In a quiet, cultured spot opposite Manchester Cathedral, Proper Tea is a tearoom and cafeteria operated in partnership with the people who run the Northern Quarter’s Teacup on Thomas St.
They are open from 10am daily, serving a wide range of loose-leaf teas, coffee, cake, soups, sandwiches and such like.
I’ve been a couple of times and sampled the Jade Tip Mao Jian Green Tea and their Genmaicha.
Whilst both these teas were prepared well enough and a cut above what is generally available elsewhere in the city, they are not going to excite proper tea snobs (I would like to see a small selection of ‘premium’ teas on the menu.)
On both of my visits I had toasted sandwiches, which were very enjoyable - Pastrami & Swiss cheese with sweet pickles and the Montgomery Cheddar with sautéed leeks, onions & garlic.
The ingredients used were good quality throughout. I particularly liked the Polish Rye bread. At £4 each you can’t really grumble but I would have liked a little more pastrami (even if this pushed the price up to £4.95).
I also enjoyed a slice of their Carrot Cake, which was “moist” and all those cakey things a cake should be.
If you like a tearoom or café but find the NQ a bit “beardy” and “greasy spoons” a bit greasy, Proper Tea may just be your cup of tea… it is mine.