rosylee tearoom, manchester
with all the great press newcomer rosylee has been getting, i just had to try it out.
situated on stevenson square, it’s an easy find – just look for the sophisticated white exterior. a great contrast to the bus lanes and traffic outside.
a massive leap away from the bare brick and rolled up jeans of the rest of the northern quarter, rosylee is all about the black & white chequered floor, simple table decorations, and a man playing the piano.
we visited on a saturday afternoon for tea and cake, and indulgence we don’t have too often as we’ve usually stuffed our faces with copious amounts of bbq. however, on this occasion we thought we deserved a treat.
we were seated quickly at the table of our choice and given the lunch menus. having already eaten somewhere else, we spent about 10 minutes trying to get someone’s attention to ask for the cake menu as opposed to the mains. the waitress gladly got it for us and left us to it.
then began the waiting game. it’s quite easy to decide what you want here as there isn’t a huge amount of choice – treats like manchester tart, victoria sponge, or a fruit tartlet, all obviously made with due care and attention – so we were ready quickly.
noone came to our table for at least 15-20 minutes, not even to ask for drinks or check if we were okay, and we eventually had to flag someone down. there are plenty of waiters and waitresses around the place, so why were we left on the side? i came to the conclusion that we were sat in some kind of blind spot, or they were simply so focused on the lunch rush that tea and cake wasn’t important.
i tucked into the rosylee chocolate eclairs; for £3.75, getting two made me feel like i was getting much better value. the cream was delicately piped and had a real kick of vanilla. the only issue was how to eat it without drawing attention to myself i.e. i usually just shove them in my face.
there are some creases in service that need ironing out before i can agree with the other reviews out there; having a great look is one thing, but it can only get you so far.