The Dressing Room Café & Bar

The Dressing Room Cafe Chorlton

Based in The Edge in Chorlton, The Dressing Room is an Observer Food Monthly winning haven of delicious vegetarian food and fresh coffee by day, and exciting space to see new music or to grab a glass of wine and a small plate at one of the shows at The Edge.

Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 8.30pm

Thursday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Plus whenever there is a show on!

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We regularly update our seasonal specials so be sure to pop in and check out what we’ve got on offer!


In-house catering from our fantastic café bar The Dressing Room is available for events/hires taking place within the building – please see below. We have a great selection of catering options available for your event, from light refreshments to buffet-to-order.  Call us to discuss your needs.

Please note that only food from The Dressing Room is permitted when hiring a room at The Edge.

We do not hire out our studios for Children’s parties.


A hidden gem in the heart of Chorlton.

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The Dressing Room Cafe is an award winning cafe bar and arts space based at The Edge Theatre in Chorlton and is also a dedicated catering and restaurant training facility for adults with learning disabilities. Our trainees have the opportunity to learn skills which can be applied in a real working environment and also transferred and applied to other areas of life.

A space to relax with a coffee while you wait for a class, grab a pre-theatre meal, or enjoy a piece of cake while enjoying the surroundings. Based in the heart Chorlton, we hope that The Dressing Room Cafe Bar is an inspiring and tranquil haven. We have a large selection of food options including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. All of our meals are made fresh in the cafe by our Chef.

In October 2018 we won the award for Local Food Hero in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2018. The Observer asked their readers to nominate their local food hero. From entrepreneurs to producers, innovators to activists, they wanted to know about people who had made a difference in the food industry in communities around the UK. We are beyond thrilled that The Dressing Room Chorlton was chosen as the winner by the OFM judges from a voted shortlist. For our project to win an award that, in our eyes, the highest accolade in the food industry, is a huge honour and testament to our wonderful staff, partners and of course trainees.


Do you or someone you know have a learning disability? Would you like to learn to work in a cafe in Chorlton?

We have a range of training opportunities available tailored to individuals needs, from short term part time hours to longer placements.

Our trainees develop skills in:

  • Customer Service
  • Working Safely
  • Food Preparation
  • Serving Food & Drinks

All of our trainees are supported by a learning mentor and receive a personal plan with individual goals to make sure we know how to support their learning in the best possible way.

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Breastfeeding-Friendly Manchester

Breast Feeding Friendly Cafe Chorlton

We are delighted to be part of the Breastfeeding-Friendly Manchester Scheme.

The scheme supports breastfeeding mothers across the city – making a real difference. By providing welcoming and supportive environments, venues that are a part of the scheme help to reduce the barriers that can prevent mothers from breastfeeding.

It’s great to see other cafes in Chorlton and across Manchester getting involved in this scheme too.

Here’s a full list of breastfeeding-friendly places in Manchester: