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The best vegetarian restaurants and places to eat meat-free in Manchester

Manchester is full of great vegetable-based grub. Why not take this great opportunity to try some amazing new cruelty-free foods
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Vegetarian food has become more and more popular recently, and with a range of amazing restaurants to try in Manchester, it’s no surprise.

Making more meat-free choices continues to be a big positive trend in Manchester.

The Vegetarian Movement

Manchester area is actually home to the modern vegetarian movement as we know it today.

In 1808, the rather ironically named Reverend Cowherd formed The Bible Christian Church in Salford, one of whose practices was following a meat-free diet.

They met in the – also ironically named – Beefsteak Chapel and became one of the founding groups involved in the formation of The Vegetarian Society in 1847.

Although the Vegetarian Society was actually formed near Richmond in Surrey, Manchester seemed to be the place to be. It had its first annual meeting in Manchester in 1848 and from 1849 onwards, it continued to be prominent here.

They’ve recently just moved back to the city.

Manchester has recently earned its stripes as one of the best places in the UK for vegan and vegetarian food. The surge in demand for vegan eateries has been remarkable, with an 84% increase in searches between 2021 and 2023.

Currently holding its spot as one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the UK, according to research conducted by LNER, Manchester boasts an impressive score of 64.9 out of 100.

This recognition is based on comprehensive analysis, taking into account Google search data, the number of vegan restaurants listed on HappyCow, and the availability of vegan takeaway options on Deliveroo in the 20 largest cities in the UK.

With 5.6 vegan restaurants and 5.6 vegan takeaways per 100,000 residents, the city is proving to be a haven for those seeking plant-based delights.

Whether it’s a lifestyle choice, a Vegetarian Week or a Vegetarian Day, people all over the country make a conscious attempt to cut down on their meat consumption.

King Charles is actively seeking a chef to prepare his vegetarian dishes, while scientific studies suggest that plant-based protein can aid in building muscle.

In addition, if you’re a vegan, and are trying veganuary, check out our list of the best vegan restaurants.

The Hyatt Hotel

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Fancy treating yourself this Veganuary? The luxurious Hyatt hotel are knocking 10% off all their delicious vegan meals this January.

Chow down on a delicious Cherry tomato, orange & avocado salad with crispy fennel, aniseed & orange dressing. Or a divine spelt penne primavera with healthy grain pasta, young vegetables, tomato and basil sauce. They’ve even got vegan pizza for you to enjoy.

You can book a table by clicking here.

Sthan

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If you’re looking for an incredible Indian restaurant in Manchester Town Centre, there aren’t too many choices. So Sthan, located at 50 Princess St, Manchester M1 6HR, has an amazing selection of vegetarian and vegan food, showcasing some of the finest food from fusing desi cuisine with a videsi bar for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking for amazing vegetarian food, this is a place you really can’t miss.

Check out their fabulous menu here

You can book a table by clicking here

The Lowry Hotel

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Vegan Afternoon Tea at The Lowry Hotel

This Veganuary, The River Restaurant is excited to join you in embracing the spirit of compassionate dining. To kick off the year on a delicious note, we’re thrilled to announce our exclusive Veganuary Afternoon Tea.

Escape the ordinary and treat yourself to an array of exquisite plant-based delights expertly crafted by our talented chefs. Indulge in a guilt-free feast of flavours that celebrate the goodness of vegan ingredients without compromising on taste. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or simply curious to explore the world of plant-based cuisine, our Veganuary Afternoon Tea promises a delightful experience for everyone.

Don’t miss this opportunity to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates compassion and flavour in equal measure. Treat yourself to a memorable afternoon, surrounded by the beauty of The River Restaurant.

We look forward to serving you a delightful vegan feast that will leave your taste buds and heart satisfied.

The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, United Kingdom

You can book a table by clicking here

The Walled Gardens

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Why not enjoy some incredible vegetarian food with The Walled Gardens

A hidden gem of Whalley Range, The Walled Gardens secures its spot in our list of the “Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Manchester.”

Nestled discreetly in chef Eddie Shepherd’s own residence, this unique underground restaurant has become a sought-after foodie destination, boasting a mere eight seats and a six-month waiting list for reservations.

Eddie Shepherd, the visionary founder and sole staff member is seriously commitment to plant-based culinary excellence.

As the We’re Smart Green Guide attests, “Chef Eddie Shepherd calls himself ‘Veggie Chef,’ and we totally like this!

Plant-based is therefore ingrained in him.” This intimate setting allows for a truly immersive experience, where 12 creative and pure plant-based creations, some more surprising than others, take centre stage.

The We’re Smart Green Guide acknowledges the restaurant’s global appeal, stating, “Many chefs from home and abroad come here to see the latest innovative creations!”

Chef Eddie Shepherd’s culinary expertise shines through, incorporating a variety of techniques that elevate the dining experience at The Walled Gardens.

Good luck getting a table!

Check out their website by clicking here

Bundobust

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Incredible guilt-free food and beer at Bundobust

Ranked as one of the city’s best casual dining restaurants, underground eatery Bundobust serves dazzling Indian street food bursting with flavour.

You cannot leave without trying their famous ‘Okra Fries’, whether you’re eating meat or not.

Some of the tastiest dishes on the menu include onion, broccoli and kale bhajis, Gobi Mushroom Manchurian (mushroom and cauliflower pakora in a curry sauce) and Idli Sambhar (a lentil and aubergine soup served with rice cakes). And yes, they taste as good as they sound.

61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG

Desert Island Dumplings – Afflecks Palace

These are no ordinary dumplings – the delightful morsels crafted at Desert Island Dumplings draw inspiration from unconventional sources such as cheeseburgers, salt and pepper ‘chick’n’, and even overnight oats.

What sets them apart is not just their unique flavour profiles but also the fact that they’re entirely vegan. Perfect for Veganuary.

Nestled within Afflecks, a plant-based cafe has emerged, adorning the space with an abundance of The Simpsons memorabilia.

The quirky ambiance includes a Gamecube preloaded with the original Simpson’s Hit & Run, creating an immersive experience for visitors.

Pasta Factory

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Passionate about Italian cuisine, the chefs at the Pasta Factory believe that the greatest moments happen around the dinner table.

So why should family members miss out on these moments simply due to their food preferences?

The Pasta Factory doesn’t believe so! This is why they have several veggie and vegan options on the menu, so there’s choice for all the family.

And, keeping up with the Italian tradition, these options even have their very own homemade vegan Parmesan! Perfect for Veganuary. 

77 Shudehill, Manchester M4 4AN

Banh VI

Banh Vi has made a mark in the City with diverse menu that originally embraced a fully plant-based approach.

While they have expanded to include non-vegan options, they are still crafting some of the most flavourful meat-free sandwiches in the city.

Delight your taste buds with Banh Vi’s Vietnamese sandwiches, generously stuffed with pickles, plant-based pate, and a medley of Asian-style vegetables and proteins.

The menu extends beyond sandwiches to include delectable offerings like summer rolls, oyster mushroom wings, and even a breakfast banh mi.

Situated at New Century, Corporation St, M60 4ES, Banh Vi invites patrons to savour rich and diverse flavours of their culinary creations.

This and That

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Simply a Manchester institution selling fabulous curries, and for a great price too.

Embraced by the locals as Manchester’s beloved curry haven and renowned for its iconic rice and three offerings, This & That has held its esteemed status since its inception in 1984.

Providing an extensive array of delectable curries, the establishment also boasts a considerable selection of vegan options.

Nestled inconspicuously on Soap Street, locating this culinary gem might require a moment of exploration, but once discovered, the experience is transformative.

Rest assured, once you’ve savoured the flavours of This & That, there’s no turning back. Recognised as a local treasure, it holds a special place in the hearts of patrons for a myriad of reasons.

 

Purezza

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Incredible vegan options at Purezza

Purezza was established in 2015 and has gained a reputation for its plant-based pizzas and diverse menu options.

The chain aims to provide delicious, cruelty-free alternatives to traditional pizza ingredients while maintaining a focus on sustainability and ethical practices.

Purezza’s menu features a variety of innovative vegan pizzas made with homemade dough and plant-based toppings.

They use creative and flavorful combinations of ingredients to replicate traditional pizza flavors.

Some of their popular pizza options include the Margherita Pizzaiola, Parmigiana Party, and the Seasonal Specials that change regularly.75-77 High St, Manchester M4 1FS

Wholesome Junkies

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Wholesome Junkies enjoyed widespread popularity at Arndale Market throughout its tenure, and the venture has expanded to establish its standalone restaurant, featuring a tantalizing vegan roast dinner on the menu.

Indulge in a variety of delectable dishes crafted with mock meat, ranging from hearty Sunday lunches to flavorful bao and burgers.

Beyond their fixed location at Unit 4 Mirabel St, M3 1PJ, Wholesome Junkies continues to make its mark through various pop-ups across town.

World class vegetarian food at The Allotment Vegan Restaurant

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This award-winning restaurant offers a fully vegan menu, using seasonal, organic and locally sourced produce. There’s a reason it has been named one of the best vegan restaurants in the world.

The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons and the creativity of the chefs.

1-3 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW

You can check out their menu by clicking here

What the Pitta

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What the Pitta is a popular vegan fast food chain that originated in London and has now expanded to several locations across the UK, including Manchester. They specialise in vegan kebabs made with a plant-based meat alternative called seitan.

Located in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, What the Pitta offers a range of vegan kebab options, including the Original Döner, the Vegan Gyro, and the Vegan Souvlaki. Their kebabs are made with freshly baked pitta bread, salad, hummus, tzatziki (vegan option available), and a choice of seitan fillings.

In addition to their kebabs, What the Pitta also offers vegan sides such as loaded fries, falafel, and vegan nuggets. They also have a range of vegan desserts, including baklava and  chocolate cake.

59 Church St, Manchester M4 1PD, United Kingdom

The Vurger Co

Nestled within the Northern Quarter, The Vurger Co. has set up shop in a new building, bringing its acclaimed burger offerings from London and Brighton to Manchester.

Prepare your taste buds for a feast of indulgent burgers, featuring options like the classic New York Melt, the tantalizing Buffalo Vurger with a crispy ‘chicken’ patty bathed in buffalo hot sauce, and the savory Hunny Chicken. This particular creation boasts a house-made vegan honey drizzled over The Vurger Co.’s chicken patty, accompanied by honey mustard aioli, gherkins, and served on fresh brioche.

You’ll find The Vurger Co. at Unit 2, Transmission House, 11 Tib St, M4 1AE, providing locals and visitors alike with a flavorful escape into the world of plant-based burger excellence.

Sanskruti Restaurant

Sanskruti Restaurant is an Indian vegetarian restaurant located in Fallowfield.

They offer a range of dishes from different regions of India, all made with fresh, authentic ingredients.

95 Mauldeth Rd, Manchester M14 6SR, United Kingdom

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

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Zouk Tea Bar & Grill is an Indian restaurant located in the city centre.

They offer a vegetarian and vegan menu, with a range of dishes inspired by traditional Indian street food.

The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS, United Kingdom

Check out their menu by clicking here

Pastan

Pastan is a new restaurant in Manchester that specialises in handmade, plant-based pasta dishes.

Their fully plant-based menu features favourites such as Dolce Vita (vegan carbonara), Green Velvet (a pea and shallot ravioli dressed in a salsa verde) and Catalonia (black cavatelli pasta made in a rich tomato sauce, spiced with apricot harissa and rosemary), plus sides of Loaded Gnocchi. Prices start from £12.95 for a main.

They aim to provide healthy, natural food that is both delicious and environmentally sustainable

Bhaji Pala

Bhaji Pala a restaurant that specialises in authentic vegetarian and vegan cuisine from western India, specifically the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa.

The name Bhaji-Pala translates to green veggies and herbs, which are key ingredients in this type of cuisine.

2 Old Hall Rd, Gatley, Cheadle SK8 4BE

Mowgli

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Mowgli takes inspiration from the street food stalls of India, where the focus is on fresh ingredients, bold flavours, and sharing plates.

And it’s all vegetarian.

The menu features a variety of small plates, known as tiffin boxes, that are designed for sharing and sampling different dishes.

Each dish is carefully crafted with a balance of spices and ingredients to create a harmonious blend of flavours.

Corn Exchange, Manchester

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Maray

Maray offers an amazing selection of vegetarian dishes in their eclectic Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant. Check out review here.

Located in the bustling city centre, Maray is a hidden gem that’s well worth seeking out tucked away on Brazennose Street just behind Lincoln Square.

GRUB

For excellent weekend vegetarian munching, give GRUB a whirl. 

They’re known for the delicious street food that is served week in, week out by a vast range of incredible traders.

You’ll only ever find small, independent businesses cooking here and they are proud to say that some of the area’s best loved eateries traded their events in their early days including Wholesome Junkies, Yakumama, Rudy’s Pizza, The Hip Hop Chip Shop, Doner Summer, Honest Crust Pizza and Pollen Bakery.

The Eighth Day Café

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The Eighth Day Café is a vegetarian café and shop located in the heart of Manchester.

They offer a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

They also offer a range of vegan wines and cocktails.

111 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7DU, United Kingdom

Vegetarian Pret a Manger

Having arrived on Deansgate Road just last October, our Manchester Veggie Pret is the first venue outside of London that has a completely vegetarian menu.

Not a cow in sight! Perfect for those quick lunches and on-the-go hunger fixes, look out for the famous green sign that shouts: “healthy food found here”.

Must-haves from the menu are: the butternut pesto and roasted tomato flatbread, vegan ‘mac and greens’ and the halloumi, red pepper and basil toastie.

79-81 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW

Gorilla

Looking for some tasty vegetarian brunch options? The music venue and bar Gorilla is ideal. Offering both veggie and vegan breakfast options, guests are spoiled for choice.

And when you’re feeling super hungry, upgrade to the Royal Vegetarian breakfast with three Quorn sausages, two homemade hashbrowns, two fried eggs, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, chilli and sweet potato hash, and extra toast.

Brunch is served every day up until 4pm, so you’ve got plenty of time.

But, if you do miss it, Gorilla have plenty of other veggie options on their main menu, too. Indulge in the three-cheese, sun-blushed tomato and garlic grilled cheese sourdough for that greasy hangover fix, or – for something a bit more peculiar – try tofu tacos with mushroom dashi, crispy seaweed and kimchi mayo.

Vegetarian delights at Shoryu Ramen

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Last but not least is the ultimate noodle bar, Shoryu Ramen, who have an extra special set menu for veggies to enjoy.

When it comes to satisfying your vegetarian cravings in Manchester, Shoryu Ramen’s Detox Menu stands out as a delightful haven for plant-based enthusiasts. Priced at £19.90, this specially curated menu offers a delectable selection of sides, ramen, and refreshing drinks to please your taste buds. Here’s a glimpse of what makes Shoryu Ramen a top choice for vegetarians in the city:

  1. Edamame (ve): Immerse yourself in the simplicity of hakata yuzu and sea salt-infused edamame.
  2. Wakame Seaweed & Green Leaf Salad (ve): Revel in the harmony of wakame seaweed, mixed salad, shredded carrot, and a zesty wasabi yuzu dressing.
  3. Goma Kyuri Cucumber (s)(ve): Indulge in freshly sliced cucumber adorned with shichimi togarashi chili flakes, sesame, and sea salt.

Ramen:

  1. White Natural: Immerse yourself in a bowl of tonyu soy milk, miso, konbu, and shiitake broth, accompanied by atsuage tofu, kikurage mushrooms, menma bamboo shoots, spring onion, tender broccoli, and nori seaweed.
  2. Spicy Goma Tan Tan: Experience the richness of tonyu soy milk, sesame, miso broth with soya mince marinated in garlic and chiu show chili oil. The dish is complemented with beansprouts, pak choi, and an extra kick of chili oil.

Drinks:

  1. Asahi 0.0% (ve): For those who enjoy the beer experience without the alcohol, the alcohol-free Asahi 0.0% is a perfect choice.
  2. Matcha Detox (ve): Refresh your senses with a blend of pineapple juice, coconut syrup, fresh lime, and matcha green tea – a detoxifying, alcohol-free concoction.
  3. Punchy (ve): Sip on the invigorating combination of cucumber, yuzu, and rosemary in this alcohol-free drink.

Shoryu Ramen’s Detox Menu not only caters to the vegetarian palate but also ensures a memorable dining experience with its thoughtfully crafted dishes and refreshing drinks. Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian or someone exploring plant-based options, Shoryu Ramen in Manchester promises a gastronomic journey that celebrates flavors and nourishment.

There’s never been a better time to enjoy some vegetarian restaurants in Manchester. Go and get em!

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