Afflecks welcomes new brunch spot serving a hearty menu of British classics

Third Floor Rising is a new traditional cafe, serving homemade food in a retro setting.

By Emma Davidson | 25 November 2022

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Third Floor Rising, a brand-new brunch spot has opened on the third floor of Afflecks, offering an all-day menu of British classics, from breakfast through to closing time.

The cafe will be serving breakfast from 10.30am, as well as lunch and drinks all day long, designed to refuel hungry shoppers, visitors and traders alike.

Serving cafe classics, Third Floor Rising will dish up quality breakfasts with specialities including meat, vegetarian and vegan fry-ups, as well as traditional breakfast rolls, BLT, teas, coffees and everything required to kick start the day. There’s also a solid list of owner Tommy’s homemade pies, paninis, toasties and filled rolls as well as co-owner Sarah’s home made tray bakes and cakes.

The drinks menu includes coffees, smoothies, milkshakes and coolers. All of this will be brought to customers in a relaxed, homespun atmosphere with carefully considered vintage inspired interiors. 

From handwritten, daily-changing menus, to original 70s printed wallpaper, owners Tommy and Sarah wanted to emulate their own home and love of all things retro in city’s new community cafe.

The welcoming space also reflects the amazing light and history within the building with its panoramic windows looking out onto the Northern Quarter. Plants and artwork from fellow Afflecks traders City and Bloom and Egoiste Gallery adorn the space.

Third Floor Rising has been brought to Afflecks by husband and wife team Tommy Heaton and Sarah Abell – long time Afflecks fans who felt that it was the perfect space for their new venture.  With a wealth of experience in hospitality spanning over 20 years, the pair decided now was the time to open their first space and atop one of the city’s most iconic buildings was too good an opportunity to miss. 

As one of Manchester’s most famous café spots rises again, the inspiration for the name comes from the book of the same title written by author Hilary Mantel when she worked at Affleck and Brown. 

Commenting on the launch, Tommy said: “Since we’ve joined we have loved getting to know everyone, from the cleaners to the management to the stall holders and the techs!  It feels like a family – a family we are proud to be part of. We are excited about the next few years as we plan to serve up hearty, homemade food in one of our favourite places in the world and we hope other people will love it too.” 

Third Floor Rising is open Monday – Friday 10:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.