Sakana Manchester Pan Asian Afternoon Tea Review

Sakana Manchester Pan Asian Afternoon Tea Review: April 2017

Magnificent, modern and situated right in the heart of Manchester city centre is Sakana; a sophisticated mecca of all things Asian.  Split over two floors, with two bars and two kitchens this place has the facilitates to go all out and impress.  Décor was a mix of cool, chic and contemporary fixtures and fittings along with the vibrant Japanese themed, work of art, murals splashed on the walls.  This set the tone, which was a bustling cosmopolitan place, where one can socialise with friends, family and work colleagues alike.  Booth style window seating, which I loved, allowed us to take advantage of the sun without the strain on the eyes, thanks to good quality sun shields.

Welcomed by the lovely Jon, things only got better with the introduction of our awesome, amazing server Aziz.  What can I say, highly motivated, customer focused, knowledgeable and his energy was infectious!  Fancy something a bit different, well Sakana’s Pan Asian twist on Afternoon Tea is just what you need.  The fish and vegetable handmade sushi was superb! Clean, fresh with the perfect balance of flavours and textures – best I have had in a long time.  The dipping sauce was simply delicious.  The chicken karaage bao and aubergine bao were both exceptional, soft, sticky and lip-smackingly tasty.  Their mouth-watering selection of signature deserts were scrummy.  Soft, moist and disappeared of the plate quickly.

  As if this was not enough, we got to wash all this down with some of Sakana’s super signature cocktails which offered us a true taste of Asian flavours.  The stand out favourites included the Sakana Sling a mix of Grey Goose Vodka, Elderflower cordial, Lemon and Lime Juice, Jasmine syrup, Apple Juice and Grenadine.  Refreshing, smooth and extremely well balanced.  The stunning Lotus Blossom shaken up with Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain Elderflower, Lychee Kwai Feh Liqueur and Apple Juice was incredible and one of the best cocktails I have tasted.  Refreshing, light, packed with flavour, but no sharp or harshness on the palate.  A smooth, clean, crisp fresh summer tasting cocktail. All our creative cocktails were mixed up by Kyle who did a smashing job and even created his own gin fix cocktail for us, again another hit.

Super Sushi, Bao, desserts and Signature cocktails mixed up with amazing service what is not to like.  Will I be going back, of course! Even if it is just to see Aziz our server, who was an absolute legend!

Thank you to all the Sakana Team, my fab followers and all the brilliant bloggers out in the Blogosphere 😊

Melanie xx


23, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR.

0161 884 1292

Marriot London Countyhall Afternoon Tea Review

Marriot London Countyhall Visit: August 2016


The Marriot London Countyhall extended me an invite to partake in their amazing Afternoon Tea experience in the lovely library lounge. The hotel enjoys an enviable position situated adjacent to the river Thames right in the heart of central London.  First impressions count and the Marriot Countyhall do not disappoint. Upon arrival we made our way through the grand astounding arched gateway. The bold topiary island was impressive and added some much needed greenery into London city. Greeted with warmth from the bellboy we knew this was going to be an extraordinary exquisite experience.

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City Centre Cruises Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

City Centre Cruises: July 2016

Never have I walked down Liverpool road with so much excitement and anticipation knowing the upcoming nautical adventure that awaited. Approaching the barge we had to pace ourselves down the steps, as the temptation was there to run down them to be the first to board this fabulous vessel. There are two barge boats within their fleet both named after two prominent Manchester figures “Emmeline Pankhurst” the courageous suffragette leader and “LS Lowry” which was to be the barge that we would be sailing on that day. Captain Wilcock warmly welcomed us and the two crew members on board made us feel welcome from the offset.


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Great John Street Hotel Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

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.

St Johns AAnna 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.

St Johns BBAfternoon 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.

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The Midland Hotel Manchester Afternoon Tea Review

The Midland Hotel Visit: May 2016

Midland Hotel Front

The grand entrance at The Midland Hotel calls for a grand welcome which is no easy task.  However, concierge doorman David McDonough delivers an enormous warm genuine authentic welcome with ease.  David had the large shoes of his predecessor to fill and more than fulfils the brief.  Walking through the ornate and opulent lobby of the Midland provides guests a moment to truly experience and soak in the Midlands historic and luxurious surroundings.  The venue is steeped in tradition and has a rich history.  The grade II listed building opened their doors on the 5th September 1903 and during The Midland Hotel’s 100 year reign they have played host to a president, a king, a queen, a rock star and importantly the general public.

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