Basil House: An Area Guide

Posted Sep 23, 2019
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Basil House, Portland Street: Area Guide

Making Manchester your new home? Moving to a different city is an exciting time full of opportunities to see new things. Here at Manchester Apartments, we want to make your moving experience as seamless as possible. We’ve created a guide to the local area, highlighting all the ‘must-try’ places around your Basil House apartment. Keep reading to discover the best local bars, restaurants and transport links, to help you make the most of your living experience in central Manchester.  

When it comes to city centre living,  nothing beats Basil House. Situated on Portland Street, amongst some of Manchester’s oldest red-brick buildings, our Basil House apartments are the perfect blend of industrial style and heritage features. 

 Basil House

Local Amenities

You’ve got plenty of local amenities right on your doorstep at Basil House. Sainsburys, Tesco and Spar are all within walking distance for food, drink and everyday essentials. Manchester Arndale is less than a 15-minute walk down the road, in which you’ll find an Aldi as well as all the high street shops you’ll ever need! 

For prescriptions and advice, your closest chemist is Boots on Portland Street . If you need a walk-in centre, Boots on Market Street offer this service. If you need to register for a GP, your nearest Doctors Surgery is The Docs on Bloom Street. 

Eating out options

Are you a fan of going out for dinner? Living within the heart of the city centre means you’ve got numerous options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner right on your doorstep. 

Leaf on Portland Street offer some of the best brunch options in town, if you are looking for somewhere new to grab a coffee in the morning, or  want to indulge in something more exciting than cornflakes, Leaf is your answer!


Image: Leaf on Portland Street

Sangam is another must visit whilst living at Basil House. Located just across the road from your apartment, Sangam specialise s in the finest Indian cuisine using fresh, healthy ingredients. Their high-quality food is perhaps the reason they have expanded out to both Didsbury and Bowdon.

The Portland Bar and Grill is another local favourite, which first opened its doors 10 years ago.  Since then, it has undergone a full renovation, and added the locally renowned White Bar. The combination of great service, stylish surroundings and good food has won the hearts of many visitors and locals alike. Located just a few minutes from your apartment, The Portland Bar and Grill menu covers everything from homemade pizzas to delicious steaks and burgers as well as lighter lunch options.


 You’re in close proximity of all of Manchester city centre’s best entertainment venues. Close to Manchester Town Hall, you will be in walking distance of all of the action that Albert Square has to offer , including Manchester International Festival, Manchester Food and Drink festival, the Christmas Markets and various other events that take place throughout the year. 

 Basil House

Image: Manchester International Festival 2019

Manchester Palace Theatre and Opera House are both within walking distance of Basil House, showcasing some of the finest theatre productions straight off the West End.

Outside spaces

We understand the importance of connecting with nature and spending enough time outdoors. Living in the city centre doesn’t mean you should compromise on this. Manchester city centre is home to a large number of parks and outdoor public spaces, which can be found in this blog post. Sackville Gardens is the closest to Basil House, sandwiched between the Rochdale Canal and The University of Manchester’s Sackville Building. The large green space is a popular area for city-dwellers to get outdoors. 

We hope this blog has filled you with inspiration on how to get the most from your living experience whilst staying with Manchester Apartments, and all the amenities around you at Basil House. If you’re interested in living in one of our Basil House apartments, get in touch today!  

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