Any of you that follow me will know I enjoy a good afternoon tea and I’ve sampled a fair few in Manchester and the North-West in my time (it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!). So when I was invited to review the Grand Pacific High Tea, I jumped at the chance as I knew it wouldn’t be your bog-standard cucumber sandwich and scone with cream and jam. I wasn’t wrong…
Grand Pacific High Tea
If you’ve not been to the Grand Pacific on King Street, Manchester, then you’re missing out! The 1st floor restaurant, lounge and bar is seriously stunning and oozes cool. The building is beautiful, with floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings and the opulent interior and golden pineapples are serious insta-fodder! The place has definitely got the wow-factor when you walk in.
The main menu at Grand Pacific is an eclectic mix of asian fusion dishes and is seriously impressive, so I couldn’t wait to see what the High Tea had in store for us.
The High Tea
I enjoyed the Grand Pacific High Tea with two of my favourite blogging gals, Kat and Danielle and the service was great from the moment we set foot through the doors – the right balance of informal, yet special. We were offered drinks on arrival whilst we perused the High Tea menu and were explained that we’d enjoy a glass of bubbles first, then we’d choose our tea, which we’d enjoy with the first selection of savoury goodies and then the second selection of sweet treats.
HIGH TEA SAVOURY SELECTION
TREAT YOUR TASTE BUDS TO A SELECTION OF GOURMET SAVOURY TREATS.
Crumpet With Cornish Crab Butter,
Forbidden Rice Arancini With Goat’s Cheese,
Marinated Tuna & Salmon Tartare,
Smoked Salmon Potato Cake,
Egg & Mustard Cress Sandwich,
Coronation Chicken Sandwich,
Eccles Cake With Creamy Lancashire Cheese
HIGH TEA SWEET SELECTION
INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH, WITH FLAVOURS OF THE EXOTIC & MEMORIES OF HOME.
Passion Fruit Brûlée,
Jasmine Tea Bread With Rose Jelly & Cream,
Grand Pacific Sherry Trifle,
LOOSE LEAF TEA RANGE
ALL SUPPLIED BY TEA FROM THE MANOR.
English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Chai Spiced, Camomile Flower, Silver Needle, Gunpowder Green, Moroccan Mint, Red Berry & Rose, Lemon & Ginger, Passion Fruit Guava & Mango
As you can see from the menu, it’s not your average high tea! It’s something quite different and quite delicious, I can assure you.
I’ll let the photos do the talking…
At £22 per person, or a touch more if you go for the Prosecco/Champagne options, I think you certainly get good value for money with the Grand Pacific High Tea – it feels special, it feels like a treat and it’s certainly unique. We happily chit-chatted 2 hours away and it’s a perfect afternoon activity for the girls or a treat for mum.
I also love that they have a selection of Prosecco infused teas! What’s not going to be good about that?!
My one slight critique would be that it did feel slightly strange having high tea without the usual scones, cream and jam. The pastries and sweet treats were fab, but I did find that I missed a scone…even a twist on your traditional scone would have been fun. But you certainly don’t go hungry without it!
Where’s your favourite place for Afternoon or High Tea?