Afternoon Tea At King Street Townhouse, Manchester


Last weekend me & Liam went for afternoon tea at our wedding venues sister hotel, King Street Townhouse in Manchester. We booked the star deal via Bookatable that got you an afternoon tea and cocktail for £25 each, which is a bit of a bargain when you consider that they’re cocktails are all £9.50 to £10 each and the afternoon tea itself is usually priced at £23. It’s the first time I’ve been to King Street Townhouse, but I’d heard lots of good things about it, and one of my beautiful bridesmaids got engaged there this year too. We sat in the afternoon tea lounge, which is a really cosy area just past the swish bar, filled with comfy sofas, cushions, candles and cute furnishings.

We chose the traditional ladies afternoon tea, but they also do a gentlemens tea which we saw a few people ordering and it looked and smelled amazing – you got a big board of mini burgers, fish & chips, tiny pies, and other bits, followed by brownies, baileys ice cream and cheeses. Our afternoon tea consisted of amazing finger sandwiches, which included smoked salmon with avocado & crème fraiche, egg mayo & watercress, coronation chicken, cheese & tomato chutney, and finally mint, cucumber & crème fraiche. Every single sandwich was amazing, but we both absolutely loved the Coronation Chicken, and could of happily eaten a whole platter of just that. The cucumber sandwich was a pleasant surprise too, I’d never think of making cucumber sandwiches but the mint made them extremely refreshing and grown up – I’ll definitely make these at home or for a picnic.

The yummy sandwiches were followed by the prettiest display of cakes & scones, which included currant scones with thick clotted cream and adorable tiny jam jars, raspberry macaroons, blood orange and vanilla cheesecake, rhubarb trifle and a super rich chocolate & pistachio tart. I made the mistake of leaving my chocolate & pistachio tart to the end, so I couldn’t actually eat that one as it was far too rich after all the sandwiches, cakes, and scones but Liam verified that it was a winner. Hands down my favourite was the blood orange & vanilla cheesecake, which was so flavoursome without being too sickly, I love a good cheesecake but would usually opt for a sweet flavour like salted caramel or toffee so it was nice to have a fruity alternative.

Cocktail wise, I chose to have an Espresso Martini whilst Liam opted for a Manhattan, and then we followed these up with a couple of margaritas afterwards. I have to say, hand on heart, it was the best espresso martini I've ever had in my life, it's always a favourite cocktail of mine, but this one was extra incredible! It was incredibly creamy, super sweet matched with the perfect amount of warm bitterness from the coffee - I'm seriously hoping that they have these on the menu for our wedding day!

I was surprised by how busy it got for a Sunday, we went at 2pm, and there was only one other table seated, but by the time we were leaving every table was occupied. The staff were super attentive without pestering despite it being busy, which is something I think a lot of restaurants can get wrong. If you're looking for a tasty treat or something different to do in Manchester I'd 100% recommend trying it for yourself, especially if you manage to book on through Bookatables star deal.

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  1. Oooh, it looks so delicious! I love afternoon tea and Espresso martinis, definitely need to pop in here on my next trip to Manchester!

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear