Best Afternoon Tea In Manchester

Stuffing yourself with scones, tiers of delicate pastries and mountains of tiny, but perfectly crafted sandwiches, all with a glass of something fizzy alongside? Luckily, this city has got the cake-filled ceremony down to a T. Whether you're looking to spoil someone special with a luxury experience, want to try a brand new afternoon tea with an affordable price point or fancy a birthday treat, check out our recommendations on the best places for afternoon tea in Manchester.

Last edited by Scarlett Welch

Last updated on 11th July 2024




Browns Brasserie & Bar Manchester

For an elegant afternoon tea that won't break the bank, Browns Brasserie & Bar has to be our top choice. Set in the stylish and suave dining area that's filled with plush velvet booths, this meal is set to be one to remember. Here, you'll tuck into the likes of smoked salmon and cream cheese brioche roll, fruit and plain scones with jam or a chocolate delice for just £23 per person. Plus, you can make it a Champagne afternoon tea in Manchester for an extra tenner.

James Martin Restaurant

Tasting Menu £65

Make your way to a celebrity chef's smart eatery for a luxury afternoon tea in Manchester to remember. James Martin Restaurant serves the traditional British staple every Saturday, with options to add gin tasters and Champagne. Served from 12:30 to 3pm, with prices for tiers alongside a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut NV starting at £32.95, enjoy James' notorious and original scone recipe, with Redhill Farm pork, Cumbrian beef and their own hot-smoked salmon featuring in sandwiches.

The Library Champagne Bar

Champagne Afternoon Tea and 4 other offers

A stunning space within the Free Trade Hall, the Library is a unique space brought to Manchester by luxury French publishers, Assouline. It boasts an elegant high tea, complete with homemade finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and a selection of excellent Champagnes or specialty teas. Prices start from only £34 per person, with the option to make it boozy for £10 extra. And if you're looking for a vegan offering, they can arrange that with 48 hours notice. 

Grand Pacific Manchester

Celebrating all things exotic (with some seriously grand interiors to boot) Grand Pacific in the city centre will take you on a culinary journey through dainty sandwiches and sweet bites, all topped off with a rose lychee martini, Champagne or rose. Head to the gorgeous Spring Gardens where 'High Tea' is available every day from noon until 5pm. The best part? This afternoon tea is on the affordable range, meaning prices start from as little as £25.95 per person

Sunset by Australasia

You might know Sunset by Australasia as the pretty in pink bar that's home to slushie cocktails. But did you know that the Instagrammable spot is also a great place for a quirky afternoon tea in Manchester, boasting bento boxes (for the fans of savoury), sweet treats and pornstar martinis? There's even a frosé version too. Serving up this photo-friendly experience from midday until 5pm, packages start from as little as £22.50 per person. 

Bottomless Afternoon Tea

@ Cherry Jam on Various dates from Friday 19th July 2024

A bottomless afternoon tea in Manchester, with 90 minutes of fun in tow? Taking place at Stockport's Cherry Jam, these events will have you feasting on sweet and savoury bites with free-flowing breakfast brambles, fruity spritzes, bloody marys and draught beers, before finishing up with bingo. Happening every Friday and Saturday, tickets start from just £29.00 for an alcohol-free version. With tickets and options available for children too.

Cocoa Cabana Ancoats

If you're looking for a drop-dead gorgeous pick, Cocoa Cabana Ancoats should be firmly on your radar. Stop by this plush spot for the chance to indulge in freshly baked goods, killer cocktails and more in an Instagrammable paradise. Wondering what's on the menu? All sorts of signature sweet treats like chocolate truffles and spiced pear brownies, as well as mini quiches, setting you back just £25 per head, or £28 with a glass of prosecco. And if you're needing somewhere in Greater Manchester, their West Didsbury branch will impress too.

20 Stories

To enjoy your meal with the city skyline in front of you, 20 Stories is second to none. Perched at the top the No.1 Spinningfields building, the iconic restaurant is serving up the best afternoon tea with a view on weekdays - think chicken and leek sausage rolls, homemade scones and spiced apple macarons. Executive Chef Daniel Scott uses only the finest regional ingredients in his menus, so you're in for a high-end occasion here. Prices start from £35 per person, though you can add on a glass of Nyetimber for £12 extra. 

Impossible

Though it may be known as a party bar that spans across three spacious floors and serves 63 different types of gin, Impossible also does a fantastic afternoon tea. For £32 per person, you can enjoy finger sandwiches filled with egg mayo or roast beef, alongside macarons, mini Bakewell tarts and more with unlimited tea and coffee throughout. You can also add on a glass of prosecco for £13 each, and they've also got a premium option for £37.

Richmond Tea Rooms

If only a themed version will do, then the Alice In Wonderland-inspired Richmond Tea Rooms is calling. The venue has a selection of different offerings to choose from, including a gentleman's version, which mixes things up with mini fish 'n' chips, a pint, and a Cumberland Scotch egg. Prices start from as little as £15.50 each and go right up to a luxury option with Champagne for £39, so there's something to suit all budgets here. They also do, arguably, the best gluten-free afternoon tea in Manchester, with a vegan option available too. 

Sugar Junction Northern Quarter

Looking for high tea complete with that perfect, delicate air of both tradition and whimsy? Let Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter be your guide for a delicious yet cheap afternoon tea in Manchester. A powder-puff palace of retro China, homemade sandwiches and 18 different types of loose leaf tea, they're doing authentic spreads right, while offering plenty of vintage cocktails or prosecco to boot.

Menagerie

As one of the most stylish bars in the city, Menagerie can be expected to deliver much the same with its afternoon tea. This beautiful venue is packed full of gorgeous greenery and Instagrammable neon signs, making it one of the prettiest spots for this decadent feast. Grab a snap next to that flower wall, before tucking into open finger sandwiches and scones. Their offerings start from just £23 per person, or you can choose the bottomless prosecco and cocktails option for £45.

Mamucium

Served daily between 12pm - 5pm, Mamucium's gentleman's afternoon tea is perfect for anyone who wants a seriously hearty twist on the tiers. A pint of house lager washes down fish 'n' chips, mini toad in the hole and more. Otherwise, you can also pick the traditional tiers, which come with pastrami beef and free-range egg sandwiches alongside red velvet cake and chocolate tart, with unlimited tea or coffee. Both options cost only £24.95 each, making it a great affordable choice too.

The Ivy Spinningfields

From truffled chicken brioche rolls and smoked salmon finger sandwiches through to raspberry choux puffs or apricot jam filled doughnuts, afternoon tea at The Ivy in Spinningfields is a luxury affair. Settle down across their brasserie or rooftop for a scone, or go all out with tiers and bubbles. Prices start from £34.95 per head, with a glass of Champagne for £10 extra. The interiors are just as enticing as the menu here though, with indoor trees and golden chandeliers lining the space.

San Carlo Gran Café

Italian eatery San Carlo Gran Café has to be up there on our list of the finest Manchester afternoon tea restaurants, thanks to touting delicate cakes, moreish sandwiches and luxurious scones - all the British classics, but with a Mediterranean twist. Venture to their Selfridges venue for a tasty time in photo-worthy surroundings, having been recently awarded Les Routiers Cafe of the Year.

The Tea Room At The Midland

Your hunt for vegan afternoon tea is over, as the Tea Room at The Midland has a glorious spread for you to tuck into. Beetroot hummus and red pepper with 'feta' make up the savoury flavours, while dark chocolate mousse and almond sponge with caramelised pear feature across the sweet treats. There's also a traditional choice too, with maple-glazed ham sandwiches, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options to cater to everyone. Prices begin at £35 per head, or add on a bottle of Pommery for £20 extra.

Cloud 23

Thursday Sunday Club

This luxury afternoon tea in Manchester city centre is calling - and it's not just the views that will impress. Free-flowing hot chocolate and teas come as standard with this beauty, but you can also add a cocktail or a glass of Champagne for £10 extra on the original £30 price. You can enjoy everything from roast chicken and crushed feta sandwiches to spiced beef sausage rolls and dark chocolate mousse here, all while looking out over the city's skyline.

The River Restaurant

You'll find The Lowry afternoon tea deals in Manchester city centre at their River Restaurant. For just £65, you can grab their traditional spread for two alongside a complimentary welcome cocktail each and a further 25% off any extra drinks. A bargain, if you ask us. They've got both classic and vegan menus to choose from, featuring roast beef and horseradish Yorkshire wraps, broccoli and blue cheese mini quiches, coconut mousse and more.

Annies

If you're looking for an afternoon tea to suit all dietary requirements, Annies on Old Bank Street is a top choice. This sophisticated spot flaunts swish, traditional interiors and cosy seats to sink into, while you munch your way through tiers of finger sandwiches, fruit scones and sweet treats. They've previously won the People's Choice award for best tea room at the Manchester Tourism Awards, and they offer classic, vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and gluten-free options, all costing just £25 per person. Even better? You can add on a glass of fizz for £7.