WATCH: Is this Manchester’s most magnificent modern afternoon tea?


Afternoon tea in Manchester just got a lot better with this sweet new offering at Grafene.

Grafene is a brand new, unique and modern British dining experience just off King Street, inspired by graphene, the world’s first 2D material first isolated at Manchester University.

Paul and Kathryn Roden’s restaurant is their food and drink interpretation of this exciting development in science and technology. It’s not a spelling mistake. They’ve spelt it with an ‘f’ for legal reasons and possibly to signify ‘food’.

Paul and Kathryn opened Losehill House, their four star hotel in The Peak District, nearly ten years ago. The couple are aiming to bring a little bit of the country to Manchester.

With no expense spared, the interior is stylish and modern with charcoal washes and splashes of lemon. It’s evocative of industrial Manchester with bold lines and subtle nods towards the worker bee with honeycomb shapes. A central hexagon shaped bar is impressive and welcoming.

Pastry chef Cristina Molteni is a bit of a star. She used to work at The Ritz in Paris and her desserts are really rather special. So are the afternoon teas. Finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, strawberry conserve; pumpkin & cranberry loaf; pain aux raisin; financiers; macarons and chocolate ganache cost just £14.50 per person, £20 with prosecco or

£22.50 with champagne.

Or you can go extra posh with High Tea  – that’s afternoon tea plus 2 hot treats for £19.50 per person, £25 prosecco or £27.50 with champagne

We like the fact that Grafene actually delivers what many others promise, managing to produce exciting objects of desire, beautifully presented, innovative and fun. But most importantly, with substance to back up all that style.

55 King Street (kind of), Manchester M2 4LQ

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