The Midland Manchester was built in 1903, originally a hotel for rail travelers from London. Today, travelers from all over the world choose to stay at the hotel. It’s still very close to the train station and just a 20 minute ride from the airport.
I was one of the travelers who chose to the stay at The Midland during my visit to Manchester and couldn’t leave without having afternoon tea there at the hotel’s The Tea Room.
The Midland Manchester is located in central Manchester. Its central location was the main reason I chose to stay at the hotel. It was just about a 15 minute walk to the Northern Quarter and less than 10 minutes to the John Rylands Library and five minutes to the Manchester Art Gallery and Chinatown.
The Midland is an iconic hotel in Manchester. It’s a place where locals and domestic travelers celebrate special occasions and visitors from far stay. So on a Saturday afternoon, every single table at The Tea Room, where afternoon tea is held at the Midland, was filled.
The Tea Room is located just to the left of the entrance of the hotel. Tables by the window overlook the street.
Though tables are close, there was a glass divider between my table and the one next to us, so I could have my own conversation without having to overhear my neighbors.
There’s also a choice of a classic earl grey, green, white, mint and herbal teas but I went for one of the three special blends made just for the hotel.
1903 – The Midland is an Assam black tea blend, Midland Jubilee is an Indian black tea with hints of strawberry and Due North, a blend of Chinese Lapsang Suchong was inspired by British railway travels.
There’s a tea package for everyone at The Midland. Apart from the traditional afternoon tea, there’s Royal Afternoon Tea which includes a glass of champagne in addition to vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and children’s afternoon tea menus.
This review shows the Traditional Afternoon Tea with a Wimbledon twist since the tennis competition was occurring during my visit.
The Savory – (five varieties per person)
Sandwiches included roast chicken, honey roast gammon, duck egg mayonnaise, prawn and crayfish Rockefeller and roasted courgette.
The Scone – (two varieties per person)
One Sultana and one plain scone per person is served with Devon clotted cream. A selection of Mrs Darlington’s Jams.
The clotted cream was served on the table but I was wondering if they forgot the jam. Turns out you’ll need to ask your server and they will come by with a tray of a variety of jams that you can choose from… or choose to taste all four, which is what I did!
The Sweet – (four varieties per person)
This is where the Wimbledon theme came into play. The lemon mouse was shaped into a tennis ball, the gooseberry jam macaron had a Wimbledon logo, a classic Wimbledon dessert of strawberries and cream and chocolate marquise shaped into a tennis court.
Some tables had traditional tea stands on their tables but to save space, The Tea Room also has tall tea stands that sit next to the table. Though the last plate is kind of below the table, you can just take it off and leave it on your table like we did.
Service was ok, no complaints. Everything arrived in a timely manner even with every table full during peak hours of the afternoon.
I will always enjoy afternoon tea the most when in the UK. My favorite item in an afternoon tea anywhere in the UK are the scones and cream. Nowhere else in the world can seem to perfect this afternoon tea staple and The Midland Manchester did not disappoint in this regard.
Cost: £27 (about $33 USD) per person for Traditional Afternoon Tea
Tea Time: Monday – Friday 1:30 – 4:30pm, 12 – 6 pm Saturday – Sunday at The Tea Room at The Midland Manchester
16 Peter St
Manchester M60 2DS
Note: I was a guest of The Midland Manchester for afternoon tea. All views are my own.