I started my #NationalAfternoonTeaWeek at Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotel Manchester Opus One

The National Afternoon Tea week is in full swing and the smell of freshly baked scones and Earl Grey is in the air. I was very privileged to be invited for afternoon tea for two at one of the best places in Manchester – Opus One bar and restaurant inside the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Peter Street . The place is an “oasis” of luxurious tranquility and elegance in a theatrical style of Manhattan lounge bars of the 1920’s where the red walls and lights make a dramatic contrast to the black furniture and antique gold wall coverings. 

A very friendly yet professional waitress accompanied us to our impeccably set table and our tasteful journey to the World of Afternoon Tea began! It was magical to watch the world pass by through ” floor to ceiling”windows while sipping our champagne in anticipation of  the “main act” of this beautiful “ritual”. The Afternoon Tea menu consisted of two main options – Traditional Afternoon Tea and Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea: although the second option was incredibly attractive due to its unusual for an afternoon tea combination of savoury “miniatures” we opted for a traditional “cake”- orientated menu ( but what a difficult decision it was!) 

Traditional Afternoon tea  

Tea of your choice 

A selection of Finger sandwiches 

Delicious mini cakes 

Freshly Baked Scones 

Served with Clotted cream and preserves 

And Gentlemen’s Afternoon tea

Tea of your Choice

Mini hot Yorkshire pudding 

Warm pork pie,mini fish and chips 

A selection of rustic sandwiches 

Freshly baked homemade scones 

Served with clotted cream and preserves 

You can also ” glamorise” your afternoon tea session by adding a glass of Champagne or Aperol Spritz to either option

I can declare with confidence that the portions served were much more generous comparing with other tea rooms and restaurants that I visited before. The scones were to die for – so fresh and soft that they melted in the mouth; a perfectly balanced selection of the finger sandwiches impressed with its ” award-deserving”fillings and amazingly tasty bread, not to mention a state-of-the-art assortment of the mini cakes including the Aperol Spritz Jelly worthy to be served at the Buckingham Palace! Both the taste of the food and its presentation were superb, the tea was of the highest quality and the service was exemplary – 5 stars all the way! Please see my yummy pictures below:). 

Radisson Blue Opus One Restaurant is a unique place where style, tradition and luxury are merged in a perfect amalgam, it is now at the top of my list of the places where I would go for an occasional romantic indulgence as well as bring my numerous international friends for an afternoon tea or a glamorous cocktail evening.

Don’t forget to visit the website to book your Afternoon tea HERE 

Thank you to the restaurant’s  fabulous stuff who where looking after us 

Irena D 



  1. August 18, 2014 / 10:56 pm

    When I was in London last year I went for tea at the Waldorf, amazing! High tea is so much fun, great post.


  2. August 19, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    Oh, somehow I managed to completely miss this occasion – never heard of the TeaWeek before, but absolutely love the idea (and tea!) 🙂

  3. August 20, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    Lovely photos!! <3 Would you like to follow each other?

  4. August 21, 2014 / 5:33 am

    We should def go here together! I would love to explore more about Manchester! xx


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