Settle in for an afternoon of tea, cake and chat with the Bookatable Great John Street Hotel afternoon tea Star Deal. At just £15.50 per person, this is a great opportunity to experience the ambience of one of Manchester’s most stylish boutique hotels.
Once a Victorian schoolhouse, Great John Street Hotel now offers stressed city dwellers, busy tourists and visiting celebrities alike an oasis of calm just a stone’s throw from Spinningfields and Manchester Central. Afternoon tea is taken in the Oyster Bar, winner of In-Out magazine’s ‘Most Intimate Hotel Bar’ award. Combining both contemporary and traditional design elements, it succeeds in being chic and elegant yet homely and comfortable at the same time. Crushed velvet couches and deep cushioned armchairs form cosy corners, sepia photographs of the school’s former pupils line the walls of the gallery above, and tea lights cast a gentle glow over the proceedings. If March brings sunshine, then you can also choose to eat in the roof garden. Formerly the school playground, the south facing terrace offers views that extend right across the city.
In keeping with its surroundings, the Great John Street interpretation of afternoon tea is classic yet modern, and and served –as are all the best afternoon teas – on pretty porcelain tea plates and cups.
You start with dainty finger sandwiches of soft bread spread with fillings including smoked salmon, egg, chicken, and cream cheese and cucumber. Next, come the scones: crusty on the outside but meltingly light inside, dusted with icing sugar and served with ample supplies of strawberry jam and luscious clotted cream. Finally, it’s time for the pièce de resistance, the tiered cake stand: a decadent variety of home-made cakes and pastries bursting with colour and dotted with red berries and summer fruits. The choice varies from day to day, with mouth-watering possibilities including indulgent chocolate cake, sweet and gooey red velvet sponge topped with soft meringue, and coffee and vanilla cupcakes.
Drinks are topped up as often as you need, with the hotel’s Mighty Leaf Tea proving a popular accompaniment to the sweet treats on the plate.
Perfect for catching up with friends or giving an early Mother’s Day treat, the Bookatable Great John Street Hotel afternoon tea Star Deal is available from Monday to Friday until the 31st March. The nearest stations are Deansgate and Salford Central, whilst the free metro shuttle buses from Piccadilly (number 3) and Victoria (number 2) stop at the Museum of Science and Industry just 100 yards away from the hotel.
To secure your very own cosy corner, book today.
Great John Street Hotel
Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD