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“Unexpectedly good gallery cafe.”
Review of The Modern Caterer

The Modern Caterer
Ranked #1,242 of 2,261 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
London, United Kingdom
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365 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,366 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly good gallery cafe.”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

This place really ranks as a near perfect place to lunch or snack while out wandering through a gallery. As good as anywhere as I have eaten in such surroundings and easily on a par with the basement Whistler in the Tate Britain or the Portrait on top of the NPG. Smaller and a little bit squashed in but spilling into the foyer and outside on fine days. Fresh tasty imaginative and excellently presented food and drink. Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2012
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Manchester
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“Delicious, locally sourced food. Good for special treat on a day out.”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

Despite only being a cafe, the quality of food here is outstanding. There is a huge menu, providing sufficient variety to please most tastes.

With the cheapest lunchtime sandwiches/dishes starting around £6, and some larger dishes edging towards £10, this is certainly one to visit for a treat as part of a day out rather than every lunchtime. There is value to be found however in the quality of the food, but the size of portions is adequate, not generous.

The surroundings are a little cramped, with the whole cafe, kitchen and all, squished into a tiny corner of the gallery. Depending on your style this leads to an experience that is either 'intimate' or 'squashed'. Fortunately there is overspill seating in the gallery foyer, which makes for quite an interesting setting. For the warmer days we are due there is also ample seating outside.

Certainly worth a treat if you're visiting the gallery, and worth a consideration if you're in the wider area looking for a nice lunch.

  • Visited June 2012
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16 Thank Annawaltzerpose
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Delicious food”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

The food here is really excellent, created with care using quality ingredients, a world apart from the standard fare at many galleries. Creative vegetarian options and sumptious brownies! We enjoy the food so much it definitely encourages us to visit the gallery more often!

  • Visited April 2012
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17 Thank FuturaMama
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United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
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“Remarkably good catering in delightful small gallery.”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

Way above the standard we expected when we decided to eat her after a couple of hours in this very good small gallery. Very fresh well executed meals quickly and politely served. Subtle and tasty combinations as well as a good twist on some standards. Highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2011
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23 Thank Boadscreed
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Too small and cramped for purpose”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

This place has great potential and I have had good meals (snacks) here in the past,but the kitchen is tiny and the layout of the cafe itself isn't great. There isn't a single inside table that isn't on a route to somewhere and the overspill tables in the Foyer tend to be chilly whatever the time of year. The coffee's good, though!

  • Visited February 2012
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9 Thank Tangerine26
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