Manchester may not be the biggest city in the UK, but it’s definitely one of the best when it comes to vegan grub! Alongside a wealth of chain restaurants in the city centre with vegan options or even separate menus, there are some great independent cafes and restaurants you should know about. Here’s a little taster of some of the top spots in this great city – including the Best Vegan Restaurant in the UK (according to the 2016 VegFest awards).
That honour goes to V Rev, a vegan junk food extravaganza. MoFo regular Jenny (formerly of Spice Box of Earth, now Jenny Marie) reviewed it as soon as it reopened in new premises late last year. Don’t those burgers look incredible? This place is just as famous for its dessert as for the gigantic burgers.
Another all-vegan sensation is Teatime Collective, home of big breakfasts, spectacular burgers and tacos, and an incredible array of cakes and ice cream. Here’s Jenny’s review. (They also put on incredible Christmas dinners every year too, FYI.)
Back in 2013, MoFo star Caroline from Tea and Sympatico posted on the theme of the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s arty, alternative area which is home to dozens of vegan options. You can work your way through all of her posts from this one, but here are a few highlights:
There is no shortage of cheap and cheerful little places offering rice’n’three, including This’n’That Cafe. One such place, Little Aladdin, recently went all vegan too!
Cake is also plentiful in this quarter of Manchester, and you can always find something sweet in Fig and Sparrow, a lovely cafe and shop. (Personal tip: you can’t go wrong with a brownie from this place!)
Restaurant reviewer Vegan Olive is another great resource for vegans visiting Manchester. You can check out her reviews here, including for this slap-up breakfast at Trof (also in the Northern Quarter). If you’ve ever wanted to try vegan black pudding, here’s your chance!
Olive also has a review of The Pasta Factory, famous for its excellent ravioli, all-vegan alcohol menu and homemade parmesan. Yum!
Venturing further afield from the Northern Quarter, here’s a newcomer to the scene: 100%-vegan fine dining restaurant The Allotment. There are more Manchester reviews to be found here on Herbivores’ Heaven.
You can also find the quintessential British experience in Manchester, with numerous places offering a vegan afternoon tea. This one at The Garden is a particular favourite – it’s so flavoursome, you won’t even mind the lack of scones!
So whether you want a big breakfast, delicious cake, fast food or fine dining, Manchester has you covered!