Afternoon tea is one of life's guilty pleasures, there's something ever so decadent about it, when else can you get away with eating four different types of dessert, sandwiches, scones, a glass of champagne and still be considered civilised?
When Manchester House started serving afternoon tea, I was one of the first in the queue along with my friend Naomi, a fellow afternoon tea enthusiast. I've been to Manchester House a couple of times in the past and absolutely love the food so I couldn't wait to try their afternoon tea offering.
I used it as an excuse to wear another of my Copenhagen COS purchases, this layered skirt isn't something that you can just where any old day! I paired it with my COS boots (notice a pattern here?), navy Mango shirt and Aspinal of London tote bag.
But let's get back to the good stuff: the food. We went in with high expectations but the afternoon tea didn't just meet them, it exceeded them. The teeny sandwiches were amazing, packed with flavour and varied, my favourite was actually the fresh cucumber sandwich, it was perfect! The other savouries included a sublime beef roll and coronation chicken wrap, I would marry the beef roll if I could it was so good.
The desserts, each one representing a Commonwealth country, were amazing. They included a rose macaroon for India, pecan and chocolate tart on salted shortbread for Canada, mango mousse for South Africa, coffee cake for Australia and mini Eccles cakes and scones for good old England. Each one had an amazing, if not a little unexpected at times, flavour but my favourite was unexpectedly the mango mousse, it was so delicate and delicious. The salted shortbread was so good, it worked perfectly paired with the deep dark chocolate of the tart. Not to mention the scones, with lashings of jam and clotted cream.
To find out more about the afternoon tea at Manchester House, take a look at their site here and make sure to get yourself booked in!