Hey again! So this is the start of the food section of my blog. I’m basically going to be documenting all the food ventures that I go on within Manchester. Holla Manc peeps, I’ve got loads more coming for this part! So watch this space *wink wink*.
Recently I went for Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie in Deansgate, Manchester. I’ve got to admit, I love Afternoon Tea any time. Those little bites of sandwiches and pastries, omg I’m dying. You almost feel like you’re in one of those posh restaurants where you’re paying £50 to see a tiny bit of pastry stack and a bit of sauce (or should I say a jus) whacked on. Except we are not in a fancy restaurant and we have a great selection of condiments… all for as little as £19.99 for two.
This was my second time coming to Patisserie Valerie for Afternoon Tea so I know what to expect from the staff. And I must say my second time visiting was definitely different to my first. Let’s talk about my good experience; the first time… the lady (sorry whose name I don’t recall) was so lovely and inviting. She’s one of the waiters who wear the Patisserie brown and pink outfit – funkyy. She explained the menu very well telling us hot drinks are refillable at no extra charge and that if we need to request vegetarian options it’s totally fine, etc. All this delivered on a Saturday just after lunch time when it was packed out. So my first experience I’d rate 10 out of 10.
However, the second time wasn’t as great. We have a different lady who wasn’t wearing the uniform, but all in black (my normal attire everyday to be honest). She didn’t quite explain things well. We got our jams which they usually serve and one of them were open and used already! So we requested another one… and here’s the awkward moment, we got given another opened one – bit careless there. But third attempt stroke gold woohoo. Also, the refillable hot drinks weren’t explained well, I did ask just in case things had changed and she didn’t quite have a clue. But you know what, the Afternoon Tea tasted great so that’s what matters. Second time gets a 5 out of 10.
Food and Beverage
Oooh I feel dead fancy saying beverage. I can imagine James Corden saying beverage like it sounds like something weird.
So what’s the verdict, I’d give the food 9 out of 10. Hmm, why not the ten. Well, I’m not a big fan of sun-dried tomatoes, I think they’re the nasty and one of the sandwiches had them in. Call me picky (which I am), but I hate them. I think when you look at an Afternoon Tea display, it’s got little nibbly bits but they really do fill you up. I got to the middle section where the scones were and it was pretty sad that I was already full, but I had my eye on those choux parties. Damn, they were amazing… So that’s the 9 out of 10 explained, I think.
The Grand Finale
So that’s my first food blog. I’m still learning this whole blogging thing so leave me some tips in the comments guys, I’d really appreciate it. Ooh ant you may be wondering how I got the Afternoon Tea so cheap for £19.99, well that’s a secret I’ll never tell – did I really make a Gossip Girl moment there, eek. I got it from Groupon, they have other Afternoon Tea deals around Manchester and anywhere else in the UK for that matter.