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Where to go for afternoon tea in Manchester

11 months ago

Pastries, cakes, clotted cream and jam, and perfectly cut sandwiches (without the crusts, obvs.) Mmm… have we missed anything?

Whether it’s an afternoon out with mum, a birthday treat, catching up with mates, or just because you can, we’ve compiled a list of the best afternoon teas that Manchester has to offer, from the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Richmond Tea Rooms, to the panoramic views of Cloud 23 to the vegan afternoon tea at The Midland.

Is there anything more Instagram-able than a multi-tiered tray topped with tiny sandwiches and cakes? We didn’t think so either. Just remember to take the photo before you start demolishing it.

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  • The Art of Tea, a cafe-bar and secondhand bookshop in Didsbury, Manchester.
    Book Now Didsbury

    The Art of Tea

    Restaurant

    Independent coffee shop and bar The Art of Tea offers more than just good quality loose leaf tea. It’s situated adjacent to a lovingly curated, second-hand bookshop, and it’s easy to lose a few hours there between the pages of a Penguin Classic or hooked up to their wifi.

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  • The Alan Breakfast
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Alan

    Bars

    With its neutral hues and natural foliage, stripped-back bricks and leather booths, The Alan is a tranquil space in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner – the open-plan kitchen serves all day from first thing till late evening – or indeed coffee and cocktails in the bar.

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  • Eggs Benedict as served at Browns Manchester restaurant in the city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Browns Manchester

    Bars

    All dark wood and polished brass, leather seating and stained glass, this former banking hall is cavernous yet intimate all at the same time – and the perfect decadent backdrop to afternoon tea, Champagne and lobster, or one of the freshly carved succulent Sunday roasts.

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  • Chez Mal Restaurant Manchester Afternoon Tea
    Manchester City Centre

    Chez Mal Brasserie

    Restaurant - European

    Chez Mal Brasserie Manchester sells exactly the sort of European classics you might expect from a well-thought of boutique hotel chain. It’s not exactly full of surprises but everything is executed with a certain flair that doesn’t feel formulaic.

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  • Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23
    Manchester City Centre

    Cloud 23

    Bars

    Cloud 23 is one of Manchester’s highest dining and drinking experiences. Located 23 stories up in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate at Beetham Tower, it offers exceptional views of the whole of the city and beyond. 

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  • Hot chocolate at Cocoa Cabana in Ancoats, Manchester
    Ancoats

    Cocoa Cabana Ancoats

    Restaurant - Global

    This chic chocolatiers-cum-cocktail parlour follows in the footsteps of award-winning entrepreneur Sarah Gallacher’s West Didsbury ventures, encouraging more sitting and supping in the form of brunch, lunch and the “famous” chocolate afternoon teas.

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  • Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Dakota Grill Manchester

    Bars

    Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as the successful boutique hotel chain. It’s an inviting place with flickering candlelight, very retro-sexy – sure to be the setting for many a first date.

    The focus at Dakota is on steaks which are very good – all grass-fed, 28 day-aged, hand-cut Aberdeenshire beef cooked over hot coals.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Hotel Brooklyn Manchester

    Hotel

    Hotel Brooklyn opened on Manchester’s Portland Street on Valentines day in 2020 as one of the world’s first fully accessible hotels inspired by cool the New York City borough. In fact, the hotel is well-known for setting a new Industry Gold Standard for Accessibility

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  • The terrace at The Gallery Cafe at Manchester Art Gallery
    Manchester City Centre

    The Gallery Cafe

    Restaurant - British

    Not just somewhere to take the weight off after peering at all the Lowrys and Valettes, The Gallery Cafe at Manchester Art Gallery is a go-to in itself, not least for the homemade sweet treats and the pleasant space outdoors as well as in.

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  • Interior of The Galloping Major Cheadle
    Book Now Cheadle

    The Galloping Major

    Restaurant - British

    Three-course dining in the middle of the local park – lucky are the residents of Cheadle that they have The Galloping Major and John Lewis on their doorsteps. 

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  • Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Grand Pacific

    Bars

    Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour. Not in a big chandeliers, glass and chrome Spinningfields way, but with a decadent blend of colonial Raffles-style grandeur and some of the best of the city’s Victorian architecture.

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  • The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    King Street Townhouse

    Hotel

    King Street Townhouse is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It’s well known for its spa facilities – including a very special infinity pool with views of the city from the top floor of the building.

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  • Afternoon tea at The Library Champagne Bar at The Edwardian, Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    The Library Champagne Bar at The Edwardian Manchester

    Bars

    If sipping on champagne whilst surrounded by books sounds like your thing, then The Library Champagne Bar at The Edwardian in Manchester will be right up your street. 

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

    Hotel

    Just a few minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, Manchester Piccadilly Hotel and Spa is in a great location for business travellers and tourists.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

    Hotel

    Just a few minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, making it a great base for both business travellers and tourists.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Mount Street Dining Room & Bar

    Bars

    Set inside Manchester’s iconic Midland Hotel, Mount Street Dining Room & Bar is a chic space with an all day menu that offers a modern take on British classics using top-notch, locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients.

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  • girl standing outside cafe with a tray of brownies - Nibble NQ Manchester cafe
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Nibble NQ

    Restaurant - Global

    Based in the bijou space next to Pop Boutique, this independent female owned and run café is small in size, but big in personality. You can eat in or take away, or check out the online shop with UK-wide delivery, so you can get handmade cake and afternoon teas wherever you are.

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  • Afternoon tea served at Recardo's in Hale - a cafe by day and bar and club by night.
    Book Now Hale

    Recardo’s

    Bars

    Patisserie by day, bar and club by night, Recardo’s landed on Hale’s Ashley Road in summer 2021. It’s a boujee-style place with the unashamed aim of keeping the Cheshire set close to home on their nights out rather than Uber-ing all their cash into Manchester.

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  • Afternoon tea at Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester
    Gay Village

    Richmond Tea Rooms

    Restaurant - British

    If this isn’t an excuse to pop on your best frock (or bib’n’tucker), we don’t know what is. An award-winning Alice In Wonderland-themed dining experience is just asking for a bit of dress-up, especially when there’s finger food and afternoon tea for the taking.

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  • Salford

    The River Restaurant

    Bars

    The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s classic fine dining restaurant. Huge names that have run the kitchen include Marco Pierre White, while diners have included Jose Mourinho and Kylie.

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  • Loft apartment at Roomzzz Manchester City
    Book Now Chinatown (Manchester)

    Roomzzz Manchester City

    Hotel

    Located on Manchester’s Princess Street, Roomzzz Manchester City is perfect for visitors looking for culture in Manchester. Chinatown is just next door – full of some of the city’s best Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai restaurants.

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  • A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti
    Book Now Deansgate

    Cicchetti

    Restaurant - Italian

    As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2011. Over a decade and several awards later, it’s still going strong.

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  • Book Now Deansgate

    San Carlo Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    San Carlo is Manchester’s most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it’s said to have one of the largest turnovers in the UK. It’s also the place to be papped and you’ll sometimes see a bank of photographers outside to prove the point.

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  • A gelato croissant at Sicilian NQ - a recommended place for ice cream in Manchester
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Sicilian NQ

    Restaurant - Italian

    Based in the Northern Quarter, this friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar is the place to avanti if it’s a taste of traditional Sicily you fancy – from authentic street food snacks through big plates of pasta to desserts and holiday memory gelato, eat in or take away.

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  • Hot chocolate and the Chocolate Challenge at Slattery in Manchester.
    Whitefield

    Slattery

    Bakeries

    Much like Betty’s in Harrogate, a trip to Slattery in Whitefield can be a day out in its own right. This bakery and cake shop has been in business in North Manchester for over fifty years – and now houses a cafe, cookery school, and wedding cake showroom – as well as the shop itself.

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