The Dressing Room Cafe - United Kingdom

Best Coffee Shop 2017 - Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

The Dressing Room, is a thriving café within The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre which was opened in Spring 2015 by award winning Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh to rave reviews.

As well as being a fabulous café, it is also a training centre for adults with learning disabilities. Trainees have the opportunity to learn skills which can be applied in a real working environment and also transferred and applied to other areas of life.

“For me the thing that differentiates it from just another café in an arts centre is that it’s a training space for adults with learning difficulties. It’s a brilliant idea but a rare one, and there’s actually a waiting list for people who want to work here as part of the apprenticeships programme. It’s providing a space where these people get a real chance to build their confidence”

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Actress

"The Dressing Room take great steps to ensure their food is inventive and enticing, not content with a generic theatre café menu. Although their sandwiches, soups and quiches are definitely noteworthy, their cake selection is the real draw and the chocolate brownie is my personal favourite."