Wednesday, 13 April 2011
On Sunday myself & Scott hopped on the train to Manchester to pick up my engagement ring and to get a bite to eat for lunch. We don't often go into Manchester and I wanted to try somewhere different to the usual chains we would frequent when there so I tweeted for some recommendations. One of the recommendations was Teacup & Cakes and the name instantly intrigued me. I searched for their website and found it was a lovely cafe owned by Mr Scruff in the Northern Quarter. They serve loose leaf teas and homemade cakes which was instantly a win for both of us.
For lunch I had the haloumi salad and Scott had the sandwich & soup combo. I loved the teapots too. They brought us a teapot each packed with leaves, a timer for each of our teas and an empty teapot for us to pour the brewed tea into it. This was a genius idea as the amount of times I've had overbrewed, bitter tea is countless!The haloumi salad was lovely - I love haloumi and the way it squeaks against your teeth. There was a sweet chilli sauce to go with it too which was a combo I've never had before but really enjoyed. Scott had pea & mint soup which he enjoyed but I tried a bit and felt it needed more seasoning and oomph.
All through our meal the cakes were staring right back at me from the counter! They looked amazing! Scott had the obligatory scone and it was delicious (I managed to wangle myself a bite or two of it too). What is it about clotted cream, jam & scone that makes it so tasty & quintessentially English? I love clotted cream. I had the miniature victoria sponge which was enjoyable but slightly dense for me. Victoria sponges need to be light as a feather I always think. Still, it was an enjoyable cake. Aren't they plates pretty too? They're Burleigh pottery (the last working Victorian pottery in England!) and Scott is now on the lookout for some to add to our every growing tea set & crockery collection.
Scott is always anti-Manchester and pro-Liverpool but I think that teacup may have just won him over and it might make me able to drag him to Manchester a bit more often with the promise of tea & cake there.
teacup & cakes
55 Thomas Street