Café at Z

Café Z: delicious home-cooked food, coffee and tea, cakes, sandwiches, snacks and sweeties. Opened in October 2011, the fully accessible Cafe is conveniently situated on the ground floor, along from reception and right next to the main theatre space, perfect to grab an interval ice-cream!

Pop in, say ‘Hi’ and enjoy the best coffee in Hulme in our stunning 105 year old building! See whats on offer from our kitchen; our food is freshly made on premises and changes daily. We have something for everyone, whether that’s a quick coffee to go, a chilled out lunch or a cheeky glass of wine after a hard day at the office.

Opening times May 22nd – 28th

Monday 9.30am – 8.30pm

Tuesday 9.30am – 7pm

Wednesday 9.30am – 8.30pm

Thursday 9.30am – 8.30pm

Friday 9.30am – 10pm

Saturday 9.30am – 10pm (*private function only after 10.30pm)


(Our opening hours change from week to week depending on what’s going on in the building.  Unsure? Give us a call!)

We serve food from 12 noon until 2pm every day, and buffets/parties outside of these times by prior arrangement. Saturdays and Mondays we do a light breakfast of toast, bagels, grumpets, fruit, yoghurt, granola, cereal etc etc from 9.30am-11am. Mondays are Meat-free in the cafe!

If you miss lunch, we have a range of sandwiches made freshly every day for you to grab straight from the fridge, as well as a range of other snacks, fresh fruit and fabulous cakes from the talented ladies at The Black Cat Cakery.

We are super family friendly. We have baby change and toilet training facilities (including an exploding baby kit for those little ‘Code Brown’ situations…), plenty of highchairs, plus a kids corner with art activities, and toys to keep the smalls out of mischief! You are welcome to bring your own baby food, and we are happy to heat this for you. There are comfy chill-out areas with sofas for a little nap if small people are feeling tired and grumpy, or if you want a bit of peace to breastfeed. Every other Monday during term-time, the cafe plays host to Paint Pots for Tots, a creative session for very small people. Don’t forget to book though, it gets pretty flipping busy!

Our Café also transforms into a fully stocked bar for grown-up events, with superb wines and bubbles by the bottle or glass, continental beers and British ales, and an extensive spirits selection.

In-house catering available for room bookings and all functions, from an exhibition launch, to birthday drinks with friends, to creative workshops or just a boring old meeting.

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Please email for more details.