Situated on the 3rd floor in: House of Fraser, Deansgate, Manchester.
Had I not been given a voucher for Tom’s Champagne Bar, I’m sure I’d still be oblivious to the fact that it’s even there. I’ve been in House of Fraser about five times in the last three years and never even got a whiff of it.
I suppose I should’ve cottoned on really, it’s become the must-have accessory for department stores – Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and BHS (no, I’m just kidding) all have their own Champagne Bars too – who needs coffee, eh?
In a bid to raise awareness, to poke their noses out of their hidey-hole and say hello, Tom’s Champagne Bar have been running a £18 (for two) Champagne Afternoon Tea, that ends in March. “It’s not a money making thing” said one member of staff, “It’s about letting people know we’re here”. Clearly a good idea because by five in the afternoon the tables are all full of couples, old and young, snaffling down sandwiches, cakes, petite fours and scones. All washed down, of course, with a glass of G.H. Cordon Mumm Rouge Champage (I say all, probably just the first sandwich, really). It’s not surprising for that price – it’d cost you that for two glasses of Champagne, usually.
Delicious. Lip smackingly good, actually. With a slice of strawberry on the side, I just wanted to cry happy tears. At £29.95 a bottle (drinks direct) it’s double my usual budget, and I always get a bit overjoyed when I drink lovely, pricey Champagne – especially when I’m not paying full price, or anything for that matter. But, honestly, this is good stuff. It’s sweet, but the kind of sweet that lends itself to lemon cheesecake. Buttery and citrus fuelled and yet smooth, soft and sugary too.
I give it a bloody good: 4/5
Champagne Piggy ©