The 1930’s Plaza stands in the heart of Stockport, Greater Manchester. We visited the Plaza back in April and I’d never forgive myself if I neglected to share this beautiful experience with you, so here it is better late than never! The Plaza first opened its doors to the public on 7th October 1932. With its classic 1930’s architecture The Plaza is now a Grade II listed building. In March 2009, the volunteers of Stockport Plaza embarked on an ambitious restoration of The Plaza to its original 1930’s glory. You can see the level of detail in the interior design typical of the late 1920’s when the plans for the Plaza were originally unveiled.
We went for afternoon tea at The Cafe Lounge. The Cafe Lounge is on the first floor, the Cafe atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The first thing I noticed about the menu is the price, being a fan of afternoon tea and living in Mayfair, London for the past couple of years it’s easy to become accustomed to paying over the odds for a traditional English afternoon tea ‘experience’, with tea at The Wolseley on Piccadilly averaging at around £40.
The Stockport Plaza Cafe Lounge boasts an array of Light Lunches and a selection of Afternoon Teas that won’t leve you broke.
We opted for the Ladies Tea priced at £7.00 which included a pot of Miss Grey tea, dainty cut cheese, ham, tuna, beef or egg mayonnaise sandwiches and sultana scone served with preserve and rich clotted cream. The tea was fabulous, the scones were freshly baked and the finger sandwiches tasted light and fresh. Our lovely waitresses (that remind me of my Aunty) was straight out of a Carry On film with her comedy timing, she had pretty great handwriting too.
In the heart of The Plaza is the theatre restored to 1930’s perfection. The Variety theatre shows regular musical and theatre events. You can visit for one of their traditional Organ Concert Coffee mornings featuring the Mighty Compton Organ with beverages on sale and stalls fundraising for the ongoing Maintenance and Restoration appeal of Stockport’s 1932 Art Deco Super Cinema and Variety Theatre or see a rerun of an original film from the 1950’s. The Cafe Lounge will also play host to an evening of Jazz on June 9th. The theatre program is varied with live music, classic films and theatre performances. The prices are reasonable and the setting is spectacular.The Plaza is a real gem of Northern England and needs support to continue with the ongoing maintenance of such a magnificent building. If you’re in the area I would highly recommend a trip to The Plaza, it’s an experience not to be missed. For the latest show listing visit The Plaza Website.
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