I venture out to Knutsford in Cheshire to try out their Afternoon Tea at the recently refurbished Courthouse. There’s something I really like about an Afternoon Tea. I know that it’s an all day affair and you are essentially gorging yourself on a combination of sandwiches, scones and desserts. You essentially need to forgo food on either side of the Afternoon Tea (or at least, I’ve had to)! It is usually nothing overly special, and yet I have thoroughly enjoy each Afternoon Tea I’ve eaten. I think because of the way it’s presented, you can essentially take your time and enjoy a long conversation with people without staff bringing and taking plates around you (apart from the occasional tea top up).*
If there is something I enjoy more than cakes, it is cakes with tea. Tea was pivotal when I was growing up with tea being served with every Chinese meal. There were many types of teas and my curiosity for tea widened when I grew up and was able to try different varieties of tea from specialist tea shops and abroad.
When I found out Leaf had a pudding club which pairs pudding with tea, this massively peaked my interest. Here I will review the evening. *
Richmond Tea Rooms has been one of my favourite places for cake and tea in Manchester for ages. Hidden away on Richmond Street, just a stone’s throw away from Manchester Piccadilly train station and China Town. It is a place where you may not think of venturing down unless you knew it was there; the alley leading to the tea room is dark and littered with industrial bins.
When my friend came back from Singapore to visit, I knew I had to take her to one of Manchester’s best place for Afternoon Tea.
My favourite place in Manchester to have cake is Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter. I’ve been going for years and having been to other places, I find myself coming back here each time. Here, I will share with you the reasons why I love this place so much.
I don’t often pop into town around lunch time as I don’t work in the city centre, but I really like the Arndale market’s mix of varied food stalls. When Sue Gregson, Assistant Market Manager, emailed me inviting me to the relaunch and to meet the traders, I jumped at the opportunity! I really like getting to know the people behind the food so this was perfectly me!
As a cake enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for some nice cakes and came across Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes on twitter. They’re a market stall run by Charlotte Gee and Claire Simpson and they sell gorgeous cakes by the slice, individually wrapped. This appealed to my sweet tooth without the negatives of committing to an entire cake. I decided I had to try their slice of Earl Grey cake, made with tea from Saddleworth Tea, so spoke with them on twitter and they kindly reserved me a slice on the day I said I would be visiting!