Vegetarian Food in Manchester

Esther Routledge

The choice of vegetarian food in Manchester is getting better all the time. Whether you are all-the-time vegetarian, or just like to try out a non-meat fast from time to time, reducing your carbon footprint by eating out in vegetarian style can make you feel good about your choices. We’ve gathered together a handpicked list of some of our favourites – meaning you need never suffer a stuffed pepper ever again. Well, not unless you want to, that is.

Want more? Check out are guide to vegan food in Manchester.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Greens

    Greens, 41-43 Lapwing Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2NT - Visit now

    Greens of West Didsbury does a sterling job at high(er)-end vegetarian dining. Simon Rimmer’s Greens has been waving the V flag for 25 years now, and regularly hosts events such as vintage afternoon teas.

    – Esther Routledge

  • 2. 1847

    Image courtesy Bistro 1847.

    1847, Chapel Walks, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 1HN - Visit now

    Bistro 1847, named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed, specialises in that rare species of cooking: fully vegetarian fine dining. Within spitting distance of Manchester Art Gallery, Bistro 1847 has an award-winning menu and elegant decor. The food ranges from an incredibly moreish take on fish and chips (the beer-battered halloumi with peas) into stranger territory, but the amount of choice available is enough to make the option-starved vegetarian dizzy.

    – Polly Checkland Harding

  • 3. The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

    The Rivals Bar & Restaurant, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH - Visit now

    You expect high-quality food and wine from the in-house restaurant at the Royal Exchange Theatre, but you might not have expected such a great vegetarian selection. There are a quite a few choices for veggies here and it’s all quality, hearty meals too.

  • 4. Fuel Cafe

    Fuel Cafe, 448 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 3BW - Visit now

    Withington is home to Fuel Cafe, who serve only vegetarian and vegan food, as well as hosting quiz nights and lively open mics. They are well known for their hangover busting, meat free, full breakfast menu, and the decor is pleasantly found-object-eclectic.

    – Esther Routledge

  • 5. Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen

    Photo of the restaurant's logo on their front window
    Image courtesy Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen.

    Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen, 536 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 4BY - Visit now

    Head south of the city centre for Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen, which promotes a healthier, meat free lifestyle. Their menus are inspired by the owner’s travels to Hong Kong, Canada and Taiwan, where vegetarian Chinese restaurants are more abundant than here. Child friendly and BYOB, their special lunch menu starts at £5. Their dinner menu reads like a lesson in tofu and uses a whole rainbow of vegetables.

    – Esther Routledge

  • 6. Bundobust Manchester

    Lennox Paul David

    Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now

    Fantastic and endlessly original Indian street food, all vegetarian (and often vegan).

  • 7. V Revolution

    V Revolution.

    V Revolution, 20-26 Edge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1HN - Visit now

    This red-boothed, heavy-metal haven on Oldham Street does vegan junk food – think burgers, and hot dogs – and boy does it taste good. There’s not an animal product in sight; the small shop at the back is stocked with credible vegan alternatives to things like cheese, mayo and ice cream, as well as a selection of hard core records.

    – Polly Checkland Harding

  • 8. PLY

    Image of signage outside PLY in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Ben Williams

    PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1DW - Visit now

    Pizza is a wonderful thing and Manchester isn’t short of places to grab a slice. We’re going for PLY. You might not have to queue for a table, there may not be a hushed hype circulating the office, but the pizza is fantastic and who likes queuing anyway?

  • 9. Lunya Manchester

    Image by Ian Jones

    Lunya Manchester, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2BB - Visit now

    Lunya has long been a Creative Tourist favourite – both the original Liverpool restaurant and the equally-lauded Manchester branch. There’s plenty of choices here for veggies and even a dedicated vegan menu too.

  • 10. Vegan Food in Manchester

    Finally, whether you’re a proud vegan or merely curious, let us guide you towards the best vegan food in Manchester.

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