SquareMeal Review of
Gallery Café Manchester
Acclaimed former Aumbry chef Mary-Ellen McTague has revamped Manchester Art Gallery’s café, creating a selection of updated classic café dishes with a nod to Mancunian culinary heritage. The 100-cover space is warm and welcoming, offering table service and outside seating in front of the famous gallery. Everything is made in-house, and the daily changing menu lists neat seasonal dishes such as wood-pigeon breast with broad beans and lemon balm, or cured mackerel with peas in the pod. Lighter options include salads, sandwiches on Pollen Bakery sourdough and savoury tarts, alongside gloriously grown-up versions of the classic Breville toastie; we especially enjoyed fillings of tender home-cured salt beef with pickles and Old Winchester cheese, and melting Tunworth cheese with spring onion and heady truffle. Cakes are worth their calories too – try the rich, bittersweet chocolate cake made with stout. Parents will appreciate the children’s menu, created in partnership with Real Junk Food Manchester, which provides meals on a pay-as-you-feel basis. In all, enticing modern food in a delightful setting.