The Art Of Tea
Cafe/Delicatessen restaurant in Didsbury
47 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6TW
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Didsbury does money very, very well, with plenty of high-end high street chains nestling up to each other along the high street. Café Rouge, Slug and Lettuce and M&S Food all do a roaring trade with the swish young professionals. But if you’re looking for something with a touch more soul, step off Wilmslow Road and onto Barlow Moor Road instead. Barely ten paces from the chain-driven centre is, quite simply, the best tea shop in South Manchester.
The Art Of Tea rescues a little old English tearoom from the recycling, gives it a walloping great dose of San Francisco boho vibes, decorates it with dark green walls, art posters and local artists’ daubings, sticks tables out the front and a record shop-cum-bookshop out the back and then sits down with a huge chunk of homemade cake.
The food is fairly priced, decently sized and very tasty. There is a good range of sandwiches – our favourite being the Lancashire cheese, caramelised carrot and baby spinach on rye for £3.50 – as well as salads, dips, smoothies and soup. The cakes are wonky and definitely homemade, but also very moist and moreish. Try the carrot cake at £1.80 and you’ll see what we mean.
The bookshop in the back room is also very much worth a try. You’re likely to find travel guides nestled up against Proust, towering piles of books on every surface and a charmingly eccentric man with twinkly eyes and a grey beard sat in the middle of it all.
All in all, this is probably our favourite café in Manchester, and definitely in South Manchester. Next time you’re in Didsbury and feeling peckish, give it a try – you will be glad you did.
Update: Art of Tea is now open evenings with a new evening menu, alcohol sales and is also available for private hire.
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Much Ado About Nothing by Johhny B
What's all the fuss about? People rave about this 'bohemian spot' in Didsbury and often pack it out; it's a complete mystery to me. It's a dingy, scruffy, grubby little joint with haphazard service that arrives eventually. And don't go when it's busy: you'll have to dance on the spot in a non existent space waiting for a table to come free. I'm aware this won't be the most popular point of view, and if you want to go in, get your head down to chat and drink tea for an hour or so then it really is the place for you - you won't be disturbed. So there, as Ken Robinson would say!
Honey they shrunk the food (and then divided it) by Arnold
Nice place, Art of Tea. After seeing an interesting spicy lamb dish on the menu my friend and I decided to try it. Admittedly it was quite tasty however the size of the portions were like something out of a doll's house. They'd obviously almost ran out of this 'special' and made it really special by stretching a half portion to serve 2 people. We'd paid Â£11 each in advance, the manager wasn't around so there was nobody to complain to and the overworked staff must have warmed up this treat in a microwave and took a chance on getting away with it. We had to go buy a takeaway when we left we were so hungry. Well they certainly got our money but we'll never eat there again of course, never recommend the food and we'll be sure to tell all our friends in person and on social media. The tea's OK though.
Much Improved by Pucci
I went here last year (2013) and did have the greatest time and never went back until last week. Went in the evening with a friend and really enjoyed. Went back alone a couple of nights ago and just had some tea and sat doing some work. It was really chilled, the music was not too loud so I was able to work without being distracted. The guy (I think he was the owner) was really relaxed & friendly. There's not loads of options on the menu if, like me, you don't eat meat & dairy but there are a few standard bits - olives, hummus etc. If it had a couple more vegan options then I'd give it 9/10 but nonetheless I'll definitely be going far more regularly.
Better than most by Sam
A little too cool for school and despite the name the tea selection is pretty poor but overall it's better than most chain shops especially on a nice summers day.
Tea Leaves? by Phillip Green
Very nice coffee, they have a good coffee machine. Good music, if a bit loud, and the staff think they are too good to be there. My brother was unimpressed by his tea - surely they should offer tea leaves as well as Twinings!
Nice by Tara
Had a soya latte, not the best- very watery and bitter more like a regular coffee. Also had some food, nice cakes but had an mild allergic reaction as the ingredients given were not correct. Dont eat here if you have a special diet.
art of tea indeed by A
I was looking forward to visiting this establishment and was bitterly disappointed. Don’t call a place ‘the art of tea’ and then serve your customers with a crappy tea bag in a coffee mug! Where is the china teapot, the range of quality loose leaf tea? The range available extends to what twining supplies. Seeing as a tea place would stand out among the numerous coffee chains, a little attention to detail would make the place special. Tea is celebrated all over the world, the range available incredible. Why not actually serve proper tea in proper china? This review prob won't be published but please take note. I felt cheated, this place could be so much better.
Great Food & Atmosphere by Marc McLean
Visited recently for lunch, had a fab bowl of parsnip & orange soup - really lovely. The service was great & the art on the walls is brilliant too. They are getting a booze licence & opening late from 4th Feb so you'll be able to go there for a drink in the evenings too.
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