My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Manchester Piccadilly was only supposed to be part of a ‘bits’ article. However, even though the lounge is quite small, I really liked it and it can have a bit more coverage!
The Virgin Trains Manchester lounge is located on the first floor overlooking the Piccadilly concourse and the platforms:
Despite the small size the lounge wasn’t too busy and there were enough empty seats.
There was one coffee machine, water and soft drinks:
I was quite surprised to find fresh orange juice and coconut water in the lounge.
Next to the juice fridge was also a juice station for your phone.
The highlight of the Virgin Trains Manchester Lounge was the snack selection:
Not only were there fruits and crisps, but also a broad selection of biscuits, cakes and chocolates.
(To quote dirtyneedlebluesky’s comment on our Instagram photograph: ‘Small but find it better stocked than Euston. Often get a cheap first class single from Stockport to Manchester just to use the lounge‘.)
I don’t know how many HFP readers have used Virgin’s BEAM app for on-train entertainment, but I thought I’d give it a try and downloaded it whilst I was in the lounge. You cannot use the onboard WiFi to download the app as it’s too slow. I found BEAM very impressive and will write about it separately later this week.
I was positively surprised by the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Manchester Piccadilly. It might be small but the snack selection and service were outstanding. You can easily offset part of the extra cost of a First Class ticket over Standard Class before you even get on your train.