There is nothing more quintessentially English than the ritual of Afternoon Tea, and Manchester isn’t short of options.
Finger sandwiches, scones (however you pronounce it) and elegant cakes enjoyed with cups of tea or glasses of Prosecco – who isn’t drooling reading that? This traditional pastime is not just for the elderly or wealthy; it is for everyone with a sense of taste and a love for all things British.
First up, and in no chronological order, is Richmond Tea Rooms. It sits in the heart of the Gay Village offering an Alice in Wonderland theme that is incredibly popular for birthdays or hen parties. Minimalists probably won’t appreciate the décor, but anyone with a penchant for quirky interiors and Lewis Carroll stories will instantly fall in love.
Expect a feast with plenty of colourful cakes and pastries accompanying scones and sandwiches. We also recommend having a glass of bubbly along with your tea.
In Chorlton, there is Tea Hive, a beautiful independent coffee house. Winner of several awards, it serves a choice of over 20 of the finest loose-leaf teas, an array of homemade cakes and freshly prepared finger sandwiches, and of course their classic scones served with homemade jams.
Next up is Cloud 23 at the famous Beetham Tower on Deansgate Road. The views here are unmatched in the city. You won’t find unappetising egg sandwiches here, rather a gourmet selection of wraps, tarts and open sandwiches.
These are accompanied by a variety of delicious desserts and top-quality scones. If you fancy something light, simply opt for a classic cream tea, but we highly recommend splashing out for their speciality afternoon tea which comes with either a glass of Champagne or a signature cocktail.
Dressing up is highly encouraged
Moving on to Rosylee which is located on Stevenson Square. This place’s indulgent afternoon teas are indeed famous in the Northern Quarter. Although their sandwiches are tasty, the desserts are the main attraction with a staggering selection of miniature cakes and pastries.
If you’re looking for a traditional afternoon tea in grand surroundings, then The Midland is the place to go. High tea is served in the glamorous Octagon Lounge and dressing up is highly encouraged. Table service is extremely attentive, and the staff are more than willing to bend over backwards to accommodate any dietary requirements.
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