Our Tea Room is located in what was originally the kitchen, in the light and spacious basement of the house.
At present 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.
We serve a range of hot and cold drinks and a selection of cakes and biscuits. Payment by cash or card is accepted although we would prefer Contactless card payment to minimise the risk for our volunteers.
Our tea, coffee and cake is served in style on vintage china cups and saucers.
The Tea Room is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays,11am – 4pm.
Tea Room Prices
Choice of Teas – £1.90
Filter Coffee / decaffeinated filter coffee – £2.20
Cordial – 70p (free refills)
Premium soft drinks – £1.80
Wine/beer/cider/ale – £4
Prosecco – £5
Cake – £2.50-£2.90
Biscuits – £1.50-£1.70
Lancashire Crisps – £1
Books & Gifts
We sell a selection of new and second-hand books, including the majority of books and short stories published by Elizabeth Gaskell and those written about her.
Gifts and souvenirs available include an exclusive Elizabeth Gaskell’s House tea towels, tote bags, quill pens, china mugs, fridge magnets and postcards.
We also run a 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 excellent art and architecture books, walking and topography, history, craft and DIY books and a large number of OS maps. Entry to the second-hand book sale is included in your entrance fee.
All proceeds raised in the sale of second-hand books goes towards the running of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Donations of good quality books are very welcome but please 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