There's nothing more relaxing than a steaming cuppa to soften the post-midday slump. Raise your pinkies and cheers to the elves doing all the hard work this year while you nibble on tiny sandwiches and delicate, creamy cakes. In case you need help figuring out where to clink your drinks, we've put together a list of the finest Christmas afternoon teas in Manchester for 2024.
Scoff fluffy brioche buns filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese as part of Browns Brasserie & Bar's Christmas afternoon tea in Manchester city centre. On the menu are also mini mince pies plus cheddar and Bramley apple chutney sandwiches. For only £23 per person, soak up a charming atmosphere with a warm cuppa or upgrade to a glass of Moët and Chandon Impérial Champagne.
Have a brew with Santa and his crew at Cloud 23. From £40 per person, you can tuck into an array of sweet treats and nibbles for an hour and a half as Father Christmas himself pays a visit. If you're not too busy taking in the gorgeous views from the top floor of this incredible bar towering over Deansgate, make sure to get yourself on the nice list.
If you're browsing the web for a cheap Christmas afternoon tea in Manchester, then look no further than Slug and Lettuce across various locations, including Didsbury, Deansgate, Albert Square and Piccadilly. Not only do they sleigh in the brunch department, but they're also pulling out the stops with a super selection of sandwiches, scones and bite-size chocolate brownie pieces. Opt for either a traditional affair with a brew, a prosecco package or cocktails at your nearest venue.
There's a festive-fuelled high tea happening at Cherry Jam this December. Wolf down an array of themed sandwiches full of brie with cranberry. Then, pop the prosecco, baby, because there are 90 minutes of bottomless spritz, warm cocktails and ice-cold beers all from only £29 per person. Creative drink names include The Grinch, Wet Bandit and Hot Cherry Pie, so sit back, sip and relax as it is nearly Christmas after all.
Head to the tropical oasis that is the Grand Pacific and pretend you're in a movie as you tuck into a yuletide high tea with all sorts of fancy finger food. Think cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches plus dainty raspberry macarons. There's a range of drinks packages to choose from like Kaiken brut, rosé sparkling wine, seasonal cocktails or just a good old-fashioned cuppa with loose-leaf blends from The Manor.
For a luxury Christmas afternoon tea in Manchester with exceptional views of the city, the type that Rudolph would have, take a trip to the fabulous 20 Stories. On Mondays to Fridays, pick from an array of packages including a Nyetimber sparkling wine deal or miniature cocktail pairing affair. Tuck into scrumptious savoury bites like crayfish and Marie Rose rolls or decadent tiny desserts featuring cranberry cheesecake, plus maple and pecan choux.
The Lowry Hotel
Gather family and friends for a Christmas afternoon tea in 2024 at The Lowry Hotel on Dearmans Place, with all the jingle bells and whistles. From £37.50 for a traditional affair or an extra tenner for the Champagne edition, nibble on golden nuggets of gingerbread cake, cherry financiers covered in pistachio buttercream plus turkey ciabattas with stuffing and cranberry.
If you've been thinking that there are not enough pocket-sized chocolate Christmas trees in the world, then afternoon tea at Malmaison Manchester is for you. With a complimentary glass of prosseco thrown in for good measure, you can expect to consume Viennese mincemeat tarts, black forest cherry trifle and individual prawn cocktails, plus an extensive list of teas.
Leave the chaos of present buying behind and treat yourself to an award-winning afternoon tea at Hotel Gotham. Park your bags, hang your coat and, from £40 per person, enjoy a glass of bubbly or a steaming cup of the good stuff, plus a collection of miniature nibbles. There are Christmas pudding choux buns, red velvet cake and cranberry scones with plenty of jam on the menu.