Mannings Bakery & Café
39/40 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
The very second you walk in the door of Mannings, an all-consuming smell of freshly baked cakes and bread hits you and you know that you’ve made the right decision. From this day onwards, I want all birthday cakes to come from Mannings. Colin the Caterpillar has been usurped and nothing else will do. The tasty range of everything means that you’re constantly in a state of indecision. When I was making my lunch order, I settled on the Ploughman’s but when I saw that their sandwich of the month was a slice of roast lamb with two toppings of your choice, I panicked. This happened again when I had to choose between red velvet cake and a lemon slice. In the end, I vowed that I’d just have to return time and time again to ease my worried mind.
What has it got?
Seating: All of the tables have moveable chairs (no arm rests). They also have high stools at the counters.
Doors: The front doors are double doors so you might need someone to grab one for you as you make your grand entrance.
Stairs: No stairs here and they have a slight slope at the front door and at the back of the café.
Bathrooms: They have a wheelchair bathroom. I forgot my measuring tape (soz) but it’s slightly bigger than the standard size of a wheelchair bathroom (approx. 60 x 80) so you have plenty of room. They also have one of those blade hand dryers and they’re always a lot of fun.
Spaciousness: This place is rammed at lunch time so the queue can often block the front door. There’s also a table in the middle of the floor that blocks the way out to the back if there’s people sitting down. But there’s loads of room at the back.
Helpfulness of Staff: Extremely helpful. They carried my lunch to my table for me and helped me with picking out which cake to get.
Parking: On Thomas Street, there are wheelchair parking spots available but it’s a very busy spot so good luck finding a free space. I parked on St. Catherine’s Lane where it’s a little quieter.
Why did it lose points? Mannings got a perfect 10 because they have all of the facilities in place and the food is flipping phenomenal. It gets extremely busy at lunchtime so you will find it a bit cramped in the wheelchair but if you pick your time wisely, the only issues you’ll have is deciding which sandwich you’ll eat.