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Lift closure

The museum’s main lift will be closed for necessary maintenance from Tues 28 May to Mon 3 June 2024, affecting lift access to Gallery Two.

Our smaller lift allows access to Gallery One.

Find out more about access at PHM

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

Take a break from exploring with a sustainable, ethical, and delicious food experience at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar; offering breakfast, lunch and drinks to grab and go, or sit in and enjoy.

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Please note the cafe will be closed on Tues 4 June 2024

The cafe will be open as usual on Wed 5 June 2024, following necessary maintenance.

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Opening times

  • Mon to Fri, 8.00am to 4.00pm
  • Sat & Sun, 10.00am to 4.00pm


Hot food served until 3.30pm.

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Find out more about Open Kitchen’s sustainable, ethical and delicious food offering:


For bookings please call 07707 974 774 or email:

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Ideas worth supporting

Be part of a food revolution at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar, the first museum cafe & bar in the country that intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste.

Leading the food revolution

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

Open Kitchen logo.Alongside working with a range of food businesses to source perfectly edible food that would otherwise go to waste, Open Kitchen purchases ingredients from a sustainable food chain – local, seasonal, organic, independent, short supply chains and Fairtrade – supporting other ethical businesses and social enterprises, making it the first of its kind in the UK to take this combined approach.

All menus change regularly (sample only menus included below) to follow the seasons, work directly with local producers, and to allow Open Kitchen to incorporate as much beautiful food that would otherwise go to waste as possible into their menus.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options always available.

Sustainable. Ethical. Delicious.


Breakfast butty and coffee at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar.

  • Small and simple bites from £3, bigger breakfasts from £6.00
  • Coffee!  Organic, Fairtrade, shade grown coffee from Bird & Wild.  Served anyway you like, with organic locally sourced milk, or your choice of vegan milk alternative
  • Choose from a selection of hot and cold items to grab and go or sit in and enjoy, including homemade vegan sausage, organic free range egg, or locally sourced Pasture for Life reared bacon and sausage – all served on locally sourced organic toasted sourdough, homemade granola with yogurt and berries, fresh fruit salads, and homemade breakfast bakes

Sample breakfast menu


Lunch at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar.

  • Take away items from £5.50
  • Sit down lunches from £5.00 & heartier dishes for £9.50
  • A range of freshly prepared sandwiches include items like chipotle ‘pulled’ portabello mushrooms with vegan slaw and coriander pesto, crumbly organic Lancashire cheese with homemade sour blackberry chutney, or organic grass-fed Derbyshire pulled lamb with spiced and honey and cumin carrot strips – all served on locally sourced organic sourdough
  • An ever changing range of freshly prepared hot dishes to eat in or take away include butter bean, kale and tomato stew with smoked paprika, served with home fries, organic spiced daal, brown basmati rice and home baked naan, slow cooked Pasture for Life reared shin beef stew, with rosemary salt potatoes and fresh herbs

Sample lunch menu


The riverside terrace at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar.

  • Wine: 100% vegan, supporting organic and biodynamic wineries.  Showcasing some English gems and keeping the rest European to save on carbon miles
  • Beer: we stock beer from Brightside Brewing Company and Blackjack Brewery; both local to Manchester and prioritising ethical and sustainable methods of production.  Our draught beer selection includes a smooth Keller lager and hazy IPA, both from Brightside Brewing Company
  • Cocktails: a classic cocktail menu crafted with sustainable, organic and Fairtrade ingredients including staff favourites Espresso Martini, Wild Elderflower Fizz, and Fatty’s Organic G&T

Sample drinks menu

Family Friendly

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The museum and cafe are Family Friendly throughout, welcoming families of all ages, shapes, and sizes.  Open Kitchen has worked with PHM to develop a Family Friendly offer to ensure the cafe is welcoming and affordable to all families.  There is a child friendly menu that balances healthy with appealing, even for picky youngsters, with their lunchtime menu for kids including £2.50 sandwiches, £3.00 pasta, and £3.50 pizza.

Family Friendly facilities:

  • Breastfeeding welcomeBreastfeeding Friendly Manchester logo.
  • Bottle warmer available
  • Highchairs available
  • Buggy friendly site
  • Baby changing facilities and gender neutral toilets are available – if you get caught short ask for a free emergency nappy!

Sample kids' menu

Venue Hire catering

Hearty helpings at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar.

The Venue Hire catering offer is similar to the cafe’s delicious food offer, with all menus changing regularly to follow the seasons and work directly with local producers:

  • Delegate offers include simple sandwich platters with freshly prepared fillings changing daily, and mixed buffets with grain and vegetable based salads, sandwiches, and sides
  • Hot lunches include Open Kitchen’s hearty helpings menu; a traditional main meal and street food bites accompanied by a scrumptious side
  • A modern street food menu includes a selection of hot street food dishes with big flavours and tasty accompaniments
  • Tea, freshly brewed coffee, homemade cakes, and even a glass of wine at the end of the day are all available

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Contact Open Kitchen

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Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar
Bridge Street
Manchester M3 3ER

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