IT’S TIME FOR TEA

SOME OF THE TOP PLACES IN THE CITY FOR A SPOT OF AF­TER­NOON TEA

Glossop Advertiser - - City Life Local -

WHETHER you pre­fer a sim­ple cream tea with a cou­ple of scones and a brew or deca­dent plat­ters of sand­wiches and cakes pol­ished off with cham­pagne, Manch­ester has an af­ter­noon tea op­tion for you.

Here are a few of our favourite op­tions.

Please note: De­tails and prices were cor­rect at time of pub­lish­ing.

The Mid­land Ho­tel, Manch­ester city cen­tre

The his­toric Mid­land Ho­tel has per­fected the art of af­ter­noon tea over more than 100 years.

It’s an op­u­lent oc­ca­sion here, served in­side a newly-trans­formed, ded­i­cated space, The Tea Room at The Mid­land.

Op­tions start with the tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea, fea­tur­ing sand­wiches such as smoked salmon and lemon ver­bena creme fraiche and honey-baked gam­mon with gar­den pea mousse, and sweet treats such as pis­ta­chio and olive oil cake with or­ange curd, served with your choice of loose leaf tea - or you can up­grade to a royal af­ter­noon tea to in­clude a glass of cham­pagne.

Veg­e­tar­ian, ve­gan and gluten-free af­ter­noon teas are also avail­able.

Price: Tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea £25, Royal af­ter­noon tea £32

Peter Street, Manch­ester, M60 2DS / tea­roomatthemid­land. co.uk

Cloud 23 at The Hil­ton, Manch­ester city cen­tre

The glitzy cock­tail bar half­way up Beetham Tower of­fers up an un­beat­able view to ad­mire while you tuck into your scones and sand­wiches.

There’s al­ways a sea­son­ally chang­ing spe­cial to try, in­clud­ing a glass of cham­pagne and a cock­tail, along­side the tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea, with the op­tion to add a glass of bub­bly.

Re­cent of­fer­ings have in­cluded car­rot and hum­mus wraps, prawn marie rose open sand­wiches and Mediter­ranean sun­blush tomato and pesto tarts, along with Ec­cles cakes, choco­late cup­cakes and lemon meringue pies.

Prices: Tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea £23, cham­pagne tea £33

303 Deans­gate, Manch­ester M3 4LQ / cloud23bar.com

Rich­mond Tea Rooms, Manch­ester city cen­tre

Serv­ing up feasts fit for the Queen of Hearts in whim­si­cal Alice in Won­der­land-in­spired sur­round­ings, Rich­mond Tea Rooms is the per­fect place to es­cape re­al­ity.

Af­ter­noon tea here is like tum­bling down a rab­bit hole, with decor in­clud­ing plush vel­vet thrones where guests sit be­neath chan­de­liers.

Op­tions range from the Alice Tea, in­clud­ing a pot of tea and a scone with clot­ted cream and fruit pre­serve, to The Rich­mond Tea, fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of scones, cakes and treats, fin­ger sand­wiches and savoury pas­tries, a pot of tea and a glass of bub­bly.

Price: Alice Tea £6.95, Hat­ter’s Tea £10.50, Queen’s Tea £18.95, Rich­mond Tea £24.95

Rich­mond Street, The Village, Manch­ester, M1 3HZ / rich­mondtea­rooms. com

Grand Pa­cific, Manch­ester city cen­tre

Set­tings don’t come much grander than at Grand Pa­cific, the colos­sal bar and restau­rant launched by Liv­ing Ven­tures in­side Manch­ester’s pala­tial old Re­form Club ear­lier this year.

High tea here in­cludes a se­lec­tion of savoury treats in­clud­ing crum­pets with Cornish crab but­ter, arancini with goat’s cheese, and salmon and tuna lomi, along with sweets such as jas­mine tea bread with rose jelly and cream, and mango and pas­sion fruit brulee.

Din­ers can choose from a range of loose leaf teas to ac­com­pany the spread, or add a glass of pros­ecco, sparkling rose, cham­pagne or tea-in­fused fizz.

Price: High tea, £20 per per­son; pros­ecco tea, £25; sparkling rose tea, £27; cham­pagne tea, £28; loose leaf pros­ecco tea in­fu­sion, £25.

50 Spring Gar­dens, Manch­ester, M2 1EN / grand­pa­cific.uk.com

Ro­sylee, Manch­ester city cen­tre

North­ern Quar­ter bistro and tea­room Ro­sylee’s af­ter­noon tea fea­tures a plat­ter of sand­wiches, dinky cakes and warm scones with Tip­tree jam and clot­ted cream.

For an ex­tra spe­cial treat, you can up­grade to a royal af­ter­noon tea.

Price: Ro­sylee af­ter­noon tea £18.25, royal af­ter­noon tea £25.25

11 Steven­son Square, Manch­ester, M1 1DB / ro­sylee.com

The Mid­land Ho­tel

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