(Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester, UK)
Little have I spoken about the things that I love apart from beauty and fashion products. As well as a blogger, reviewer and unashamed ‘selfie’ lover, I also have a penchant for eating out, especially when there are cream teas involved. This little gem is tucked away in Manchester City Centre’s notorious ‘Gay Village’ and takes on the persona of the Mad Hatters Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. Richmond Tea Rooms is the quirkiest little tea shop, with mismatched chairs, crockery and decor that somehow makes this cafe the most intriguing little eatery I’ve been to. You enter and are immediately greeted by an extensive cake collection within a retro display counter. Each cake is labelled from Coffee and Walnut to apple and rhubarb to sticky chocolate brownie, so choosing one is a little difficult. The till is vintage, the coffee tap is beautiful brass and the flooring is varnished wood. The chefs sell anything from the retro cafe era; sandwiches with crisps, caesar salad with chicken, jacket potato with tuna and of course a selection of adorable cream teas. Everything comes so stylishly presented on mismatched vintage crockery, it’s hard not to swoon when it is all set down on the crochet table cloth. The room probably seats around 28 tea party guests whilst a quaint conservatory seats another 8 and a gazebo at the end of the room seats around 15, perfect for a cream tea party with friends. The owners really have brought the crazy outdoor tea-party in doors and made it extremely special. If you are visiting Manchester, make sure you take yourself to Richmonds but be warned that it can get very busy. To be honest, Ill probably see you in there.