Afternoon Tea – finger sandwiches with absolutely no crusts please, scones with lashings of cream and jam, and as many naughty-but-nice cakes you can scoff in one go. And with it being National Afternoon Tea Day today, that’s more of an excuse than any of us need to tuck in. We’ve done all the legwork for you – here’s our pick of the best afternoon teas Manchester has to offer.

1The Lowry Hotel


This newcomer to our fine dining scene offers some of the most uniquely British eating and drinking in Manchester. The restaurant includes stylish island bar, open pastry kitchen, and is complemented by an alfresco dining area on the thoroughfare between King Street and Chapel Walks. As well as their selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, their talented pastry chefs create some of the most intricate and fantastic sweets including Amaretto cream tartlet, mini eclair & creme patisserie, almond financier, chocolate ganache macaroon. These should give you a taste of how good the desserts are here. We think they’re some of the best in the city.

3Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

4Manchester House

5Great John Street Hotel

6Cloud 23

7Hotel Gotham


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