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. 

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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


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. 


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

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Coffee Break: Grindsmith Espresso and Brew Bar, Manchester

Coffee with Walter

Well that’s exactly what you can do at Grindsmith’s Manchester. Located right next to the Great Northern Warehouse on Deansgate, this little shop is ideal for a quick lunchtime break, with a good selection of cakes and sandwiches to snack on whilst your coffee brews. For a luxurious touch, look out for the coffee house’s golden tea spoons which are guaranteed to give you some serious cutlery envy. A great place for any Breaking Bad fan or quirky coffee lover.

Tea and coffee available to eat in or take away. For more information and locations, check out their website here!


Monday, 16 May 2016

The Coffee Break Comeback

Oh hello, you! How's everything going? 
Been for any good teas lately?

Sorry we've been a bit quiet of late, things have been a little hectic to say the least, but we're back now and excited to reboot.

First stop along the way will be Cloud 23 at the end of the month, but in the meantime we've decided to relaunch our coffee break feature, looking a little further beyond our traditional tea venues and hotels, into the world of the coffee shop.

Our jobs mean that we're often travelling around, but there's always time for a brew, so whether we're in Manchester, London or New York, we'll be sharing the very best of our coffee shop stops along the way.

We can't promise fancy photography every time, but we'll do our damndest to make sure our iPhone pictures stay as pretty as possible!

See you soon,
Laura & Caroline

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