Christie’s Bistro

(2 reviews) 2 5
The Old Quadrangle University of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester Greater Manchester M13 9PL
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About Christie’s Bistro

The Old Quadrangle, University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester
Greater Manchester, M13 9PL

Congratulations on your engagement and forthcoming wedding. We are delighted that you are considering us to celebrate your special day.

If you are looking for something a little different we pride ourselves on being able to offer exciting wedding packages, at a range of historic venues, at The University of Manchester. 

The Christie's Bistro is a room which is full of the University’s history and provides a stunning backdrop to any wedding. Equally impressive as the building is it set within, its secluded setting is ideal for the more intimate weddings of up to 140 guests.

The Bistro was built in 1890, and orginally was used as the new Study of Education - the Christie's Library. It was a donation from the former law professor, historian and bibliophile Richard Copley Christie - whom you can now see in our fantastic stained glass windows lining the stone staircase to the main entrance. 

One hundred years later, after the building of the main University of Manchester Library, the Christie Science Library was converted into a Bistro, steeped in the institution’s history and character, with portraits of previous Vice-Chancellors gracing the walls and endless rows of original books and manuscripts. 

Service is paramount to us, attention to detail and personal touches are second nature. Our dedicated and experienced Hospitality and Events team are at hand every step of the way to ensure peace of mind with every detail, so that your day is everything you ever wished for.

Our team of classically trained chefs are devoted to sourcing the finest fresh local produce and creating menus with an emphasis on quality and great taste – as well as providing something a little different. Our menus offer excellent variety and, coupled with our extensive wine lists, provide the perfect dining experience. Our experienced wedding team will ensure the hospitality and catering throughout your day are perfect in every way.

• Set in some of the most historic and impressive buildings in Manchester City Centre • Rooms licensed for Civil Ceremonies • Dedicated Hospitality and Events team • Wedding packages to suit all occasions and budgets • Unique backdrops – ideal for capturing memorable photos of your special day • Late night license until 2am

Facilities at Christie’s Bistro

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

Christie’s Bistro Reviews (2)

Perfect Day!
Venue Service

By Nicky and Chris, on 12 Jul 2016Date of Wedding - 11 Jun 2016

We chose to have our entire wedding at Manchester University as it was an amazingly unique venue and had everything we needed on site. We chose the Whitworth Council chamber for our ceremony which was in the same building as Christie's and it was so nice having the whole day in one building which we didn't have to share with anyone else! In the run up to the wedding, both Rebecca and Adam were extremely helpful and answered all our questions. We dropped off all our decorations the night before the wedding and the team at the venue transformed the rooms - it was amazing to see! They even assembled and decorated our cheese wedding cake for us! The actual wedding day was perfect, we were looked after so well by Rebecca, Adam, Steve and all the other staff that were there. The day ran so smoothly, it was nice to be able to relax and enjoy every second. All the guests commented that the food was amazing and that the day was loads of fun. We were on the dance floor until 1am, taking full advantage of the late licence. We genuinely had the best day of our lives - it was the perfect wedding venue and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a unique city centre venue where it feels like you are the most important people on the day! We can't thank Rebecca, Adam and Steve enough!

Great staff, stress free experience
Venue Service

By Samantha Holland, on 16 Jun 2015

We chose Christie's for our wedding reception venue based on the unusual setting, and on the confidence we felt in the general manager, Adam. We could not have made a better choice. From our first meeting it only took 2 weeks to sign contracts, and all through the planning process Adam and the wedding coordinator Emma were on hand to answer all my queries. On the day they took care of everything - we dropped off our decorations and table plans and they set up the room absolutely perfectly. It was stunning, and looked very elegant which is exactly what we wanted. Many guests commented to me afterwards how wonderful all the staff at Christie's were. From the moment we arrived everything was taken care of and we could both just relax and enjoy our day! Adam was a great MC and made sure everything got done on time and we were where we needed to be. Emma handled all of the communication with our florist, photographer, and DJ. The food was absolutely stunning - they listened and responded to our feedback at the menu tasting and my only regret is that I wasn't able to eat more of it. Many foodie friends commented to me that it was the best meal they'd ever had at a wedding, and of restaurant quality - and it was. Considering they were catering for 70 people, that was quite the feat. Christie's has a late license so we were able to stay on the dance floor until almost 1am. All in all this is a very professional yet personal wedding reception venue, which allowed us to have an absolutely stress free, perfect day.

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