The Chancellors Collection

About Christie's Bistro

Built in 1890 as the new Study of Education, the Christies Library was a gift from the former law professor, historian and bibliophile Richard Copley Christie. For much of the twentieth century it housed the University’s principle science library.

One hundred years later, and after the building of main University Library, the Christie Science Library was converted into a Bistro, steeped in the institution’s history and character, with portraits of previous Vice-Chancellors gracing the walls and endless rows of original books and documents.

The Bistro's location in one of the most iconic buildings in the city makes it a popular venue for hospitality and events, from weddings celebrations and private parties, through to corporate dinners, conferences or lectures. The Bistro is used frequently by University staff and students but is open to everyone.

At the Bistro our ethos centres around locally and ethically sourced, organic, free range and Fairtrade ingredients. Food is cooked fresh to order, and the team are always on hand to help with your selection and assist with any special dietary requirements that you may have. To complement your meal, we also boast an extensive drinks menu, including a wide-ranging wine list. Finally to finish off your meal, we have a variety of coffees and loose teas.

Christie’s Bistro is based within the Old Christie Library and is operated as part of The Chancellors Collection. See our location on Google Maps.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays)

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Contact Us


Christie’s Bistro, The Old Quadrangle, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

General Enquiries and Reservations

Tel: +44 161 275 7702

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