Come rain or shine, you can always head to the clouds for a taste of glorious summer. This type of trip doesn’t require a plane or a beanstalk either, just a lift to summery heaven.
Cloud 23, housed in Manchester’s infamous skyscraper, Beetham Tower, has launched its ‘Best of British Collection’ that will leave guests beaming as brightly as the sun, with a true appreciation of the great British summertime and associated produce.
Enjoy a ‘Best of British Afternoon Tea’ – a delicious selection of seasonal summer ingredients served on a mini picnic bench, carved especially for the occasion by a local carpenter.
Sweet treats include chocolate dipped strawberries, baked custard tart, chocolate brownie cupcakes, summer inspired trifle with strawberries and blueberries, in addition to warm scones with classic strawberry jam and Dorset clotted cream, of course!
The savoury selection includes; cucumber and cream cheese sandwich, cucumber and cheddar sandwich, open cob prawn mayonnaise, warm mushroom baked quiche and cured ham sandwich on farmhouse white bread.
The afternoon tea is accompanied by a refreshing ‘Sapphire and Saucer’ cocktail, which mixes Bombay Sapphire Gin, raspberries, lemon juice, and mint and elderflower, in a flurry of summer flavours, which are served in an antique style cup and saucer.
For the evening, Cloud 23’s ‘Summer Picnic Basket’ encapsulates the perfect midsummer night’s treat.
Savoury picnic bites include; cucumber and cream cheese sandwich, open prawn mayonnaise cob, cucumber and cheddar sandwich, cured ham sandwich on farmhouse white bread, a wedge of stilton and Lancashire cheese, a selection of salad items, braised beef Scotch egg and of course, traditional pork pie.
Sweet items include rich chocolate dipped strawberries, baked custard tart and warm scones with classic strawberry jam and Dorset clotted cream.
To add a fancy twist to this delicious picnic collection, the basket will be accompanied with a small bottle of Perrier-Jouet Champagne.
No summer would be complete without a garden party or evening soiree. Thursday nights will see Cloud 23’s Zeus Lounge transformed into ‘Tinker’s Garden,’ where guests can choose a variety of ingredients and shake up their very own bespoke cocktail. Cloud 23’s Mixologists will also be on hand to share tips and tricks of the trade. What’s more, drink promotions and a DJ will also be available to ease you into the weekend. See you there!
Cloud 23’s Summer Picnic is £25.00 per adult, or £18.00 for a non-alcoholic option (sparkling mocktail will be served). It’s available every day from 11.30am-5.30pm, until August 31 2015.
The Best of British Afternoon Tea is £38.00 per adult and £15.00 per child (11 and under). It’s available from 6pm-midnight every day until August 31 2015.
Thursday’s ‘Tinkers Garden,’ DJ and drinks promotions are available every Thursday until August 31 2015.