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The Best Places to Go for Afternoon Tea In Manchester

It celebrates the British tradition of catching up with loved ones over a hot cup of tea and lovely homemade treats (perhaps the nation's favourite pastime).

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to celebrate this special week in the UK’s #1 city.

Known for its food, football and buzzing nightlife, Manchester truly has something for everyone. When it comes to finger sandwiches, little sweet treats and delicious golden scones, the city doesn’t fall short of afternoon tea options. 

Whether you’re planning a special celebration or just making some wholesome weekend plans, here are the best hotels and restaurants, serving up tasty pastries, pots of tea and extraordinary dining experiences.‍

20 Stories

Looking for the highest tea in Manchester? Then look no further. If you love a good view and a selection of fancy sandwiches, then the 20 Stories Afternoon Tea is definitely for you.

The traditional option costs £35pp and offers five sandwiches & canapés, homemade scones with clotted cream & jam, and three delightful sweet treats. To make it boozy, you can also book the ‘Miniature Cocktail Pairing Afternoon Tea’ for an extra £20.

The Midland

As Manchester’s only setting dedicated to afternoon tea, The Tea Room at The Midland provides a truly traditional and unforgettable experience. Ranging from £13.50pp to £42.00pp, the Midland has six amazing Afternoon Tea menus to choose from. These include vegan/gluten-free/vegetarian alternatives, a kid's menu, a champagne option, and, of course, traditional afternoon tea.

The Ivy

If you love an Instagrammable setting, then Menagerie is definitely for you. As well as having the most famous bath in Manchester, this chic restaurant also serves up an incredible afternoon tea experience. Guests can choose from a luxury range of options, depending on which day they want to dine. 

The traditional Afternoon Tea costs £23.00pp and includes four open-finger sandwiches and a range of sweet treats. The ‘Tipsy Tea’ costs £40pp and offers 1.5 Hours of bottomless cocktails, as well as all the standard afternoon treats. For those who like to be a bit more boujee, the ‘Menagerie Style Tea’ costs £33.00pp and features a selection of savoury small plates, instead of the standard sandwiches.

The Refuge

Providing Afternoon Tea with a contemporary twist, The Refuge offers an anything-but-ordinary experience. From pork and kimchi sausage rolls to fig battenberg, this menu is perfect for those who want something more than the classic sandwiches. Enjoy the full menu and a pot of tea or coffee for £29.50pp, or add cocktails and sparkling wine at an additional cost.

So, there you have it, the best places for Afternoon Tea in Manchester! Follow us on Instagram for more recommendations about where to eat, drink and shop around our lovely little city.

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