Afternoon tea can often be a quirky way for chefs to get creative with the menu, and take inspiration from the world around them, and the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly's offer is one such example.
From Lloyd Hesom, executive head chef, it is inspired by the city's heritage and celebrates the hotel's new wall mural featuring famous people and places from Manchester. It includes Coronation (Street) chicken wraps, Cheshire cheese with Boddingtons chutney, prawn sandwiches made famous by Roy Keane during his time at Old Trafford, and Bury black pudding Scotch eggs coated with Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.
There is a also a Manchester Tart is a must, and homemade Jaffa Cakes created in the city, alongside a Vimto Trifle, and scones filled with clotted cream and locally sourced Duerr’s strawberry jam. From £38 for two.
Commenting on the tea, Hesom said: "Afternoon tea feels like a cheeky treat. It's all about enjoying the afternoon at leisure and being able to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. As the title suggests, our Manchester Tea is all about Manchester [and] many of the products will pull on the heart strings of the local community, and about the craft and skill that goes into producing everything by hand. It's a collective effort for our team, and is the perfect product for somebody who wants more than a lunch bite but is not quite ready for a full evening meal."