Over recent years, the number of vegan options in Manchester has gone up dramatically, and about time too. Now, at the start of 2021 we’re in the middle of Veganuary, or the less-snappily-titled ‘Vegan January’. Generally seen as the ideal time to try out new healthy lifestyles, January this year is a little different, for obvious reasons. But don’t feel obliged to restrict yourself unnecessarily, if you look forward to a glass of wine at the end of the day, now is not the time to remove that small source of pleasure.
There are many high-end vegan takeout options and cook-at-home kit meals to explore
Thankfully, this doesn’t apply to vegan food as not only does it taste just as good – if not better – than meat-based food but you’re likely to have a significant energy boost, along with the knowledge that you’re eating ethically and helping the environment in some small way.
Year on year, it’s clear that plant-based eating is on the rise, as vegan cooking becomes more mainstream. As ever, the restaurant scene is one step ahead, and even meat-eaters will be aware of the increasing number of vegan dishes available at their favourite restaurant. Of course, we can’t simply nip to our favourite eateries right now, but there are many high-end takeout options and cook-at-home kit meals to explore.
Vegetarians are well served around Manchester, but it’s time to focus on the restaurants with the tastiest vegan meals. So whether you’re a proud vegan or merely curious, let us guide you towards some of the best food choices for vegans in Manchester this month. Also check our guides to vegetarian food in Manchester, gluten-free food in Manchester and vegan food in Leeds and Liverpool.
Here are our picks
Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now
Since opening their restaurant on the edge of Piccadilly, the team behind Bundobust have built one hell of a buzz around Manchester. For the unaware, this underground restaurant serves up tapas-style small plates of vegan (and some vegetarian) Indian food, along with an exhaustive – and somewhat exhausting – list of beers and craft ales. You can’t eat in at the moment, obviously, but you can order for collection or delivery.
Six By Nico Manchester, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BQ - Visit now
During these lockdown times, Six By Nico have made the successful switch to cook-at-home kit meals, with their Home-X service. As in their restaurants, they offer a fully-vegan option so you can enjoy a six-course plant-based fine-dining experience in your own home.
Pizza Punks, 34-40 Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6AE - Visit now
Pizza Punks delivered one of the most simple and best cook-at-home options late last year, with their pizza party box and now they have a sister brand, Veganizza, dealing in all-vegan pizzas. Remember, vegan pizza is for life, not just for Veganuary.
Teacup Kitchen, 55 Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1NA - Visit now
Teacup has an amazing choice of vegan breakfasts and bunches; from superfood porridge to the full vegan breakfast via mushrooms, falafel and avocado. As you’d expect, there’s loads of tea to pick from as well as soya and coconut milk alternatives and even vegan cake. That’s right, cake. Sadly, there isn’t a single vegan choice on the non-breakfast menu, but breakfast is served all day, and as Leslie Knope once said, “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?”.