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How sweet it is at Mr Scruff’s Teacup Kitchen, Manchester

We spent a weekend in Manchester recently (yay for being close to everything in the north now!) and I noticed that there are so many lovely tea shops in the city. One caught my eye though – Teacup Kitchen. It’s owned by music producer and artist, Mr Scruff. And it’s bloody lovely.

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We’d spent the morning sightseeing in the freezing cold, so it was just the right time to spend a couple of hours with a cuppa and some grub. I wasn’t expecting Teacup Kitchen to be as big as it actually is, and certainly not as homely.

It’s such a popular place but we were seated as soon as we arrived. The menu is full of delicious stuff, like eggs benedict and sourdough toast, pork and fig sandwich, northern fettle pie, cream teas, and enough cake to last forever. Our waitress was lovely too, offering her recommendations from the menu and explaining how their teas are steeped.

While we were waiting for our brunch I had a little nose around at what other people had ordered. Some had the most delicious looking breakfasts, and others had indulged their sweet tooth with rainbow cake and lattes.

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Simon went for poached eggs on sourdough toast, and I finally decided on a ‘giant scone’ with jam and cream. Giant it certainly was – and heart-shaped too!

My peppermint tea came with a proper sand timer (3, 4 and 5 minutes) and a jug to pour the steeped tea in so it was the perfect flavour for our whole visit.

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Simon’s eggs looked so delicious I was really tempted to annoy him and ask for a taste, but my scone was so massive it kept me busy for the best part of an hour!

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I wish we could have stayed a bit longer and sampled a few more slices of cake, but we had so little time left in Manchester already it was only a pit stop. Next time we’re in the city, we’ll definitely go back for more tea and cake. And if you find yourself near Teacup Kitchen soon, you must pop in for a scone.

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Charley is a professional copywriter and tea-lover currently living in Leeds. She writes about city living and city travel (with a few cats thrown in).