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  • 4.0 star rating
    12/10/2014

    Not as attractive inside as propertea or Sugar Junction (at least in the brown-walled bit in which I was sitting) Teacup nevertheless is a very nice place for some lunch/afternoon tea. My friend and I both got a house sandwich with some soup - fish finger wrap was ok but the pork & fig sandwich was very good. The soup was comforting as well.

    My friend's purple haze (blueberry) milkshake looked amazing, and I got some delicious root beer (third time in a week I've had Bundaberg root beer in Manchester, maybe they've had a sales push?). I didn't have room for cake but they looked very impressive - how do they make that rainbow one?!

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/10/2014

    Always busy but worth the wait

    This is probably the most charming modern tea-house you'll find, with a lovely brand design and attentive staff to guide you around the extensive menu of teas and food. Sometimes there's a queue to get a table, particularly if you're in a larger group, but it really is worth it.

    The presentation is very good, with teas served in glass teapots. The rose tea is very rosy and I would suggest that you try two or three during your visit, and ask your server about specials or their recommendations. Cakes are good and the hot food looks great - next time, I'll stay for lunch.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/9/2014
    1 check-in

    This place has been very popular back in 2012. All the media were talking about it and I had visited the shop on Thomas street in Northern Quarter twice and couldn't get in due to the long queue on Saturdays.
    In my head at that time, the two things made this place so popular maybe due to its rainbow cake and it's big won on the Manchester food &drink festival award 2012 (the best casual dining)
    So we rescheduled and arranged a visit on a raining weekend to avoid the crowds. We got in after a few minutes waiting. The shop was in red theme inside and outside and created a very relaxing and friendly atmosphere.
    We ordered their classic teas - Rose Grey and Red Lychee, rainbow cake and a magnificent Madeleines. The tea came with two pots, and you could filter into before serving.  The Rose Grey was served in a transparent tea pot, which allowed you to see the whole rose bud blossoming in the gorgeous earl grey as it brought the floral touch into the tea. The red Lychee is a special treat, and it is a quality black tea scented with Lychee fruit. The tea is not cheap in Teacup but it has the supreme teas and it does provide an exceptional tasting experience. The broad tea selection here is credible and fashionable. There are teas for everyone no matter how much you love the tea and what kind of tea you are into. They have smoothies and milkshakes as well. We tried the smoothies and they are exceptionally tasty.
    The rainbow cake looks beautiful, and most people here for the pictures due to the blossom of the social media. The colour on each layer is perfect and the each layer is combined brilliantly. The cake itself is fresh and tasty with right amount of moist.
    The Magnificent Madelienes are bake to order, which need 10mintures to bake freshly from the oven to your table. It comes with chantilly cream or chocolate. We had the white chocolate and the warm and freshly baked madelienes dipping into the hot white chocolate sauce just taste spectacular. I am not a big fan of sugars so this madelines are just perfect for me without the chocolate or the cream. That's also the reason I like the Pear drop cake on the menu. This cake has a poached pear inside an almond sponge cake, which balances the sweetness and uplifts the freshness of the cake. The red velvet and Victoria Sponge are authentic and classic. The flourless chocolate cake is very heavy for me and it's a real treat for people who love chocolate. The dark chocolates are baked in a truffle texture and its gluten free. The pistachio cake is also very sweet. They could be a good option when you enjoy a cup of espresso.
    Carrot &Coconut cake and Lemon-licious cake are lighter and full of flavours from the rich fruits and the nuts in the ingredients.
    They also have extensive breakfast and lunch menu. The egg options are served all days with eggs or duck eggs. There are classic egg dishes like Florentine, Royale and Benedict and also special healthy option with pan-fried exotic mushroom & avocado. The pies can be selected from smoked salmon, beef, chicken and cheese. Each comes with mash and seasoning vegetables. The beef pie is superb and the delicious horn beef wrapped inside the savoury and crispy crust.
    I have been to this place many times with friends for different occasions. For me, this place is a safe option, which would not disappoint you since they provide quality food and drinks and the space is stylish and comfortable.

  • 2.0 star rating
    12/9/2014

    hmmm....it has a good selection of teas and cakes. However, the cakes aren't the best I've had in Manchester. They are BIG portions but they seem to be quite dry most of the time. I'd rather a smaller bit of cake that was beautifully made :)

    The service is fast and the little menu of food they serve is good.

    For me it's just too loud and and packed out. I can't really chill out in there as I like  a bit more quiet for me and my cake! That's probably the main reason I haven't been back and probably wont go back, but if you like very busy, lively cafes then is your place.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/8/2014

    Came here on a leaving do as an alternative to some of the other tea rooms we frequent - oh my goodness this place really puts the tea back into the tea room!

    I'm no stranger to an extensive tea menu but this place goes one step further - egg timers delivered with your brew and a second pot so you can pour your tea out to stop that overbrewing while you work towards your second cup! And what a selection too - on our table we had second flush Assam, red lychee, Indian chai (all pronounced to be delicious) and I had the Beijing breakfast which lived up to the oaty taste described on the menu, gorgeous!

    We also partook of the cakes which were equally fabulous. I had the flourless chocolate cake which I would highly recommend, although, and I can't believe I'm saying this, if I had it again I'd share it (gasp) - it's just too much rich chocolately goodness to get through.

    Lastly it's worth pointing out that they've also a full menu of breakfasts and lunches,  service was fast and friendly. Overall I'll be visiting again soon.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/8/2014

    This place has become a firm favourite with me & my Mum for breakfast,  tea & cakes when she comes to visit Manchester!

    Despite feeling slightly like you're in a canteen with hard-backed chairs, the staff are always incredibly warm, friendly & helpful, the tea-selection is magnificent & the cakes are delicious! It's always busy here so there's a good atmosphere, & they definitely don't scrimp on cake portions (one of the waiters/waitresses will be happy to get you a take-out box!).

    Personal tea favourites are the Imperial and Sunshine Earl Grey, & the coffee is pretty damn good too!

    Head over to Proper Tea at Manchester Cathedral to buy any of their large selection of loose leaf teas :)

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/7/2014

    I was wondering around town looking for somewhere to have lunch when I came across Teacup. The regular places that always gets reviews were very quiet, unlike Teacup which was heaving from the back view. When I got round to the entrance on the front I was seated by the window and could watch people go by.

    I ordered the iggy pop smoothie and Chicken sandwiches but sat there envious of those around me having tea and cake. The cakes are massive and the loose tea comes with egg timers and an extra pot. The couple next to me were unsure of the process but still had fun experimenting.

    The venue is actually very big and the staff apologised for the wait in bringing the food and drink to most guests, but to me the service was fine and therefore no need to apologise as it was past the lunch hour madness and most customers seemed in no rush.

    I will definitely be back for some tea and cake or breakfast!

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/7/2014
    1 check-in

    If what you are looking for is a good piece of cake, then you have found the right place. They have a nice selection of delicacies, from scones to Victoria sponge cakes to carrots and chocolate heavenly layered cakes.

    They also have an amazing selection of teas brewed to perfection.

    Great place to stop by in your shopping frenzy.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/6/2014

    I popped my 'Teacup' virginity a few weeks ago and was delighted. I was visiting Manchester and wanted to have tea and cake, preferably in an independent shop, as these are the ones to look out and this was the place we stopped off at.

    Although it was pouring it down with rain, Teacup was still a lively place and just about packed. This is normally a key indicator of a popular place.

    So shortly after arriving, and sampling the singing talents of the 'pot washer' we were seated down towards the back. The menu has variety, with food and afternoon tea. Next time I will try the food as everything looked yummy. I ordered the Assam Second flush and red velvet cake. I'd already noticed that the portions were quite sizeable when I was looking around. My tea came first, and the lovely waitress popped it down with a little timer, as this indicated the perfect brewing time. My cake came shortly afterwards, I wasn't expecting my cake slice to be that big - it was a 4 layer cake.

    The Assam second flush was very lovely, and I was used to drinking 'black' tea, although the colour is not as dark as others can be. I got about 2 and half cups from my pot, but wasn't quite enough to help me with the cake.

    For tea-lovers, cafe lovers, cake lovers etc... this is the perfect place if you don't want to go to Starbucks, Costa and the rest of the high street cafes. It has an extensive range of cakes and teas, food options and lovely staff. If you're in Manchester, you've got to check this place out!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/6/2014

    Whenever meeting my friends for breakfast in manchester, teacup is always our number one choice. In comparison to the other small restaurants/cafés in the northern quarter, we think the friendly service, tea, cake and hot breakfasts are number one here.

    Firstly, their hot drinks menu is endless. Ranging from regular everyday tea, coffees and hot chocolate, through to a large variety of herbal teas. On the search for the perfect jasmine green tea in manchester, this place definitely holds the top spot at the moment! It comes in a lovely glass tea set, complete with strainer and timer so you can brew your leaves for the perfect amount of time.

    The food here is great, they have a beautiful selection of cakes made fresh each day on display at the front of the restaurant. Our favourites are the rainbow and the carrot cakes! Brilliant texture, moist sponge and full of flavour. We are slowly working out way through the whole lot !

    The breakfasts are cooked to perfection too. I tend to opt for the poached eggs on sourdough with avocado and wild mushrooms or with smoked salmon. All ingredients are fresh and flavoursome, and the meals always come hot and well presented.

    The restaurant is pretty big, lots of seating and is nicely decorated. The staff dress casually and there is a real relaxed friendly vibe. The only downside to eating here is you always have to queue and there isn't really enough room to queue from the way the front has been set out... But, surely that just reflects the quality of the food and drink :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/8/2014
    1 check-in

    Very good selection of teas and coffees. The atmosphere is very good. Very friendly customer service and a great place to chill outside when it is sunny.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/5/2014

    Decided to pop in here yesterday looking for some lunch and cake after the ordeal of an exam. We were seated downstairs quite close to the door, the occasional breeze did bother me but there we go I'm sure they'd have moved us if I'd have asked. The staff were very friendly and it had a good laid back atmosphere.

    We both had smoked chicken and red pepper sandwiches with sweet potato fries, the menu has a good variety of options and they also have specials. I had a banana milkshake which was very tasty and my friend had a latte which was apparently pretty good!

    The food arrived pretty quickly and it was ok. I wasn't a fan of having bits of it warm and bits of it cold, don't see a point warming the chicken only to put it on cold peppers and lettuce, but that's just me. The coleslaw was good but you only got a tiny bit of it, mind you I prefer that to when places give you a massive mound of it that seeps into your sandwich! The sweet potato fries were good though and I'd happily have them again.

    All in all it was ok, it's a lovely place and I'd come back for cake next time!

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/4/2014

    I've been a Teacup regular for years, as I discovered it soon after moving to the Northern Quarter 6 years ago.  

    The menu has changed a bit over the years, for the better because the range of savoury food is better now, in my opinion.  My favourite breakfast dish is the Dippy Duck Eggs.  The fish finger wrap is a worthy mention for lunch.  

    Now, to the best bit: the tea and cakes. I would say 90% of my visits have been for tea and cake or afternoon tea.  

    For all the improvements to the savoury food, the cakes have been consistent over the years and I have tried every single one.  The flourless chocolate cake is my favourite.  The rainbow cake and victoria sponge are also deserving of a special mention.  I found the pear drop cake to be very heavy and have never managed a whole piece, but maybe that's just me.  

    The range of tea is brilliant, consistently good and I have tried many. My favourite is the Jasmine Pearl, but the Jade Tip Green Tea and Vanilla Cacao are also regular choices of mine.  

    The only minor criticism is that there is often a queue - even when I've been on weekday afternoons, there is often a wait, even since the expansion a couple of years ago.  But I think it is worth the wait, just don't go when you are in a hurry.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/4/2014

    A nice little restaurant with a great but small menu. Perfect place for brunch or just a cup of tea and some cake. The tea even comes out with a timer so you know when it has infused long enough.
    The decoration is quirky and invites you to sit and stay drinking tea all afternoon.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/8/2014

    Teacup is one of the best places I have ever had afternoon tea. The tea itself is loose leaf, high quality and served properly. The sandwiches and nibbles are always changing and delicious, and the scones are lovely. Service is relaxed, yet attentive. They have at least a dozen cakes beautifully displayed on the bar. In a great location in the awesome Northern Quarter area of Manchester as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/4/2014
    3 check-ins

    We decided to give Teacup a try on Saturday Morning, we got there around 10:30am as we was meeting friends there, we have walked passed numerous times and always seen a long queue outside which must mean its good!

    Luckily we didn't have to queue and was straight in and was greeted by a lovely girl, i asked if we could sit at the back on the upper section but she said it was closed as there wasn't enough staff in, i thought ok but seemed a bit silly, we got a table right in the middle of the lower section though, it was already buzzing with people, a few minutes after we had sat down, the same girl started showing people to the upper section though the lower section was quite busy though kinda thought why she couldn't take us up there?

    Anyway we looked through the cool menus with a page for each section one for cakes one for the teas and one for breakfast items etc, its a kinda cool menu with loads of yummy breakfast items to choose from, when we was looking through the menu the lovely girl asked if we would like water so she bought us a jug of ice cold water and 4 tumblers, a nice little touch whilst still deciding what to have.

    This place is almost famous or maybe famous I'm not sure for its cakes, there is a selection of them on show on top of the bar near to where we was sat, they all looked devine!!! they had lemon meringues, carrot cake, red velvet cake and numerous others, i couldn't take my eyes off the carrot cake though, so i ordered a piece of that, at £4 a slice though its a tad expensive and a little dry but it was still really nice, i also ordered a latte which was really good!

    They also do a great selection of teas obviously due to its name, our friend ordered a tea which comes with a sand timer to know when you're tea is ready, kinda cool and never seen that before.

    I can understand why this place is so popular, its cool atmosphere and cool customers make this place stand out, and the breakfasts look amazing!!! obviously i will be back to try those out!

    The whole place looks great and I've never seen it quiet so its true this place ROCKS!

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/7/2014

    Busy, full of local hipsters and happy familys, food is good and well presented, all manner of excotic brews. Staff in my experience have been friendly and attentive. Smart place in a smart part of town.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/2/2014

    I had been meaning to visit Teacup for ages, so when someone suggested it to me for a meeting, the answer was a resounding YES!

    It was busy on that Wednesday afternoon, but still felt laid back and welcoming. The staff were polite and efficient. They make a good coffee (I had a latte), and their rainbow cake was very impressive - moist, looked great, and someone with a slightly sweeter tooth than me would have adored it. I've heard great things about their savoury food and will be trying that next time I'm meeting someone for a coffee in the city centre.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/1/2014

    I love Teacup, they are friendly and the service is always good, there is often a cue to get in at the weekend, but it is worth the wait. I like their hot chocolate although it does seem to change depending on who is making it (in terms of strength).

    Cakes are good too, pretty as well which of course only makes them taste all the better.

    I have also enjoyed there savoury snacks like poached eggs, etc.. They are reasonably good value although I think they are slowly becoming a victim of their own success hence the four star rating instead of 5.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/5/2014
    2 check-ins

    Excellent treasure in the Northern Quarter. Fine food, great drinks- fantastic service. Had a 5 min wait, but enjoyed a coffee / lemon meringue taster!! Quickly seated , clean, pleasant. 4 of us here today, 2 brand new, 2 returning .    Really tasty food and excellent tea. Def will come again.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/12/2013

    Such a lovely place to eat. Staff are always friendly, the drinks are lovely and the cakes are sublime. I love the milkshakes and smoothies too!

    Weekends are always busy and there is commonly a queue but it normally moves quite quickly. Even if there is a queue you aren't rushed to finish your food quickly or vacate your seats which is nice.

    Can't recommend this place enough!

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/10/2013
    1 check-in

    I liked this place. I came here twice. The food was good and the tea was delicious. But I was expecting a game-changing meal. The game wasn't changed.

    Again, the tea was great. They bring you a little tea timer, in theory to brew the perfect cup of tea. Great - I love food rigor. But when they refill your pot they don't reset the timer. I asked "how long should the second pot brew?" I got a shrug. Ultimately it felt like the timer was more for show. They use coarse-ground pepper in fine pepper shakers. It clearly won't shake out. Didn't anyone notice? I ordered espresso which they claim comes from the finest beans in Britain. It was bitter like Starbucks. If they don't like coffee, they shouldn't serve it.  I had a scone - I'm in Britain, how could I not? It was fine. For all the fanfare and rave reviews, I was hoping for more than fine.

    Some say the devil is in the details. I say five stars are in the details. And this place was a little too casual in the details for me to echo the chorus of praise.

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/7/2013
    1 check-in

    Staff are really friendly at Tea Cup on Thomas Street.

    Had a lovely smoothie called "iggy pop" (orange, strawberry, mango and red pepper) although they had run out of red pepper on this occasion, but the drink was still nice.

    Wouldn't eat the cakes as there not covered with anything... And ants crawling over them which had to be pointed out to the staff.

    Cost of smoothie: £4.50

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/4/2014

    Best cake in town, I am definitely addicted to the white chocolate and poppy seed cake!

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/3/2013
    1 check-in

    Everything your heart desire when it comes to tea, cakes and breakfast. I had the Royale breakfast with salmon and it's as always lovely and filling.
    I always get the Chai tea as in my opinion they make the best in town!
    Be aware that it can be rather busy so expect a queue especially at weekends.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/3/2014

    Called in on Sunday 02/03/14 with my son around 5.00pm and I have to say the experience was so enjoyable from start to finish. My son ordered the eggs benedict with some sweet potato fries and I had the longhorn beef pie. This was unbelievably delicious and I can't wait to go back and have it again! Even the cup of tea was out of the ordinary! Well done teapot!  Steve

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/8/2013

    Came here 2 weekends ago with my boyfriend and his friend. We're not from the area or even the same country (well, the bf's friend is. He and I are not, though) so I had researched some places to come by once we were in Manchester. We decided to come here and we were quite pleased with our choice.

    Since we came on a Saturday, there was a bit of a queue to be seated. We did not have to wait terribly long, though, and there were even little cups of tea and pieces of cake for us to nibble on as we waited. Once seated, we perused their pretty extensive menu of teas and vittles. Their pastries change on a daily basis, so what we had that particular day may not be available on any other given day. I chose a hot chocolate for myself and a slice of their Victorian sponge cake, which also came with a generous scoop of clotted cream. Everything was quite tasty, but the reason why I gave this place 4 stars instead of 5 was because I thought my hot chocolate could have been a little sweeter and the cake slices that we got were a bit on the dry side.

    I'd recommend people to stop by if you happen to be in the area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/8/2011
    1 check-in

    What a treat! If you're lost and lonely in Manchester, morning or noon, take a wander to the Northern Quarter and grab a decent cup of char at Teacup. This is such a beautiful café, rustic and quaint all at once, with a delightfully dedicated breakfast, brunch and lunch menu to suit all.

    I came here one fine morning with fine friends and we all dove straight into the eggs - for me simply poached, but that makes them sound dull. They're not, they're fabulous. With exquisite bread and delighfully seasoned this was the perfect pick-me-up. Accompanied by a delicious latte this was a morning of Kings, having partook of a few wines the night before, but just a few mouthfuls and I was already on the road to recovery.

    They've a few outside seats for those who with to take in the world going by, and a plethora of seating inside for groups. The tea menu is also varied, so I'm going to have to make a return journey to try them, as on this occasion it was all about the hardcore caffeine for me.

    With wifi, wonderfully attentive staff, and even a fabulous collection of collectibles (tea cups and other such treats) this is more than just a café - it's a bit of an experience. I highly recommend any discerning tea-drinker, visitor, lone wanderer and just about anyone else acquaint themselves with this lovely place.

    We are a nation of teadrinkers and this is our station.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/12/2010

    Awesome little cafe! Funky decorations and scrumptious looking brunch menu (too bad we'd already eaten brunch and were just in search of good coffee). Notwithstanding I was full near to bursting, i still succumbed to a blackforest choccie tart and also tried my friends eggnog tart.

    The blackforest tart had a deep dark chocolate flavour with a moist cherry plopped in the centre - not too sweet and not too rich either, just a perfect texture and flavour! In contrast, the eggnog tart was very light and fluffy - but again, not overpoweringly sweet and the pastry was perfect (not too flaky but not death-by-buttery-short either).

    All up I think quality of the food and general decor of the place was awesome and would've been a perfect joint to chill out on a sunday arvo with the paper and/or book + 3 coffees and a pot of tea later...

    Last but not least, my macchiato was perfect!! 3 thumbs up for this place. Must have brunch here if ever in manc again!

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/8/2011
    6 check-ins

    A special thing happened today.  Today I fell in love.  With Teacup.  Coffee houses and tea rooms are amongst my favourite places to be in the world, and I think that maybe...just maybe I have found a new favourite.  But saying that makes me feel a bit guilty, like a teacher who has a preferred student but knows they shouldn't.  It feels wrong, as though I am somehow neglecting my also beloved Christie's (yelp.co.uk/biz/christies…) and Sugar Junction (yelp.co.uk/biz/sugar-jun…). But Teacup might just justify this extraordinary claim.

    Matt J and I seated ourselves at a dainty little wooden table outside in the sunshine to peruse the menu, which was mightily impressive. In the mood for something stronger, Matt J opted for a pot of Assam whilst I was unable to resist the bold claims of 'the best chai in the UK'.  There are also offerings of coffee and soft drinks, and a scrumptious cake menu, and also plentiful selections of nosh to boot.

    When our drinks arrive, excitement is to be had, on my part at least.  Our waitress informs us that both of our loose leaf teas are intended to brew for four minutes, and hands over a sand-timer.  The next few minutes are spent eagerly awaiting the last grain of sand to drop, at which point we both seize our teapots and begin to pour!  I tell thee - it brings a whole new level of fun to drinking tea.  I've only ever had chai tea at one other place, so I can't testify whether it really is the best chai in the UK, but it was pretty damn good.

    One pot of tea is the equivalent of about three cups, and once this is finished...you get a FREE refill.  That's right, free.  There's nothing that makes me happier than getting stuff for free, and this is by no means an exception.  I was also a fan of the waiter service.  You are seated on arrival, and a waiter will come and take your order, instead of having to queue at the counter, I like this a lot.  I do also have it on good authority that the milkshakes are pretty bangin'.

    I was a very delighted lady this afternoon, very delighted indeed.  I think Teacup have made a loyal customer out of me.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/8/2011
    1 check-in

    I am almost ready and willing to hold Teacup to ransom, and steal it away up to Edinburgh. Manchester, you lucky lucky city you. Not only does Mr. Scruff herald from your fair brick and mortar, but you are host to his very own café - and oh my, what a café it is.

    I got the text from Emma-Lou H for breakfast plans. A quick taxi ride through the Northern Quarter (which is in itself delightful) and we were at Teacup. The name had already charmed me, and whilst I originally imagined lace doilies and the old-fashioned style afternoon tea type number, Teacup surprised and delighted.

    It's really large inside. Almost massive. So plenty plenty tables for many tea-drinking types. The cakes spill forth from stands on the counter. Check out the photo of the wee Mr Scruff themed cupcakes. And oh the cakes look delicious.

    The menu for breakfast was great. Lots of eggs. No bacon (oh well) but you can get boiled, poached, benedict, florentine, and there's healthy porridge. Two poached eggs, yum. But the rye bread. Oh the rye bread. I would write poetry for that rye bread. Unlike any other rye bread I'd had before.

    Being a tea-specialist joint there are plenty teas, and they treat it with proper tea respesct. So there's an ingeniuous wee timer served with your tea that allows you to have light, medium or strong brew with three different timers.

    Oh and not forgetting the juice. I had a citrusy number, that had a real kick to it. Perfectly palate cleansing and felt very good for my insides too (after the many cupcakes, Indian food and wine of the night before). Lemon, ginger, apple and grape juice with a whole lotta ginger.

    I loved the look of their meatball nights too.

    Basically everything about this place ticked my boxes. The food was really deliicous, home-made and hearty. Worth the slightly higher price tag. They love tea. I love tea. There's Mr Scruff merchy up the top of the shop. The staff were super friendly. The café has a great vibe, cool tunes.

    Now how does one exactly smuggle an entire, large café from one city to another cross-border?

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/1/2010

    The Teacup is perhaps the loveliest coffee shop in Manchester, which I stumbled upon when my mum came to visit and we wanted to get some lunch. This place is owned by uber-friendly DJ Mr Scruff and his niceness is everywhere, from the cool décor to the smiling and attentive staff.

    We both had some delicious home-made pumpkin soup. I ordered a sandwich to dip into my soup and the whole thing was spicy, warm and perfect for a cold winter day. If you're popping into the Teacup for a quick drink, then there is an excellent range of tea, coffee, smoothies and juices. The "Aretha Franklin" was a refreshingly sweet mix of banana and strawberry.

    The Teacup has loads of organic, home-made cakes to choose from too. The apple cake with lashings of cinnamon was especially brilliant. We were thoroughly satisfied with the whole experience, and on our way out the manager asked us if everything had been ok. He explained that all the cakes were individually made on the premises. I went back to the Teacup a few days later with my girlfriend and to prove his point, a totally different selection of cakes was available, yet they all looked equally as tasty!  

    The Teacup is the perfect place to spend a relaxing hour or two with your other half, friends or even your mum. The food, drinks and service are all absolutely great, and it won't break the bank either.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/4/2012 Updated review
    13 check-ins

    FIVE STARS REINSTATED. Oh yes. After a brief lovers' tiff, Teacup and I reignited our passion with aplomb after I visited twice recently. What a difference a holiday makes! Or rather, what a difference their effort makes. The entire back area of the space has opened up to create a whole new dining experience. If you don't believe me, check out their deconstructed evening menu. manchesterconfidential.c… Just ruddy look at it. What even is that. Brilliance, that's what it is.

    What looks like something beyond what you'd get at Room or Australasia in the nouveau cuisine stakes is brought to casual dining, in a casual environment at thoroughly casual prices. I've had some utterly lovely meetings and social experiences in here recently and its reclaimed its crown as Norther Quarter Big Daddy. No, wait. There are too many contenders to that crown. Let me get my Game of Thrones geek on. You know how in the second book there are seven folks claiming themselves king? If you don't, seriously, get involved. Anyway, Teacup feels like one of the more rightful contenders. Kind of like a Stannis Baratheon. Willing to experiment with new things. Determined and full of effort. Takes things seriously. Might have had a dip in popularity at some point, but heck, that does not keep a rightful king down. Teacup has totes re-stolen my heart.

    You know how quite a few Yelp reviews complain about certain things? Particularly Claire I's whereby the manager treated her meanly - well, fear no more. The manager she mentioned is gawn. In his place is an environment that feels so welcoming and friendly that it's like going into your best friend's front room for a brew. Their coffee is still one of the finest blends in all NQdom.

    It's time to wipe the slate clean. I for one cannot WAIT to taste this new evening menu. Supper and a cuppa, yes PLEASE!

    3.0 star rating
    3/2/2012 Previous review
    Ohhh, you don't know how much it pains me to do this.

    Grace, you ain't wrong. Teacup used to be one…
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    5.0 star rating
    24/8/2011 Previous review
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    5.0 star rating
    19/6/2011 Previous review
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    5.0 star rating
    18/8/2010 Previous review
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    5.0 star rating
    5/12/2009 Previous review
    Can this place get any better? I spent most of my day in Teacup today, taking advantage of the free… Read more
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    27/11/2009 Previous review
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  • 4.0 star rating
    20/1/2013

    Not a place your likely to find being a stranger to manchester. Even after being taken once i would not have easily been able to find my way back.

    But to the residents of manchester (and any lover of good food and drink) the location of teacup is no doubt emblazoned on their hearts.

    The tea and coffee list is gigantic, perhaps as you'd expect from a place called teacup. The list of cakes is impressive too, i've had five of them now and have yet to be disappointed. The size of the slices matches the quality too which is somewhat rare for what looks all the world like a boutique tea house.

    The food though, that is the real surprise. Feeling like a busy cafe (and it will always be busy, justifiably) you'd not expect proper food.

    Buy a pie. I don't care if your only stopping by for a cup of tea, get one, now! They are each amazing. I thought the chicken one was the best thing ever, had the choritzo and now i'm torn. But the fact that i keep going back to try and find out which it is says to me this place has it all.

    A firm favourite of mine in manchester for sure. Teacup only misses out on the hallowed 5 stars for the shear amount of money two diners can spend on a pie, a cup of tea and a slice of cake. I've no regrets and will go again but i am sure there are cheaper delights to be had.

    Not wanting to end on a sour note though i  shall mention Teacups association with Mr Scruff. You will see events marked on posters on the walls. As a fan i would say this makes yet another reason to love the Teacup, it has good taste.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/1/2011
    1 check-in
    Listed in Manchester

    These northerners take Tea far more seriously than Londoners. Egg timers, loose leaves, instructions, two pots and hot drink heaven. My carrot cake left a bit to be desired and I regretted not going for the brownie but all in all our Teacup experience was lovely.

    The place also does tasty looking salads and mains and I regret having eaten too much brekkie to sample these. There is so much water being boiled in here that the windows were completely steamed up when we arrived so not ideal for people watching on a cold, January day. With free refills of hot water and great fresh juices it's a good job they have lots of tables as we didn't want to go anywhere else in a hurry.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/12/2009

    Owned by local deejay Mr Scruff and his manager Gary, Teacup is a cute cafe inbetween print shops, clothes boutiques and bars in the Northern Quarter. It started off selling a cracking range of tee-shirts, crockery and limited edition screenprints as well as food and drink but these seem to have disappeared recently.

    Outside there's a couple of tables and chairs where you can catch the rays on a sunny day and inside there's enough space for a large coach party. The only problem is, the staff don't seem equipped to deal with a dozen customers let alone a coach party! I've been to Teacup three or four times this year alone and although I love their range of smoothies and hot drinks, I have to admit the service is so slow I'm always tempted to nip behind the counter and offer to make my own!

    If you're not in a rush however and you fancy a great fruit smoothie (my usual tipple is the Aretha Franklin!) a pot of organic and fairtrade tea or a piece of cake, Teacup is a fun place to go. They also do plates of pie, mash and peas - which I've never tried but have heard are the perfect cure for a hangover!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/3/2011
    2 check-ins
    Listed in Best Green Teas

    Any place that has a framed sign by the door saying 'Tea Revives You' is my kind of place.  Continuing my quest for the perfect cup of green tea, this had to be on my list.

    Quite a large seated area with quaint little checked table clothes, but that is about as kitsch as this place goes, with t-shirts em-blazed with 'a balanced diet is a cake in each hand' worn by the staff and awesome tea towels with 'champion brew technician' on them, I think I had died and gone to tea heaven.

    There is a great range of loose teas available here, all with fabulous thirst quenching descriptions, some of the teas currently being offered are an Organic White Peony, Heart of Love Blooming Flower Tea, Darjeeling Second Flush and as I was on a green tea mission, I ordered the Organic Jade Sword Green Tea.

    It arrived, not in a cup or a simple pot, but was delivered to my table was a pot full of hot water and the green tea leaves, a second smaller empty pot, a small glass cup and a 3 in 1 egg timer.  But dont be scared, my server came with instructions. When the first egg timer finishes, its time to pour the hot water into the 2nd pot, when the 2nd egg timer finishes its time to pour the water into your little glass cup.  And the 3rd egg timer . .  umm I confess, I lost count so just drank the tea, which was superb and just the right temperature, maybe thats what the 3rd egg timer was for?

    I was only here to sample the teas, but I enviously gazed at some of the dishes being eaten by fellow diners, there is a great menu covering breakfast, afternoon teas and dinner with a menu for meatballs all on its own and they had the most amazing pastries lined up on the counter.

    i have to come back, this time with an emptier bladder and empty stomach!

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/3/2011

    They take tea seriously, and I love it. I only got a pot of tea, and have never had the food, but I can only imagine that their food/cakes are as good as the tea was.

    The staff was very friendly, and being by myself I was seated right away.

    I was pushed to leave as soon as possible, though. The place was so busy (constant line), and I've heard it's always this way. This was the only thing that made me sad about Teacup. I would have loved to enjoy my tea at a more leisurly pace, but alas the place is very popular...

    If there's a less busy time to visit, or if you only want something to go, I would highly reccommend this place! Definitely good quality, definitely worth checking out.

  • 1.0 star rating
    31/7/2011

    The Northern Quarter is full of little trendy hidey hole places but Teacup stands out proudly on view with a full glass view of its inners.
    Proud seller of Mr.Scruff's tea and merchandise will scream out as you enter to see a wall full of the stuff on your left. But wait until you see the delicious cakes right infront of you! Look past these up to see a varied menu, full of choice for vegetarians, vegans and if asked, they will try within their means to fulfil a dietry requirement. Lovely staff to deal with in the place, who present your food and take your order. However, this service is only for customers.

    Whilst working, i was required to visit venues to enquire about hiring them for an event. When I asked for the manager to enquire about hiring the venue, the waitress couldn't have acted more annoyed and low behold when the manager arrived, he was rude enough to laugh at me and said it wouldn't be worth losing the money.
    Even though they might serve good quality food, this service put me off for life. For a small business, the manager is clearly more obsessed with making money than to be polite to an enquirer.

    R B.
    Comment from R B. of Teacup
    Business Employee
    29/5/2012 Hi Claire, We're really sorry to hear about your bad experience with us. Please accept our deepest… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    1/2/2011

    My friend brought me to Teacup after a day's shopping at Arndale when I wanted somewhere to just sit back and relax.

    At first glance, its packed with people (Obviously it was tea-time), and I tend to have higher expectation for a place that attracts a lot of crowd.

    Was greeted by one of the employees and my friend explain that we were first timers there. Since the place full at the moment, the staff entertain us by giving us some samples of their famous and best selling tea. (Quite a good service especially when they are busy. I normally get shove to the waiting lounge and that was it).

    Had a Lemon Zinggie and a carrot cake which I absolutely like. The price were reasonable and the atmosphere was definitely worth paying for.

    Definitely a place I would recommend for Tea!

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