Chocolate lovers rejoice – there’s now a full-on chocolate afternoon tea to get stuck into in Manchester, and it’s a real treat.
Stylish new chocolate cafe and cocktail bar Cocoa Cabana has just opened in Ancoats, and among the raft of sweet delicacies is their take on the traditional afternoon tea – with a totally chocolatey theme, of course.
For £17 per person you can tuck into a selection of finger sandwiches, followed by a platter of divine gooey brownies, chocolate tarts, layered mousses, bonbons and macarons and scones.
And let’s just talk about those scones. If you’ve never had a fresh baked scone drizzled with warm salted caramel and chocolate sauce and then slathered with fresh cream before, then you haven’t lived.
The afternoon tea comes with a choice of hot drink – and proper chocoholics can opt for one of Cocoa Cabana’s signature hot chocolates to wash it all down too. Flavours include white chocolate, chocolate orange, Nutella, peanut butter and dark caramel.
For an extra £5 you can add a glass of prosecco, or for £7 you can also add a house cocktail from the menu, which includes a chocolate martini and even a dark chocolate and chilli daiquiri.
Cocoa Cabana is the brainchild of Sarah Gallacher, who opened her original chocolate cafe in West Didsbury in 2012, and has won a raft of Great Taste and Academy of Chocolate awards for her bonbons that are all hand-made at the Burton Road site.
The new Ancoats cafe and cocktail bar is the fulfilment of a dream for Sarah, who lives in the burgeoning district and has seen for herself the exciting developments all around.
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And look out for the shop’s cute mascot – a sausage dog called Frank who has become something of a social media star himself since the venture launched.
If you don’t fancy the full-on afternoon tea, there’s a host of sweet treats in the display counters at the front of the cafe, including fresh baked cakes which include daily vegan options, as well as Cocoa Cabana’s signature bonbons and macarons.
They also offer a breakfast and brunch offering which includes fresh-made pancakes with chocolate sauce among the options, naturally.
Cocoa Cabana is open Tuesday to Sunday 9am till late. Bookings are recommended, especially at weekends on email [email protected] or phone 01612364784
7 Murray St, Manchester M4 6HS