Thursday 8th of October 2015
1. Neighbourhood, Spinningfields
A perfect spot for people-watching, Neighbourhood has comfy booths for an enjoyable experience as you sip your Afternoon Tea. They offer the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea experience and there’s a choice of classic finger sandwiches as well as exceptional cakes including traditional English doughnuts and brandy snaps. The tea on offer is a tasty and satisfying English Breakfast alongside an aromatic Earl Grey and you can add a touch of fizz for a special occasion too.
2. Manchester House, Bridge Street
Standing out because of the exceptional quality of their food, Manchester House makes finger sandwiches to die for, as well as the rich, cream-laden scones. There is a local theme with both Eccles cakes and Manchester tarts worked into each Afternoon Tea and it’s all served in the restaurant’s Lounge which has a relaxed and modern feel, high up in the sky with views out over the surrounding area. Like you’d expect with any good Afternoon Tea you can add a glass of decadent Veuve Cliquot to your experience, if you’re feeling flash
3. The Lowry Hotel, Chapel Wharf
One for the traditionalists out there, although it’s a shame you can only enjoy the Afternoon Tea indoors and not out on the stunning terrace, The Lowry wow with their 5-star service. It’s impeccably done with tradition at the heart of the display, with perfectly executed tiny sandwiches, fancies, macarons, freshly baked cream cakes and scones. There is a smart-casual dress code because these guys really mean business but you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not staying at The Lowry Hotel it’s still worth booking in, parking up your Easirent hire car in your chosen accommodation spot and then strolling to The Lowry for an Afternoon Tea to remember.
4. Grand Pacific, Spinningfields
Afternoon tea with a real difference, instead of sandwiches you get an array of exotic Eastern inspired miniatures. This includes sashimi, perfectly made sushi and mini pork and duck salads. It’s about as far from traditional as it could be but it’s a brilliant innovation and the Eastern entrée is backed up with some sumptuous traditional cakes. There are also a diverse range of teas available, with your champagne as standard and a range of mocktails also available for non-drinkers who want to join in the fun. They market their Afternoon Tea as an Asian High Tea and it celebrates a combination of cuisines that fuse perfectly together.
5. Cloud 23 at Hilton Manchester, Deansgate
Cloud 23 gives you the chance to enjoy an indulgent Afternoon Tea at the highest point in the whole of the city. Look out over Manchester and beyond as you enjoy a menu which blends together the traditional ceremony of Afternoon Tea with a few added extras and a contemporary twist. There is a huge range of tea available from their Signature Earl Grey to Blackcurrant and Lavender and the savoury and sweet bites on offer combine to create an experience you’ll never forget and one many will tell you is the highlight of their stay in the city.
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