Vegetarian Food in Manchester

Esther Routledge

The choice of vegetarian cuisine 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.

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. V Revolution

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    V Revolution.

    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

  • 2. Bistro 1847

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    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. Fuel Cafe

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    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

  • 4. Greens

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    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

  • 5. Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen

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    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

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