Manchester isn’t short of glorious restaurants and bars, there’s no denying it, so when I heard that there was a new bar in Manchester deemed the most Instagrammable place in the city, I definitely knew I had to pay a visit. The new Sunset Terrace (formerly, Grand Pacific) is Manchester’s latest addition to the ever-popular Spinningfields and was open by the incredible restaurant, Australasia, which it joins with via an indoor corridor. I’ve only eaten at Australasia once before and been in for drinks a couple of times (both celebrating birthdays because I ain’t that much of a baller…) but it is one of those places that you just feel so cool going into, down the glass-enclosed staircase. The food is amazing and the staff are so lovely, so I knew that the Sunset terrace would be up there with their level of perfection.
Jordan and I were very kindly invited down to experience the terrace and their afternoon tea at the start of the month, and luckily, we picked a day where the sun was shining and the awnings were open in all their glory. On the walk up to Sunset, even before we sat down, I was mesmerised by how beautiful they had made the space on the outside, with the name in neon lights and pastel pink benches on either side of the entrance.
Once we walked in, I was in awe of how beautiful it was – white wooden tables, gold cutlery, a floral wall, pastel pink seats, fresh flowers, a pink and white striped floor – it’s as though they’d asked every millennial girl what their ideal setting food setting would be, and made it a reality – it was truly stunning.
We were seated near the entrance and it was already full by the time we got there – we were able to have a quick peep at other people’s tables, and the food looked amazing with a mixture of main courses, desserts and the infamous cocktails.
We were passed the menu and showed the afternoon tea offering, where you can have either the frozen pornstar martini or a glass of Mirabeau Rose to accompany it. I opted for the frozen sunset pornstar (and Jordan had the sunset sangria (fair kumquat liqueur, plum sake, passionfruit, lemon, soda and Rioja) from the regular drinks menu. I love a pornstar martini any day, but mix that with the fact that it was frozen, and this drink was seriously out of this world – plus it was piled high with slushy goodness, and was so refreshing on what turned out to be a rather warm summer’s day.
The afternoon tea was like nothing I had seen before: Firstly, there were two courses – a Japanese inspired one, true to their Asian influence, and a sweet one for afterwards. I’m a big sushi fan, I’d even go so far as to say that Japanese food is up there in my top three cuisines, and I thought the bento box was very original. We were treated to pieces of fresh sushi, dumplings, noodles, battered rice squares and so many other tasty treats, it would be hard to pick a favourite.
After the bento box, we were served the more traditional afternoon tea, which was a selection of mini cakes including their famous chocolate bomb (melted with a caramel sauce) lemon tart and popcorn cheesecake. I love an afternoon tea in general as it’s like dessert tapas for me, and although I’ve had some good ones in the past, they outdid themselves with this. I thought that after the bento box, we might be quite full, but we weren’t over-faced with the sweet course because everything was almost bitesize and so delicious.
As we visited the week after it had opened, you could tell that there was a real buzz about the newest bar on the scene, as people kept coming up to the front desk and asking for a table outside, which unfortunately were all fully booked. A few opted for a drink inside, which was done out just as beautifully with such attention to detail, so it’s definitely worth sticking around if you do fancy a visit one day.
The afternoon tea is priced at £22.50 per person without alcohol, and £27.50 with, which I think is a really reasonable price for the amount of food you get and how tasty the whole thing is, paired with being in such a stunning setting, which can firmly hold the title of the most Instagrammable place in Manchester.
Have you been to the new Sunset Terrace?
Our afternoon tea was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.