Words & Photos: @oliverinstead
Earlier this week, I was invited by Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester to go and have a taste of the new #BeeProud afternoon tea. Here’s a confession: I’m not the afternoon tea-type. The last time I had a full-on afternoon was 4 years ago, in a Best Western in Kuala Lumpur, but #Pride is a great cause – in fact, one that I care very much about so I didn’t waste a sec before accepting the offer!
The afternoon tea is served in Opus One, a cocktail bar set in the beautiful and very airy windowed colonnade facing Peter Street – perfect for people watching whilst you sip your prosecco (or in my case, sencha green tea).
Disclaimer: this isn’t the first time I’ve dined in this exact spot. I took my mum here for dinner when she came over a few years ago, but it is the first time I’ve had afternoon tea here.
The menu is very classic – everything you’d expect from a traditional afternoon – with a small ‘Mancunian’ twist that if you follow me on Instagram or just happened to catch my Stories, you’d know what it is… otherwise you’d have to find out by booking yourself into a #BeeProud afternoon tea. *winks*
In terms of my vegetarianism, there was absolutely no issue at all. I notified our waitress the moment we sat down and she dealt with it efficiently and got the kitchen to prepare four vegetarian sandwiches (fresh onion, tomato, lettuce, and cheddar / fresh cucumber and cream cheese / red onion chutney and cheddar / egg mayo) for me so don’t worry about any dietary requirements!
The quality of food is brilliant. Everything is well-prepared and tasted very fresh – if pushed, my standouts would have to be the egg and mayo sandwich (wish I had a full-sized sannie!), the freshly baked scones, the popcorn cheesecake and the Eccles cake. But genuinely, every element was enjoyable.
But if there is one complaint that I’d like to raise, is that all the cakes get a little heavy towards the end of the experience. I wish could’ve stopped myself from stuffing my face so aggressively, but note that if you find yourself struggling to finish your tea like we did (real talks : you do get a lot of food for what you’re paying), there is an option for a doggie bag to make sure no good food is left behind or goes to waste.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Remember, if you’re in Manchester and fancy an afternoon tea, it’s served year-round here at Radisson Blu Edwardian! And if you’re going to try the #BeeProud during Pride, don’t forget to use the hashtag to share the experience! #ChooseLove