It’s a pleasure to be invited to write for the Prevent Breast Cancer website about one of my favourite things, afternoon tea! I’m Donna, a Manchester girl at heart who writes about fashion and lifestyle over at Polkadot Pink. Working in Manchester city centre, it won’t surprise you to hear I’ve visited many establishments and sampled a selection of afternoon teas.
Is there anything more quintessentially British than afternoon tea? Whether you choose to add cream before jam to your scone, or jam before your cream, Manchester offers a variety of afternoon teas in an assortment of venues to suit all ages and tastes. Below are just a few to whet your appetite.
Sitting in the gothic shadow of Manchester Cathedral lies Proper Tea, a jewel in the nest of Manchester’s afternoon tea scene. Although Proper Tea may be located in the city’s historic quarter, Proper Tea offers a modern take on afternoon tea. Served from midday, their afternoon tea changes seasonally but usually comprises three tiers deliciously stacked high with homemade finger sandwiches, savouries, miniature cakes, scones and fruit tarts. All served with a pot of loose leaf tea or glass of bubbly. Nestled away from the main drag, its location makes it a perfect getaway from weekend crowds.
Address: Proper Tea, Manchester Cathedral, Cathedral Yard, Manchester, M3 1SQ
Opus One Radisson Blu Edwardian
With high ceilings, glossy black woodwork, antique gold wall coverings and bespoke furniture, the Opus One at the Radisson Blu Edwardian may appear opulent, but provides the perfect setting to relax in. Opus One offers a traditional afternoon tea, but it’s the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea that’s worth a try. A quirky twist on the traditional take, it offers savoury, mini versions of classic dishes. Ask to be seated in the restaurant’s atrium to enjoy the street view in a light and airy environment.
Address: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP
The Midland Hotel
Manchester’s Midland certainly has a reputation to uphold and its afternoon tea does just that. Served in the Octagon lounge, you can watch the world go by whilst listening to their resident pianist. Afternoon tea is served on a contemporary stand and comes with a selection of sandwiches and mouth-watering treats. Enjoy with The Midland’s own special tea or complement it with a sparkling glass of champagne.
Address: The Midland Hotel,16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
The Richmond Tea Rooms
If you’re looking for a tea room with a difference, The Richmond Tea Rooms will certainly not disappoint. Situated in the heart of Manchester city centre, the Tim Burton-inspired tea rooms will make you feel as though you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Every third Friday of the month, you can immerse yourself in the Alice in Wonderland world to experience the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Serving light meals alongside afternoon tea, you can also slip next door to the lounge to sample handmade cocktails. It’s the perfect place to visit with friends – book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Address: The Richmond Tea Rooms, Richmond Street, The Village, Manchester, M1 3HZ
Located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Sugar Junction offers the perfect balance between vintage and homely. Born from a love of baking and wholesome food, Sugar Junction’s afternoon tea boasts freshly baked cakes and scrumptious sandwiches alongside a pot of loose tea. Sit close to the window to observe the quirky character of the Northern Quarter. No booking necessary at the weekend but arrive early to avoid disappointment!
Address: Sugar Junction, 60 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG
With spring well underway, why not head out and try one of these delicious afternoon teas? Or how about organising your own afternoon tea in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer? Take a look at why fundraising events, however big or small, are so important to us…