Happy #NationalAfternoonTeaWeek! Yes, if you didn’t already know, Monday 14th August kicks off National Afternoon Tea Week, so what better way to celebrate this national week by indulging in no other activity than…. having afternoon tea!
As most of you will know, I’m a born and bred Manchester girl, spending more time in Cheshire and Staffordshire lately with work, and life, and all sorts. But when it comes to treating myself to an Afternoon Tea session, I’d always head back to my home city. Basically because no where does Afternoon Tea better than up North (just an observation, but maybe I’m biased!) and also because any excuse to hang out in my city!
Manchester isn’t short on places to visit for an indulgent afternoon of tea, cake, scones, sandwiches and Prosecco. In fact, anyone searching for the treat will find it on offer at more places than ever, with it fast becoming one of lifes finest past times.
Well, it’s definitely one of mine anyway, that’s for sure. But one place in particular that stood out to me was the #BeeProud Afternoon Tea at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, following an amazing stay I had there recently (which you can read about here).
So, whats the whole #BeeProud Afternoon Tea all about? Read on and I’ll share! But warning: your mouth may water….
As most people know, the worker bee symbol is Manchester’s iconic symbol, representing the city and all of its people. And the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester, is proud to ‘bee’ a part of Manchester’s vibrant community. The stunning hotel is based in the city’s iconic Free Trade Hall, bringing award-winning 5-star luxury to the buzzing city centre.
I recently heard that the hotel are proudly sharing proceeds of their afternoon tea sales with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, launched in partnership with the British Red Cross and the Manchester Pride Charity supporting the LGBT community. It’s now the 4th year that the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel is proud to support Manchester Pride and all that it stands for.
So, as the pleasure of Afternoon Tea can now be enjoyed with a good deed, I was super looking forward to checking it out.
I learnt that the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester have been brewing a new menu to excite customers around Afternoon Tea Week, with the new #BeeProud Afternoon Tea which hero’s delicious local ingredients.
In a nutshell, the menu is inspired by Manchester’s history and the iconic bee emblem, offering an Afternoon Tea infused with northern flavours. I was greeted by a glass of Prosecco with a strawberry, followed by a range of finger sandwiches (with classic ham, beef, cheese and onion, and salmon fillings), and then my absolute favourite: warm raisin and plain scones with plenty of Strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream!
And then for the cakes. A delicious mini cheesecake sat beside bumblebee inspired shortcake and buttercream delights, traditional Manchester tarts and Eccles cakes. Delicious!
Scones are always my favorite part of an Afternoon Tea menu, and these ones came in smaller, more manageable sizes so they didn’t get too over-facing. Although I have to confess – I had three, my boyfriend had one. Ooops…
My boyfriend had never eaten a Manchester Tart before, so he was super excited to see these land on the plate. They seemed to have a touch of banana in them too, which was different to what I’ve tried before. Very interesting! And very very yummy.
I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, having Afternoon Tea for two in the Opus One lounge at the Radisson Blu Edwardian. It’s set in the stunning Free Trade Hall in the heart of Manchester, the high ceilings and bespoke furniture. I’ve been for Afternoon Tea quite a few times over the years, so I was over-the-moon to discover one which was combined with a fresh twist on the traditional afternoon tea offering, and that held a special meaning to my beloved city of Manchester.
The special afternoon tea is available until the 31st August, running through National Afternoon Tea Week and Manchester Pride Big Weekend (25th – 28th August). You can find out more information here.
Thanks to all the super attentive and welcoming staff who made my visit truly awesome…