A “proper” afternoon tea at a bargain price (£12.50) in quite elegant Victorian Gothic surroundings. There’s comfy Chesterfields to sit on and you’re surrounded by sculptures of local 19th century worthies - scientists like Joule and Dalton and campaigners like Cobden. Something of an improvement from when I used to work at the Town Hall in the late 1960s.
There’s savouries, of course. Potted ham rillette and toast, smoked trout mousse and Morecambe Bay shrimp sandwich, soft cheese from Longley Farm in Holmfirth on a rye crispbread and a lovely cheese and leek tart using Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire (almost needless to say).
Moving on to the sweet stuff – the ingredients of Manchester Tart are repurposed into a Victoria sponge. And you don’t get much more Manchester than Vimto – in this case in a “delice” – sponge base, topped with Vimto mousse, covered in a Vimto glaze. These work. As does the mini Eccles cake. And, not local, but it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without a scone, jam & cream.