Manchester Art Gallery

Gallery Café

Welcome to the Gallery Cafe led by Mary-Ellen McTague, best known for her award-winning restaurant, Aumbry. With food sourced from local producers, a kitchen garden out front and everything made every day, from scratch, it’s a fresh approach from the gallery, and good food for you.

Gallery Café opening times

10am-5pm Monday-Friday (until 9pm Thursdays)
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Monday – Friday 10-11.30am
Saturday and Sunday 10am-11.30am

Follow the café @MAGallerycafe

Sample breakfast menu

Served until 11.30am

Dry cured Ayrshire bacon sandwich, slow roast tomato, homemade ketchup £6

Crispy black pudding or vegan black pudding with fried egg & homemade brown sauce on a homemade English muffin £7

Fried Red House Farm organic eggs on a homemade English muffin (v) £5

Toasted Pollen sourdough with freshly churned butter £2.50
add homemade jam £1, potted cheese £2 or Gallery honey £1

Homemade Derbyshire oatcake with freshly churned butter £3
add homemade jam £1, potted cheese £2 or Gallery honey £1

Porridge with Earl Grey soaked prunes, toasted seeds & Gallery honey £5

Please see also our pastry selection on the counter
All our breakfast sandwiches and toasties can be made on gluten free bread

Sample lunch menu

Freshly made soup (vg) £5
served with Pollen Bakery sourdough bread & whipped butter

Savoury tart served with seasonal garnish (v) £6

Smoked salmon with samphire, horseradish yoghurt & pink peppercorns on rye bread £5

Home cured goat ham with celeriac remoulade, parsley & grilled sourdough £6

Salt baked celeriac salad with barley, goat’s curd & dill (v) £7

Roast Crown Prince squash salad with toasted seeds, sage, radish & sourdough (vg) £6

Venison & heritage carrot stew with juniper dumplings & red cabbage £9

Roast Jerusalem artichokes with pickled mushrooms, crispy kale & hazelnuts (v) £8


Buttered seasonal greens (v) £3

Homemade red cabbage sauerkraut (v) £2.50

Mash (v) £3

Pollen sourdough served with freshly churned butter (v) or rapeseed oil (vg) £2.50 or with beef dripping £3

Real Junk Food Manchester

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

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.

Helping make family visits that bit easier

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.