When it comes to vegan food, Manchester more than holds its own. Head to the city’s central area of Spinningfields and you’ll find a diverse mix of restaurants and dining spots that cater to those with a penchant for healthy, environmentally friendly, meat-free meals.
From fine dining restaurants to more casual establishments, there’s a huge range on offer but fear not, all the places listed below offer a superb line-up of vegan meals. Whether you’re a longstanding plant-food lover or wondering how to dip your toe in the water (after all, that’s what Veganuary, despite the unwieldy name, is all about), here’s where to begin.
So grab a pen and make notes, here are some of the best vegan options in Manchester. From leading international names like Wagamama and The Ivy, to gems like Comptoir Libanais, there’s something for everyone.
Here are our picks
20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now
Celebrate the start of a new year while exploring one of the highest points in the city with an exclusive four-course vegan meal at 20 Stories on Thursday 26th January. Located 19 floors high, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful meal in beautiful surroundings.
With stunning views over our great city, you can enjoy a magical experience while savouring delicious vegan dishes alongside an optional vegan wine pairing. Go here for more details and to book your place.
Bill’s Manchester, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now
One of the most welcoming restaurants in all of Manchester, Bill’s isn’t doing Veganuary by halves. It’s a great-looking space, with statement chandeliers, velvet seating and striking specials, and well worth a visit, or two, or three.
This Veganuary, Bill’s and THIS™ invite you to kick-start 2023 with a range of limited-edition vegan dishes: THIS™ Isn’t Bacon Mac & Cheese, THIS™ Chicken and Beef Wellington, THIS™ Plant Plate. The new dishes are perfect for everyone, whether you’re a fully-fledged vegan, curious newcomer or simply someone who likes to dabble with meat alternatives from time to time.
Wagamama, 1 Spinningfields Square Unit A4, Manchester, M3 3AP - Visit now
Wagamama’s home in Spinningfields serves up high-quality Japanese cuisine in modern surroundings. For Veganuary, it’s worth noting that half of the dishes on the Wagamama menu are vegan or vegetarian, using delicious substitutes that don’t compromise on taste.
Plus, check out their Veganuary exclusive – kare lomen, back but with a fresh Veganuary twist that features vegan teriyaki ‘chicken’, udon noodles, and fragrant coconut broth with a chilli kick. Make your mouth water by checking out the full vegan menu here.
Comptoir Libanais, 8-19 The Avenue, Manchester, M3 3HF - Visit now
If you’re looking for some of the city’s more interesting – and delicious – meat-and-dairy-free options, Comptoir Libanais has you covered. Start with their super green hommos, a creamy mung bean salsa accompanied by toasted sunflower seeds and warm flatbread for dipping.
Then there’s the okra tagine served over vermicelli rice, couscous, or quinoa to get an authentic taste of Lebanese cuisinee. Or if you’re more of a sweet tooth fan, the raved-about lemon cake comes with creamy coconut yoghurt. No matter what your dietary preferences are, you’ll find something fresh, new and beautiful to the eye (and tastebuds) at Comptoir Libanais.
The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3HG - Visit now
Experience an exclusive taste of the best plant-based dining this January at The Ivy Spinningfields. Gorgeous foliage sets the scene for an unforgettable dining affair, courtesy of a seasonal menu that showcases a range of glorious vegan and vegetarian dishes.
The vegan and vegetarian menu is served during all services apart from breakfast, and you’ll find must-try vegan options including a keralan sweet potato salad, tossed Asian salad, vegetable and mushroom burger and coconut panna cotta.