South Manchester independent coffee house

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Serving barista coffees, speciality teas, smoothies and frappés.

Download our Spring 2018 drinks menu (PDF)


We serve a delicious selection of sandwiches and light meals, plus tempting pastries, cakes and desserts.

Download our Spring 2018 food menu (PDF)


We help people rebuild their lives through socially-responsible business.

We have teams working in a number of prisons and young offender institutions across the North West of England and have strong partnerships with local homelessness and rehabilitiation charities. We use these links as a pipeline for training, housing and mentoring vulnerable people who are passionate about making a fresh start. Every purchase you make in The Mess Café helps us to reduce reoffending in our city.

In 2018 we were named as the UK’s Best Not-For-Profit to Work For by the Sunday Times.

We are proud to support local businesses who share our vision for home-made, fresh, organic produce.

We partner with Coffee Advocates Micro-Roaster in Cheshire for our beans, Pilkington’s Bakers in Poynton for our freshly baked bread, Cariad Cakes in Bramhall for our home baked cakes, M&J Seafoods for our responsibly-sourced fish, Wilsher Family Butchers in Wythenshawe for our British meat, a collective of local farms for our free-range eggs, Suki Tea for our ethically-sourced and blended loose-leaf teas and Old Mill Antiques in Failsworth who handmade all our tables, chairs and counter.


Open Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, 8AM – 4PM and Tue 10AM – 4PM

Harper Road
M22 4RG

0161 946 9496


By car

Just two minutes from the M56 with outstanding access to Manchester Airport.

By public transport

On several major bus routes. The no. 43 bus takes approx 55 min (on at Piccadilly Gardens, off at Sharston Road). The no. 105 bus takes approx 40 min (on at Piccadilly, off at Sharston Road).

By rail

A short taxi ride from Gatley or East Didsbury stations.