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Manchester City Art Gallery Cafe

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Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, England
10:00 - 17:00
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All hours
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Now thats what I call art. Great pieces of work throughout the venue. Interactive piece for variety, well structured throughout. The sheer size of some of the paintings is amazing and takes your breath away. And then you take into account the age of some of them.. Its just amazing. You could spend a whole day here if you had... More 

Thank darren c
Manchester, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I didn't go to this cafe. I am only posting this review as I can't delete it. I started the review in error and now can't delete it. I have contacted TripAdvisor three separate times to ask them to delete it for me but they ignored my requests. So here is a dummy review which I don't want to post.

1 Thank TheRelfster
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We enjoyed drinks on seperate occasuons over 2 days and both the cheese and fruit scones. The scones were perfect - fresh and soft. Service fine - although when busy at lunch time not keeping all the tables clean

Thank 703jjjj1
Durham, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

I love the Manchester Art Gallery but on this occasion our lunch in their cafe was a bit of a disaster. At 1230 we decided to have an early lunch and I was astonished to be told that they had already run out of one of their special lines of sandwiches. Apparently they only make four a day and couldn't... More 

1 Thank J_Jarndyce
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168 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

We visit this restaurant several times a year. They keep re-hashing the caterer and layout, not always to good effect. The last time we visited, they were ten minutes late opening for lunch, a not unusual occurrence in dozey Manchester. Service is variable, sometimes brusque and offhand, but usually OK. The food is generally of good quality, though choices are... More 

1 Thank RossManchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Very disappointed, having been coming here for 30 years. Cafe seems to be 'under new management'. Officious member of staff told us off for queuing in the wrong direction when there was only one other customer, currently paying. Instead of what used to be a scone with jam and clotted cream - for £2.75 only a stale scone and butter... More 

1 Thank Nozzle
Merseyside, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

A lovely place to sit and relax but the coffees are a little pricey and small is small! My tip if budget is a concern ...... share a pot of tea between two as that is quite large. However considering the Art Gallery is free I guess the cost of a drinks and food could be a kind of donation.

Thank Jake-from-Liverpool
Cortona, Italy
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Good exhibitions, lovely cafe and good shop. Charming staff and free! We particularly enjoyed the Dutch gallery and the Pre-Raphaelites

Thank TinaBain
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484 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is a handy central location in town, OK when its quiet, though can be expectedly noisy during school hols.

Thank Nimitta
Atlanta USA
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304 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

The soup was tasty and hot, but why charge £2.50 for a small bottle of water? That's such a rip off. There's plenty of seating but it is chilly so keep your coat on! Nice to look after lunch at the gallery too - but I will go eat somewhere else next time!

Thank Expattraveler100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester

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