The Impossible Edition at The Library curated by Assouline at The Edwardian Manchester
From the moment you arrive at The Edwardian Manchester you know immediately that you are in for something special.
The former home to world renowned orchestra The Hallé, the Free Trade Hall as was, has again been beautifully refurbished with amoungst other things, the introduction of The Library with its Grand Piano, luche lounge area and of course lots of books.
For the next 2 hours, The Library was to be our temporary home from home and what a happy experience it turned out to be.
Greeted by the gregarious host Gaspare, we were escorted to our prepared corner table and handed the menu (really mean the hard back, multi paged book) by the equally welcoming Kai our server for the day.
All of this was accompanied by the gentle tinkling piano in the corner, courtesy of the talented and friendly Peter Wilson.
Having been presented each with a coupe of prosecco, we settled in to our 'book' to choose what was to follow.
Choices made, and shortly after, a beautifully presented stand arrived, showcasing a selection of sandwiches, scones and fancies (With no eclairs if you remember the classic Ena Sharples line) all with their own unique twist.
With a variety of artisanal sandwiches (vegetarian options available), and homemade scones (no currants just as I like them) accompanied with plenty of jam and clotted cream. However the true stars were the large selection of individual, delicious patisseries which kind of 'finished us off' as we both sat back huffing as a result of over-indulging.
The remaining cakes were boxed and refrigerated to take home and enjoy at a later point.
A pair of cocktails duly arrived to end our afternoon of delight
'A View From 5th Ave' (Gin Mare, blue curacao based) and 'Her Majesty's Choice' (Moët & Chandon, Earl grey syrup and Dubonnet Rouge) both were quaffed and highly recommended…
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