Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays)
Saturday and Sunday – Closed
Available for private hire in the evening and weekends.
Located on the 1st floor of the Christie Building, University of Manchester
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Families and Children Welcome
- Business Lunch
- Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
- Event Space
- Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
About Christie's Bistro
Welcome to Christie’s Bistro – perhaps one of the University of Manchester’s most breath taking venues. Based in the old Science Library of Owens College, it still remains one of the institutions’, if not Manchester’s best hidden gem.
Christie’s is the perfect place to relax with friends and colleagues. We offer a chilled lounge area to sit and enjoy light bites, artisan coffees and cold drinks, or a more formal dining a la carte restaurant.
We have a range of food options available throughout the day.
• Breakfast / Brunch is available from 8am until 11.30am
• Lunch in our Lounge or Restaurant is served between 12noon and 3pm.
• Afternoon Tea is available between 2pm – 4pm.
The Bistro is also available for private bookings in the evening and at weekends. Please get in touch to discuss options for parties, weddings, and receptions.
Service excellent, only 4 stars for food and drink as I think there could be more choice, but what there is is excellent.
It is a nice place to have a coffee and cake or to eat a proper meal, although it can be very busy at lunchtimes. In my experience the only downside is that service can be a bit slow, so if you only have a short time for lunch it might not be the best place; if you have no time pressure, it's highly recommended. The food in the restaurant part is extremely good quality. Another positive is that, unlike most places these days, there is no intrusive background of banging music!
We are truly grateful to the staff and management of Christie's Bistro, who allowed a production team to use the bistro as a location for filming. We caused considerable disruption to a section of the restaurant, nevertheless the staff treated us with good grace and patience, assisting us with all of our questions and requests. Lunch was also superb, and served a team of 12 speedily at the time requested. Thank you, and highly recommended to all associates.
Booked for a graduation meal and got told there was a graduation special with a fixed price for 2 courses and a glass of prosecco. Never received any prosecco. And as the meal was paid for as a gift, by a relative, assume the fixed price was not honoured either. As it was a special day didn't want to start arguing, but it was a shame that the offer couldn't have been honoured.
I booked for refreshments for my team between graduation ceremonies. As always, very help helpful staff during the booking process and when ordering. Everyone was happy with the food, drinks and service. .
The atmosphere was great and food was delicious
Thanks for managing this booking a short notice and accommodating my requirements. Knowing that you will be flexible makes a big difference. You are a great asset to the university. A big thank you.
very nicely cooked and presented food.
Thank you very much for your services.
The food, presentation and service were wonderful.
Amazing service and beautiful food. Definitely one of the best meals and experiences I have had for a long while. Woukd highly recommended!
Thanks for the great food and special thanks to the waitress Valerie who was really helpful and cheerful. K
Very accommodating. thanks so much
Lovely old building
The venue is amazing, staff was brilliant and service was speedy. It's quite a formal venue so it's perfect for something a little more special.
Thank you for the most amazing and truly magnificent afternoon tea. It was a special treat for my mum and she loved it.The staff were wonderful, the food was delicious and it was a very memorable and special day t
Friendly warm and efficient service. Food is very good, on the rich side. We asked for some changes to the dishes and this was supplied to us with no fuss.
The service was painfully slow. We waited about 1 hour for food for two people! The duck was extra salty and was a dish of two pieces of meat with no accompaniments....Had to order a salad to make it eatable. Furthermore the service was not coordinated; we were served the coffee well before the cheese platter.
We enjoyed the afternoon tea which tasted very good, the chicken & smoked salmon sandwiches were particularly good, as were the scones, I would have liked the cakes to have been more of a showstopper to look at but the tarts did taste very nice. Staff were very friendly & helpful
A lovely place for a casual team meeting, and a great selection of quality teas!
Excellent, from booking all the way through to the bistro waiting staff. Can’t thank them enough
The food was nice (not spectacular, but nice), the staff were nice, but the food took a very long time to come. This is the second time I've eaten there, and it was the same the first time too. I'm seriously considering finding somewhere else to go for post-viva lunches, because it takes so long for food to arrive. I had to teach later in the afternoon, and we were waiting so long for food that I had to run to make what should have been a very easy fit.
Excellent service thank you! Sue
Excellent. Thank you
I love coming into Christies for Coffee or lunch but I didn't feel that the Festive Afternoon Tea was anywhere near as good as the normal food that you serve.