I’ve been hearing good things about Allotment Bar since it opened Manchester’s Northern Quarter in August, and when I heard about their Picnic Basket afternoon tea it was only a matter of time before I got round to checking it out!
Allotment Bar is quirky and original as you would expect from the Northern Quarter, and as the name would suggest the décor is rustic and outdoorsy. With its chunky wooden, picnic benches and plenty of hanging greenery and potted plants it does have the feeling of an English summer picnic. And I loved that it had a nice laid-back atmosphere too.
But I can’t lie, as nice as the bar itself is, it’s all about the afternoon tea served in a picnic basket!
The Picnic Basket is an afternoon tea for two people served in a picnic basket, and the menu price is £20 for two, which I think is a pretty good price. However on this occasion I’d found a deal on Living Social and so it was an even better deal!
In our basket we got 3 different toasted sandwiches – goats cheese and roasted pepper, Italian meats and smoked salmon, and I really liked that they were warm toasted sandwiches rather than the usual afternoon tea finger sandwiches (and this meant that they were pretty big and very filling too!). We also each had a cup of tea or coffee served in pots and china cups and saucers.
Also in our basket were two slices of cake each (on this occasion carrot cake and chocolate cake, although I think this could be different on each visit), and warm scones with pots of jam, cream and fresh strawberries.
Overall I was really pleased with this Picnic Basket. The food was clearly freshly prepared as it was still warm when it arrived, and yet it was all wrapped up picnic-style inside the basket, which was a nice touch. I really loved the whole picnic presentation of the afternoon tea, and also of the bar itself, and I’d definitely recommend it as a lunch venue!
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