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Photo an Hour Sat 27th August.

I joined in with Janey and  Louisa’s Photo An Hour challenge on Saturday. Prepare for mostly random pictures of shopping and drinking! I went to Manchester with the girls.:)

8am ~ Sharing toast in bed.

9am ~ If I’m going to Manchester I had better put some nail polish on !

10am ~ On the train.

11am  ~  A typical House of Fraser customer maybe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Noon ~ Trying on an Oasis dress…..which I did end up buying.:)

1pm ~ Eyeing up Converse.

2pm ~ In The Botanist waiting for cocktails.

 3pm ~ The most amazing dessert!

4pm ~ Cider in the Gas Lamp before our train home.

5pm ~ Not really much you can photograph on a busy train.

6pm ~  Back in Clitheroe so obligatory ciders in The Inn At The Station before heading home. I forgot to take a photo at 7pm.

8pm ~ Other Half has gone to the pub so I’m sorting out dresses to put in our new wardrobe in the spare room. I need the most space.Obviously!

9pm ~ Chillin with Hugo and pondering on whether I should start my new book.Anyone read it? 

By 10pm I was already tucked up in bed.Very Rock n Roll on a Saturday night. 

Have a great Bank Holiday.x

Mitton Hall Afternoon Tea.

It was my sisters birthday at the weekend , which made Sunday the perfect day to go out for Afternoon Tea. Our mutual friend Becky booked us a table at Mitton Hall , a beautiful 15th century country house hotel near Whalley in Lancashire. We are ย so lucky to have such lovely places right on our doorstep. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our table was reserved in the restaurant area and as Spring had decided to take a holiday for the day, we were happy to be seated ย near to a roaring ย fire and the Birthday girl and Becky sank into a cozy sofa.

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The Afternoon Tea at Mitton Hall comes served on a grey slate three tiered cake stand, laden with goodies. ย There were a variety of assorted finger sandwiches, four types of cake and cherry scones served with a delicious cherry preserve and clotted cream. We chose to drink tea and of course you are allowed to ask for refills. Don’t be shy.

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We couldn’t really find fault with our food, except the Lancashire cheese and pickle sandwich filling was more pickle than cheese. Overall though it was very tasty and great value for money at ยฃ15.50 per person. You can also order Champagne Afternoon tea which is ยฃ21 per person. However we decided to indulge in refreshing mocktails for a change. Becky enjoyed her ‘elderflower mojito’ and Yvonne and I chose to drink ‘pussyfoots’ made from pineapple,citrus and grenadine.

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Mitton Hall provided an elegant and relaxed setting and friendly unobtrusive service. We found it to be the perfect place for a birthday celebration. ๐Ÿ™‚

Propertea in Manchester. :)

A rare treat on Saturday !  I got to spend the whole day with two of my besties. ๐Ÿ™‚  Have known Fi and Jo for nearly 15 years now, since we all lived on the same street in our twenties. These two lovely ladies are busy mums  so escaping from the kids for a whole ten hours is quite a fete. A little planning and we managed it , dashing for the 9-40 train to Manchester. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I had done a little research ( only a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) into a tea room that opened just before Christmas. Tucked away in the grounds of Manchester Cathedral and only a stones throw from Victoria station, Propertea is a relaxing and contemporary haven for a ‘proper cuppa and slice of cake’. It is part owned by celebrity ghost hunter/former Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding. We saw no spooks at our table. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So before we hit the shops ( and strawberry woo woos ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) we went for a brew and yes, we had to indulge in a sweet treat too. How could we resist!

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Propertea has an impressive leaf tea selection and I loved how the tea is served out of glass teapots.You also get a cute tea timer so you know how long to stew your brew. ๐Ÿ™‚ The waiting on staff were very informative and friendly with their recommendations.

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And the cakes not only look good , they are pretty yummy too. We opted for lemon cake, raspberry and orange cake and the rainbow battenberg.

If tea is not your forte there is also a good selection of coffees and soft drinks and the menu includes sandwiches, soups and stews. On the website it says that herbs from the cathedral gardens are used in the cooking.

Popping in for a brew at Propertea was the perfect start to our day out in Manchester. After that there was lots of retail therapy, ciders at the oyster bar, lunch at the Molly house and cocktails on Canal street. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are a few pics taken in the cathedral grounds before we headed into the city.

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Where do you like to go for a cuppa in Manchester?