Manchester Art Gallery's new concept in partnership with Mary-Ellen McTague

Manchester Art Gallery welcomes acclaimed former Aumbry chef, Mary-Ellen McTague, to refresh The Gallery Café.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated 3 December 2018

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Manchester Art Gallery welcomes acclaimed former Aumbry chef, Mary-Ellen McTague, to refresh The Gallery Café.

There you enjoy great quality British food in a welcoming setting with a menu featuring updated traditional and classic café dishes, with a focus on our Mancunian culinary heritage. Cakes, pastries, homemade sourdough, soups, sandwiches, salads, cheese boards and braises will feature on the menu.

The cafe offers 100 covers, table service, and outside seating in front of the gallery as well as special late night dining on Thursdays.

Award-winning chef, Mary-Ellen McTague, best known for her Aumbry success, as well as working in Michelin-starred kitchens and on collaborations such as The Real Junk Food Project, is helping to develop the new and exciting concept for the café at the city centre’s main gallery.

Mary-Ellen McTague, said: “The café is in one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Manchester, right at the heart of the city. Our aim is to create something for all to enjoy; we want to see people coming into our cafe whether or not they are visiting the gallery, because they can count on the quality of the food and drink and a warm welcome”

We’ll be cooking classic dishes such as quiche and Welsh Rarebit; griddle scones, Chelsea Buns, lardy cake and crumpets; and reviving the Breville toastie”

The food will be locally sourced where possible, with the milk, eggs and butter coming from nearby farms in Cheshire and Lancashire, and the flour from Yorkshire.

A Victorian kitchen garden located at the front of the gallery, created in collaboration with Lucy Marshall of Lumen Landscapes, will provide some of the produce for the kitchen. Everything will be made in-house, including the bread and cured meats.

The new drinks menu, to include wine, beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks, has been thoughtfully put together using local producers and suppliers, offering the same quality, interest and emphasis on sustainability as the rest of the menu.

The children’s menu will be created in partnership with Real Junk Food Manchester, to offer children’s meals on a pay as you feel basis. Real Junk Food Manchester is a not for profit community interest company, they source perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste and cook it up into meals, with a focus on health and nutrition.

Manchester Art Gallery showcases a mix of old and new art, craft, design, fashion, photography and more, all designed to inspire, educate and entertain, whilst remaining open, accessible and relevant to all visitors. The new Gallery Café will incorporate more of the wonderful collections on display, taking inspiration from the creative atmosphere of The Gallery itself, whilst remaining welcoming to all.

The café will be open from 10am to 5pm daily, and late night Thursdays until 9pm.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
0161 235 8888