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 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.

Do you know that the gallery café is the oldest of its kind in the world? It was established in 1887.

In the early 20th century it became famous for its afternoon tea (which is still very popular today) and attracted prominent artists, writers and intellectuals. It was a regular meeting place for members of the Manchester Literary Club, like Elizabeth Gaskell and Anthony Burgess.

All of our profits are reinvested into the gallery and its work within the Manchester community and beyond. That means every cup of coffee or slice of cake you purchase from us helps to make a positive impact on our city.

And speaking of positive impacts, we make a concerted effort to offer environmentally, socially and ethically sustainable products whenever possible. From B-Corp spirits to Fairtrade coffee and beer made from leftover bread, we’re always striving to do better and be better.

Banana and Coconut loaf

Take a look at our 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.