Last week, as a belated birthday present, my friend took myself and my sister to the Richmond Tea Rooms in Manchester to experience an afternoon of tea, cake and scones!
I love nothing more than afternoon tea, although it is ‘an outing’ I would describe as a treat and not something I venture out to very often. There are a number of Tea Rooms I have visited over the past few years, so I was intrigued to try out the Richmond Tea Rooms seeing as it has a city centre location, ideal for me…
The decor of the place is very cute, very vintage and victorian-esque, with curtain nets, table cloths, and busy walls adorned with decorative birdcages and patterned wallpaper. We were lucky to be taken into a corner booth which was set away from the other tables, all decorated with lots of bright white and a huge window for light. Menus in bright pink were placed on the tables, which highlighted the different options for Afteroon Tea.
The Afternoon Tea packages came in a number of options, all going up in price. We all selected the ‘Queens’ option, which involved a fruit scone, selection of cakes, finger sandwiches and your own choice of tea from an extensive list (which was good to see). I went for Earl Grey with Soya Milk as I am currently trialing Soya Milk for it’s health benefits. For the record – the taste is not nice! But that is purely me trying to cut out cow’s milk!
Seeing as we all ordered the same option, our afternoon tea was brought over all on one stand between 3 of us. I was more than happy with the sandwich fillings, although my friends weren’t 100% struck. The scone was really nice, with currents and fruits, however the selection of cakes was not the most adventurous. The cakes were nice, but slightly limited to toffee, coffee, a meringue style cake and a shortbread chocolate slice. For each of us, there were two that we liked, which meant we were a little limited. However, it was very nice and I was completely full and satisfied! The waiter was very attentive, asking us if we were OK, we were not rushed out of our table area, and were brought over more hot water for our tea.
I have been to another afternoon tea place in Manchester, The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon on Burton Road in Didsury, where 6 of us visited. Between 6 of us we were given three tiered stands filled with a large selection of triangle sandwiches, copious amounts of scones, and a cake selection so versatile it was incrediable! There were slices of rocky roads, victoria sponge, red velvet cupcakes, ginger cake, plain sponge, carrot, toffee, etc… so I do think that in terms of choice, the Didsbury venue had more to offer (and was cheaper). However in terms of atmosphere and decor, the Richmond Tea Rooms was in the lead. Either way, as long as I am given a luxury selection of tea, good company, a good venue and cakes, then I am happy, therefore I had a lovely time and would recommend both. But if asked for an honest opinion, prepare to pay more at the Richmond Tea Rooms, with smaller portions and a more limited selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones. The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon is also very iny inside, so booking is essential. Let me know what you think if you have visited either!