cafe in the trees

Locally Sourced × crafted with love


Located within the beautiful surroundings of Manchester's the Whitworth, we are purveyors of honest, quality food using the finest seasonal produce.

The Modern Caterer established 2005 at The Whitworth by award winning chef Peter Booth has been serving both quality seasonal food to Mancunians and the international community alike! 

The cafe's elegant glass and stainless steel interior, designed by the award-winning MUMA, is a highlight of the gallery. With floor to ceiling windows, this is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather.



(0161) 275 7497


the Whitworth
Oxford Road
Manchester, M15 6ER


M-W 9am–5pm
Th 9am-9pm
F-S 9am-5pm
Su 10am-5pm




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Thursday lates

Ever-changing seasonal small plates

are available every Thursday

from 5.30 - 9pm.

4 small plates & a bottle of house wine





S M A L L  P L A T E S

Spiced Turkey Patties, Carrot & Tahini Puree, Pomegranates  £8

Roasted Butternut Squash, Borlotti Beans, Pecarino, Almonds (VG) (GF)  £8

Arancini, Shropshire Blue Cheese Dressing (V)  £7

Cous Cous, Split Peas, Chai Seeds, Orange Blossom, Harissa (VG)  £8

Marinated Beetroot, Fig Compote, Goat’s Curd, Walnuts (V)  £8


S I D E  D I S H E S - £3.50

Hand Cut Chips & Harissa Mayonnaise

House Marinated Olives

Red Cabbage & Current Slaw

Trove Organic Bread & Butter

Green Salad


D E S S E R T S -  £5

Warm Chocolate Brownie,

Vanilla Ice Cream Local Cheeses,

Apple Chutney,

Trove Organic Bread Warm Spiced Strudel,

Vanilla Ice Cream


*this is an ever changing menu For bookings or enquiries about the menu

on the day contact


or call the cafe directly 0161 275 7497


If you're interested in hiring the venue, please contact

Leanne at http//

Download our latest 'sample' menu here.



Locally Sourced

We recognise that sustainability has a direct impact on our business and therefore we carefully assess our suppliers’ ability to provide consistently high quality produce for the long term. Our vision for quality, locally sourced produce requires a supply base to match. We are proud to source produce from the following suppliers.

The Trove Bakery

Frost & Sons

New Smithfield Market

Out of the Blue


crafted with love


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Past events

 Available 1pm-4pm on Sunday, 11th of March.  Booking is essential - contact   or call the cafe directly 0161 275 7497 

Available 1pm-4pm on Sunday, 11th of March.

Booking is essential - contact

or call the cafe directly 0161 275 7497 

warhol supperclub

Video by Rafael Amorim

Andy Warhol once said: "No matter what changes or how fast, the one thing we all always need is real good food so we can know what the changes are and how fast they’re coming."

We're inclined to agree, and what better way to embrace Warhol's philosophy than the Andy Warhol inspired dinner at Whitworth Art Gallery.

This event was organised by Modern Caterer and set in the gallery's stunning glass-walled restaurant Cafe in the Trees, the three-course meal was inspired by the work of the artist, which diners could see in the major new exhibition of Warhol’s work at the Whitworth


25 October, 2017.

organised by Action Against Hunger charity and Polite Company. 

Four of the country's greatest chefs created a course for this one of a kind dining experience - Phil Howard, Paul Heathcote, Michael Wignall, and Lisa Goodwin-Allen. Accompanied by Champagne Taittinger and signature Sipsmith cocktails, fine wine, and even finer art, this was an evening not to be missed.Donations went twice as far because the UK Government doubled the ticket donations made for this event. The support helped to provide mums and kids in Senegal with the nutrition and support they need to be healthy as part of our Healthy Mums Healthy Kids appeal.For more information about this project visit




10% Discount to all

NHS Staff

Also available for outside catering please contact us for a quote for your event

contact or call the cafe directly 0161 275 7497

please bring your staff ID on the day -  click here for more discounts for the brilliant NHS Staff


We offer reservations for parties of 6 or more.

For any enquiries, please contact

If you're interested in hiring the venue, please contact Leanne at



The University of Manchester

Oxford Road


M15 6ER

Getting Here

The Whitworth is a walk, bike ride or bus journey from Manchester city centre, and close to Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester campus of which we are a part.

We are located in an area that’s home to two universities – and the largest academic campus in the country - numerous cultural institutions, four NHS hospitals and the beautiful Whitworth Park we call home.

The gallery is on a major bus route and easily reached via public transport, or on foot or bicycle:

Walk: 20-30min from Manchester city centre. Flat paved route, not traffic-free

BikeSheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery

Bus15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147. Ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road

Tram: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot) 

Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot)

Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street.


The gallery is fully accessible, with new and improved facilities for all of our visitors.


Denmark Road: is directly adjacent to the gallery, which has step-free access to both our Park Side and Oxford Road entrances. There are a total of 5 disabled bays, 9 spaces for car/bus drop-off and 7 double yellow line areas, which can be used by blue badge holders. 

Park Side Entrance: Our 3 gallery designated disabled bays are directly beside our park entrance along Denmark road. There is a short step-free path from our park gates that will lead you to our entrance. 

Oxford Road Entrance: There are an additional 2 disabled bays further along on Denmark Road for the surrounding buildings. If using these you can enter through our main gates (across the bike paths) and up shallow gradient ramps leading to our automatic doors, which open inwards. 

If you need any assistance when arriving, please contact our Visitor Team on 0161 275 7450 who are happy to help.