Manchester Art Gallery

The great British toastie revival starts here

Chef Mary-Ellen McTague brings a whole new outlook to our café

The great British toastie revival starts here

Good food, made well. The return of the Breville toastie, Bury black pudding, bread and pastries baked on site, Derbyshire oatcakes and Manchester tarts – this summer, we welcome a new chef and a whole new outlook to our café.

Mary-Ellen McTague, best known for her award-winning restaurant, Aumbry, reopens the Gallery Café on 16 June. Expect local producers, a kitchen garden out front and everything made every day, from scratch. It’s a fresh start for us, and good food for you.

Until then, please bear with us while we update and improve the café. Follow developments @MAGallerycafe or speak to a member of our staff.

A new partnership: the gallery and Real Junk Food Manchester

We believe that good food should be available to everyone. We’ll be working with Real Junk Food Manchester in our new café to offer a pay-as-you-feel menu for children – delicious, healthy meals that are affordable for families.

Helping make family visits that bit easier

Why pay as you feel? Manchester Art Gallery is for everyone, a civic space in the heart of the city that’s open to all. But we know that families often struggle with the cost of eating out. By sourcing ingredients from Real Junk Food Manchester we can help make family visits that bit easier.

From 16 June, if you are visiting the café with children you’re welcome to order meals from our children’s menu. Simply pay what you feel at the till or by using the donation box in the kitchen.

Like the idea? Help us deliver pay-as-you-feel meals by making a donation during your next visit. Every penny goes towards supporting this project.

The Real Junk Food Project Manchester is a not-for-profit community interest company.

Please note, while we upgrade our kitchens in  preparation for the new café, the café itself will be closed. The Gallery Café will be open again Friday 16 June.

Gallery Café opening times

New café, from mid-June
10am-5pm Monday-Sunday (until 9pm Thursdays)

Follow developments @MAGallerycafe or speak to a member of staff for more details.