Tea Room

“How nice to come away full of cake
and with a bag of books!”

Visitor to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, May 2021


Our delightful Tea Room is situated within the houses light and spacious basement in what was originally Elizabeth Gaskell’s Kitchen.

Offering a wide range of hot and cold beverages, along with a selection of delicious cakes and biscuits, all served with traditional vintage china, the Tea Room is the perfect ending to a tour of the house.

With bookshelves lined with a variety of new and pre-loved books, the Tea Room also has a homely feel to it, creating the perfect space to meet family and friends or simply sit back and get lost in a book.

The Tea Room welcomes visitors every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am till 4pm, so please pop in and say hello.

In light of COVID-19 the Tea Room can only be visited at the end of your visit to enable us to ensure social distancing between visitors throughout the house. Payment by cash or card is accepted although we would prefer Contactless card payment during this time, to minimise the risk for our volunteers.

Tea Room Prices

Selection of Teas £1.90
Filter Coffee & Decaffeinated Filter Coffee £2.20
Selection of Fentimans Soft Drinks £1.80
Cordial (complimentary refills) £0.70
Glass of wine £4.00
Beer/Cider £4.00
Glass of Prosecco £5.00
Selection of Cakes £2.50 – £2.90
Selection of Biscuits (variety of flavours) £1.50 – £1.70
Lancashire Crisps (variety of flavours) £1.00

Books & Gifts

We sell a wonderful selection of new and second-hand books in the Tea Room, including the majority of books and short stories published by Elizabeth Gaskell along with those written about her.

Alongside our books, we also offer a lovely selection of Elizabeth Gaskell related gifts and souvenirs, including Tea Towels, Tote Bags, Quill Style Pens, China Mugs, Fridge Magnets and Postcards, to name a few. Items can be bought at the House in the Tea Room or purchased online at our new Online Shop

Second-hand Book Sale

We also run a very popular second-hand book sale every second Sunday of the month where we bring out additional stock that fills two rooms. As well as literature we also have an excellent selection of non-fiction books such as Art and Architecture, Walking and Topography, History, Craft, Gardening and DIY book, plus a large number of OS Maps to purchase. Entry to the second-hand book sale is included in your entrance fee.

All proceeds raised in the sale of second-hand book goes towards the running of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Donations of good quality books are very welcome but please do call in advance to let us know you are coming. We are particularly in need of classics and contemporary fiction in good condition.

Possibly the Best Secondhand Book Shop in Manchester
Visitor Comment

Plans are like a card-house-if one gives way, all the others come rattling about your head

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864