Mechanics 1855 Bistro

Lunchtime and pre theatre dining in the historic Burnley Mechanics theatre

Now open

Renamed 1855 Bistro & Bar tying into the date the Mechanics first opened its doors. It feels that long ago since we were able to wine and dine customers in our fantastic bistro.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am-2:30pm and for pre-theatre dining two hours before most performances.  

This popular town centre bistro at The Mechanics Theatre offers a lunchtime oasis for shoppers, workers and groups of friends to meet in a cosy and relaxed space. A menu of British staples with some modern twists is served Tuesday to Saturday 11am-2:30pm in either the light and modern Front Room or cosy more intimate, Lounge Bar space. Classic, crowd-pleasing dishes such as fish and chips and steak in ale pie, sit alongside modern favourites on this fresh seasonal menu which also boasts, of course, our famous proper chips.

Show nights see this space turn into a wonderful pre-theatre dining experience for Burnley’s best night out! A pre-show meal is the perfect start to a great theatre experience; enjoy our special evening menu and relax with a few drinks, before taking your seat in the auditorium to be thoroughly entertained.

Complimentary Wi-Fi
Fully accessible with accessible WC
Pay and display car parking located nearby with accessible parking spaces
Guide dogs only

Click below to view our menus:

1855 Bistro Lunch Menu

1855 Bistro Pre-Theatre Dining Menu

1855 Children’s Menu

1855 Bistro Wine Menu

1855 Afternoon Tea Menu

Pre-order Forms

If you have booked a party of 8 people or more, we require you to complete a pre-order form and return to 48 hours before your reservation date. Please download and complete the correct form.

If you have any questions please call 01282 664400 or email

1855 Bistro Lunch Pre-Order Form

1855 Bistro Pre-Theatre Dining Pre-Order Form

View Allergens Menus

1855 Bistro Lunch and Pre-Theatre Allergens

1855 Bistro Children’s Allergens

1855 Bistro Afternoon Tea Allergens

Re-opening Tuesday 12th October!

Tuesday 11am – 2:30pm

Wednesday 11am – 2:30pm

Thursday 11am – 2:30pm

Friday 11am – 2:30pm

Saturday 11am – 2:30pm

The bistro will also be open 2 hours before each performance starts.


Burnley Mechanics Theatre

Manchester Rd
Burnley BB11 1BH

Burnley Mechanics Theatre
Manchester Rd,
Burnley BB11 1BH,
Tel: 01282 664400

Tickets can be booked in person and over the phone from the box office during our opening hours
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 4pm Saturday 11am to 2:30pm.
No booking fees apply at the box office
Please note: Tickets cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded and all tickets sent via post will be sent to the card holders address only. £1 fee applicable.

Burnley Mechanics is situated in Burnley town centre next door to the Town Hall on Manchester Road.
For more information on car parking please click below for a town centre parking map.

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Please note that there is a car park to the rear of Burnley Mechanics Theatre. This car park is contract only, Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm and cannot be used by the public during these times. Outside of these hours, public parking is permitted, and a pay and display system is in place for Saturday’s between the hours of 8am and 9pm.





Disabled patrons

Burnley Mechanics welcomes people with disabilities. Assistant Dogs can accompany their owners, and water will be provided. A Textphone service is available on 01282 425011. The Fire Authorities advise that all wheelchair patrons remain in their wheelchairs throughout any performance, and as such, transferring from a wheelchair to a regular seat is not permitted. Able bodied companions will be requested to assist should an emergency evacuation arise.  If you use a wheelchair it is vitally important that you inform the Box Office at time of booking as our licensing regulations allow for two wheelchair users per event. Wheelchair spaces are situated on row ‘A’ of the front stalls. Burnley Mechanics operate a free ticket for essential carer’s policy. Please check with Box Office for details as conditions apply.

Concessions and Babes in Arms

All theatre performances are not recommended for children under 2 years of age. Burnley Mechanics reserves the right to ask parents to leave the performance space if they are causing a disturbance.

For most Mechanics promotions discounts are available to Children under the age of 16, those in full-time education, over 60 or in full receipt of benefits.  proof of status is required when booking.

Accessibility inside the building

Our front room, lounge bar, theatre bar, loft and basement studio are completely accessible for visitors with disabilities. A lift to the first and second floor can be accessed via the Lounge Bar. The Basement Studio has its own ramped access at the back of the building.
With the need to evacuate using the goods lift and/or an evacuation chair in an emergency, we can accommodate up to 2 wheelchair patrons in the main auditorium/theatre bar, and 1 wheelchair patron in the loft; this is directly informed by our risk assessment and agreed evacuation procedure with the fire authorities that details our duty of care to both our patrons and staff.  We can be more flexible with numbers in the front room, lounge bar and basement studio due to the exit onto street level.
Any patron requiring an essential companion to attend the theatre to ensure their safe exit in an emergency evacuation needs to be incorporated into the fire risk assessment, therefore up to four spaces will be allocated (in addition to the wheelchair allocation) next to the wheelchair spaces both in the theatre and loft.

Lift access

A passenger lift is available from the main foyer level to the auditorium and The Loft; the maximum capacity is 8 persons.
Please note, the lift can only accommodate one wheelchair patron and carer at any one time.

Hard of hearing

There is an induction loop system in the main theatre; this is accessed by putting a hearing aid to the ‘T’ switch. The most effective areas for operation are, in the raised tier using seats 20-23 on rows F-T, and in the flat stalls using seats 22-25 on rows C-E. Alternatively, the next best areas are seats 1-5 (tier and stalls) on the other side of the theatre. Seats in the centre section should not be used.

Access to the building from the outside

There is a ramp at the Manchester Road entrance, and two lifts; one from ground floor level to the rear of the building, and one from main foyer to the auditorium and the The Loft. Please call the box office to arrange assistance prior to your visit.  There is a gradient from the car park to the theatre entrance on Yorke street; should you foresee needing assistance with this, please inform the box office.

A helping hand

Essential Companion Tickets
For selected performances there is a limited allocation of tickets available for essential companions accompanying wheelchair users and the registered blind. These are allocated on a first come first served basis and proof of eligibility will be required.

Eligibility requirements:
• We require wheelchair users to stay in their wheelchairs next to their able bodied companion throughout the event to ensure safe evacuation in an emergency.
• The able bodied companion will be requested to assist should an emergency evacuation arise, therefore must be over the age of 16.
Some events will be exempt such as events where the ticket price includes food and/or drink etc (i.e. theatre-dinners, private hires).
Burnley Mechanics has a volunteering scheme so may be able to provide an assistant for those wanting to attend a concert alone, advance booking is essential, and we cannot guarantee the availability of our volunteers.

Fire and Emergency

In the event of emergency, all essential carers are required to work with trained staff to facilitate a safe evacuation. Trained staff will inform and guide essential carers in terms of where to go.

Dementia Friendly
We want to make Burnley Mechanics accessible to as many people as possible; we have dementia friendly signage installed to support our customers visiting the Mechanics to get around the building. Our events can be very busy, bright, noisy or dark, so if a quiet space is needed, we will do our best to accommodate this and recommend shows that may be suitable to different customers’ needs.
There is always a Dementia friend on duty, please speak to a member of staff if support is required.

Pre-show visits

If you or any of your party has a condition that would benefit from a visit to Burnley Mechanics prior to a performance you are attending, we will do our best to accommodate such requests.

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For more information about 1855 bistro & bar re-opening please call 01282 664400 or email

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