We went for afternoon tea on a day that could not have been more different to our first trip. It was dull and drizzly, our fingers were cold and our hair was windswept. We took the lift to the twelfth floor, and looked in horror at our reflections in the lift mirror, but when those doors opened, everything was ok again.
Raspberry Mojito - Bacardi Gold, raspberry liqueur, lime juice, sugar and raspberry purée topped with cloudy apple juice (L): Absolutely delicious. I'm a lover of fruity cocktails, so this had my name all over it. I did have to have a word with myself not just to tank it in two minutes though. They go down very easily.
Aviation - Bombay Dry, Violette liqueur, Maraschino and lemon juice (R): My pal Lee loves a strong cocktail, and the classic Aviation is her all time favourite. Fragranced like parma violets, but with a big old kick from that gin.
The afternoon tea itself is a thing of beauty. No gimmicks, just pure class, and everything at Manchester House is home made.Sandwiches (L-R) - salmon, cucumber with dill paste, cheese and pickle, beef and coleslaw on a mini platted loaf, chicken Caesar wraps: A good ratio of sweet to savoury, although we cleared these in record time. My favourite was the beef, mainly owing to that beautiful mini loaf it was served on.
Cakes (L-R) - rose apple macarons, redbush mousse, Lamington cake, chocolate ganache: Oh those macarons! I often find them a bit 'all fur coat and no knickers', but we both agreed these were an utter delight. A crisp shell with a beautifully chewy interior. That Lamington cake was pretty special too.
Scones and Eccles cakes: I'd been thinking about these all morning whilst battling with some work based cack. That home made jam with clotted cream was a dream.
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne (L) and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne (R): Hey it was Friday, so naturally we were on the fizz. Perfect with afternoon tea and an early dart from work.
Teas - English Breakfast (L) and peppermint (R): Slowly brought us back to the land of the living after our sugar fuelled fun.
Champagne afternoon tea at The Lounge at Manchester House is £35.
Disclaimer: Lee and I were invited to sample the new afternoon tea menu, however we were already massive fans of Manchester House following our previous visits. We'll be doing this again.