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Tea 42 Opens In NQ: Gallery

‘Alternative’ NQ tearoom: “Poncey and glam”

Written by . Published on November 29th 2013.

Tea 42 Opens In NQ: Gallery

“RATHER elaborate isn’t it?” Confidential said.

“We told the designer to go for poncey and glam. Then let her run with it,” replied Will Hannah (tongue firmly in cheek), the wonderfully hospitable co-owner of Northern Quarter’s latest food and drink venture. Mightily poncey and glam it is too.

And to prove that taste is no casualty, the sneaky buggers fed everyone at the launch gluten-free grub without telling them. The audacity.

A tea-room with a difference, boasting nearly 30 speciality teas (all £3.55) including the Detox Bang Bang and Storm in a D Cup, Tea 42 (presumably pronounced tea-for-two but actually pronounced tea-forty-two) also has a surprisingly expansive and impressive looking 60-dish menu, hearty smoked fish chowder (£10.50) and a ham, pea and tea pie (£10.95) are currently making our mouths get wet.

Starters and light bites start at £4.50, sandwiches and soups sit around the £6 mark, sharing platters are £15 and afternoon teas range from £18.95 to £28 for the champagne option.

This High Street-based tea/bar/food venture, occupying the former spot of the city’s worst menswear store, OSKA - next door to the English Lounge pub – is a joint venture from business partners Will Hannah and Jason Abbott, who each left their previous jobs to set-up Blue Rainbow Aparthotels (Manchester and Edinburgh).

Business partners Jason Abbott and Will HannahBusiness partners Jason Abbott and Will Hannah in a "sit there and look casual" shot

“We’re looking to roll out twenty of these nationally,” said Will, “We’re putting seven million of our own money into this. Each unit will cost around the £350k mark.”

Eyebrows raised. “That’s a big commitment”, Confidential said.

“Well it is,” replied Will, “But we think it works. It’s a great product, we’ve worked hard and we’re ready for it. We wanted to stand out from the crowd and offer something different from the usual haunts that you’d find across the country.”

So what’s Tea 42’s point of difference? Apart from the super-glam. Well, it’s gluten. Or the lack of it.

Fed up with the lack of gluten-free options around the city, the pair were determined to offer the city’s first (that we know of) entirely gluten-free menu. All dishes have a with/or without option. It’s up to you.

Will told us: "As someone who is gluten intolerant, I wanted to show people that these foods aren’t ‘weird’ and they taste just as good as their regular counterparts."

And to prove that taste is no casualty, the sneaky buggers fed everyone at the launch gluten-free grub without telling them. The audacity.

Tea 42 on twitter here @tea42uk

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Ian BerryNovember 30th 2013.

Is this yet another City Centre venue that doesn't have wheelchair access?

EllieNovember 30th 2013.

Good luck to them but............does anyone remember the fabulous TEA HOUSE on King Street with the added super openair space on the roof....................didn't last unfortunately! Ellie

Ben HartleyDecember 1st 2013.

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AnonymousDecember 1st 2013.

Glitzy it may be. But frankly it looks as warm and welcoming as a Stanley Kubrick set. It could just be the lack of people in the pictures of course that gives it all the warmth of a polar bear's nose. I suspect I might be a more a typhoo in a chipped mug kinda guy but any new business start up in this day and age is welcome I guess, so I'll happily pop along and try a macaroon or two and give it a fair crack of the whip.

Suzanne KnopfDecember 2nd 2013.

Can't wait to go there and try gluten-free afternoon tea, which is usually a no-no for me elsewhere. Good luck to them and I hope this is a success

MeDecember 2nd 2013.

Its in an odd location, but it was busy all weekend, I wish them well. I will be giving it a go at some point, but I prefer a more casual brew.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2013.

Popped by here on Saturday. I thought its in a great location right opposite the entrance to the Arndale Centre and on the edge of the Northern Quarter. Its so nice to see somewhere modern and exciting from the exterior and things only get better once inside. There is so much to look at and the food, cakes and drinks divine... whoever thought this place up clearly knows what they are doing... a welcome addition to the Manchester restaurant scene and I will defo be back so long as I can get in the door for the queue.

JamestDecember 2nd 2013.

Looks more interesting than the usual faded tat in most tea places. Will be popping in this week to try it. Seemed packed everytime I walked past over the weekend

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2013.

Sounds good. An antidote for the shabby-chic places run by people with beards giving the impression they are a wee bit aloof like T4 presenters.

KimberleyDecember 20th 2013.

I love this place, but I'm gluten free so I would. Reasonably priced, friendly service and no nonsense food. My non-gluten free fella loved it too. Really nice cocktails!

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