Situated on Deansgate in Manchester City Centre, Café Rylands is located in one of Manchester’s most iconic venues within The John Rylands Library on Deansgate in the centre of Manchester. The John Rylands Library was Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on January 1, 1900.
The library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Mrs Rylands’ memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 2,50,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.
Café Rylands menu offers freshly prepared, delicious food with a local twist, sourced from the best of the region’s producers and ethically traded. The café menu boasts a range of homemade treats, including cakes, scones and afternoon tea.
After touring the library building, we decided to have coffee in the café. We ordered freshly made Fruit Scone with Clotted Cream and Jam with couple of cups cappucino. The scones were fantastic with the cream and jam and so the hot coffee.
Superb service and ambiance. In the heart of Manchester things couldn’t get better!