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Afternoon tea in Manchester

Find the best places to enjoy a fresh scone, tasty finger sandwiches, cakes and a lovely cup of tea in Manchester

© Adrian Houston

Oh, the joy of the afternoon tea. No matter what kind of cuisine you prefer, from Italian to Thai, there's nothing quite like the sight of a cake stand, laced with sandwiches, stuffed with scones and caked in cake. Throw in a pot of delicious hot tea, perhaps a glass of bubbly too, and you've got the perfect afternoon treat.

So go and enjoy some of the very best afternoon teas Manchester has to offer.

Manchester's best afternoon teas

Opus One Bar & Restaurant

From noon to 5pm daily, this hotel bar and restaurant (it's at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on Peter Street) is an ideal spot for the traditional afternoon tea (£18.95 per person). You can add a little fizz with Champagne (£27.95) or opt for something more substantial with their gentleman’s afternoon tea too.

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Central Manchester

The Richmond Tea Rooms

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Had Alice emerged from the rabbit hole in modern day Manchester and found herself pining for a spot of tea, she may well have ended up at Richmond Tea Rooms. Situated on a side street in the Gay Village, it’s a space of two halves and the tea room has to be seen to be believed, taking camp to a new level.

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Central Manchester

Cloud 23

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Halfway up Beetham Tower, Manchester's tallest building, separating the lower Hilton hotel with posh apartments above, sits two floors of Cloud 23, a bar offering the best views of any in the city, and afternoon teas of sandwiches, scones, cakes and unlimited teas and coffees start at £20 per person.

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Central Manchester

The Midland

Famed forever as the place where Mr Rolls met Mr Royce, (there’s a carving in the entrance to commemorate the fact), The Midland is the grand old dame of Manchester hotels. Afternoon teas start at £19.95 and are available from 1pm until 5pom daily.

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Central Manchester

Australasia

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For anafternoon tea with a difference, Pan Asian restaurant Australasia is as different as it gets. For £25 per person, you get a high tea in two waves - the first offers salads and sushi with a glass of Australian 'champagne', whilst wave two is a three tier sweet indulgence.

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Central Manchester

Cocoa Cabana

Perhaps the best value afternoon tea is just outside the city center. This impressive, award-winning independent chocolatier in West Didsbury, specialising in handmade truffles, brownies, chocolates, cakes and other delicious and decadent things of a suitably sweet slant offers a fantastic afternon tea for just £15 per person.

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Didsbury

Epernay

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Primarily a champagne bar, Épernay serves up a touch of class with Champagne, English Rose, or a cocktail to accompany the selection of sandwiches and cakes, and all for £22 per head. 

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Central Manchester

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