A post by Amy from The Sweet Pantry
Afternoontea.co.uk recently asked me to review Afternoon Tea at the very trendy 47 King Street West. So here’s what my guest and I found… (P.S the original review can be found on the afternoontea.co.uk blog.
Having strolled past the decadent 47 King Street West on one of my many shopping trips in Manchester and marvelled at the stylish decor, I was delighted when http://www.afternoontea.co.uk asked me to pop along and try their Afternoon Tea menu.
Housed in this chic part of the City, opposite the infamous San Carlos, I’m really pleased to write that after an afternoon there, 47 King Street West stands up against even the trendiest of eateries in Manchester.
We were greeted by a lovely waitress, and as we took in our surroundings, we were whisked back to the 1920’s (if only I’d put my flapper dress on that day!). Crisp, white linen was perfectly complimented by a vivid purple bar area, plush cream leather booths and dark wood furniture. We were seated in a booth – perfect for catching up with my good friend.
The waitress was well informed as she gave us a potted history of 47 King Street West, which started life as a franchise of a popular Afternoon Tea eatery in the North West, before finally transforming earlier this year into the sumptuous restaurant and bar it is today.
The Afternoon Tea menu is impressive with five afternoon tea options, and for the lighter eater, two versions of a cream tea starting at just £5.45. Along with 14 choices of tea and 12 blended coffees, there are plenty of choices for all palettes and appetites.
We were treated to the Champagne Afternoon Tea – perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. We started proceedings with a glass of house Champagne, which was simply wonderful. I don’t pretend to be a wine connoisseur, but with light bubbles and a slightly fruity flavour, this glass of fizz received the thumbs up from us.
A classic three-tiered cake stand followed with a selection of sandwiches, scones and mini sweet treats. Oh and how could I forget the Champagne sorbet? Refreshing, light, slightly creamy and pale pink in colour – it was delicious. It’s these little extras which make Afternoon Tea so special for me.
The restaurant was amenable to change, as my guest and I swapped and substituted sandwiches for our various dietary requirements and tastes.
The fresh thick cut bread (crusts off, of course), was lovely and we enjoyed an assortment of egg mayonnaise, beef and horseradish, tuna, and salmon and cream cheese – classics. We also enjoyed hummus sandwiches, which I particularlsoy enjoyed as it was a little different from anything I’d had before.
Afternoon Tea at 47 King Street West was served with a twist – instead of your usual sponges and tarts, we were in chocolate heaven! Served by the divine Slattery’s Patisserie and Chocolatier – the top tier boasted cream filled chocolate cups, a chocolate and orange cheesecake brownie and a very light carrot cake. I can’t compliment these sweet treats enough – they were just delicious.
The waitress told us that each Afternoon Tea is unique at 47 King Street West with the same combination of sweet treats never being served twice.
But please let me get to the main event – the scones. They were served with pots of strawberry jam and fresh double cream. Yes – double cream! For those of you who love Afternoon Tea as much as I do – this can often come as a disappointment if anything other than clotted cream is served. However, because they scones were so deliciously buttery, the double cream (which was a lot lighter than clotted) complimented them perfectly. And also meant we had plenty of room for the top tier!
If you don’t think you could handle a full Afternoon Tea – please let me urge you to go and enjoy a cream tea. The scones are simply delicious (possibly some of the best I’ve ever tried), and washed down by the House Ceylon Bop tea – which was perfectly strong and refreshing – it’s a great way to while away an afternoon.
Nothing is a problem or too much to ask at 47 King Street West – if you want a glass of cold water or more hot water for your tea – they are pleased to help.
47 King Street West also boasts an impressive range of cocktails along with a superb a la carte menu. Something my guest and I promised to be back to sample. If Afternoon Tea was anything to go by – this restaurant and bar has something very special to offer.
47 King Street West’s House Champagne Afternoon Tea costs £19.95 per person or £14.95 without champagne.
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