This review is for the afternoon tea in the Octagon lounge only. I didn't stay at the hotel.
The Midland is by far the most historic high class hotel in central Manchester. It is splendid from the outside, but the inside is showing its age a bit. The lobby is impressive but does feel slightly out of date; there's a faint whiff of the seventies - I think there must be too much brown or beige or something. Having said that, the architecture is beautiful and the Octagon lounge, where you have your tea, is truly impressive. It's got a vague Moroccan theme and has a huge high ceiling. Very grand.
Service was friendly and efficient, although I felt I was rushed into choosing my tea (there is, of course, more on offer than just the standard PG Tips!) The amount you get per person is just right and everything was fresh and rather delicious. It comes nicely presented on a three-tier cake stand which is placed next to your table.
As we went on a weekday afternoon, the place was almost empty which was a shame. It would have had a better atmosphere at the weekend, I'm sure, when you really do have to book. Even better would be if you coincide it with when the pianist is playing. That really would create a very special atmosphere.
The cost was £20 per head which, on the whole, I would say is reasonable for the food you get and the quality of the experience. Having had afternoon tea both at the Midland and the Radisson Free Trade Hall in Manchester, I would pick this as a more traditional English venue and a better quality of service too, although the food was pretty much of the same quality in both venues.
Incidentally, there's no need to dress up as such, I saw people in jeans and so on. But I think it would be quite nice to make a little bit of an effort, especially for a special occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Midland hotel in Manchester is an iconic Grade II listed building. The hotel oozes luxury, comfort and style, and enjoys a history that leaves other Manchester hotels out in the cold. The hotel is famous for it's fantastic architecture and the building's characteristic style continues inside, where you'll find opulent decor, rich fabrics and shimmering chandeliers. The hotel has 312 spacious, stylish bedrooms to reside in and is conveniently located in the heart of Manchester city centre. The hotel is ideal for both leisure breaks and a superb venue to hold a conference or event. As for your dining experience - four AA Rosette, award-winning restaurant Adam Reid at The French, winner of a number of reigional and national accolades is perfect for that special occassion or important client. Similarly, 2 AA Rosette restaurant Mr. Cooper's House & Garden offers a fantastic a la carte menu of seasonal dishes. For leisure guests The Midland is conveniently situated near to theatres, museums and of course the fabulous array of shops in the city centre. If you are here on business you'll be pleased to hear that The Midland has 14 conference and meeting rooms which can hold up to 700 people. The Midland also offer free internet access to all guests and delegates. After a busy day of shopping or stressful day in the meeting room, enjoy relaxing in the award-winning The Spa At The Midland which is home to a private gym and relaxation pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Midland Hotel Manchester
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