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Love Saves the Day: more love

Jonathan Schofield on a good-looking addition to Dale Street

Written by . Published on July 8th 2008.

Love Saves the Day: more love

Love Saves the Day (LStD) has opened a third outlet since bouncing back to life.

The new Dale Street venue in the Northern Quarter is perhaps the best looking of them all, but without the old building charm of the Deansgate operation. As with the nearby Thomas Street venture the emphasis is very much on the outlet as a coffee shop rather than a deli, although a select and entertaining range of products are available – Fresh Pasta Company produce, Penrith Old Smokehouse lemon and pepper smoked salmon and so on. This LStD version also places great emphasis on inviting customers to hang round and sample its large range of reasonably priced wines.

"Given the paternalistic government we have at present deals like this are discouraged as irresponsible drinking. But Confidential thinks that drinking fine wine and good ale is a very responsible act and should be encouraged."

The space forms part of Carver’s Warehouse. The original building here is two hundred years old, the part LStD occupies is the new extension fronting on to Dale Street. This has high windows and a wide door. The result is a very attractive space flooded with light. The building work was done by architectural and civil engineering practice Martin Stockley Associates who occupy part of the building and provide ready custom.

Stockley’s share space with Marketing Manchester and Visit Manchester. These are the main marketing, conference and tourist organisations for the city and regularly host visiting journalists. This writer knows how idle hacks can be: with the coffees, wines and snacks in tempting distance of meetings, LStD can expect a lot of web and print inches.

The wine deals are superb, with an individual selection which criss-crosses the world from Old World to New, from a French La Columbe Chablis to a Chilean Soleus Merlot. The wines are all £5.95, with any two for £11 and six for £32. This is a good idea for the company because it increases sales and good for the customer as it encourages variety. There’s a good few bottled local ales too from the likes of Holts and Millstone with a similar deal of £2.50 each, three for £6.50.

Given the paternalistic government we have at present no doubt deals like this are discouraged as irresponsible drinking. But Confidential thinks that drinking fine wine and good ale is a very responsible act and should be encouraged. There should be government courses set up to promote Epicurean principles of pleasure and make people happier in themselves. Or so a companion and I gently mused as we shared a bottle of lush Merlot. Alcohol excites the brain, see, we should all be giving it a go.

Finally coffee and cakes. LStD has a number of own blends including the big strong Deansgate, and the milder but still full flavoured Northern Quarter. Both are recommended for their rich character and both can be drunk on the premises or taken away in packet form (£4.50) to prepare at home. The homemade chocolate fudge cake and the carrot cake are excellent too and cost £2.70 a slice, the carrot cake is made by a member of the Joyce family, co-owners of LStD.

In its southern reaches Dale Street is one of the classic Manchester streets of textile warehouses and workshops. It retains its narrow canyon-like grandeur, but there’s never been any reason to linger before, now there is. With suitable and mind-expanding refreshment included.

Look out for a good range of events on the LStD website too.

Love Saves the Day Deli and Cafe
77 Dale Street
City M1 2HG
0161 236 9611


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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

City WorkerJuly 8th 2008.

For me LSTD has always seemed over priced for what you actually get. They are charging restaurant prices for sandwich shop quality. Value for money it is not.

olaJuly 8th 2008.

although i'm a fan of the produce at LSTD and have visited on and off for a number of years, is it only me who find the service pretty dreadful. Service with a smile? More like with a distainful grimace.

Thoroughbred MancJuly 8th 2008.

My friend and I had lunch here (Dale St) last week on the strength of this review. Our platters (Ploughman's and Mediterranean) were well presented if a little on the sparse side. Service was pleasant enough if lacking in personality. I still feel Deansgate is by far the best of the bunch. Maybe Dale Street need a little more time to settle in.

Foodie LoverJuly 8th 2008.

Popped into the new LSTD on Dale Street on Saturday and had a lovely platter, washed down with a glass of vino. Served by a friendly "foodie" loving member of staff. It's so great to see LSTD on Dale Street, and to see this Manchester Independent do well. Well done!

ripped offJuly 8th 2008.

I can't see how they can justify £2.70 for a piece of carrot cake.Their prices are astronomical. I think they reached the moon before man did.

MatthewJuly 8th 2008.

The staff are fantastically warm and helpful at the Deansgate Branch. I have been in there more times than I can count and never encountered any rudeness.The wines are good value, but I do agree that quite a lot of the other stuff is overpriced - even if it does taste good.

AnonymousJuly 8th 2008.

We're regulars at the Deansgate LSTD and the service there is always first class. We went to Thomas St once. The staff were worse than a bunch of students after an all-nighter. Hopefully this will be changed as LSTD is by far the best at what is does in Manchester. And it's good value for the quality. Manchester needs LSTD so make sure you get the right staff in! N.B. unlike the bunch of wasters who stood around preening at the Oldham St. venture.

AnonymousJuly 8th 2008.

I agree. I visited the newly opened Dale Street branch on Sunday asked for Earl Grey Tea got Breakfast Tea instead and not so much as a smile. People don't want to buy products/sit in a cafe with surly/miserable staff. It won't last if this carries on which would be a shame as the area has been waiting for a cafe for a long time.

Vino tinto fanJuly 8th 2008.

I too agree with the comments about service! I also find most things overpriced apart from the fantastic wines they offer! Something tells me that the only real positive comment came from someone with a vested interest!

IlovemanchesterfoodJuly 8th 2008.

I have to agree with the comments about poor service - one wonders are the staff given any training whatsoever? And in these credit crunching days their prices seem a little too high - also, they are rather tight on portion control. Dont eat there if youre hungry!

Red KenJuly 8th 2008.

Always liked the original LSTD , as they grow its like they have learned their lesson . Bought in food , its a branded coffee and wine shop ... no more . Customers , do not dwell in the past . As for the service , tell me anywhere in the city centre where you can get really excellent service certainly not at LSTD

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