Great John Street Hotel Visit: June 2016
The Great John Street Hotel enjoys a prime location in the heart of Manchester city centre. Prior to renovations the hotel was a Victorian school house, but cleverly the Eclectic hotel brand have managed to transform the school into a luxury townhouse hotel balancing a mix of eclectic charm while remaining sympathetic to the historic appeal and prominence of the old school house.
Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford introduced the fashionable trend of partaking in Afternoon Tea. Jolly good call in my opinion! As was indulging in the Ladies afternoon tea in the plush, opulent and luxurious surroundings of the Oyster Bar designed by Sally O’Loughlin. Also, a cocktail on the exquisite rooftop lounge seemed the obvious way to playout in this charming venue.
Afternoon tea was served with as much tea and coffee as we required, but we added a glass of the fizzy stuff – Perrier Jouet champagne, as for me champagne is an obligatory part of the afternoon tea experience. The ladies tea included some fabulous finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and guacamole, egg and mustard cress, roast beef and watercress, ham and homemade piccalilli and cucumber dill cream cheese. Scones served with scrumptious clotted cream and fresh strawberry jam were divine, delicious and devoured in record time.
The cake stand was an impressive display of premium, luxurious homemade heavenly cakes and pastries. All offerings were equally delightful. My personal favourite, the simple answer…all of them! The perfectly presented passion fruit and vanilla cheesecake was moreish. The profiteroles with delightful diplomat cream and decorated with a delicate edible chocolate butterfly were both a visual and taste sensation. Strawberry and basil macaroons gave a striking colour to the afternoon tea presentation and a unique twist on the taste.
Bee our main server was attentive, personable, knowledgeable and professional throughout. Bee provided a surprise birthday platter that consisted of fabulous fresh strawberries, cream and chocolate cake. I most definitely felt like the head girl and it was a welcomed birthday treat that added a sparkle to the afternoon celebrations. The Smoked Russian Vodka cocktail, provided a balanced flavour of delicate smokiness with cherry which was a complete success. The Caribbean Snowball was a mixture of Absolut Vanilla, Malibu, Coconut Milk, Vanilla Syrup and egg white served with scrummy marshmallows. Both cocktails mixed by Matthew were innovative, on point and have been immediately added to my favourites list. Finally, Tom on reception provided a wonderful warm welcome and was of great assistance throughout the day.
No headmaster is required at this old school and there is certainly no need to hand out detentions, lines or extra homework! The food offerings, drinks and service was nothing short of perfection. Sadly, the whistle was sounded and playtime was soon over. However, do take a trip to Great John Street Hotel to indulge in their afternoon tea, as I can assure you that this is a school you will want to go back to time and time again!
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Great John Street Hotel, Great John Street, Manchester. M3 4FD.
0161 831 3211
Champagne Afternoon Tea £30 per person