For my Grandma’s last day in Manchester, I wanted to take her out for a special treat. Going for afternoon tea was the first idea that sprang to my mind, but rather than just going to any old tea rooms or hotel, I wanted to take her somewhere with a view. Cloud 23 is based at the top of the Hilton Hotel in the city centre and has brilliant views across the city, all the way out to the Pennines. I’d been to Cloud 23 a few times before for cocktails at night time, but never during the day when you can fully appreciate the city, so off we went to enjoy some yummy food, whilst soaking in the view of my adopted city.
With great views on all sides, the first thing you do when you come here is wander around the perimeter of the room, gawping at everything that you can see. Everything in the city suddenly seems so small, and all of the cars and people buzzing around below look as small as insects.If you’re brave, you can also stand on the large glass window in the floor and stare down to the people wandering around twenty three floors below you.Sat right next to the window on the south side, we got down to the serious business of afternoon tea. I went for the Traditional English whilst Grandma plumped for the Signature Earl Grey.After a little wait, the goodies turned up!
Whenever I go for afternoon tea, I’ll always look at the little sandwiches and cakes that we’re presented with and think, well, I could eat double that, but then the sneaky little treats always manage to fill me up. Crumbly scones with lashings of clotted cream and oodles of jam have to be one of my favourite things in the whole world. I could eat them all day. Whilst the little pies, wraps and sandwiches were delicious, let’s be honest, it’s all about the cakes.These pistachio-flavoured macaroons in particular were absolutely divine. I need to get macaroons in my life on a more regular basis!We polished off every last crumb and were left with very full little bellies. We loved the view and loved the food even more. I’d definitely recommend it for a slightly more interesting afternoon tea venue.