Perched on the banks of the River Irwell, there's something distinctly industrial about the setting for this afternoon tea, and I think their new offering reflects this urban feel. With so much competition in the city centre, a large hotel like the Marriott really needs something unique in order to pull in the crowds. That they have done.
We were offered hot drinks, and settled on a nice English breakfast tea and an Americano whilst we perused the menu.
Gentleman's afternoon tea - mini Marriott burger, individual steak pie, fish goujons with chunky chips, cheese scone with cream cheese and red pepper relish, chocolate brownie, mini Manchester tart: He won. This was fantastic! Nothing was gimmicky and everything delicious. The portions were man sized too, with the fish and chips element being as large as some lunch options. Highlights included the mini burger and that fantastic red pepper relish.
Afternoon tea - selection of open sandwiches, wraps and bagels, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, Eton mess, chocolate mousse, salted caramel macaroon, Victoria sponge: Nice touch with the variation of bread items, but the cakes stole the show. I cannot fault a thing. I could have eaten a full portion of that Eton mess, and the mini Victoria sponge was as light as a feather.
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