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The Modern Caterer

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Whitworth Art Gallery Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, England
+44 161 275 7497
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Ramsbottom, England, United Kingdom
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777 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice glass sided cafe overlooking the park and gallery gardens . Daily menu plus an amazing selection of delicious cakes all at sensible prices

Thank Alan W
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Eaten here a few times now and have enjoyed each meal. Good quality wholesome soup, sandwiches, salads, cakes and soya hot chocolate. The queue ordering at the counter is slow but the service is friendly.

Thank juliethetraveller123
Level Contributor
31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The Whitworth Gallery is an amazing space, and the cafe is a worthy addition. We only stopped by for tea and coffee as the kitchen was closing, so can't comment on the full menu. Maybe because there was a large and quite noisy party of parents and toddlers, the staff seemed a bit stressed out - not sure we got... More 

Thank Wharf N
St Helens, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Went to visit the gallery, but it was not to our taste. However the restaurant is an absolute treasure!! We had lunch there in January. The restaurant itself is fully glass sided and even in January was a pleasure to be in. The staff were friendly but informal, just as they should be. The layout of the servicing area was... More 

Thank steve1211957
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We waited for one hour for two sandwiches, There was clearly a problem in the kitchen but no one told us until we asked (after 45 mins of waiting). After everything, the food (fast food really as we ordered sandwiches) was not that great. It is a shame because the room and views are stunning, but the lunch experience left... More 

Thank Mindelense
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85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

we want a lunch before going round the Whitworth Art Gallery. The cafe is very modern Imagine a glass walled pier going into Whitworth Park. There is a good choice of menu; not the cheapest, but the quality of the food is excellent, and all prepared to order, so expect a bit of a wait. My wife had a combination... More 

Thank Roonmeisters
Sevenoaks, Kent
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is an unexpected find, in the Art Gallery of the University, but it is a really lovely venue. As we visited in the summer, the surrounding park/gardens were in hibernation, but it must be really beautiful in the summer, so long as the totally glazed design does not get too hot. The food was delicious and well-priced, but certainly... More 

Thank johnbrig
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I love the cafe at the Whitworth gallery ("The Modern Caterer"). The gallery is great, and the cafe is in this amazing all-window glass hall surrounded by trees in Whitworth park. Perhaps the most beautiful and peaceful public space in Manchester. I work at the university just up the road and come here about once a week, either for lunch... More 

Thank edbP7140FG
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The Whitworth Cafe has one of the best settings in Manchester. Amazing architecture and amazing food to match. Was really pleased with my meal. Had a market salad which was very hearty and incredibly tasty. The service was great too.

Thank Netty8888
Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Had a late breakfast here on a Sunday and the pancakes were fantastic! The coffee was a quite weak however, but overall a nice breakfast and a lovely view across the park

Thank Francesca2267

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Whitworth Art Gallery Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 275 7497

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