Experience: Afternoon Tea at MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Birmingham

by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour

Afternoon Tea at MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill

Taking the lift to the 25th floor of The Cube in Birmingham always feels like an upscale experience, the majority of people there are treating others or themselves to celebrate something. I’ve had breakfast here previously, at the invite of the management, as part of a hotel stay earlier this year. This is Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill Birmingham and this time I’m invited for afternoon tea.

The Cube in Birmingham photo by Dave Massey
The Cube in Birmingham photo by Dave Massey

I’m here for a brand new menu, “Gin and Tea” which is made with Beefeater Pink Gin, I’m not a Gin person but I can already hear the Gin elite in Birmingham bemoaning the usage of Beefeater rather than their preferred independent Gin.

The views are amazing on a sunny day and being able to see for miles isn’t a huge guarantee but it is one of the things that makes this venue special.

Friday 1.15pm

My plus one Sarah, and I are swiftly seated and there are already pairs of people around enjoying afternoon tea, which is served from 12pm-5pm.

Beefeater Pink Gin and Tonic photo by Dave Massey
Beefeater Pink Gin and Tonic photo by Dave Massey

The menu is brought over to us and we are offered told we can have things in pretty much any order we fancy, we choose our Beefeater Pink Gin and Tonic first, (I have mine with Lemonade as I don’t drink Tonic at all) huge glasses appear with the Gin, tonic and strawberries.

We are then presented with our three tier afternoon tea, cakes at the top, scones in the middle and sandwiches at the bottom, our chosen order is to work our way up.

Sandwiches photo by Dave Massey
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The sandwiches are fairly traditional, Ham and Tomato, Egg and Mayo, Coronation Chicken and Prawns with Marie Rose Sauce with cucumber. Normally I’d expect to see a little more detail in terms of what the ingredients are.

Traditional Afternoon Tea photo by Dave Massey
Traditional Afternoon Tea photo by Dave Massey

It’s at this point we notice that the top two tiers we have been given don’t match what’s on our menu, we have scones with sultanas and strawberry jam, and the top tier has some sort of strawberry in a tall shot glass.

Mild British panic sets in. We call over our lovely waitress and point out the error, which is swiftly corrected.

Our top two tiers are now, Orange and Juniper Scones still with Strawberry Jam (There’s no Gin Jam today as listed on the menu.) and the top tier is Gin and Lime Cupcake, Pink Gin and Raspberry Cheesecake, Lemon and Gin Drizzle Cake, plus a Gin, Chocolate and Cranberry Ganache.

A selection of gin inspired cakes photo by Dave Massey
A selection of gin inspired cakes photo by Dave Massey

The new scones are warm and taste great with the strawberry jam and cream, (CREAM FIRST, sorry Cornwall), for me my favourite cake was the Cheesecake, and then the Lemon and Gin Drizzle Cake.

We then round off our experience with a nice cup of tea! or two!

At £24.99pp this might seem a little more costly than some other afternoon teas, but experience, location, views and service more than make it worth while.


This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill Birmingham at the invite of the management.

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