Indulge yourself and a group of friends to some of the best afternoon teas Manchester has to offer.
Annies Restaurant & Tea Shop
Located just off St. Ann’s Square in the iconic Royal Exchange building, Annies – owned by Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine – is the perfect setting for delicious, old fashioned food.
A traditional afternoon tea for £19.95 is served on a traditional three-tier stand with a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and preserves.
The champagne afternoon tea for £24.95 lets customers go that extra mile by adding a glass of celebratory fizz!
To prove its worth, Annies was crowned winner of the People’s Choice Award for ‘Best Tea Room’ in Greater Manchester at the Manchester Tourism Awards 2014.
Australasia (Grand Pacific Bar)
Manchester’s contemporary area of Spinningfields is no stranger to serving up afternoon tea.
The stylish fine dining restaurant specialises in modern Australian cuisine which combines Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition with a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian and Japanese influences.
Australasia’s Grand Pacific Bar offers a decadent twist on the tradition by serving a selection of sushi and salad dishes with champagne followed by three tiers of sweet indulgence served with loose leaf or flowering tea.
The Asian High Tea is served to a minimum of two guests for £25 per person.
Cloud 23 and Double Tree (Hilton)
For high tea that is truly high, head to The Cloud 23 Bar situated on the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower in central Manchester.
Full length windows showcase an ever-changing skyline, the highest point to enjoy afternoon tea in the city.
A traditional afternoon tea, from £23 per person, serves up a selection of small sandwiches, wraps, handmade cakes, scones and tarts plus a choice of speciality teas.
If you have your kids in tow, the Double Tree has a fantastic kid’s afternoon tea which replaces tea with milkshake and miniature cakes with chocolate chip cookies, jelly and ice cream and a gingerbread man with decoration kit for £9.95.
The classic afternoon tea is £16.50 but for an indulgent offering add prosecco for £19.95.
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Cocoa Cabana is one of South Manchester’s afternoon tea hotspots. The West Didsbury venue is an award-winning boutique chocolatier.
Cocoa Cabana serves their afternoon tea on bright, floral china within charming surroundings decorated by wildlife-patterned wallpaper.
The Chocolate Afternoon Tea features a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, brownies, chocolate tart, macarons, meringue kisses and a chocolate tear drop all for £14.95.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel
Afternoon tea, served in Opus One Restaurant and terrace, features freshly baked scones, delicate finger sandwiches, irresistible mini-cakes and speciality teas and coffee.
The ‘Gentleman’s tea’ is a great alternative to a traditional spread – the tea of choice, scones and sandwiches are joined by a pork pie, miniature fish and chips and a miniature Yorkshire pudding.
For £18.95 diners can enjoy the Classic or Gentleman’s Tea or pay £22.95 with a pint of beer or £27.95 with a glass of champagne.
Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier
Slattery, the award-winning confectioners and chocolatiers in Whitefield, offers a delectable range of afternoon tea dining options.
The Lancashire afternoon tea (£14.50 per person) includes assorted finger sandwiches and open rolls, homemade scones, assorted homemade mini cream cakes and fancies including shot glass trifles and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Add a twist to your indulgent treat by opting for ‘G & Tea’ for £21.50 or why not have a glass of chilled champagne for £19.50? A quirky children’s option at £8.50 serves up unusual delicacies like chocolate fish and chips.