Monday, 21 September 2015

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE MACDONALD MANCHESTER HOTEL AND SPA




Confession: I have NEVER been for afternoon tea. At least once a week it will crop up on my Instagram newsfeed and I always get so jealous of the cute little sandwiches and exquisite looking cakes (especially which my huge sweet tooth). But I have just never got round to actually booking something. 

It's my Mum's birthday next week, however she is jetting off to Italy with my Dad for two weeks so I won't see her on the day, so I decided to book afternoon tea at the MacDonald Manchester hotel and spa in Manchester as a little treat for us both. I found a special offer online which included afternoon tea for two, including a glass of process each for £29.

The MacDonald Manchester Hotel is about two minutes walk from Piccadilly station, which was ideal. We got to Manchester early so we could go and have a little shop and then wander over later on in the afternoon for reservation at 2pm.

When we arrived we were given as choice of tea or coffee, and our food and prosecco were brought over shortly after we had finished our coffees. OH MY GOD. I didn't realise we had a whole shelf each! The sandwiches were: a chicken caesar wrap, melted cheese and pickle ciabatta, egg and cress triangle, and salmon and cream cheese mini bagel. Salmon and cream cheese is up there with my favourite combo's of all time so that was definitely my favourite! When I booked I had mentioned that my Mum is a vegetarian, so hers was slightly different but equally delicious. If the table wasn't already crowded with tempting treats, the waitress then brought over two plump scones, fresh from the oven! Along with jam and cream. 

The cake selection consisted of: the most dense, decadent brownie I have ever tasted in my life! (I couldn't finish it!) Carrot cake, (FAVE THING EVER) a macaroon, and a mini meringue topped with cream, strawberries and a piece of toffee popcorn. I managed to try everything, even if it meant that I almost had to be rolled out of the door afterwards! It was absolutely divine and I could not fault the service or the food. However, as soon as I got home I slipped into a sugar-induced coma and woke up feeling like Shamu the whale. I decided to skip dinner and just ate blueberries instead....That cancels out the calories from lunch, right?

Now I have finally had my first afternoon tea experience I cant wait to try other places! Have any of my readers got any recommendations? *Gains 3 stone just reading reviews*

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