Monday, 19 September 2016

Tea room exploration: Proper Tea.

Manchester Cathedral, Cathedral Yard, Manchester, M3 1SQ. Open Sunday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 7pm |

A quaint take on the traditional British tearoom, where you can over indulge on a spot of tea whilst you feast your eyes on some rather scrumptious bakes. Tucked away in one of Manchester's tranquil hidden spots, you'll definitely want to unwind and treat yourself at Proper Tea!

Just a stones throw away from one of Manchester's busiest shopping districts you wouldn't expect to find a traditional tea room tucked away here, but a short walk past the restaurants at the Corn Exchange and a hand full of old fashioned pubs, you'll find a lovely spot for a cup of tea and cake.

Proper Tea have been serving up their decadent selection of loose leaf brews for the past few years in a lovely secluded spot opposite Manchester Cathedral. A more modern take on your traditional British tea room, here they certainly love their tea just as much as they adore their freshly baked cakes. With a staggering selection of brews available where better to stop off for a spot of tea!

They're already made quite a name for themselves for their range of loose leaf teas, but this quaint tea room has also been helped along by broadcaster Yvette Fielding who co-owns the tea rooms, thankfully you won't spot any ghost hunting going on here though, just delightful brews and tasty treats!

Their unique twist on the traditional tea room has made them a favourite to visit, especially if like me you adore your tea just as much as scrumptious cake! With a quirky feel to the venue inside, you'll find old wooden doors turned into d├ęcor and counters around the tea room, with a lovely light and airy feel.

But of course, it's all about the tea and cake for me, one of the first things that you'll notice as you enter the tea rooms is their counter brimming with the days latest bakes in front of their vast selection of tea caddy's, those white pots you'll see behind the counter are all full of tea that's just how much you'll find to choose from!

With a vast tea menu available, ranging from classic black tea blends, to green teas and fruity infusions, whatever takes your fancy you'll be bound to find at least two or three variations of it on the menu. The bakes are just as outstanding as the brews, with a daily selection of freshly baked treats varying from dainty brownies to red velvet and lemon cakes, with gluten free bakes available too.

On my visit their was quite a selection to choose from, ranging from rich flourless chocolate cake, to white chocolate and poppy seed cake, and even brownie tarts! I went for a slice of their fruity looking coconut and carrot cake, a lovely moist bake packed with fruit and walnuts, topped off with a sweet frosting and coconut shavings. A lovely sweet bake, and a generous portion to boot!

To accompany my bake I chose a pot of their Rosy Grey tea, a lovely rose scented take on the classic earl grey, apparently one of Yvette Fielding's favourites so I've chosen well! My tea came with a lovely set of timers to ensure the perfect brew, opting for light to strong for your tea. Certainly a good choice with my cake, the two went together perfectly.

A lovely tranquil stop off to take in a spot of tea, somewhere I'd actually had on my 'to visit' list for some time, so glad that I decided to pop in for a treat. If you love your tea just as much as your cake you'll definitely want to pop in!

Cake rating:
 5/5 | Free from options available.