Afternoon Tea

Join us at James Martin Manchester every Saturday for an unforgettable afternoon tea experience.

At James Martin Manchester, we use James’ original scone recipe and only the freshest ingredients. We have made our own jam, roasted our own ham using pork from Redhill Farm, salt-cured and spiced our own pastrami using Cumbrian beef, and hot-smoked our own Scottish salmon to ensure you enjoy the best possible experience.

All our pastries and breads are hand crafted by talented members of our kitchen team, who have drawn on classic James Martin recipes to create this wonderful tea.

Courtesy of local tea supplier, Tea from The Manor, our tea selection brings the finest full leaf teas from the best tea gardens around the world to delight the palates of our customers. The difference in taste of whole leaf tea is, quite simply, memorable. Each tea has its own distinctive character to perfectly complement our afternoon tea.

Available every Saturday from 12.30pm to 3pm

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Please note, these are sample menus and subject to change.

Prepared and served fresh every Saturday, we provide a number of delightful options to suit your taste.

Traditional Afternoon Tea | £27.95

Served traditionally with your choice of one of our speciality teas (speciality coffees also available).

Champagne Afternoon Tea | £32.95

Served with a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut NV (125ml).

Or make it an occasion with a bottle of:

Laurent Perrier Brut NV +£55.00 | Laurent Perrier Rosé + £85.00.

Free-Flowing Prosecco Afternoon Tea | £45.00

Unlimited Prosecco with your traditional afternoon tea (to ensure your full enjoyment your Prosecco will be free flowing for 1.5 hours).


Closed Sandwiches:

Smoked Salmon and black pepper cream cheese on wholemeal

Cucumber, watercress, sour cream on poppy seed white

Open Sandwiches:

Honey Roast ham and smoked cheese savoury farm house white roll

Coronation chicken, mango salsa, coriander, wrap

Homemade sausage roll with fresh sage and onion seed

Sweet Element

Spiced blueberry brulee

Passion fruit and vanilla macron

raspberry and elderflower Opera Gateaux

Praline and Valrhona chocolate choux


Warm scone, whipped clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.

English Breakfast

Blend of Ceylon and Assam tea: full bodied with a coppery coloured brightness.

Earl Grey Flower
Large leaf black China tea: scented with bergamot coupled with delicate blue cornflower petals.

Camomile Flower
Infused with lemongrass, essential oils in flowers produce a pleasant aroma and a fruity character: a beautiful yellow cup which gives way to a sweet, juicy flavour of camomile.

With green tea leaves: famous for its refreshing virtues and with a delicate, natural mint scent.

Chun Mee
An incredibly smooth tea with a subtle sweetness: it leaves a refreshing aftertaste, reminiscent of plum.

Red Berries and Rose Petals
Fruit blend with hibiscus, rosehip, apple pieces and orange peel: rounded off with delicate edge of rose petals.

Vanilla Chai
Special chai blend mixed with vanilla black tea.

Passion Fruit, Guava & Mango
Flavoured with three of the most renowned tropical fruits.

James Martin Special Blend
Jasmine infused with rose petals and rose buds: a delicate tea with a light, floral and natural jasmine taste.


Afternoon tea dates back to the early 19th century in England. It is said to have originated with Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. History says she’d become hungry around 4pm in the afternoon and began requesting a light meal, such as sandwiches and cakes, to be served to her in her private chambers. This became a regular ritual, and she quickly began inviting friends to join her.

As the popularity of afternoon tea grew, it became a social event and a way for the upper class to show off their wealth and elegance. Tea rooms and tea houses began popping up all over England, and it became a fashionable and popular pastime.

During Victorian times, afternoon tea became even more elaborate, with multiple courses and fancy tea sets. It was also a time when tea itself became a status symbol and a way to display wealth and taste.

Today, afternoon tea is a popular tradition in many countries, and it is often associated with luxury and elegance.

Traditionally, afternoon tea includes a variety of small sandwiches, scones, and pastries. The sandwiches are usually made with delicate ingredients such as cucumber, smoked salmon, or egg salad, and are often cut into small, bite-sized pieces.

Scones are a staple of afternoon tea, and they are typically served with clotted cream and jam. The pastries can include a variety of sweet treats such as cakes, tarts, and macarons.

Tea, of course, is the main drink served during afternoon tea. It can be served in a variety of ways, such as loose leaf, in tea bags, or as iced tea depending on the preference of the guests.

The menu of afternoon tea can vary depending on the location and seasonality of the ingredients. We use James’ original scone recipe and the freshest ingredients, we have made our own jam, re-worked sticky toffee pudding into an éclair, roasted our woodland pork ham and Yorkshire cornfed chicken breast and hot-smoked our own Scottish salmon to ensure you enjoy the best possible experience.


Every day

Pre-Theatre Dining

Pre-Theatre Dining

Experience ultimate pre-theatre dining at James Martin Manchester restaurant, where culinary artistry meets pure indulgence.

16 June

Father's Day

Father's Day

Treat Dad to a feast this Father’s Day!

The Last Sunday of the month

Free-Flowing Prosecco Lunch

Free-Flowing Prosecco Lunch

Enjoy 90 mins of free-flowing prosecco and a perfect Sunday roast.

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