Afternoon tea at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester
Guests will dine in the stylish surroundings of The Birch Room, with a High Tea featuring exquisite pâtisserie selections, freshly baked scones, homemade finger sandwiches and much more.
Situated in the city centre’s stunning Free Trade Hall, the Grade II listed property is the perfect place to enjoy the longstanding tradition of High Tea.
Sat, Sun 13:00–16:00
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Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester at Free
This was our third visit to the Radisson Blu for afternoon tea. On the two previous occasions we had initially, The Manchester afternoon tea and on the second occasion this was called the gentleman’s afternoon tea.
This time we were told there was only the traditional afternoon tea.
I have to say that the sandwiches were pretty nondescript and rather tasteless. Two scones per person, one of which was chocolate chip. With jam and cream!!!! Plus four very sweet patisseries. Sugar overload. We couldn’t eat all of these, so they were put in a box to bring home.
Whilst the staff were attentive, apparently we were entered as a no show and received an e.mail intimating such, when we had spent £152.00 this was rather galling on top of the fact that the food was lacking the previous deliciousness of the previous two visits. Won’t be returning.Sadly.
This is our third visit, however there was a savoury option on previous occasions. This would have been our preferred choice. Too many cakes and it enough sandwiches for two of the partys pallets.
My partner and myself visited for afternoon tea. We had been for afternoon tea here before it changed it's name and concept. We hadn't been told it had changed when we booked. Last time it was exquisite, great decor, fabulous staff, comfortable and delicious. Why change a winning combination?
Two lovely friendly ladies greeted us and showed us to our table. On the way to our table we noticed a drastic change in the decor, all modern and rough wood on the panelled room dividers. We were shown to our table, sat on low sofas, nightmare! My partner has had a knee replacement and I knew he would be uncomfortable.
Very, very small round tables. Not a clever idea for afternoon tea! We ordered our tea and food, I asked for a vegetarian afternoon tea. The waiter left to place the order. We waited 35 MINUTES for our pot of tea. Really? It wasn't even busy.
We had drank our tea before the food arrived and asked for more.
As we were having separate food there was no space on the table for 2 afternoon tea trays. Why are the tables so small?
I had asked for vegetarian meal but never in a million years expected what I got.
4 finger slices of bread, two with a bit of lettuce and half a slice of tomato. I was gobsmacked. Is there no imagination off the chefs for vegetarians?
I asked to send it back and replace with something better.
My partner was happy with his food.
15 minutes later the waiter returned with a fresh plate of finger sandwiches.
4 MEAT sandwiches was what they had sent. I was gobsmacked at the lack of attention to detail. It used to be such a great place.
Eventually the chef did come out of the kitchen and ask me what I wanted.
He returned with some nice avocado and cheese sandwiches, still got one with just lettuce on but I was worn out and could not be bothered sayng anything. We just wanted to leave by this point. A disastrous experience, they will need to up their game to compete with some of the amazing restaurants in the area.
Most disappointed sorry guys.
We walked in and was seated by a waitress who could not articulate what the menu was but was nice enough. Ordered our afternoon, one member was Vegetarian but they were happy to accommodate. (they no longer do Gentleman's Tea). Some 20 minutes later we were still awaiting service and had not even had our teas and coffees. The waitress explained that she had placed our order twice and would chase this up. When the Tea eventually came it was cold.
The afternoon tea was poor to say the least. The menu advised "choose from four finger sandwiches" ...not unless your finger is a twig! The sandwiches were were literally half a sandwich cut into four pieces and the bread was soggie and wet! When we advised the staff of this they said they would bring more sandwiches. These too were wet (this is after waiting a further 15 minutes). There was only two other tables in the restaurant so to wait 45 minutes for the afternoon tea is shocking.
We had picked this venue to celebrate my mum's special birthday with family as we had been here before and liked the food and but the quality and service has deteriorated and for £30.00 per person it is simply a rip off! Don't bother going here choose somewhere that has quality service and top food!!
Excellent cream tea with cocktail. Lovely decoration, fabulous service. The strawberry shortcake dessert was the best dessert I have tasted at any cream tea and I have tried quite a few! :-)
Nice surroundings with excellent service and good background music. A nice relaxing venue
Historic building on the outside, mainly modern decor on the inside. Ask for a window seat if you would prefer a quiet, comfortable spot; perfect for Afternoon Tea. Their sandwich selection was ok; could expand on the choices and serve on artisan bread instead of pre-sliced supermarket variety. Scones and preserves were delicious, not overly sweet. The pâtisseries selection was too sweet, especially English strawberry shortbread. Standard coffee and tea selection; could offer more choices.
We had afternoon tea as a Xmas present. The lovely restaurant was rather spoiled by the constant drilling next door. The tea selection could have been more imaginative but what I had was lovely. The food was good although we would have preferred more savoury items perhaps replacing the very dry scones. Quite a sugar overload. All round a very pleasant afternoon.
Unfortunately we were put in a different room for afternoon tea whilst works were being carried out. As This was a gift nearing its expiry and we didn't know about the works we couldn't wait & book it for a later date. This was a very plain room with white walls tables & chair covers too formal if anything. There was only the 2 of us & a group of maybe 6/7 on the table behind us and a table of 2 just finishing when we arrived so plenty of empty tables. We felt watched with staff standing around 3 together at one point & as we finished the bottom tier of sandwiches it was quickly removed from the stand. The afternoon tea arrived as you would expect nicely presented. The scones were lovely slightly warm, the cakes though looked lovely were too sickly. We were underwhelmed by the lack of filling in all the sandwiches, with wafer thin ham & the cheese & onion ones were thinly spread cheese & lots of chopped red onion. We didnt have the beef or salmon sandwiches. They kindly accommodated us by making egg sandwiches but again only a smattering of filling in thuem. Once the refurbishments are completed I'm sure the surroundings will improve the overall experience.
Excellent food and service. Slight change of room for afternoon tea, but still excellent
The staff were extremely helpful and polite you couldn't ask for better service
Did not honour the £50 for two deal as advertised with prosecco. Food lukewarm, chips undercooked, pies hardly any filling, chicken slider dry, sandwiches not freshly made.
Gorgeous afternoon tea, can’t fault the food. Not keen on the 10% service charge that didn’t seem to be optional however.
Relaxed friendly atmosphere staff pleasant and attentive food value for money
Our booked table was given to someone else upon arrival, shown to another table, then forget about for 15 minutes, I had to go and ask for service (and table to be laid), bit of a let down considering I had stated it was a special birthday. However after the bad start all was good.
The food was lovely but the service very poor. We had to wait for the tea area to be cleaned, wait to be acknowledged by staff and shown to our table, then wait for the food. As they give you a set amount of time for the table a lot of this was taken up with waiting.
We were shown to a table near the large statue where the waiter serving the tea knocked into this nearly tripped and spilt hot tea on the floor (lucky it wasn't all over us)
After when we ordered more tea one pot came with a tea bag in and the other was different tea than we had asked for.
Maybe they were just having a bad day but we are going back to the Midland
We really enjoyed our afternoon tea. The waitress was excellent giving us two options and advising us on the afternoon tea. Relaxing and enjoyable
I was really disappointed with the afternoon my husband and myself booked for our wedding anniversary. We ordered 1 normal and 1 gentleman's afternoon tea as recommended by the waitress suggesting we would then get 2 of everything and be able to share! We were swiftly brought 2 plain afternoon tea's with 2 of everything we were slightly confused by this and tried to get the waiters attention to check if they had our order correct but he had disappeared at which point my husband who was starving picked up a sandwich to eat just as the waiter reappeared explained there had been a mix up with our order and took all the food away from us. Only to come back some 15mins later with what we had actually ordered. In my opinion as it was their mistake and my husband had already touched the food it should have been left with us until the gentlemen's afternoon tea arrived. as for the food the cakes and scones were delicious however the sandwiches were either bland or had a very strange taste (our ham sandwich tasted of banana) and cream cheese and red onion was disgusting! The fish and chips all batter and hardly any fish and 1 chip each which was raw, again the chicken burger tasty when you got some burger but it was mostly bread and the mini steak pie was quite bland we were both extremely disappointed in fact my husband said it was the worst afternoon tea he had ever had.
we have dined here before and it never dissapoints spot on location and the bar has a good vibe ,
Really enjoyed this. Great service and a good afternoon tea. Recommend
We and our friends enjoyed the occasion and your staff were very attentive and friendly.
Everything went well except for the personalised chocolate birthday greetings platter where they got my name wrong!!
would definitely recommend the gentlemans afternoon tea - a very clever twist.
On the whole it was a fantastic 'hot' afternoon tea all of the hot food was tasty especially the small fish and chips and the steak and ale pie - the cold finger sandwiches were a little disappointing and looked a little un appealing, in fact a different table having the 'proper' afternoon tea sent their sandwiches back for this reason - but you only get a couple on the gentlemans afternoon tea so we didn't bother.
Drinks were plentiful and the hot chocolate was amazing and the tea was loose leaf which was nice to see.
Had it not been for the finger sandwiches it would have been 'outstanding'
Poor service and average food. Staff change whilst we were eating with no handover and 40 minute wait for drinks as a result. Other staff in the vicinity looked everywhere but the customers to avoid discussions. Ended up getting up to track down a waitress to see if we would be getting the rest of our order to finish the afternoon tea. There are better options for afternoon tea in Manchester.
We had traditional and gentleman's afternoon tea. Food was tasty but there was very little of it for the money. Change of plates and cutlery would be welcome - I had some gravy and cheese on my plate while having scones. Tea was good but very strong and we waited 10 minutes for some hot water to arrive. Altogether not a bad experience but we won't be rushing back.
We had 3 gentleman’s afternoon tea. There was no focaccia bread with the Camembert , the chicken slider was cold £ the scones over cooked.
Lovely food in a really nice place. One of my favourite venues for afternoon tea.
We decided to have the gentleman's afternoon tea...although we are 3 ladies! I loved the savoury option. Each item was delicious. I've had the traditional tea before and that was also tasty. The staff were attentive and polite. I would highly recommend visiting Opus One!
I have had afternoon tea at the Raddison a few times - this time was a let down.
The quality of the food isn’t what I expected of a 5 star city centre hotel - the selection of puddings weren’t that great and the scones were tiny. The finger sandwiches were what you would expect (filling wise)- but were very small.
Next time I’ll look at somewhere else for afternoon tea - shame really as it was for my husbands birthday.
Staff were lovely and friendly.
Although we received very good service we found the variety of food served on the afternoon tea to be bland and uninteresting. For 2 people only 1 small amount of clotted cream and jam were served, the small plain scone was overbaked and very hard. There were a lot of cakes, but all very similar. We enjoyed our afternoon out in the dining area, the staff were very courteous.
We were very well looked after by our waitress.
Good value afternoon tea. Some of cakes could have been better but the sandwiches, scones and tea were very good.
On arrival internal building work was being carried out. We were offered a free glass of Prosecco to compensate for the sound of drilling which could be heard in the restaurant, although if I had been aware of the situation, prior to booking afternoon tea, I would have chosen another date as this did spoil the ambience of the occasion.
Lovely food & great service. A very polite waitress. An enjoyable visit. We will return.
The service received was great, I had my 18 month granddaughter with us and the staff were very friendly and provide the right food for the baby as well. The afternoon tea was the best I have had, and we have been to most places in the city centre.
We booked and found the service and food was excellent.
We had the gentleman’s afternoon tea which was tasty and plentiful.
Only negative is that there was a wedding reception adjacent so quite noisy surroundings.
We had a wonderful time,
the occasion was our 35th Wedding Anniversary
We decided to go for the Gentlemans Afternoon tea.
Servic was fast,staff very helpful and on top of that the food was
The staff even changed my menu to suit me as I don't eat red
Would definitely recommend again
We will be booking for another afternoon at the opus one very soon.
Thanks to all the stsff
Had the gentleman’s afternoon tea. Very well presented and very nice food. Would recommend & go again
Excellent reception and attention by staff. We came to eat pre-theatre and had ample time to enjoy the food and ambience. We had the Gentleman's afternoon tea and thoroughly enjoyed it.
A pleasant afternoon friends. A table for 3 in the window so that we could watch the world go by. A very attentive and knowledgable member of staff looked after us. Sadly I cannot remember her name. The Prosecco afternoon tea was perfect.
We were seated on the sofa and chairs with a low table, we all found it hard to eat and be comfortable.