They say that good things don’t last a lifetime, but I firmly believe that afternoon tea will last forever. Whilst it may have been ‘invented’ in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford, afternoon tea is enjoyed by millions everyday across the world. Whether you’re an Earl Grey or an English Breakfast drinker, there’s something for everyone on the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel Afternoon Tea Menu.
From 14 – 17 August, its Afternoon Tea Week. To celebrate and pay homage to a classic British tradition, the 4* Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is serving an irrefutable offer starting from just £38 for two. Whats even better is afternoon tea here is like no other. Why not raise a glass of bubbly to a Manchester-themed afternoon tea?
Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and experiencing complete relaxation and luxury goes hand in hand with any worthy dining break. Whilst seated on Level 3 of the Mercure Hotel in front of tall glass windows, guests have a full view of Piccadilly Gardens that sit below. Maybe its the complete contrast of the city buzz and the peace and quiet, or maybe its the serene music and stylish layout, but afternoon tea at the Mercure Hotel is a step away from the stresses of the outside world and a step into comfort.
After being greeted and seated, we were welcomed by Abbie, who told us she would be our host for the afternoon. With a warm smile, accommodating nature and dedication to go above and beyond, the service we received throughout the stay exceeded already high expectations.
For parties of 2, you have the option of upgrading to having a glass of prosecco or champagne to accompany the afternoon tea menu. With £50 for prosecco for two, or £60 for champagne for two, its a little taste of luxury and a well earned treat that will start a promising meal ahead.
Whilst the range of teas to choose from isn’t extensive, there are still many that may tickle your fancy. But sticking to tradition, and personal taste, it was the English Breakfast that was the tea of choice for our visit. As with many tearooms, the tea was brewed before our eyes in order to guarantee the ideal strength.
Despite a relatively lengthy wait, which we were informed out, the food when it arrived was worth every minute.
The selection of accompaniments for the scones consisted of sweet, thick clotted cream, marmalade and Duerr’s strawberry jam. The sharp and tangy flavours of the marmalade made a delightful pairing to the smooth creamy texture of the clotted cream. Combined with the buttery and surprisingly fluffy texture of the scones, it was the perfect execution of the classic afternoon tea sweet treat.
Making the afternoon Manchester-themed were the savoury selections of the serving platter structure. The scotch eggs would give any other scotch eggs a run for their money. With a bread crumb coating made with Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and a sausage filling combined with Bury black pudding – the Manchester scotch eggs are a delicious twist on the classic recipe.
Following the Mancunian theme was the wonderfully named Coronation (Street) chicken wraps. The Coronation wraps were wonderfully flavoursome, and included Patak’s wholesome spices. The addition of flaked almonds added a crunchy texture to the smooth and creamy filling.
The finger sandwich collection consisted of cheshire cheese with Boddington’s chutney and prawn sandwiches (which were once made famous by Roy Keane at Old Trafford).
The sweet chilli jam inside the ham sandwiches was another delicious and exciting twist on the classic English afternoon sandwich. Securing the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, they were deliciously moreish.
Moving on to the desserts on offer, the Manchester Tart was by far the most impressive dessert choice. Dressed with coconut shavings the creamy custard filling was sweet, thick and a true melt in the mouth moment. The tangy raspberry jam beneath complimented the indulgent flavours.
The Vimto trifle and the rocky road slice will also appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. The variety of flavours and textures of the desserts on the afternoon tea platter is likely to please even the fussiest of eaters.