Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum Café

Manchester Jewish Museum welcome desk and café, Joel Chester Fildes, June 2021

Our new café serves a contemporary vegetarian kosher-style menu using local produce and authentic Jewish and vegetarian ingredients. Our menu is designed to be a discovery of traditional meets innovative, providing a flavour of Jewish heritage.  It is based on three principles of Jewish food: evolving recipes, meals to nourish and sustain you, and bringing people together.

Our café is an invitation to our visitors to take a moment to gather round a table, reflect on their visit and to connect with one another.

The café is open from 10am – 4pm daily, serving hot food from 11.30am – 2.30pm. During evening events, the café serves a special menu and drinks. We are unable to offer advance reservations for the café.

We use kosher ingredients but the food is not prepared under on-site Beth Din supervision. All our food is suitable for vegetarians and there will also be a range of kosher pre-packaged snacks available. By offering a vegetarian and vegan menu and using ethically sourced local suppliers we seek to be sustainable whilst providing great value-for-money and an excellent customer experience.

Our café offers the following menu, inspired by Ashkenazi and Sephardi style recipes (the latter giving a nod to the Spanish and Portuguese roots of the our Grade II* listed synagogue).

  • Saleh Marag, an earthy Iraqi stew with potato, onion, tomato and aubergine. Inspired by the journey of Jack Saleh, a young man who travelled from Iraq to Manchester to source cotton for his family business and trade.
  • Pebbles and Toast, a recipe inspired by the musician-composer duo, Fran&Flora and their journeys through Romany music. A hearty squash and lentils soup, spiced with cumin, paprika, garlic, cinnamon and rose petal.
  • It’s not a salmon and cream cheese bagel with vegan cream cheese, carrot lox and beef tomato.
  • Inspired Specials, changing everyday!

We also have a Learning Kitchen, a space for schools, communities and businesses to bake, cook, eat and share traditional Jewish recipes.


Saleh Marag

Bagel with shmear & carrot lox

Pebbles & Toast

Inspired Specials!

Manchester Jewish Museum Shop

Our new shop in our welcome atrium sells books, gifts, treats and memorabilia inspired our collection, Jewish culture and Manchester history. Our shop is open seven days a week whilst the museum is open.

If you are interested in selling stock in our shop please email