To discuss holding your wedding or any event at The Monastery, contact Nancy Bennett to arrange a personal welcome tour.

Call 0161 223 3211 or email Nancy now.

We would love you to visit us at The Monastery! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, and we know you’ll enjoy the time you spend with us.

For more information, click here.

Keep up to date with the amazing array of events we hold all year around.

There's no time like the past

Our vintage tea room will take you back in time, to when the Franciscan brothers poured their first brew. Not for them the freshly made sandwiches, home baked cakes, and 'not so saintly' scones.
Shhh...we promise not to tell.

with love
and served
with soul

We're passionate about our food, using quality, locally sourced products, served with the warmest of welcomes that would make our Franciscan brothers proud. You won't want to miss out on our afternoon teas, so take a look at our irresistible offer at the bottom of this page!

An enchanting
peaceful retreat
to spend time
with friends

Relax in our authentic old friars pantry, with embroidered napkins, china crockery, sumptuous cakes, and freshly brewed coffee or speciality tea, served from traditional teapots and china cups.

Our Vintage Tea
room will take
you back in

You'll be served by the very kindest of folk, with the appearance and aura of authentic Victorians.
They'll stop and talk to you, and will never rush you as you savour the home baked wonders created by our magical chef.

One of the best Gift Shops you'll ever visit

You will not be disappointed by the array of wonderful affordable items, from chocolate and biscuits to exquisite teas. Souvenirs galore, beautiful hand-made jewellery and books you may not find anywhere else.

Impossible not to find something that makes you smile

We have to apologise in advance because very few visitors get through the shop without buying something. And you can even take a little flavour of our Afternoon Tea away with you with some very special fudge!

afternoon tea
served with
Victorian charm

Travel back in time with afternoon tea in our vintage tea room. Experience the elegance and delight of a traditional afternoon tea in our Victorian Pantry and enjoy a quintessentially British experience.

Afternoon Tea at
the Monastery
is the perfect

Enjoy a selection of freshly made sandwiches on soft breads; freshly baked scones with clotted cream, jam and butter; mini macaroons; mini Victorian sponges; rich chocolate brownie slices and your choice of tea/coffee or soft drink for £14.95pp. Please call 0161 223 3211 for more information or to book. Booking in advance for Afternoon Tea is essential, but you can always drop-in anytime between 11am-4pm, Sunday to Friday, to enjoy our usual pantry offer.

The Victorian Pantry is a classic vintage Tea Room with a delightful adjoining Victorian Gift Shop.

A very warm welcome awaits you in this magnificent architectural masterpiece designed by E W Pugin.
You can combine your visit to The Victorian Pantry with a visit to the Video Room in our heritage corner, to learn more about the intriguing story of our fascinating project. Plus, of course, a visit to our very special Gift Shop.

To say that our traditional afternoon teas are sumptuous is a huge understatement. And they're incredible value at just £14.95 Served on cake stands and in fine china, with a unique blend of Monastery love. Available every day but please book in advance and make a reservation on the time and date of your choosing, by calling 0161 223 3211.
Just look at what you get, and try to stop your mouth watering in anticipation!
(Or check out our Festive Afternoon Tea menu at the bottom of the Christmas page)
A selection of freshly made sandwiches on soft breads
Roast Ham*, sliced tomatoes and light mustard
Egg and cress
Vintage cheddar cheese with our homemade Monastery chutney
Fresh cucumber
Sun dried tomato and mozzarella crostini
Freshly baked scone with clotted cream, jam and butter
Mini Macaroon
Mini Victoria sponge
Rich chocolate brownie slice
Your choice of blended teas/coffees included (with unlimited refills) or soft drink included.
* Omitted on request.
Get together with friends or family and make your booking now!

  • Freshly baked cakes
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  • Speciality loose leaf teas
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  • Served from Victorian teapots and china crockery
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  • Freshly brewed coffee
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  • Freshly made sandwiches
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  • Afternoon Tea with 'not so saintly' scones
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  • Embroidered tablecloths and napkins
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  • Served with love by our 'Victorian' volunteers
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  • Spend time with friends in our relaxing and peaceful haven
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  • Visit our heritage corner to learn more about our amazing story
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  • Check out the details here of our unique afternoon teas
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  • Please always book afternoon teas in advance
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  • Free on site parking
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  • Discover how to become a Friend For Life when you visit
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  • Please respect other guests if there is an event in The Monastery when you visit
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  • Check in advance to see our schedule of Talks to see if you can add this when you visit
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  • You're free to relax in our wonderful Victorian Pantry with friends without being rushed
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  • We want your experience with us to be special
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  • An amazing opportunity to step back in time
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  • At only £14.95, our afternoon teas provide amazing value
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  • Afternoon teas are perfect for getting together with friends
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  • For a memorable Christmas treat our Festive Afternoon Tea will be perfect!
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  • See the menu at the bottom of the Christmas page for details
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  • There's no better way to celebrate Christmas with your family or friends
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  • You'll be amazed at our value for money special offer
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  • When you read our Festive Afternoon Tea menu you'll feel the Christmas spirit surround you!
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  • Phone 0161 223 3211 to reserve the date and time of your choice
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  • Choose between the Traditional Afternoon Tea and The Festive Afternoon Tea
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  • 100% wheelchair accessible

Open Sunday Through Friday 11 am to 4 pm

You can call in on any day except Saturday, between 11 am and 4 pm. Our Victorian Pantry will be open regardless of other events in The Monastery. We're going to make the scones and other delights fresh every day, so join us!

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