You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a post about nursery rhymes, when in fact I’m going to tell you about the amazing afternoon tea served by And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, a bijou cafe on Burton Road in West Didsbury.
Afternoon tea is one of life’s little luxuries. The run up to Christmas is the perfect time to spoil yourself, and what better way to do so than by taking time out for sandwiches, scones, cake and tea.
The nicest thing about this afternoon tea was the choice. A typical afternoon tea will include a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and several petit four style sweet treats which, don’t get me wrong, are usually delicious. But there’s something special about being able to make a decision depending on your personal taste. It also works particularly well for people with food allergies or intolerances.
In keeping with the festive theme we chose from turkey, salmon or cheese sandwiches. Both of us opted for turkey, which came with a generous portion of stuffing and cranberry sauce and tasted amazing, much nicer than some sloppy egg mayo.
All afternoon teas came with a walnut pesto pinwheel, a chocolate dipped orange segment, and the essential scone with cream and jam – it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without a scone! We were offered a choice of preserve; either strawberry, raspberry, damson, or Christmas. No prizes for guessing that we both chose Christmas, which turned out to be a delectable blend of fruit and spices, perfect for adding a seasonal twist.
Finally, the most important course of all – the cake. We were invited to choose two slices from the extensive cake counter. They all looked so delicious that I struggled to make a decision but eventually opted for a festive Bakewell slice and a Ferrero Rocher cupcake. My friend had a slice of cranberry and orange cake and a salted caramel brownie.
The cakes were all delicious and the butter icing on the Ferrero Rocher cake was the kind that sees you licking the cake fork clean.
The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming and we were offered plenty of tea and refills, which made it all the easier for us both to polish off every last crumb.
If you are a fan of afternoon tea I couldn’t recommend And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon highly enough. It’s such a treat to be able to personalise your menu and it’s a lovely touch that makes this afternoon tea stand out amongst the oh so many now available in Manchester.
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon: 230 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW, Tel: 0161 637 5517
Afternoon Tea: £14.50 per person
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