Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
I am a huge fan of afternoon tea after being introduced to it a couple of years ago. I love it so much that I even had afternoon tea as part of my hen night last year. I was therefore over the moon to be chosen to review Browns Royal Afternoon Tea.
The special afternoon tea is being offered at Browns Brasseries across the UK, as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations throughout June. I have visited Brown’s once before with friends, I was very impressed the first time so knew that I would not be disappointed. It has a reputation of having excellent service and food. I live around 20 minutes drive away so we set off in plenty of time to allow for parking in Manchester city centre. We parked on a side street around the corner and I used my phone to pay for parking as I did not have any change for the machine. There are lots of available parking spaces around the area at a reasonable price. I didn’t know how long we would be so I paid for 2 hours at a cost of £6.
When we arrived at Browns, we were greeted by the friendly bar man and then introduced to our waiter for the afternoon. We were seated promptly and offered water while we waited for our afternoon tea to arrive. We were offered tea or coffee as part of the afternoon tea package. My husband and I both chose coffee and as we waited we took in the beautiful decoration of the restaurant. The design is truly stunning and elegant.
Our sandwiches and cakes arrived shortly after our coffee and our Browns British Cocktail. The cocktail was made from Black Cow Vodka with Rosehip and Rhubarb cordial and apple, topped with prosecco. I’m not usually inclined to drink with food but this cocktail was a real treat. I loved how it was accompanied by big juicy blackberries.
The Royal Afternoon Tea was served on a quirky cake stand and jam-packed with amazing treats. When it arrived I was overwhelmed at the amount of desserts included. We received 3 finger brioche rolls each including smoked salmon with chives and lemon cream cheese, free range egg and baby watercress and a royal addition of Coronation chicken. All three were lovely and my husband and I enjoyed them very much.
The desserts which were included were salted caramel profiteroles, chocolate brownie, lemon and earl grey tea cake, strawberry and Pimm’s jelly and a plain and a fruits scone each with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The desserts were absolutely divine! My favourites were the chocolate fudge brownie and the Pimm’s jelly – which was genius and I will try to recreate next time I have a party.
The whole package was fantastic and at £17.95 per person it is well worth the experience. Browns has excellent, attentive staff who ensure that your visit is an exceptional one and the food is amazing. My husband was a little peckish and ordered a roast chicken off the menu in addition to our afternoon tea, he loved this and said he would definitely return to Browns again.
Overall we had a lovely child free afternoon at a lovely, chilled out restaurant with fantastic food. I would rate Browns Royal Afternoon Tea top marks.
Served daily throughout June from 2.30pm to 5pm, the Royal Afternoon Tea with a British Royal cocktail is £17.95 per person. For more information or to book a table visit www.browns-restaurants.co.uk.
Browns, 1 York Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 2AW | 0161 819 1055