IT’S TIME FOR TEA
SOME OF THE TOP PLACES IN THE CITY FOR A SPOT OF AFTERNOON TEA
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