Cocoa Cabana Afternoon Tea

Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATSAfternoon tea: a concept that I’m all over in theory, but the reality is often very different. So when I offered to take my sister as a birthday treat, along with our nieces, we decided to try chocolatier Cocoa Cabana hoping that they would break the mould. Thankfully, they did, and it was an afternoon to remember. 

The sun was shining over West Didsbury, so when we arrived a bit early we were happy to sit outside and watch the world go by.

Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

My gorgeous family

Cocoa Cabana is a tiny little independent chocolatiers. The owner trained at Slatterys which, as any northern chocoholic will tell you, means she knows her stuff. The shop a glorious riot of vintage cabinets full of their wares with just two tables and six seats. Six seats has to be the definition of cosy! But it means that service is impeccable.Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

Tea and coffee are included with the afternoon tea, but we were all seduced by the vast hot chocolate menu. The others started with milk chocolate orange, and it’s safe to say they were a success. I had a little sip for research purposes and it was smooth and creamy.

The afternoon tea

Sandwiches, oft an afterthought of afternoon tea, were served on super fresh soft bread. Ham and mustard, egg (I don’t do egg sandwiches but this wasn’t the smelly nightmare of packaged sarnies, it was another level) and cheese and pickle. Simple but perfectly executed.Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

Full size scones, light and fluffy, came served with clotted cream and, brace yourselves, salted caramel sauce. Yes dear reader, someone has taken the quintessential scone and made it better! Flipping heck it was good. And staff were happy to oblige with jam for my niece too.

Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

Salted caramel scones- just look at that!

Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

The salted caramel sauce was also suggested as a drizzle for the gooey little brownies which my family said were ‘nearly as good’ as mine. I think they were being polite so as not to hurt my feelings!

Delicate chocolate filled tarts each had a different topping. Mine had marbled choc drops, though I fancies the orange one too. But you snooze you lose in my family!Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

A bit sized chocolate cup was filled with a white chocolate and rose ganache and topped with a raspberry. We all agreed it was better than Frys Turkish delight! Then there were macarons (mmm, pistachio) and a bite sized patisserie (I went for a pistachio layer thingy which was a cloud).

The dark caramel hot chocolate I went for half way through was probably the reason that I had to take some of my treats home with me. It was worth it though!Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

Maybe the caramel hot chocolate was a case of eyes bigger than belly…

We couldn’t leave without a bit of shopping. The girls went for chocolate unicorns (*eye roll*) made in house, and I had to take the haggis spiced bar from Chocolate Tree…I’ve not tried it yet but I will report back.Cocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATSCocoa Cabana afternoon tea // SHE EATS

Cocoa Cabana has restored my faith in afternoon tea. I’d take you all with me but you’ll have to form an orderly queue!

SHE LOVES: bite sized treats, doggy bags.

Cocoa Cabana. 128 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester. M20 2JQ

Chocolate afternoon tea // Cocoa Cabana Manchester // She Eats

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Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes. A foodie with exceptional taste! Always looking for the best food and drink producers from far and wide. Chocolate brownie queen. Judge: International Cheese Awards. Cheese fiend! Travel lover. What better way to discover new food, than to travel to it. Massive fan of The Archers. Crazy cat lady and proud. NW England / Manchester / UK Twitter & Insta: She_Eats_Blog Facebook: SheEatsBlog

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