Planning a day out in Manchester? The city features a number of unexpectedly opulent interiors. These are the perfect locations in which to escape the metropolitan buzz for an hour and recharge with fresh leaf teas, fluffy, fresh-baked scones, and moreishely savoury sandwiches. If you’re celebrating, or just feel like a treat, a champagne tea is an idea choice. Read on for some of our exclusive deals on the best afternoon teas in Manchester.
Book Tea 42Tea 42
A Manchester Evening News ‘One to Watch’ for 2014, Tea 42 garners high praise from visitors for their adept accommodation of various dietary requirements. Every option on the menu is available as a gluten-free variant, for example. With its comfortable white leather chairs and marble tables, Tea 42 is the ideal venue for a teatime escape from the bustle of the city centre. Fusing traditional and contemporary interior design, Tea 42 don’t skimp on traditional afternoon tea luxury within their menus. The £18.95pp Star Deal opens with a glass of fine Louis Dornier champagne, followed by artisan bread sandwiches and satisfying homemade scones.
Current Offer: STAR DEAL – Champagne afternoon tea £18.95 per person
Book 47 King Street West47 King Street West
Specialising in afternoon teas, 47 King Street West is the perfect setting for a tea-time respite from shopping, nestled as it is in Manchester City Centre. While its interior is ultra-modern, the 47 King Street West’s afternoon teas pay due homage to this British classic, with scrumptious finger-sandwich fillings like topside of beef & horseradish and smoked salmon & cream cheese. The venue’s tea-tastic Star Deal includes said sandwiches, plus a glass of prosecco, fresh baked scones, and a delectable selection of mini-cakes, for just £14.50. A selection of fine leaf-teas and freshly-ground coffee completes this refreshing experience.
Current Offer: Afternoon tea & a glass of prosecco £14.50 per person
Book The Midland HotelThe Midland Hotel
Experience afternoon tea in opulent style at Manchester’s grandest historical hotel, an iconic feature of the city’s landscape since 1903, and winner of the 2014 Catey Award for hospitality. Well-located within 6 minutes’ walk of Manchester Oxford Road train station, The Midland is the ideal destination for the ultimate in traditional teas. Situated in this grade II listed Edwardian-baroque building, The Octagon Lounge is the setting for tea-time treats, – its carved ceilings and deluxe drapes will not disappoint. The Midland’s tasty scones, cakes and finger-sandwiches are luxurious to match – enjoy a champagne afternoon tea at £25.95pp.
Current Offer: The Midland Champagne Afternoon Tea at £25.95 per person
Book Cloud 23Cloud 23
While the Midland may be a bastion of Mancunian tradition, Cloud 23 is set in stark contrast with its penthouse location in Deansgate. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure a panoramic view of this breath taking cityscape. Cloud 23 is renowned for its refined cocktails – enjoy one as part of your cream tea for £25 with the Afternoon Tea and Classic Cocktail Star Deal. The venue’s tempting cocktail list includes the Hemingway Special Daiquiri and the 1930s Cosmopolitan. The tea-time main event features savoury sandwich bites, scones with fresh Dorset clotted cream, and a selection of tempting cakes. A menu of leaf teas ensures that connoisseurs will not be disappointed.
Book Great John Street HotelGreat John Street Hotel
Winner of In-Out Magazine’s Most Intimate Hotel Bar award, the Great John Street Hotel’s Oyster Bar is an eclectic, serene venue for afternoon tea. The converted Victorian schoolhouse features candlelight and luxurious velvet couches. In fine weather, why not have afternoon tea on the canopied roof terrace? Choose between a sweet afternoon tea with tempting finger sandwiches and an opulent cake stand, and a more savoury option, which features canapé-style nibbles like mini burger and chips, and prawn dumplings. Along with unlimited fresh tea or coffee, you might like a fine champagne or artisan cocktail to accompany.
Book Browns Bar and BrasserieBrowns Bar and Brasserie
Set in the Edwardian-baroque Athenaeum, designed in 1902, Browns Bar and Brasserie – Manchester features original art nouveau detailing and a palm and marble adorned interior. Visit on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and enjoy relaxing live piano music from Browns’ resident pianist. At just £12 per person, the champagne afternoon tea Star Deal at Brown’s is unbeatable. A glass of chilled Mercier accompanies finger sandwiches, tempting fruit scones, and a selection of delectable mini cakes. The cakes really are the stars of Browns’ afternoon tea – options include salted caramel profiteroles, and basil & white chocolate mess with British strawberries and basil syrup.
Current Offer: Afternoon tea & a glass of champagne £12 per person