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Afternoon Tea at King Street Town House ~ Manchester.

Manchester’s trees decorated for Halloween.

Can there be no more decadent birthday celebration than Afternoon Tea? We were spoilt for choice in Manchester recently when exploring options in the city. Eight friends enjoyed a little shopping and cocktails followed by afternoon tea at King Street Town House on Booth Street.

King Street Town House is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance building, originally the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank. Today it is a rather posh city centre hotel, famed for its seventh floor infinity pool and private wine cellar dining.

King Street Town House.
Our own private dining room.
Afternoon Tea was served on a three tier silver cake stand.

On arrival we were escorted to our own private dining room, one of the resident wine cellars I believe. The ambience was candle lit and cosy , it was certainly a nice touch to inhabit a dining area exclusive to ourselves. Although at times we did feel a little forgotten about by the otherwise attentive staff.

We all opted for the Traditional Afternoon Tea which consists of a sumptuous selection of finger sandwiches, dainty cakes and desserts, and of course the obligitary home baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. I loved how the goodies were decorated with edible flowers and cute Cape gooseberries.

There was a choice of teas and coffees to drink with free refills and out came the mismatched vintage China. Although I don’t make teacup candles anymore, I still love the ritual of drinking tea from a proper teacup. πŸ™‚

Mismatched crockery.
Mouth watering.
A veggie afternoon tea for one.
Look at those goodies!
The Birthday Girl. 🍰

The King Street Townhouse Afternoon Tea is perfect for celebrations. A delectable tea time treat. 😁

Thanks to Ailyn, Louise and Sarah for their photo contributions. πŸ™‚

Afternoon tea and Underground cocktails ~Manchester.

My friend Fi decided to mark her approaching ‘Big 40’, with a fabulous day out in Manchester. In true celebratory style, we headed into the city for a day of  shopping, cocktails and afternoon tea. πŸ™‚

Fi had booked us a table at the marvellously plush Opus One on Peter Street ( just off Deansgate) for afternoon tea. Giant chess pieces and bold red and black decor give the restaurant a theatrical feel.

Opus One.
Opus One.

Four of us opted for the Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea because it sounded pretty darn delicious. And it was! This menu leans toward the savoury with gentleman size rustic sandwiches on the bottom tier. The top tier includes fish and chips, pork pies and mini beef yorkshire puddings. There is of course still a sweet treat if you can manage it,the obligatory home baked scone with jam and clotted cream. πŸ™‚ All these goodies come with a pot of tea or any hot drink of your choice and as many free refills as you desire. The price is Β£18.95 per person.

Gentleman's Afternoon Tea.
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea.
And its not just for Gentlemen. ;)
And its not just for Gentlemen. πŸ˜‰

The Birthday Girl chose the Traditional Afternoon Tea which is the same price and includes an indulgent selection of finger sandwiches and dainty cakes and home made scone with clotted cream and preserve. We all ordered a glass of celebratory champagne too with our afternoon teas. πŸ™‚

Traditional Afternoon Tea. Photo by Louise Atkinson.
Traditional Afternoon Tea. Photo by Louise Atkinson.
A Birthday cake surprise πŸ™‚

Opus One proved to the perfect venue to kick off a Birthday celebration. After our food we went on the hunt for a lovely cocktail bar. Of course Manchester has plenty….but they were sooo busy! We did however stumble across a quirky basement bar on Bridge Street ( near Spinningfields) which can knock up a luscious lemon sherbert sour or two. πŸ™‚

The Gas Lamp.
The Gas Lamp.
Lemon Sherbert sours. :)
Lemon Sherbert sours. πŸ™‚
Mirror Mirror on the Wall.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall.
Turkish delight Martinis.
Turkish delight Martinis.

Now if its glamour youre after The Gas Lamp will not be your kind of place. This quirky ‘subterranean drinking den’ is certainly more victorian convenience than classy cocktail bar. It was in fact once a childrens mission/soup kitchen and the original white tiling gives it a utilitarian look. Yet it still manages to feel cozy and friendly. I loved my Lemon Sherbert sour and the Turkish delight martinis went down well too. The Gas Lamp also specializes in real ales and has a good wine list. Quite a find!

So the highlights of Fi’s celebrations ( so far! ) included a Gentlemen’s Afternoon tea and cocktails underground.

Where do you like to go in Manchester?

Thursday Favourites ~ April. :)

I have kind of got out of doing my Thursday Favourites posts recently. I think its me rebelling against having a bit of routine on my blog ;0). Today though I am in the mood for routine ~ so here are a few things I have enjoyed lately…

Girly day out. :)
Girly day out. πŸ™‚

A couple of weekends ago I got to spend the whole day with two of my best friends. I cannot remember the last time before this that we managed to snatch more than a couple of hours together . Life just gets in the way you know. Anyway I blogged about how we enjoyed yummy tea and cake at Propertea in Manchester before spending the rest of our day shopping, gossiping and having the odd cheeky drink. πŸ™‚ Days out with the girls are the best !

Easter Bun pudding. :)
Easter Bun pudding. πŸ™‚

Here is a very sticky gooey calorific chocolaty pudding I made from a recipe found on a Tesco recipe card. As soon as Easter arrived and Lent ended it meant that I was allowed to eat chocolate again.Yippee ! So yes i really pigged out and this yummy dessert was quite the Easter treat. A bit like a bread and butter pudding ,its a good way of using up those impulse buy Hot Cross Buns.

The Tern Project, Morecambe.
The Tern Project, Morecambe.

It was certainly grand to get some lovely sunshine over the Easter weekend too. As I was working on Good Friday, the other half agreed that on Monday we could head for the seaside. πŸ™‚
We drove over to Morecambe and had a wander along the promenade which is home to The Tern Project ,a nature trail of quirky art works featuring the seabird life of Morecambe bay. There are limericks,jokes and poetry too….and a magpie Hopscotch. Fun on the Prom. πŸ™‚

Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn.
Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn.

Did you watch the BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn ? Having never read the novel or seen the 1939 Hitchcock directed film , I was interested in catching this version. Despite the grumbling about the mumbling , I actually really enjoyed this gothic tale. The final part of the three parter was definitely the best though. Did you manage to watch it and did the cornish accents put you off?

Ladybird love. :)
Ladybird love. πŸ™‚

A little treasure hunting with a lovely friend from the blog Olive and Harry , resulted in me purchasing two more Ladybird nature books first published in 1959. I remember there was a library of them at my village primary school. So I shall look out for more. Love exploring the countryside with them and taking them along with me , to see how farming and wildlife have evolved over the decades. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by


Eyelash Bars and Cocktail Bars : A Girly afternoon in Manchester :)

Sometimes its just nice to get away for a few hours with the girls for a spot of retail therapy and a couple of cheeky drinks πŸ˜‰

Luckilly we live only a little over an hour on the train from Manchester City Centre which is the perfect place for a girly shopping trip!


First things first, my friend Vicky wanted to try out an Eyelash Bar.As im not really one for eyelash batting beautification , I wasn’t aware that such places exist.But they do! There is one in Harvey Nicks.


At the eyelash bar there are hundreds of different styles of lashes.Vicky chose the peepers at the top of the picture below πŸ™‚


It didn’t take long for her to be adorned with her lusious new lashes. Vicky looked very glam and maybe Arwen and I would have been tempted ourselves but for the Β£28 price tag.Yikes!

Next stop one of my fave indulgences ‘LUSH’ for bath bombs.Scrumdiddelyumtious πŸ™‚


I went for my old favourites ‘Space Girl’ and ‘Twilight’ and couldn’t stop inhaling their gorgeous aromas for the rest of the day.Divine!

Time for a spot of lunch.Our first choice ‘The Hard Rock Cafe’ at the Printworks had an hours queauing time.It is not true that us Brits like to Q. We hotfooted it over to’ Waxy O Connors ‘instead ( also in the Printworks), which does good pub grub and we couldn’t fault it.

Love this display in Oasis πŸ™‚

After our ‘good pub grub’ we hit the shops.Manchester has all the usual High street names and plenty of designer shops too.Arwen was on the hunt for wedding clothes( she is super organized- the big day isn’t until september), unfortunatly today she didn’t find what she was looking for.It was fun having a good nosy round the stores though.:)

Hmm Giant rats performing Paul Weller songs outside Primark.Spooky!

Shopping is thirsty work thoughΒ  girls so I would highy reccommend you recharge with some delicous cocktails at http://www.cloud23bar.com.This is a fab cocktail bar with amazing views on the 23rd floor of ‘The Hilton’ on Deansgate. Ok here you may just have to queaue at weekends…..but it is well worth the wait.Before 4pm and you might avoid it altogether.Cloud 23 even has its own elevator with only one stop, the 23rd floor.Take me to the clouds above!


Our cocktails left to right: Vertigo, Alexander Park & Chocolate Martini.All were divine.

Clouds from Cloud 23

Enjoying our Cocktails.:)

You don’t get much change from a tenner for your cocktail…..but it did feel like we had really treated ourselves. We also noticed you can order Afternoon Tea here which did look heavenly.These have to be pre-booked though.A definate for the future I hope.;)

Really didn’t want to leave `Cloud 23 ‘but home was beckoning , via a glass of prosecco at ‘The Oust bar’ on the way to catching the train back from Salford Central.

A fabulous afternoon out was had by all.:-D