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Teacup on Thomas Street

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published April 21st 2013
Jam on toast plus tea and coffee will encourage your entry
Yawn and snore, as far as cute and quirky cafes go in the Northern Quarter there isn't one that doesn't have that cosy, 'we have WiFi, yeah we're relaxed come and slob here' message. Interestingly enough the places that seem to give off such vibes are the priciest.

Pretty coffee

Teacup on Thomas Street (formerly known as Cup), is shiny on the outside, but scratch the surface, and you'll reveal what is lacking underneath this overpriced cafe.

It looks pretty on the outside, it has the right amount of quirkiness, and the cakes were all right, but mostly the service was poor and that's what matters. The cafés that keep their customers are the ones where their staff are lovely and the customer service is paramount as a result, because after all you're parting with your hard earned cash to experience a nice cuppa in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tea at Thomas Street Cafe

It was too much – the staff were trying too hard. My boyfriend noted how the waiter walked past five times enquiring whether our (unfinished) drinks were 'okay'.

It's annoying really because I've seen countless reviews of this place saying how great it is, so I thought we'd pop in before our train. Sadly Teacup on Thomas Street really failed us. The tea was okay but my tea strainer was rusty. I thought the suggested idea of pouring the tea from one teapot to another then into my actual teacup was an unnecessary farce that they employed to make it seem more quaint, but it was just an extra thing to 'do' before I could enjoy my cuppa.

Needless to say we won't be returning for either supper or a cuppa.
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Why? Because the tea is drinkable
When: Monday10:00 am – 6:30 pm Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:30 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Phone: 0161 832 3233
Where: Thomas Street - The Northern Qtr
Cost: £8 for a teapot of tea and one coffee
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