This week, my friend , Janet Redqueen and I, took time off from our international travels to continue or research of Afternoon Tea in Manchester.
This time we chose 47 King Street West, a tea shop and bistro,situated conveniently, for ladies who lunch,at the side of Kendals departments store…. Manchester’s answer to Galleries Lafayette, without the galleries!
First we browsed around Kendals, nearly being tempted by a dress in the collection of Mary Portas., ( an English businesswoman, retail expert and advisor to the prime minister)… which had been reduced in the sale from £135 to £67.50p. But common sense intervened at the last minute when I was reminded that this was a lot of money for a dress, just because it would pack, uncreased, in a suitcase.
At the restaurant, first impressions were really positive, as we were greeted by a charming and polite young lady who showed us to our table and continued to refer to us as “ladies” throughout.
The decor is smart and snazzy, cream and black kind of modern art deco style, (and if you judges a place by it’s toilets, this would get 110%!)
The greeter told us they had a “jubilee theme” and a “surprise” for this week, but this just seemed to consist of a sparkler and union jack paper serviettes. I am not sure whether the plan was to play the national anthem, when they served the food (God forbid!)…but it didn’t happen thank goodness.
Still the very good selection of loose leaf teas came first,followed by the tea stand.
The sandwiches were excellent, obviously freshly made and a good selection of beef and mustard, tuna and cucumber, egg mayonnaise, and something else with capers.
The scones were fresh, but a little “doughy” for my taste. Nice jam and thick double cream, (not clotted.)
The cakes on the top were from Slatterys. A very well known and renowned local patisserie. The whole thing was garnished with delicious fresh strawberries.
So we spent a pleasant couple of hours, catching up, discussing our travels to Crete, Estonia and of course Paris. Debating the question of monarchy and republicanism and the Jubilee.
(Cost £ 13.95.)
Love from Bolton
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