Is there anything more British than sitting down to drink tea? Let yourself feel like a gentleman or a lady of the court with a traditional Afternoon Tea. Let us explain, tea is not to dip a bag in boiling water, in England it is a ceremony, it is a whole meal and an experience.
We owe this tradition to Anna Russell, the seventh duchess of Bedford whom in the 1840s, when it was appropriate to have only two meals a day, decided to take a cup of tea every day with a piece of cake. Her idea was loved by high society and the afternoon tea ceremony became a custom in England. Now the ideal is to accompany your tea with sandwiches, teas and scones.
These are our 5 favorite places in Manchester to do it.
RICHMOND TEA ROOMS – M1 3HZ
Have you ever drank tea in the rooms of Alice in Wonderland? In Manchester you can. With the traditional scones (essential to have a British experience), sandwiches and sweets you can enjoy a wide and extensive selection of tea. To round off you can indulge in a glass of prosecco or a pint to toast and help face the rest of the day. This place is one of our must-sees in Manchester!
Afternoon Tea – £ 18.95
TEACUP KITCHEN – M4 1NA
In the heart of Northern quarter teacup Kitchen has become an institution for its cakes that have won many awards.There is however much much more. In a wood environment full of character and youth you can enjoy a afternoon tea in a more relaxed and bohemian atmosphere.
Afternoon Tea – £ 18.00
CLOUD 23 – Beetham tower – M3 4LQ
Do you prefer to sit among the clouds? Cloud 23 offers one of the best views of the city and a completely different experience. To access you have to go to Beetham Tower, go up in an elevator that runs through the Hilton hotel and opens to reveal a bar where you can look out over Manchester. With its sophisticated ambience and views you will feel you are definitely at the top of Manchester
Afternoon Tea – £ 25.00 without prosecco
SUGAR JUNCTION – M4 1LG
This a step back in time with Chinese porcelain, pin-up posters and the sounds of authentic war time music.
Going to Sugar Junction is like going to a movie from the past. The place breathes a scent of love for baking and steaming teapots with beautiful aromas. Your traditional Afternoon tea transports you back to the movies of ladies and royalty.
Afternoon Tea – £ 16.00
GRAND PACIFIC – M2 1EN
Now we go to a different option. So different that it is not even called “Afternoon Tea” but “High Tea”, at Grand Pacific. Located in a majestic, historic building with an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. Its selection of sweet and savory are the most exotic from Arancinis with goat cheese, avocado tarts and Brûlées of passion fruit. This is the only option to experience afternoon tea inspired by some of the the most far flung corners of the former British Empire.
Afternoon Tea – £22.00