Our co-op cafe is located in beautiful Alexandra Park in Whalley Range, Manchester. We offer a great variety of natural and organic food that’s been freshly cooked and is available to eat in or take away. Our breakfast and lunch menus are complemented with freshly made salads and cake. The cafe is spacious and offers great views of the park. On colder days it’s a great refuge from the elements but our veranda overlooking the cricket pitch is a real boon in the summer where you can enjoy a breeze while sipping your favourite beverage.
We cater for parties and can bake a cake for your big occasion. We have a little library in our cafe, so there is always something interesting to read with your coffee. The cafe hosts a rotating exhibition of works by local artists. If you would like to host an event or have a suggestion for our space, please get in touch.
Community events and meeting space
Our cafe is a great for informal meetings for community groups. We currently host the Together Dementia Support Group (Wednesdays), Chess Club (Saturdays), Crafters’ Group(Fridays), Clogg Dancing Group to name a few. We also host a weekly yoga class on Sundays and a Wednesday afternoon film matinee in collaboration with Neighbourhoods and Friends Festival. Please check our events calendar for more info.
Our side room is used to organise community events and film screenings but is also available for private hire.
Our co-op started with cycling and you can rest assured that you’ll find one of our purpose built coffee carts supporting local community events and markets in Manchester where you’ll find the same great coffee, albeit from a biodegradable paper cup. We offer discount to customers who bring their own cup. You can hire our carts for events and functions.
Coffee Cranks Co-op is a company that is 100% worker owned and run which means that we can decide how to organise our work and there are no investors to appease. Consensus decision making is at the core of our business and our team is driven by co-operative values and principles. We chose to be a co-op as in our minds it’s one of the best ways of ensuring we can make a real positive difference in our workplace, bring value to our customers and contribute to our community.
Our community projects
We are currently involved with two important community projects “Ride Together” Hulme and Moss Side as well as Platt Fields Bike Hub. The former is one of our own projects you can read about more here. We support Platt Fields Bike Hub by offering consultancy and admin support as well as financial support in looking after the Old Boathouse in Platt Fields Park.
Volunteering Opportunities at Coffee Cranks Co-op
Please drop us a line if you’d like to contribute your skills to us or one of our projects. We’re particularly interested in administrative support focusing on event management, communications and social media. We’d love to hear from you.