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Reviewed 17 January 2024

I was so disappointed when arriving at the cafe. Where are all those fabulous prints on the wall, all gone, the cafe looked bare due to no decor and there was no atmosphere. It was one of my favorite places to have a lunch or...coffee when in the city. Food was very average, sandwiches or pastries were all that was on offer. What happened to the beautiful vibrant cafe 1932 that was?More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

Very strange breakfast with cheese and crackers a corn fritter, fruit and a little cold bacon hamburger. The Prosecco was not appropriate for breakfast - the cakes were ok. Overall a disappointing start to a good tour.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 March 2022

Had wanted to do this tour for ages & its restored floors didn't disappoint. Could have done without the lunch. Very ordinary. The cafe staff & tour guide were great though. Was looking forward to the 'information package' offered at the end of the tour...only to find when I opened it up on getting home that it was nothing more than an advertisement for the benefactor's dental practice. Still I thank him for his generosity & ongoing care of this beautiful Melbourne building.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 1 March 2022

The tour was fantastic and the tour guides were very friendly and kept the tour popping along at a good pace. The lunch from the 1932 cafe was lovely, but agree with a previous review that the bread and crackers should have hit the table...at the same time as the cheeses, they arrived after we had all eaten the cheese!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 28 February 2022 via mobile

We arrived early for our booked lunch and tour of the MU building. We asked if we could buy a couple of glasses of wine and it all seemed too much like hard work so we walked off and spent our money elsewhere. We came...back for the Iunch and ordered from the set menu but the staff member who took our order didn’t tell us that we got small amounts of everything on the menu. The cauliflower bites were the best part of the meal - everything else I could have left - not horrible just bland. They also forgot to serve bread to us until after we had eaten the nice cheese. We were served a nice glass of Prosecco. It was a lovely atmosphere with the Art Deco decor.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 28 February 2022

Lovely Cafe, Wonderful and friendly staff and generous portions. A really unique experience that would be a great treat for a gift or special occasion

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 26 January 2022

Our meal was lovely, along with a glass of bubbly and finishing with good coffee. The tour started and we were excited to see this iconic building. The tour guide was terrific outlining the tour. Unfortunately, I became ill and was unable to continue. The...staff from Cafe 1932 were extremely kind looking after me until I was able to leave. Thank you so much. Hopefully We’ll be able to finish the tour one day.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 24 January 2022

A fascinating tour of this beautifully iconic building, capably and knowledgeably guided by our guide. The restored areas are simply stunning - thank goodness for the keen eye, attention to detail and appreciation of the period shown by the benefactor and archtitects. The lunch, however,...was disappointing and took too long.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 24 January 2022

The tour of the Manchester Unity Building was great, very interesting and our tour guide was lovely, informative, and made sure everyone could hear when she was talking. Our lunch wasn't great. It wasn't terrible but not the delicious lunch it looked when I booked...the tickets. Our cauliflower bits were very overcooked although tasty once you got past the batter. My prosecco was half a glass, we had to keep asking for water (it was a very hot day) I didn't realise it was a set menu (probably didn't read the fine print) and the food wasn't the sort of thing my husband is keen to eat, although the arancini ball was nice. Worth doing but better if you could do it without paying for the average food.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 16 December 2021

The Lunch and Tour was a very valuable and enjoyable experience for colleagues from St Monica’s College Epping. After many postponements due to lockdowns we finally were able to do this. The tour guide made it very informative. The cafe food was lovely and the...bubbly of course!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 22 November 2021 via mobile

We had a thoroughly enjoyable morning with the breakfast and tour package. Breakfast was filling and well presented and we didn’t feel at all rushed. The tour was good fun and gave great information and insights into this rather spectacular building and the restorations. We...both felt this was good value and would recommend it to locals and visitors alike.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 17 May 2021

Totally disappointed with our brunch on Saturday The layered omelette cake was very dry and uneatable! The waitress said she would let the chef know!! My husbands salmon was just ok As this was the second tour/sitting of the morning this should not occur!!! Will...not return nor recommendMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 12 April 2021

Tours of the Art Deco Manchester Unity building have reopened and we thoroughly enjoyed ours. The knowledgeable guide and staff made the tour a very enjoyable experience and the restored parts of the building are fascinating, especially for design fans. Breakfast was fresh and nicely...presented but not the highlight.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 9 October 2020

The 1932 Cafe and Restaurant is at the base of the Manchester Unity Building, which was built in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression. The Cafe is in Art Deco style, it is a fine place for morning tea. The staff are helpful...and the menu is welcoming.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 19 June 2020 via mobile

I went to 1932 for coffee only. Situation is difficult because of Covid but I did not find the place to be cosy and attractive. Coffee was all right.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Hi Lyn! We start on the ground floor arcade and take the escalator up to level 1. We then use the lifts up to the boardroom and rooftop for the remainder of the tour. We aren't aware of any other dining and tour... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5