A Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former Manchester and Salford Wesleyan Mission building from 1910 there’s a vast bar, real fires, perfectly preserved original plaster, a wall stuffed generously with flowers by floral artists’ Frog – not to mention a stage, DJ booth and network of beer pipes and tanks serving unpasturised Pilsner Urquell to hordes of adoring punters. The strapline for Albert’s Schloss – ‘Cook Haus and Bier Palace’ – is accurate, the menu an indulgent delight that’s as popular on weekday lunchtimes, as Saturday nights and Sunday brunches. Start with a ‘morning bun’ with cinnamon sugar and Oreo coffee, crayfish Benedict or the Broke’n’ English sandwich, named after a homegrown hip hop outfit and comprised of broken yolks, treacle-cured bacon, avocado, chilli jam and cheddar on a morning rolls. No, this isn’t somewhere that’s sticking to the classics; its all about giving you what you really, really want which could be a ‘sausage fest’ of three house wurst or schweinshaxe (crispy bavarian pork knuckle, red cabbage, apple and horseradish gravy), an ‘Alpine pizza’, creamy burrata, beetroot hummus banana waffles or a halloumi schnitzel burger. Drink house wines, cocktails (blood orange and cranberry g&t and Espresso Martini are favourites), or press the ‘push for prosecco’ button on your table for £20 bottle on weekday happy hours. Happy hours indeed.