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Sunday, 16 June 2013

A Sunday outing and afternoon tea - yummy

After a rainy cold week the sun tried really hard this morning to add some warmth and brightness to the day, to celebrate we decided to go out for afternoon tea. My daughter Laura had recommended a little vintage tea room in South Manchester and it was also featured in the Independent’s Top 50 Tea Rooms in the UK.

The "dish ran away from the spoon" is on Burton Rd in West Didsbury, nestling between lots of little independent restaurants, interesting vintage shops, and small designer boutiques.

The afternoon tea consisted of sandwiches, two scones, chocolate dipped strawberries and then three cakes of your choice. After much deliberation I chose roast beef sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, a blueberry cupcake with cream cheese frosting, raspberry and white chocolate blondie and lastly a slice of lemon drizzle cake. Mr R had mature cheddar and chutney sandwiches and lacking any imagination was going to have the same cakes as me, he was persuaded (told) to at least try two different cakes and then we could share some of each others, he then opted for a banana tea bread and key lime pie to go with his blueberry cupcake and scones.

The cakes were truly scrummy but we both failed miserably to eat them all so we have a lovely box of leftover treats to keep us going for a few days.

a box of lovely treats.....................
The tea shop captures the nostalgia of a bygone era beautifully and has lots of lovely vintage memorabilia decorating the walls. Tea is served in small teapots and kept warm under hand knitted cosies which are also on sale alongside the freshly baked cakes - which can be bought and gift boxed for special occasions or just to take home for tea.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon ......................we have promised to have more chilled out Sundays together as life can be so busy.

talk soon x

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  1. What a fantastic tea shop, the food looks scrummy!

    Helenxx

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    1. Very scrummy - we ate more than we should x

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  2. Looks like a fab way to spend a Sunday afternoon the cakes look yummy x

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    1. It was nice to try somewhere new and to have a rest from weekend chores x

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  3. What a fabulous afternoon!!! The food looks amazing :)

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    1. I will have to diet for a month now x

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  4. Looks fantastic. I'm sure it would have taken me ages to decide what I would like too.

    S xx

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    1. It did take me a while - just so many amazing cakes to choose from x

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  5. How lovely, going out for tea (or coffee) and cake is one of my favourite things to do! Those cakes look fabulous.

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    1. yes coffee and cake - not much can beat that x

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  6. Yum yum yum!! It looks delish, lucky you! xo

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    1. hope you can have a cake treat soon x

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  7. What a delightful place Sue - you describe it so well with your words and pics! You know, when I was reading the list of foods included in the afternoon tea I found myself thinking - Sue can't possibly eat all that food in one sitting, and even though it looked so scrumptious I'm so glad you didn't! Wouldn't that have been sugar overload - you would have been on a high for the rest of day!
    Looking again at that menu board I see 'Hot Vimto' - now when I was young in Scotland we had vimto but memory tells me that was a fizzy drink! Is my memory letting me down? I mean, they couldn't really serve it hot ... ...... could they???
    Have a great week Sue.
    Joy x

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    1. I had hot vimto when I was young and it's a cordial - if you want a trip down memory lane you can still buy it in the supermarket - I bought some recently for the children to try x

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  8. Yummy! I am counting the calories! Jo x
    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. oh Jo please don't count the calories as I might have to cry and hang my head in shame x

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  9. That all looks and sounds sooo delicious. It's always fun to discover new places for tea isn't it?
    Have a lovely week,
    Xx

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    1. not a place to go every week - far to tempting but lots of fun for a treat x

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  10. what a lovely place to take tea!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  11. That all looks seriously yummy. Looks like a great place for afternoon tea. x

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  12. Taking time out to enjoy tea and each others company, the holy grail of busy couples!

    Just to say thank you for all your lovely comments on some of my posts lately. I reall appreciate you dropping by.

    Leanne xx

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  13. Hello Sue - just discovered you. Thnaks so much for commenting -I've been feeling lonely lately. Tea shop looks divine and since my sister lives in Didsbury I'm planning a visit.

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    1. I love Didsbury such a nice place to live - hope you enjoy your afternoon tea x

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  14. That sounds like a lovely afternoon. That tea shop has the best name ever and the cakes do look delicious. I bet that box of leftovers was fun to delve into when you got home! x

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  15. Lovely post, Sue! We went there with my daughter and her boyfriend a while ago and loved it too....gorgeous cakes and vintage feel. Your pictures are great too!
    Helen x

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    1. Hi Helen

      Thank you glad you had fun with your daughter - I agree gorgeous cake x

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