The Midland

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The Midland

Luxurious, world-renowned hotel with state-of-the-art spa

The grande dame of Manchester hotels, the Midland opened in 1903 and was thoroughly revamped a few years ago. The public spaces look a treat, and the rooms are luxurious but contemporary. Two well-regarded restaurants - afternoon tea here is something of a tradition - and a state-of-the-art spa opened in 2015 complete the picture. A carving in the entrance commemorates this as the place where Mr Rolls met Mr Royce.

By: Sarah Guy

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Venue name: The Midland
Address: 16 Peter St
Manchester
M60 2DS
Price: £94.50 to £409.00 per night
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We had been looking forward to Tea at the Midland for quite a few weeks, and we weren't disappointed.  The Midland is the Grande Dame of Manchester hotels, and it's opulence and style added to the sense of occasion, especially if you're having high tea.


We had to wait for a while before being shown to our seats and, even though there were a number of staff about, we did feel a little invisible! 


Once seated we were then presented with the tea menu, which I've attached below, and were a little disappointed with the choice of teas.  We were hoping to see Darjeeling, Assam or an English Breakfast Tea, but instead we saw White Elixir, A Victorian Affair and Green Flamingo with descriptions which didn't really describe the teas, but were more like a travel guide for new age travellers!!  Luckily we spotted the Midland Tea, which was exactly what we were all after, a cup of dark brown tea that, with milk. that tasted as a cuppa should.  


The tea came with a glass of Prosecco, which to my taste was a little too dry, but my friends seemed to enjoy it.  We then received the main event, the cake, sandwiches and scones and our steaming hot pot of tea.  Even on a table for 4 the space was limited and a lot of toing and froing took place to get the tea into the cups and the sandwiches on the plate.


Sandwiches included Salmon, Crayfish, Coronation Chicken and a delicate ham, all were served on a variety of different breads and all were stunning.  The cakes were also stunning with a small Manchester Tart being one of the highlights.  The scones were warm and you had a choice of plain and fruit which catered nicely for us all, but we had to ask for more of both the Jam and Cream as the ratio we started with did not work for the number of scones we were given.


All in all I would recommend the Midland afternoon tea as, even with the few gripes we had, tea at the Midland is a stylish affair with a very English feel to how tea should be served in a refined atmosphere.