During my mum’s visit to Manchester, I wanted to take her to experience a traditional “afternoon tea” and for this we chose the tearoom Tea Hive in Chorlton. This little tearoom is reputed for the quality of the teas, coffees and cakes it offers. You will find a very nice tea menu with a choice of more than thirty-one teas, all as good as the others.
So we went there for 2:30 p.m and we took the vegetarian option for the sandwiches. On the tray there was a scone with homemade whipped cream and strawberry jam per person, which was excellent. In addition to that, we had four sandwiches per person (egg, chives and onions; humous with a Moroccan sauce and peppers, cheddar with chutney and the last one cucumber, cream cheese and herbs). The bread used for the sandwiches was extremely soft inside and crispy on the outside; it had been a long time since I had eaten bread as good as this. To finish with a sweet note, we got two big pieces of sponge cakes to share (one chocolate and caramel, and the other one lime) and two small pieces of milionaire cake. The quantity and quality were exceptional and because we did not finish all the cakes, the waitress kindly offered for us to take them home.
My mum chose the Formosa Oolong tea, which is from Taiwan, while I took the lychee black tea. Both teas were very tasty but unfortunately it was impossible to remove the leaves from the teapot once infused.
Afterwards, we walked around the village of Chorlton, which is a very fashionable place with its multitude of small shops and restaurants. The walk is enjoyable, especially after such a meal. The organic grocery, Unicorn, is opposite to the tearoom and has a wide selection of nuts, leguminous plants and other vegan products.
I recommend this little tearoom if you want to be in the calm to enjoy your afternoon tea and to discover the Mancunian suburb.