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Afternoon tea at the iconic 20 Stories, Manchester

It was my birthday in July but I wanted to save my 20 Stories afternoon tea voucher until winter was upon us so I could take in Manchester, my home city, as the sun set.

About 20 Stories

For those who are unfamiliar with 20 Stories, it is one of the most iconic settings in Manchester. The rooftop restaurant is in the heart of Spinningfields and boasts 360° views.

It is an urban oasis at the top floor of No.1 Spinningfields (20 storeys up), where huge swathes of Greater Manchester and beyond are visible, from the urban metropolis directly underneath, to the rolling hills of Lancashire beyond.

Behind 20 Stories (the restaurant), there are actually 20 stories. These stories or story titles themselves hint about where the food is from, the type of people who go there, the location and anything else that makes the restaurant so unique. You can read more about these here.

Afternoon tea at 20 Stories

The afternoon tea is served on a couple of books, which I thought was a really sweet nod to their overall theme.

Volume I

Volume one is their selection of sandwiches which includes salmon and yuzu mayonnaise, cucumber and cream cheese, coronation chicken, montgomery cheddar and gooseberry chutney, and a classic egg mayonnaise.

Volume II

Volume two is their selection of cakes and sweet treats. This included their Little Italy Delice (matcha green tea and apricot), their Supernova Banana which was my standout favourite (dulce de leche, feuilletine), Sloe Love Macaron (pineapple, rose, raspberry), the 20 Stories Tea Cake which was a pleasant surprise (honey, thyme and milk chocolate) and finally the Chocolate Manchester Tart Mousse

Volume III

Volume three is my obsession with any afternoon tea, and I believe this is what makes an afternoon tea good or not – the verdict was that they were perfect!

It included plain, and sultana homemade scones, served with clotted cream, and two homemade jams – strawberry (my favourite!) and gooseberry.

How much is it?

Afternoon tea at 20 Stories is available Monday-Thursday between 2:30-4:30pm, and you can choose between their Traditional (£20pp), Champagne (£32pp) and Cocktail Afternoon Tea (£40pp) options.

My verdict

Overall, I can confidently say that after this experience the afternoon tea at 20 Stories is by far my favourite in the city. The atmosphere, the service, the food – it is beautiful and I genuinely cannot recommend it enough.

Elizabeth Bhandari

Hi! I’m Liz, a 30-something sunset chaser on a journey to self-discovery. I have a passion for writing, a desire to eat amazing food, and a dream to travel the world.

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