It is difficult to imagine anything more British than an elegant afternoon tea. With mouthwatering combinations of sweet and savoury treats, complemented with exotic tea blends or even glasses of sparkling, it is a wonderfully refined way to spend an afternoon with friends and family.
Manchester’s rich dining scene boasts a superb selection of afternoon tea venues, with options including historic favourites and bold, contemporary newcomers. Whatever style you’re looking for, be sure to check our roundup of the best afternoon teas in Manchester.
James Martin Manchester Book James Martin Manchester
Traditional afternoon tea, £19.95
Named in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants 2015, James Martin Manchester is a stunning venture by the acclaimed celebrity chef inside the glitzy 235 Casino. Filled with Great-Northern warehouse styling such as polished girders and vintage fabrics, the restaurant celebrates gourmet British flavours on the weekend afternoon tea menu, including treacle roast ham, hot smoked salmon, Yorkshire rhubarb and the James Martin Special Blend tea.
King Street Tavern Book King Street Tavern
Step into a beautiful Italian Renaissance-style building dating back to 1872 for luxurious afternoon tea at King Street Tavern. Winner of Best City Restaurant 2016 at Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards, freshly cut sandwiches and indulgent sweet treats are served alongside premium loose leaf teas, all in a picturesque setting of designer fabrics and locally commissioned artwork. Tuck into the traditional afternoon tea for £24.50, Gentlemen’s afternoon tea for £25, or the champagne afternoon tea for £33.
The Tea Room at The Midland Book The Tea Room at The Midland
Afternoon tea at The Tea Room at The Midland has been served since 1903, making it a truly historic Manchester experience. Filled with traditional elegance, The Tea Room boasts 3 private blends of loose leaf tea alongside other exotic variations, complemented by delicate finger sandwiches and handcrafted cakes and pastries.
Cloud 23 – Manchester Deansgate
A sleek, ultra fashionable penthouse setting for afternoon tea, Cloud 23 offers panoramic views out across the city. Creative bespoke cocktails are mixed up with real flair at the bar, while the afternoon tea menu features a blend of modern and traditional flavours, including rich éclairs and moist Victoria sponges.
Annies Restaurant & Tea Shop Book Annies Restaurant & Tea Shop
Owned by Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine, Annies Restaurant & Tea Shop is an inviting, bustling spot for afternoon tea inside the iconic Royal Exchange Theatre. Enjoy all the classics, including fresh scones with jam and clotted cream, with the option of adding a glass of champagne for an added treat.
Australasia Book Australasia
Afternoon tea & champagne £25
Experience a unique fusion of modern Australian and Asian dining at Australasia in Manchester. Afternoon tea here includes a three tier sushi and salad selection complemented with glasses of Australian champagne, followed by beautifully made sweet indulgences. This elegant underground restaurant features bold contemporary style, and brings an exciting Antipodean take on British afternoon tea. For tea with a twist, try the Asian high tea for £25.
Offering spectacular panoramic views of the city, Manchester House serves a unique Manchester-themed afternoon tea. Tastes of the local area include favourites such as Lancashire cheese and onion pie, as well as inventive sweets like the rose and grapefruit Battenburg. Diners can also treat themselves to a cocktail tasting flight to complement their afternoon teas, all in a sleek contemporary setting that is one of Manchester’s best sky lounges.
Store Street Exchange Book Store Street Exchange
A bright, modern setting that celebrates fresh local produce, including craft beers from the surrounding areas, Store Street Exchange also serves a selection of traditional afternoon teas. Alongside the classic options, there are vegan and gluten-free afternoon teas that use sumptuous ingredients such as whipped maple ‘cream’ and chickpea meringues. Store Street Exchange is also the perfect family-friendly setting, and serves a children’s afternoon tea for the little ones.
Afternoon Tea at Great John Street Hotel Book Great John Street Hotel
Afternoon Tea at Great John Street Hotel is served at the hotel’s intimate Oyster Bar, winner of ‘Most Intimate Hotel Bar’ by In-Out Magazine. Sink back into crushed velvet couches and enjoy a great selection of sweet and savoury flavours, or move upstairs to the stunning rooftop garden to enjoy drinks while people-watching.