The Gallery Café

The Gallery Café opening times

Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (last orders at 4.30pm) 

We look forward to welcoming you to The Gallery Café, where the food, cakes and bakes have been made fresh for you on site by our in house team of bakers.

Our café menu is inspired by the Winter Season and the wider availability of exciting fresh produce. Head Chef Adam Leavy and his talented team have produced a range of dishes with the ethos of high-quality British comfort food done in the most sustainable way possible.

A previous semi-finalist on Masterchef the Professionals, we are thrilled to present Adam’s amazing creations at the Gallery Café where the pillars of our business are sustainability, seasonality, local produce, and beautiful food.

From tasty vegan dishes such as Sweet and Sour Jackfruit Koftas with Red Quinoa to Slow Cooked Lamb Casserole with Redcurrant Braised Red Cabbage, the menu is a masterpiece with a variety of dishes to suit all palates.


Sweet and Sour Jackfruit Koftas

Join us for breakfast from 10am to 11:30am and enjoy a full English Breakfast or choose something lighter like a fresh Danish pastry or breakfast muffin with scrambled eggs, along with your choice of tea, coffee, or orange juice.

Lunch is served from 11:30am to 3pm – choose from hot soup, toasties, and skin on chips, to freshly made sandwiches including smoked haddock fishcake with mushy peas and horseradish tartare sauce, and a variety of gorgeous main dishes and daily specials.  Children are catered for too with a range of favourites that even the fussiest eater will enjoy along with a daily selection of fruit to choose from.

Don’t forget to save room for a scone or a slice of cake from the counter display. 

Banana and Coconut loaf

We specialise in tea and have 23 top class teas and herbal infusions from around the world to choose from ranging from English breakfast, Pu-erh, Oolong and Matcha, to spicy winter brews, vitamin packed berry and hibiscus and delicate rosebud infusions. There’s something for everyone!

Our coffee supplier is Manchester’s local Second City Coffee and yes, you can add a cheeky shot to your brew to add a little extra flavour and keep you warm when the weather gets colder!

We also have a pleasing selection of wines and beers for you to enjoy while you are dining with us.

Join us in The Gallery Café and sample our Winter Menu. We’d love to hear what you think!

Take a look at an example menu

Afternoon Tea in the Gallery Café

Come spoil yourself and your loved one with Afternoon Tea in the Gallery Cafe. A perfect treat for any occasion!

What better setting to indulge in an English classic high tea experience? Choose from a wide range of top class, loose leaf teas from around the world, paired with delicious sandwiches, cakes and scones baked fresh on site every day by our in-house chefs.

All our afternoon tea options come with bottomless tea refills, or why not keep the party going and add a glass of fizz?



Prices are per person, classic and vegetarian options available.

£25 pp Afternoon tea

£30 pp Afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco

£40 pp Afternoon tea with a bottle of Prosecco

£55 pp Afternoon tea with a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

*prices based on two people sharing

10% discount for Manchester Art Gallery Friends

Become a Friend and receive a 10% discount in the gallery café and shop.

Our café is open during gallery hours and there are usually tables available throughout the day.

If you have a large group visiting or wish to make arrangements for a special occasion, please do get in touch using the form and we will do our best to accommodate your request.