Not a long time ago with some friends we created a group for the tea lovers (although for the moment there are only women, men are also welcome). The goal of this group is to bring together people who have the same passion for tea and to meet and exchange through activities. We will try to organise a meeting once a month around an activity related to tea in or around Manchester.
Our first meeting took place in November at Pier Eight in Salford Quays. So I had booked a table to have an afternoon tea and get to know each other.
The Pier Eight offers a vegetarian option and an option with a glass of prosecco in addition to the normal version. So everyone was delighted in our little group. The difference between the normal option and the vegetarian option is in the sandwiches, the cakes being the same for all.
For non-vegetarians, the sandwiches were made of turkey with cheese or prawn, cucumber and cream or salmon with herbs.
The vegetarian people had sandwiches with houmous, salad, chickpeas, dried tomatoes or cheese with pickles or egg mayonnaise, herbs.
For the cakes we had banana caramel tarts, chocolate mousses with raspberry and cream, scones with jam and cream, crème brulé creams and a vanilla slide. This was accompanied by coffee, tea or a glass of prosecco according to our choice.
The sandwiches and the cakes were delicious, original and abundant. Most of us could not finish our portion.
On average, we absolutely loved this place and we gave a rating of 4.4 / 5
To sum up here is what we liked:
- The presentation of the cakes which was different from the afternoon tea which we are used to
- The sandwich selection
- The view on the Mersey River
- The relaxed, peaceful atmosphere of the place and the volume of the music that allowed us to discuss.
The only weakness of this place would be their selection of teas, which was a bit poor in choice (only 4-5 different teas) and quite common.
To summarize, the Pier Eight is a good place to spend an afternoon with family or friends. Being located inside the Lowry Theater you can also go for a light meal or an aperitif before going to see a play.
For those who would be interested to join our group here is the address Manchester Tea Lover (the name is not awesome but for the moment we haven’t found anything better). Do not hesitate to join us, to share your tastes, recommendations and all other things related to the tea.
Address: The Lowry, Salford Quays M50 3AZ
Phone: 0161 876 2121
Price: £ 16 for afternoon tea or £ 22 with a glass of prosecco