Things sure have changed since my last visit to the Victoria and Albert Marriott in Manchester. Don't get me wrong, we had a pleasant experience last time, but I had suggested a few areas for improvement. Just before Christmas, they got in contact and asked me to come back to sample their new menu.
Perched on the banks of the River Irwell, there's something distinctly industrial about the setting for this afternoon tea, and I think their new offering reflects this urban feel. With so much competition in the city centre, a large hotel like the Marriott really needs something unique in order to pull in the crowds. That they have done.