Best Afternoon Tea Places in Manchester

Best Afternoon Tea places in Manchester

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Breakfasts in Manchester

Home sweet home

Breakfast in Manchester screams Home Sweet Home, it is impossible to find someone who does not love this gem with locations in both the Northern Quarter and the Great Northern. Everything at Home Sweet Home screams creativity, with its wood interior serving everything from traditional English breakfasts to modern twists such as “Kale yeah Benny”. Their pancakes are great and it will make you want to make breakfast the main meal of the day.

Koffee Pot

A Manchester institution being the winner of the best breakfast award by “I Love Manchester” and selected by The Guardian as one of the best in the UK. The best cure for hangovers in the city, filled with an  interior that highlights the street art of the artist Mancuniano Hammo and a small art gallery that shows some of the best modern art in the city.

If you want to live as a Mancunian, why not have breakfast with a hot Vimto?

The menu is loaded with options and you can have a traditional breakfast from all regions of the U.K. or you can channel your inner hipster and go for a “Hipster Vegan Brekkie”.

Moose Coffee Manchester

To speak of Moose means you are serious about breakfast. You can waste hours reading the menu and each dish sounds better than the last. The portions are incredibly generous and their coffees and smoothies are made to perfection. Moose is so popular in Manchester that there is always a small line and they do not accept reservations, but once you get your table the experience is unbeatable, its staff are incredibly friendly and its atmosphere transforms you into that north American love for breakfasts.

Among our recommendations are their Waffles with Bacon, the Bronx Brunch, Lone Star Moose and New York Moose (Benedictine Eggs with Serrano ham).

The most likely thing is that after this breakfast you’ll skip lunch.


Bill’s Manchester has us in love. Not only for the decoration which is quirky, fun and informal or because it has some of the most super attentive waiters but because sometimes you want to go to a place to relax and simply have breakfast. That’s Bill’s. Their breakfasts are perfect because with your English Breakfast you can add or remove options to suit your taste and their vegetarian breakfast is simply the best of its style in the city.


Are you looking for something on a budget? Waterhouse is the best Wetherspoons in the city. Its location, embedded in a Victorian house next to the Cenotaph in the shadow of the town hall and its original bee mosaics of 1877 makes it a pleasant place to try an English breakfast or a wrap. Unbeatable quality-price in the city.