They say Thursday's the new Friday, and last week was no exception when Manchester's Yelp Elite descended upon vintage tea room Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter for an evening of canapés, cakes and some very delicious drinks served in their finest china.
Sugar Junction's well-sourced teacups became the vessels for 'G and Tea' (a cocktail as named by one Miss Lizzie G of Yelp London) made with Brockmans ten botanical-infused gin, as well as Prosecco and local beers from independent off-license Carringtons of Chorlton. Yelpers munched on finger sandwiches, miniature quiches and savoury tarts, lemon drizzle cake, strawberry cream pies and macaroons from the English Rose Bakery on nearby Oldham Street, and swayed along to the soothing sounds of the tearoom's retro soundtrack while Harrison Edwards took quality snaps.
Before long, Sugar Junction's already ample tearoom was packed out with more than 50 yelpers all keen to get a teacup cocktail and a picnic plate… so much so that they opened up their recently refurbed downstairs area just for the excess, and revellers were spilling out onto the Tib Street pavements to enjoy a seasonally balmy evening.
Alexandra P loved the fact that ''the atmosphere is cosy yet bright and airy; the decor classic-cum-contemporary tearoom, complete with full china teasets sourced from vintage stockists, lovely twee wallpaper, sleek wooden floors and ornate chandeliers.'
'Mrs Z has now become addicted to caramelized onion, pepper and goat cheese tartlets,' Lee Z said of his very happy plus one, 'and I now realise I cannot live without macaroons. Thank you Emma, and thank you people of Sugar Junction!'
'Congratulations Sugar Junction,' Chris M, who switched Elite constituencies from Edinburgh to Manchester for the night, announced… 'you've just made my Grandma cry; you have officially won the award for The Best Lemon Drizzle Cake I have ever eaten – and that's saying something considering… a) I have literally eaten a whole shedload of LDC in my time (you can check my back garden, I still have the shed), and b) one of the other contenders for the trophy was in the room at the time! (sorry Ruth H!)'
And last but not least, we were lucky enough to have sister city Leeds' Community Manager Rowena H on hand to help out – our favourite magpie couldn't resist the tearoom's vintage finery!
Emma-Lou H, Manchester Community Manager