Manchester’s Midland Hotel invests £140k in new afternoon tea space as demand soars

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Manchester’s Midland Hotel has unveiled its new afternoon tea room, which has been created as a result of soaring demand for sweet treats in the city.

The hotel has invested £140k into creating the new space, which takes its home in the former Wyvern Room at the front of the hotel, with executive chef Brian Sparks inventing a new menu full of interesting delights for guests.

The hotel has been serving afternoon teas for more than 110 years since it first opened its doors, but the investment will allow the Midland to serve up to 63 diners at a time, which could be up to 100 afternoon teas a day, rising to 150 a day on weekends.

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Guests will be able to choose from 10 different tea blends, and sandwiches include a gin and cucumber on cocoa and mal bread, duck egg and cress on brioche bun and prawn and crayfish rockefeller on granary bread.

The hotel’s sales director Lauren Dower says that the new space and menu will help the Midland to offer a more attractive afternoon tea in the city.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, she said: “After competitor analysis across the city, we felt the new pricing was fair for a far more intricate food and drink offering in a new elegant space.

“This is Manchester’s only dedicated space for afternoon tea and people know the history of the hotel and that they can get the highest level of service in a fabulous setting.”

Once the Tea Room is opened, bosses plan to turn their attention to revamping the Octagon bar area into a new champagne and cocktail bar, set to launch later in the summer.

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