Earlier this month, I enjoyed my first afternoon tea of 2017. Once upon a time, afternoon tea was a regular event in my weekend calendar, but after moving to Switzerland in 2015, my love affair with this fabulous British past time, ground to a complete halt. Having returned earlier this year and with Christmas fast approaching, I invited my mum for a Festive Afternoon Tea at the King Street Townhouse hotel in Manchester.
Set in an Italian Renaissance style building in Manchester City Centre, the King Street Townhouse is a fairly new addition to the city’s hotel scene and has quickly catapulted straight to the top. After featuring in Condé Nast Traveller’s 2016 Gold List, the King Street Townhouse is now the No.1 rated hotel in Manchester on Trip Advisor, even beating the likes of Hotel Gotham!
With whispers of exquisite food and stylish interiors, mum and I couldn’t wait to experience King Street Townhouse for ourselves, and after a productive morning of shopping, festive afternoon tea at their King Street Tavern seemed like the perfect way to top off an indulgent day.
Afternoon tea is housed in the hotel’s dedicated ‘Afternoon Tea Lounge’ which is elegant, stylish and sophisticated. What I loved most however, was the feeling of privacy. Each table is set back from the next meaning you’re not burdened by other peoples conversations.
After toasting with that all important glass of Champagne, we were served with a three tier stand of delicate finger sandwiches, warm crusty scones and homemade cakes and pastries.
We started with the tray of sandwiches which were filled with Turkey & Stuffing, Brie & Cranberry, Beef & Horseradish, Smoked Salmon & Creme Fraiche and Egg Mayonnaise & Mustard Cress.
The first thing to note was how soft and fresh the bread was. For me, there’s nothing worse than sandwiches with stale bread and I’ve often been disappointed by this in the past. This is definitely not the case at King Street Townhouse. Despite the simple flavours of the fillings, the sandwiches really were incredible tasty.
Before long, we were ready to tackle the second tier, the assortment of homemade cakes and pastries. I have to exercise caution here and not overindulge as I LOVE scones but I always prefer to leave the scones until the end.
I tried the Belgian Chocolate and Orange Macaroon first and this wouldn’t taste out of place in Ladurée. The mulled winter berry trifle was next and it was my favourite dessert if I really had to choose one. It’s just a shame there wasn’t more of it! Mum on the other hand was torn between the Pistachio & Saffron Frangipane and the Gingerbread & Vanilla Bean Tartlet.
In all honesty, each dessert had something different to offer. There wasn’t anything on the afternoon tea menu that we were disappointed by.
We were pretty stuffed by the time it came to sampling the cranberry scones. It was a challenge but one we were willing to take on lol!
We thoroughly enjoyed our festive afternoon tea at the King Street Tavern. The service was a little slower than what I’m used to but this is Manchester and people like to take their time a little more.
I booked our Festive Afternoon Tea at the King Street Townhouse Tavern through Booktable for £24.50. This particular deal is running until 31st December 2017, however Bookatable do have a number of fabulous festive dining deals operating throughout the UK which you can read more about here.
Have you visited the King Street Townhouse Tavern before?
Please note, this post is sponsored by Bookatable.