Festive Dinner at Teatime Collective

I’ve been deeply ashamed for a long time now that I haven’t yet reviewed the lovely Teatime Collective on my blog. It’s the best place to go for burgers, sandwiches and ice cream in Manchester and it’s only a 10 minute cycle from my house. It’s one of my favourite places to be. Oh and it’s now 100% vegan!

During the day, Teatime is a cafe and ice cream parlour. The menu consists of a decent range of breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers and some tasty daily specials. My favourites are The Big Cheesy burger, The Crunchy Cajun Chick’n baguette and pretty much all of the ever changing cake and ice cream flavours. There is also a kids menu and the cafe is located right next to Hulme park, so it’s super family friendly.

The cafe and kitchen itself are teeny tiny with only a few seats available, but just alongside it is a shipping container with enough seats for around 15-20 people. Don’t be alarmed by the idea of shipping container, it’s nicely decorated inside and there’s a heater inside which keeps it toasty in the winter. During the warmer months there is also outside seating, I love hanging out at Teatime in the summer, it’s really chilled out.

But, Teatime isn’t just a cafe, they do a lot of catering so can be spotted at festivals and vegan fairs. I’ve called on them to cater a work Christmas Party and recommended to friends in dire need of birthday cakes at short notice. When my friend had that awful afternoon tea experience at Richmond Tea Rooms for her baby shower back in May, Teatime was there to put on the most amazing spread for us, despite the fact that they had never done an afternoon tea before. I was amazed.

Just look at that. Beautiful.

Teatime don’t open in the evenings but they do offer an evening set menu for groups of 8+ for special occasions. My favourite time of year to organise a group get together is Christmas and dates go quick, so I’m usually first in line to book up an evening there. I’ve not posted anything festive on here yet so I thought a review of my Teatime Christmas meal is in order.

The Christmas Menu this year was

Starters

Salt and Pepper Tofu

Charred Baby Gem Lettuce
with Potato Gnocchi, Artichokes, Pea Puree and Mustard Dressing

Cheese and Walnut Ravioli 
with Leek Sauce

Mains

Christmas Dinner
Chicken and Butterbean Pot Pie or Beef Wellington. Roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, pigs in blankets, stuffing, greens and gravy

Seitan Steak
with mushroom and chestnut ragu, hazelnut mash and cabbage

Mushroom Bolognese stuffed Conchiglioni
baked in garlic cream and topped with cheese

Desserts

Sticky Toffee Pudding
topped with honeycomb and served with vanilla ice cream
Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte
with truffles and hazelnut ice cream
Strawberry Shortbread
strawberry sorbet with shortbread, brioche, meringue, strawberry jelly and white chocolate truffle
2 courses for £16 or 3 courses for £20
This menu is a bargain and the portions are huge. They can also be adapted if you give enough notice, I have a friend who doesn’t really like fake meats or cheeses, so she just had a vegetable and butterbean pot pie.
It was a hard choice but I went for the following
Salt and Pepper Tofu
Christmas Dinner with the Pot Pie
Sticky Toffee Pudding
…and Strawberry Shortbread to take away! Don’t judge me!!
All four choices were flipping delicious. I loved the tofu and the sticky toffee pudding especially and it was amazing to have vegan meringue. I was absolutely stuffed by the time the meal was over. The portions are huge!
I’ve had the seitan steak, the wellington and the chocolate torte in previous years and they’re all really good as well. I also managed to have a bite of my partners ravioli this time round and it was so delicious, I would have had starter envy but I really really loved that tofu.
The other bonus for those who drink is that you can bring your own booze and there’s no corkage charge. I don’t drink but my friends do and it’s always nice that they can bring some wine to share round.
If you’re based in Manchester and haven’t been…what’s wrong with you?! If you’re not from round these parts then bloody well plan a visit and add Teatime Collective to your top places to visit. The food is great and prices are super reasonable. Don’t miss out!
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