Independent slow food restaurant

…and work of art!

THE SMELTERY – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS12AZ 

Call 01642 245679

Open every day.

Mon – Fri 8.30am – 4pm
Thursday until 7pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday Lunch 12pm – 4pm

Closed Sunday & Monday on Bank Holidays


Incredible homely food, packed full with goodness


Weekdays 8.30-11.00


Rise Sourdough Toast, organic butter, jam £3
Free Range Poached Eggs on Toast  £4
Free Range Bacon Bun/Sausage Bun £4
with tomato/mushroom or egg + 90p
Smushed Avocado on Sourdough £4
Baked Eggs/Shakshuka £6
Fresh fruit, yoghurt, granola, muesli £3
Porridge, almond milk, maple, or honey & cream £3


We serve up quick, super fresh lunches throughout the week… delicious salads, home-bakery and top notch sarnies.

We also serve a hot food menu with regular favourites such as our North Sea Fish Stew and daily specials on our blackboard. Always including something from the Waiting Room vegetarian kitchen in Eaglescliffe.

Join The Smeltery hubbub or picnic in the atrium.

£4 – £12


The Smeltery is closed in the evening this winter – but still available for private hire dinner events… and we’ll be launching a fantastic evening menu and restaurant service in the summer time.

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A little note folks…

Throughout this Smelting August we are taking a break from serving up our Famous Sunday Roasts. Fear not we will commence with all that delicious fayre once again from September 9th!

We are still serving lunch, homemade cakes, iced coffees, g&t’s, and playing soulful tunes…

12-4pm every week

2 courses £19, 3 courses £23

Beautiful starters

Free Range and Organic Roasts; Beef and  Lamb from Piercebridge organic farm.

Free-range chicken from Harome.

Vegetarian casseroles from The Waiting Room

Lovely Homemade Puddings 5.50


We cater for parties, events and private hires within the gallery; meetings, receptions, weddings, conferences, festivals…

Our hospitality menus are available by request.

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We serve through the afternoon with bits and pieces available in the afternoon and evening.

Afternoon Tea (available by pre-booking only)

£14.50pp Tea, Sandwiches and Cake selection

with Bubbles -£19.50pp


We’ve got to know some great people over our years at the Waiting Room who supply us with some really great products; We work with Suma Wholefood Cooperative, Skinningrove Country Wines, Darlington’s Schoolhouse Brewery, Scarborough’s Tree Top Press, Durham Distillery, Vinceremos Organic Wines, Acorn Organic Dairy in Darlington, Rise Bakery in Durham, and Parlour Made Creamery in Sedgefield.

We also love to forage and gather ingredients here and there, and in the meanwhile have been getting to know some fantastic organic and free range farmers in North Yorkshire, Upper Teesdale and the Tees Valley. We take free-range chicken from Loose Birds at Harome, Beef from Piercebridge Organic Farm, Lamb from Upper Teesdale (see events for our forthcoming Addicted To Sheep documentary night) and Free Range Pork from Anna’s in York.

Best of all we bring regular award winning vegetarian dishes, bread and chutneys from The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe!


Freshly squeezed juices, organic fruit cordials, Skinningrove Fruit Wines, Schoolhouse Beer, Durham Gin.

And really great coffee…

We’ve served the same fantastic Fairtrade Peruvian Espresso from Suma Wholefoods for over 30 years.

We sell superb fruit wines, made by Ian Coles in nearby Skinningrove.

We also have a great list of organic continental wines.


Our fancy restaurant occupies a cool artwork installation of a community cafe; providing a warm, organic social dining room.

We’ve built a big open theatre kitchen, from where we also serve in mima’s spectacular atrium.

We work with mima to offer private hire event space and catering, and to facilitate art events and activity by the people of Middlesbrough.


THE SMELTERY was commissioned as part of mima’s new direction as a centre for Useful Art.

We built the cafe as an artwork that explores ideas about socially engaged arts practice.

We crafted objects and furniture in response to other ongoing useful art projects at mima. Such as New Boosbeck Industries, and New Linthorpe.

The objects and materials lead to conversations about community art, craft and industry, self sufficiency and social enterprise.

Making Salt, Pepper and Teapots, for The Cafe

Handmade and beautifully crafted – like our food…

We commissioned The Smeltery Light blown by glass artist Jochen Holtz.

The Smeltery Light is now available to buy in mima’s shop

We invited Brazilian artist Paulo Goldstein to run courses making repair furniture for the cafe.

And community workshops to create THE SMELTERY neon sign. This followed a public conversation over several months about naming the cafe.

The life of the cafe is presented through mima’s picture window.

Our installation in the gallery stages the performance of life as art, and art as experience.


Art, music, food and community.

We host and put on regular events, performance art and gigs in
THE SMELTERY and gallery atrium.

Here we created a Town is The Menu meal for 400 people in Redcar for the Festival of Thrift, September 2016.


coming soon!

Banquets and Art Suppers

Our Mucky-Hook-A-Duck Pub

Jeffrey Lewis – August 2016

Addicted To Sheep

documentary screening

showing soon

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