Tweet Eats: Afternoon Tea at Menagerie, Manchester

Recently my weekends have been spent ditching the DIY and embracing my ‘luxury bitch life’ as Laura likes to call it. Work has been pretty manic of late so the past couple of weekends have been spent with Laura and Rebecca getting our make-up done, doing a spot of shopping and indulging in food, what better way to spend a day really?

Our most recent adventure was to Estee Lauder in Selfridges at The Trafford Centre for a masterclass using with the brand new Victoria Beckham range (which is DIVINE) and then heading into town to try out the afternoon tea at Menagerie. 

I decided to dress up a little as my usual uniform of work clothes then pyjamas weren't quite right for the occasion, I bought this velvet dress from Whistles for our work Christmas do but layered it up with a white polo neck from M&S to make it into a day time look. Paired with my trusty Clarks ankle boots and APC bag from Coggles (sadly sold out at the moment!), I was sorted for a late afternoon tea and bubbly.

If you haven't been to Menagerie before, by day it's a beautiful, elegant restaurant that serves brunch, afternoon tea, sushi and champagne, by night it gets a little wild with acrobats, singers and firey cocktails. It's worth trying out both sides!

The walls are covered in neon Beyonce quotes, sumptuous colours, velvet drapes and even a splash of William Morris in parts. We bagged ourselves a booth towards the back of the restaurant (obv the one with the best lighting for photos...) and settled in with a glass of champagne for what turned into a very long afternoon tea!

We began with tea for Laura and Rebecca (more champers for me the non tea drinker, winner) and finger sandwiches, the fillings were your classic afternoon tea flavours including roast beef, egg & cress and smoked salmon. All beautifully presented on individual plates so you didn't have to fight over the last one!

The chef also decided to give us a taster of the new menu (which is coming out in the next week or so) with a bonus plate of sushi to share, which was a delicious addition.

We finished off our mammoth afternoon tea with the ferris wheel of cakes, presented rather adorably in little cupcake cases. Our selection including a delicious mini Victoria sponge, a decadent chocolate torte, a homemade Ferrero Rocher and a small but perfectly formed lemon meringue pie. I could eat them all right this second, they were delish.

We finished off our four hour afternoon tea session with cute little scones accompanied by clotted cream and jam (of course). We'd got slightly carried away with the bubbly so decided to carry on the wine party at The Gas Lamp down the road, but let's not talk about that!

Afternoon tea at Menagerie is £23 standard or £33 with a glass of Moet included, you can choose between the traditional version we had and a 'social sharers' option which includes things like sliders and mac & cheese, you can find out more about both options here. I think we'll definitely be going back for that one!

*Our afternoon tea was complimentary thanks to the lovely people at Menagerie but all opinions and love of cake are my own.


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