1. Proper Tea
For one of the most high-quality afternoon teas around, head here for a loose leaf pot. Situated opposite Manchester Cathedral, this little tearoom is one of the prettiest places to go for a brew and a bite, whether it’s a savoury pastry or hearty stew.
Manchester Cathedral, Cathedral Yard
Tucked away near the Royal Exchange, just off St Ann’s Square, Annies serves up traditional, good quality food with friendly service. Owned by actress Jenny McAlpine and her husband, this is one of the top spots for a relaxed nibble and glass of something bubbly. Enjoy macarons or scones with clotted cream and jam, and make sure to visit the tea shop on your way out.
5 Old Bank St
You’ll feel like you’re in a Tim Burton movie or Alice in Wonderland in this colourful tearoom. The over-the-top decor and unique menu make this a great spot to escape from reality. You can order quirky packages such as the Queens Tea, Hatter’s Tea or a Gentleman’s Tea, the last of which includes a Cumberland scotch egg, sausage roll and fish and chips.
Richmond St, The Village
Set on the ground floor of Manchester’s historic Town Hall, this is one of the grandest settings in the city for afternoon tea. Guests are surrounded by statues of some of the city’s most respected historical figures, such as conductor Charles Halle. Lounging back in cosy chairs, you could literally spend hours munching your way through the cake stand.
The Town Hall Manchester, Albert Square