Food: Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23, Hilton Deansgate Review

Being a Manchester blogger and influencer, one of the questions I get asked a lot is “where is the best place to go for afternoon tea in Manchester?”…

Be it a hen weekend, a girls day, a family get together or a birthday, so many ladies (and gents in that matter!) love to flock to Manchester in search for a lovely afternoon tea. I’ve tried out a lot of afternoon tea’s over the years, but it was only a month or so ago that I experienced it at Cloud 23, at Manchester’s Hilton Deansgate.


There’s a main reason why I’d recommend this one to anyone who asks: you get views of the city in a bit of a ‘wow’ destination. It’s more of a fancier Afternoon Tea sitting than most – but with an extensive cocktail menu for drinks afterwards (or during, whatever takes your fancy!), the option of champagne afternoon tea, cakes, scones, sandwiches, a luxury seating area and views of the city, it’s one that’s worth it for a special occasion.

So, what does it offer? I went for the Champagne Afternoon Tea, which ranges in price depending on which champagne you go for. We opted for the Pommery Apanage Rose, which makes it total to £29.95 per person.

I don’t know about you but I love a bit of a rose fizz, so if that’s on offer, I tend to pick it…

The afternoon tea in itself couldn’t really be faulted. I liked how the array of savoury wasn’t made up of all the ‘samey’ things – you know, like finger sandwiches encased in white bread. This one gives a combination of wraps, sliced bread and different grains, topped or filled with meats, fish, cheeses and vegetable options.

I was super happy to find a prawn version in the sandwiches – a rarity when it comes to afternoon tea!

I always follow my sandwiches with the scones, and it was nice to see these home-baked scones were warm, and came with the clotted cream and jam selections. Don’t you just hate it when you go for afternoon tea and the scones come with whipped, squirty cream? Like, how do places even get away with it?

The scones were delicious, soft and fluffy, and the homemade tarts and cakes that followed didn’t disappoint. It was nice to see a good old vanilla custard/cream slice appear as one of the key desserts, along with a pot of chocolate oreo mousse!


After our indulgence, we continued our celebrations by selecting cocktails from the main Cloud 23 cocktail menu. The list is really really extensive, and you can have to be prepared to pay anything from £9-£15 average per cocktail, but they are incredible! Some real dessert style cocktails here, along with the most stylish presentation.

I came here with a group of friends and din’t expect to review the place – I was heading here for catch ups and afternoon tea and drinks, so I wasn’t taking notes like I usually do as on all my reviews. But, due to being asked a lot of times about afternoon tea recommendations in Manchester, I felt this one deserved to feature.

If you don’t want champagne, you can expect to pay around £25 for the above, with a range of unique teas. I’d say it’s great value for quality food, drinks and presentation, and an all round ‘wow’ place, and a relaxed ambience.

Check out more on their website here.


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