Saturday, 16 July 2016

Coffee Break: Mad Hatters Tea Room, Chester


When you find yourself stuck on a rainy ‘summer’ Sunday afternoon, you’ve got two choices. You can either stay home and wait for the clouds to pass or you can go out and brave the storm for a slice of cake. And you know any option with cake is the right one.

That's exactly what we did last month on a day out in Chester when we came across the super-cute Mad Hatters Tea Room. Located on the The Rows, this tea room's cosy setting and colourful display of cupcakes made it the ideal place to get out of the drizzle and indulge.

On this occasion we opted for Harry's hot chocolate - with marshmallows and cream obviously - and a couple of rainbow sprinkled vanilla cupcakes. Absolutely amazing, the best cupcakes we've had in a long time and you can even buy some of your own hot chocolate to try at home. 

As the name may suggest, there are plenty of Alice-themed accents throughout for any Wonderland fans out there from the special Afternoon Tea names to the rustic menus - we will definitely be back soon to try The Red Queen's Afternoon Tea (priced at £20pp). 


The Mad Hatters Tea Room is open 7 days a week. For more info and to check out menus visit their website.



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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Top Summer Afternoon Teas to Take Away

Lancaster London
It's now easier than ever to take a tea break in London, with many hotels and cafes offering afternoon tea to go. Here are three of the best take away options available in the Capital this summer. 


Lancaster London

For those of you craving a summer treat in the park, why not pick up an afternoon tea bag from Lancaster London and head across the road to Hyde Park, for a day of fun and food in the sun - weather permitting of course! The package features a selection of tasty British treats, including: Mini passion fruit & raspberry macaroons (yum!); fresh-out–the-oven Scones (plain and raisin) with home-made strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream; plus Iced tea in a retro glass with straw. 

Prices start from £19.50 per person



The Park Tower Knightsbridge

Good news - the Park Tower Knightsbridge is now offering a takeaway version of their signature Knightsbridge Lounge Afternoon Tea.  The set comes in a beautifully designed three-tier takeaway carry box that includes traditional Afternoon Tea favourites with a posh twist, such as Ivory white chocolate and pistachio pastry with gold leaf; Shot of Granny Smith apple & wild blackberry, vanilla panna cotta; and Walnut and whisky buttercream cupcake.  

Prices start from £19.50 per person



BB Bakery

So, you've heard of the BB Bus, Boat and Covent Garden Cafe, but have you heard about their wonderful Afternoon Tea delivery service? Keeping in line with the bakery's love of iconic British transport, their on demand Afternoon Tea will arrive in an original London Taxi, ready for you to enjoy either at home or outdoors - ideal for a mid-summer treat when you're craving a BB fix. The selection of snacks includes, finger sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones, along with a range of classically British teas.

Also look out for the BB picnic, which is available to collect from store with 24h notice!

Prices start at £19.00 per person



If you live outside of London, fear not because plenty of regional venues also offer take out/mail order options too. We can highly recommend the Rosewater Bakery and Bettys home delivery hampers to anyone on the look out!


Have you ever tried a take away afternoon tea? 
Share your favourites below!

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Afternoon Tea Club Reviews: Cloud 23, Manchester



Cloud 23 has been on our Afternoon Tea to-do list for quite some time. Having only experienced the 23rd floor bar for evening drinks at one of the most iconic buildings on Manchester's skyline, we were very excited to try the menu at Hilton’s Deansgate Hotel. 


The bar is decked out with contemporary, spacious lounge seating but really, it’s all about the views outside the tea room here. We highly recommend requesting a window seat if you’re planning on tea with a party of 2 or 3, the views over Manchester are amazing, especially on a summer’s afternoon where you will, quite literally, experience the ultimate height of high tea.

The food itself is equally impressive. Our afternoon tea came on a modern oval stand filled with an generous assortment of sweet and savoury bites. It’s always good to have a nice mix of flavours and textures and this particular menu did not disappoint, offering a selection of traditional finger sandwiches filled with; coronation chicken, cheese and onion, and egg, along with a sweet potato wrap and mini cheese and tomato roll.


This was shortly followed by classic fruit scones with jam and clotted cream - usually one scone per person isn’t how we like to do things here but judging by the amount of food we had to get through, we can agree that was probably a good call and just as delicious!

To finish, our colourful dessert selection included an iconic battenberg slice, kiwi lime jelly and chocolate and coffee cake. The coffee cake wasn't for the faint hearted but the jelly was a nice light refreshment to conclude. 


The selection of teas was very good indeed, offering a range of traditional, infusions and Cloud 23 blends. A signature earl grey and traditional english were our tipple of choice on this occasion.

The service was a little slow on this particular visit so our tea top ups were not as frequent as we had hoped, however the place was packed with parties large and small, so it was understandable and the staff themselves were perfectly friendly.




Cloud 23 is one of those Manchester hot spots that’s a must see for visitors and natives alike. We’ve finally ticked a box on our to-do list and we highly recommend you add it to yours. 

For more information and to book visit: www.cloud23bar.com
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Friday, 3 June 2016

Coffee Break: Ezra & Gil, Manchester

Ezra & Gil
The staple fave of many a Manchester resident, Ezra and Gil combines urban chic surroundings with a rustic selection of breads, coffee and cake. Choose from a range of salads and sandwiches (which look Ah-Mazing!) or just pop in for a coffee and cake - either way you're on to a winner!

Open seven days a week, this place is idea for a post shopping brew or a working lunch. On my visit, I only had chance to order a quick coffee but I'll definitely be back to try out the lunch and cake menu!

For more information, visit their website below!



- Caroline

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Coffee Break: Jaunty Goat, Chester

Jaunty latte.

I’ve lived in Chester for just under four months now and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t done that much exploring. My job isn’t city centre based so my local coffee joint is sadly the Starbucks concession in the nearby Holiday Inn. The sexy world of journalism eh?
But there’s one place I’ve always wanted to try and that’s the Jaunty Goat on Bridge Street, a cool and sophisticated coffee spot that’s supposed to offer the best coffee in the city.

I popped in yesterday afternoon and my first thought was: is a MacBook a prerequisite in here? Furnished with long communal, bronze effect tables and church-like bench seats, quirky wicker art all with a neutral ‘beachy’ and rose gold hue, this place looks like the kind of place you could really cram in the hours getting some work done or just catching up with friends. I’d use the word ‘hipster’ but I was sat there with my fake snakeskin boots, iPhone and writing a post for my tea blog, so I’m not really one to talk!

It is TOTALLY my kind of place.

Loving the colour scheme here.

The coffee itself is fantastic and they’ve got a great range of teas for you to try too. And the CAKE – wow, so many to choose from. Unfortunately after spending my morning at the gym at 6.30am I decided not to indulge on this occasion but I’m thinking it’s likely I’ll be rushing back here this weekend to make up for it.

The Jaunty Goat is described as Chester’s best coffee – I can definitely see why. 

Laura.

Available to eat in or take away. For more information, visit their Facebook page here!
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