lot of fun was had. 

I’m at an age (the young age of 23, if you’re wondering) where heading to the Printworks is actually a regular occurrence: it’s definitely got that reputation for being a student-y venue, and whilst I’m not quite one of those any more (the teacher’s bags under my eyes are glaringly obvious), I still find that it’s a really good place to grab a bite to eat and a drink with friends. My usual go-to when I’m in Manchester is Chiquitos (I just can’t say no to their pulled pork quesadillas) but in an effort to be a little bit more original (and try something outside of my comfort zone!), I opted to visit Wagamamas and spice up my life with some good old-fashioned Japanese food.


One of the good things about Printworks is the fact that all of the restaurants, bars and venues are under one roof, meaning that access was ridiculously easy and our journey from Wagamama to ODEON took mere seconds (which was fantastic, considering the fact we were 10 minutes late in setting off to see our film AND the fact that Manchester is eternally arctic and venturing outside of the building would have been horrendous.) There really is something for absolutely everyone: Liam, who I took along with me, for example, is a vegetarian and still managed to find something amazing and delicious to eat on the menu.


Wagamama was particularly easy to find and the staff were ridiculously accommodating and made sure that everything was up to scratch with our food. Our waitress was very attentive and checked on us all throughout our meal, even though the restaurant was pretty busy! She took the time to advise us on some things on the menu that we probably otherwise wouldn’t have tried. She recommended that we try the mushroom and aubergine hirata steamed buns which we definitely wouldn’t have chosen otherwise and they were absolutely phenomenal. I absolutely LOVE carrot juice so I tried Wagamama carrot filled contribution to the juice trend. In all honesty, I could have drunk it by the bucket load: it was ridiculously refreshing and the ginger definitely complemented the carrot flavour. Alongside the mushroom steamed buns, we also ordered the ebi katsu which were essentially battered chilli prawns. I love prawns, I love chilli, and to be frank, I would have been perfectly content with just a plate full of these delights. I definitely spied my pal eyeing up my last prawn whilst I was eating some of my main course. I think murder might have occurred if that prawn had left my plate. For mains, I ordered the beef teriyaki donburi, a firm favourite of mine whilst Liam opted for the seafood ramen. We were both incredibly impressed by both the food and service, which just goes to show that Printworks have a fine establishment in Wagamama in their building.


Bellies full and feeling optimistic about our film choice (T2 Trainspotting), we headed the short distance through Printworks to ODEON. I LOVE ODEON. I’m all for independent cinemas and fully encourage people to use them whenever they can but there’s honestly nothing more reliable than a good ODEON cinema. They always have regular showings of films and of course, they serve my favourite raspberry tango ice blast. I have a habit of falling asleep whenever I go to the cinema (dark lights and comfy seats = sleepy hol) but I’m pleased to say I managed to stay awake for the entire duration of the film. The ODEON in Printworks is enormous: it was a little bit like a maze trying to navigate our way up to the screen where our film was being shown. I’ve never seen a cinema as big which obviously has its advantages- the number of films on show was vast so obviously we had a lot of choice when choosing the perfect flick for us. If I’d have had my way, we’d have gone for a viewing of La La Land but that didn’t sit particularly well with my partner in crime. No complaints whatsoever, though, because as a book blogger, watching Trainspotting is definitely something that appeals to me: I’ve read and loved the book and I was incredibly excited to see what they were going to do with the sequel.


I was not in any way disappointed: the film was hilarious, brought together the original, incredible cast and was accompanied with a bloody spectacular soundtrack. There were a few things that happened during the film that threw me a little and I had to really think about the first film- I’d recommend a rewatch of the original Trainspotting if you’re planning on seeing this one but it’s definitely possible as a standalone as well!

We had around an hour after our screening of the show before it was time to get our train back to Liverpool so we OBVIOUSLY nipped into Yates’ for a little bevvie to end the night. I’ll definitely be coming back to Printworks for any future date nights I might have: the range of choice appeals without a doubt. No matter what your taste in food, drink or film, there is something for everyone. The entire evening came together nicely and everything is so affordable. If you fancy a fun, romantic evening on a relatively small budget then Printworks is most definitely the one for you.

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I’d like to say thank you to the PR team at Printworks, Odeon and Wagamama for accommodating us on this amazing evening! As always, views are my mine and mine alone.

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