TODAY marks the celebration of one of Britain’s most traditional commodities, tea. Yes, that’s right. Today is International Tea Day, a day when lovers of the drink can unite to celebrate the virtues of a soothing cuppa.
It is definitely Instagrammable and there is nothing more quintessentially English than the ritual of Afternoon Tea. Manchester, like everything else, is not short on places to go to indulge in the tradition that had even Queen Victoria looking forward to mid-afternoon.
Here Emma Pearce has shared with you, the five most delectable places to visit for tea…
1. Sugar Junction
Located on the edge of Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter this cutesy restaurant will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time for the moment you enter. Decorated authentically with a vintage vibe, China tea sets, pin-up and war posters to the sounds of authentic music, Sugar Junction has it all. Afternoon Tea here is served on tiered stands where you can enjoy a selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones.
Where? Tib Street, Manchester
How much? £15.95 per person
With Champagne? £19.95 per person
Tea Selection? Sugar Junction boasts a selection of 18 different blends including, English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Elderflower. And for those looking for something a little unique try ‘Tea at Tiffanys’ – a Bergamot infused Sri Lankan black tea, blended with lemon peel and rose petals.
2. Tea 42
Just a five-minute walk from Manchester’s popular Arndale Centre, it’s easy to see why this gluten-free restaurant has gained so much attention. The only restaurant to serve Gluten free everything, Tea 42 will leave you refreshingly full without being bloated.
Where? High Street, Manchester
How Much? £18.95
With Champagne? £27.95
Tea Selection? With plenty of tea to choose from Tea 42 offers a range of speciality teas including ‘Mr Grey’, ’99 Tea’ and ‘Storm in a D Cup’ which is hailed as the ‘Champagne of Tea.
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3. Great John Street Hotel
This eclectic hotel is like a tardis, from the outside it doesn’t comprise of much, but when you step through the front doors you know you’re in for a treat. The first location in Manchester to offer a ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea’ complete with mini fish and chips and a scotch egg, Claire McGinnis, Operations Manager says the hotel serves a, “truly unique and delicious selection of afternoon tea, in a luxurious but comfortable environment.” If the weather holds up, why not take your tea to the Rooftop Terrace and enjoy one of the best views across the city.
Where? Great John Street, Manchester
How Much? £21.50 for Ladies Afternoon Tea or £24.50 for Gents Afternoon Tea
With Champagne? £28.50 per person
Tea Selection? The hotel offers a range of traditional and herbal teas including English breakfast, Early Grey, Peppermint Tea and Green Tea.
4. Annie’s Tea Rooms
Annie’s afternoon tea is served on beautiful willow china and features finger sandwiches that are far from subtle. The most old-fashioned and therefore the most niche of the bunch, Annie’s provides its guests with a classy and stylish surroundings, mixing the theatrical with the elegant.
Where? Old Bank Street, Manchester
How Much? £19.95 per person
With Champagne? £24.95 per person
Tea Selection? Earl Grey, English breakfast, Camomile, Vanilla and Mint.
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5. Richmond Tea Rooms
Take a trip through the Rabbit hole into this elegantly decorated tearoom. The interior breathes an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ influence and its over-the-top feel is more endearing than unappealing. Complete with some quirky features like the decedant chandeliers reigning over quaint pastel table spreads it is definitely one of the most unique places to try in Manchester. Teas range from the simple ‘Alice’ consisting of scones and tea to the decadent ‘Richmond’ which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
Where? Richmond Street, Manchester.
How Much? £18 per person for the standard ‘Queens’ Tea
With Champagne? £23.50 per person
Tea Selection? With an impressive selection of teas on offer take your pick from quirky blends like China Rose Petal and Imperial Gunpowder or keep it simple with traditional English breakfast or Earl Grey.
By: Emma Pearce