I don’t remember the last time my best friend and I got to spend time just the two of us. We’re the sort of people who are so easy going we end up going out in groups and never taking the time to just be us! So as the perfect treat this weekend we decided to get all fancy and go to afternoon tea. We even put on dresses.
Now, at this point I should probably introduce to the blog that I am a nightmare of dietary requirements. Any establishment does itself proud if they manage to cater for me without getting frustrated and spitting in my food or making me sick from getting it wrong. So I take it particularly personally when places go the extra mile for us awkward eaters. It’s part of the reason I wanted to start talking about dining out on the blog, because I don’t think dietary requirements get enough of a mention in the blogosphere and it makes life so much better!
If you are an awkward eater and you have found yourself on my blog, you can expect many more of these reviews for in and around Manchester in the UK so be sure to keep checking in. I can honestly say that I was totally blown away by Teahive’s afternoon tea and they catered for me spectacularly. It’s important to point out that Teahive do require 24 hours notice for vegan afternoon tea, don’t feel awkward about it just tell them- it means they have all the time they need to prepare tasty cakes for you!
So my friend and I spent the afternoon in and out of the delightful little shops of Chorlton in Manchester and by 2pm our stomachs could wait no longer. We were seated in Teahive at the front upstairs window in the (not guaranteed) afternoon sunshine. The décor in that place is really something; I did ask where they got their honeybee wallpaper from, but to no avail! There are little mismatched vanity mirrors, various different china and crockery with beautifully detailed flowers and gilding as well a few well-worn sofas. It does feel like you’ve set up in Mrs. Tiggywinkle’s living room, you can’t help but feel instantly at home.
Now we were treating ourselves, something we do rarely as I said, so we did upgrade to the Deluxe option which includes a cheeky little glass of Prosecco. That came out first, which was probably not the wisest order of proceedings. Or perhaps it was- you decide! We also chose a Japanese Cherry Green Tea to accompany our food, and we got several cups each out of the huge beautiful oriental teapot it was served in.
Then the food arrived, and it sure did make an entrance. It has to be said that we were a tiny bit disappointed that it didn’t come out on a tiered stand, only because we’d seen a few around for other people and had been told there were only two groups having afternoon tea that day, but it didn’t matter all that much. Instead we were presented with more mismatched pretty little gilded plates and tiny dessert forks and butter knives. Without the stand there were that many bits and pieces on the table it was quite the tribute to the Mad Hatter himself.
We could choose four sandwich fillings between us from their menu, and then there was a scone with clotted cream (not for me of course) and jam, as well as two huge portions of cake each too! Hannah and I had two servings of the salmon and lemon mayonnaise sandwich on white bread (we’re both big salmon fans), then I had a Moroccon salad and hummus one and Hannah chose a cheese and pickle. Even though they were supposed to be finger sandwiches do not be fooled- we went in hungry and were still quite phased by the amount of cake that was left post-sandwich! Not that that has ever stopped us…
Cake offerings consisted of what I think was a vegan pear and date chocolatey gooey loveliness thing (technical term) and a vegan chocolate brownie which I must admit I’ve sampled there before and they are delicious, as well as my very own vegan scone and jam (stomach grumbles in memory) this was a particularly nice touch, you can’t have an afternoon tea without a scone, and I don’t think I’ve seen one I can eat in about 10 years!
This gorgeous afternoon from teahive cost us £18.95 each and although it might be pricey to do every weekend, as we were all about treating ourselves it was so worth it. A huge thank you to Teahive for being so welcoming and their dietary knowledge being all-encompassing, it makes such a difference to someone who rarely gets to eat cake unless I make it myself! I even got to take some leftover brownie home in a cute little cakebox!