The Northern Quarter’s answer to really good vegan grub and amazing happy hours is Alvarium. There’s an amazing Sunday Dinner up for grabs and fantastic sandwiches. And what’s more around 90% of the drinks selection is vegan too – including twists on classic cocktails, beer, wine and Prosecco! So, cheers to that. Oh – and cheers to 50% off food!!
Alvarium, Manchester M4 1LU
The Allotment Vegan Eatery
Not satisfied with just serving up food fit for the vegan diet, Allotment is also helping out our Gluten Free friends. They’ve been awarded a million and two badges to say just how good the food is included the Best Vegan Roast 2019 so it might be worth a try this one. Luckily, there’s even a handy 20% off the A La Carte Menu throughout January, Sunday – Friday.
The Allotment Vegan Eatery, Lloyd’s house, 18-22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
On top of their usual Plant Powered Sundays (which are VEGAN only events), GRUB will be putting on a super-special ‘ExtraVEGANza’ this January – perfect for all you lot who are taking part in a vegan only month. It’ll see a takeover from the Best Street Food Vendors in town and what’s more the whole event is free entry and there are open arms for doggos (and kids).
GRUB, 50 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF
Obviously our favourite place to get pizza is Pedro’s but fear not, they have not forgotten about those people who can’t have cheese! And in actual fact, vegan cheese is super duper stringy and actually delicious so get involved. There’s ‘Giuseppe’s not Sloppy, He’s Vegan’, this ones a firey little beggar with hot chilli not beef, peppers, onions and Jalapeños. If that doesn’t tickle your pickle there’s also ‘HOLY CLUCK!’ which I’m sure you can guess has chicken on it and is FIT.
Crazy Pedro’s, 55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ // Short St, Manchester M1 1JG
Purveyors of some of the finest vegetarian and vegan dishes in the whole city, Bundobust have gone from strength to strength since opening in a very difficult unit on Piccadilly Gardens a few years back. The combination of outstanding plant-powered Indian dishes and a constantly changing beer and ale list is an absolute winner and has made this place one of the best restaurants in the city.
Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
0161 359 6757
Black Dog’s Vegan Brunch
As is usually the case with these paragraphs I was due to start this one with “You probably wouldn’t expect…” – but by this point it’s not necessary – we get it. Most places offer some great Vegan options nowadays and Black Dog is no different. Their main menu has plenty of options but it’s their weekend brunch menu which really shines. Choose a vegan breakfast dish (Chicken & Waffles!) and then for £25 you get unlimited booze for 2 hours. Perfect.
Black Dog, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
0161 839 0664
The Refuge Introduction
With a packed menu of ‘Voltini’ – small dishes that are perfect for sharing amongst mates, The Refuge manages to cover pretty much all bases – including a rather large Vegan offering. If you want to make the whole process of choosing your dishes easier – just go for their ‘Vegan Introduction’ – a selection of 6 vegan dishes and a carafe of (vegan) wine for 2 for just £40. They also offer up a fully vegan roast dinner on Sunday too!
The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
0161 233 5151
Mexican cantina El Capo launched their vegan menu a couple of years back and it must be said – it’s fantastic. It seems tacos and burritos lend themselves perfectly well to the vegan diet, with juicy tortillas stuffed with a dazzling array of vegetables and spicy sauces. Their Pico de Gallo is outstanding on anything but these guilt-free, plant powered options are divine. They also host a Vegan Thursdays where you can get 1 burrito (or 5 tacos), 1 tapas and vegan cheesy nachos for £12.50.
El Capo, 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
0161 237 3154
Probably Manchester’s favourite curry place serving up some whopping great big dishes have actually curated a fantastic vegan menu featuring vegan twists on all the classics. The dishes include the likes of Tofu Tikka, Gobi Tkki for starters and Goan Feijoada and Vegan ‘Chicken’ Handi for mains. They’ve even designed a Vegan Salted Caramel Cheesecake which I’m salivating over now thinking about and it’s not even 10am so my January diet is going well as I’m sure you can imagine.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5QS
Firebird Hope’s Seitan Burger
Home to quite possibly the city’s best vegan burger, Firebird Hope owner Dan has created a seitan sandwich that actually manages to be better than its chicken counterpart – a product that is the result of endless hours of experimentation and improvement over the years. The result is the Tripe-6 Vegan Burger, a delight of home-made seitan, koji mayo, house slaw and pickles – all on a sourdough bun. Grab one every day in the Arndale Market or over at YES just off Oxford Road.
Vegan Kebabs at BAB
You probably wouldn’t actually expect to find much in the way of vegan offerings in a restaurant that serves up gourmet kebabs, but don’t worry – BAB have sorted you out. Alongside their selection of Octopus, Lamb and Chicken creations they also offer up two rather delicious vegan numbers. There’s their Stuffed Baby Aubergine with peperonata, baba ghanoush and crisps, as well as their showstopping Grilled Tenderstem Broccoli which comes topped with hummus, pickled tomatoes, pistachio dukkah, sunblushed tomatoes and a harissa puree.
BAB, 14 Little Lever St, Manchester M1 1HR
0161 806 0813
Cane & Grain’s Vegan Burger
The world’s first plant-based burger, Beyond Meat, that is basically everything like a burger, including how it looks and how it cooks without containing a drop of beef. Cane & Grain is the perfect place to go with all your non-vegan friends and get some delicious meaty dishes so this burger is a welcome surprise to anyone expecting to just end up eating a bean burger. Some people have said that it’s better than the meat version – but that’s a VERY bold statement that requires months of rigorous testing to prove.
Cane & Grain, 49, 51 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
0161 839 7033
The 100% Vegan Vending Machine in Afflecks
What’s this? Well, it’s quite clearly a vegan vending machine in Afflecks – offering up not just the usual vegan ‘packet of cardboard’ snacks but instead fully vegan alternatives to all of your favourite chocolate bars and confectionary. Want a vegan Bounty? No problemo. Vegan Mars with a side of Vegan Crunchie? They have it all here and they’re actually really rather tasty indeed.
I’ve written about the food at Deaf many a time now and every single time it surprises me that this place is completely vegan. I’ve no idea why. I think it’s because I’ve only ever been there absolutely hammered watching a new band that will be ‘massive’, shout out to George Ezra. Anyway, they have a massive menu and a vegan fish and chips which I’ve heard is absolutely amazing.
The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HE
Don Giovanni isn’t the oldest Italian in Manchester for no reason – they know what the people want. And they’re not scared to give it ya! There’s a fantastic and pretty large vegan menu complete with an array of fantastic Italian pasta. There’s pizza Vegana, Lasagne (let the bells sing), risotto and a whole range of desserts which even includes Panna Cotta.
Don Giovanni, Peter House, 1-2 Oxford St, Manchester M1 5AN
0161 228 2482
If you’ve recently turned vegan or are just partaking in Veganuary, name a food you’re missing. Got it? Yeah – don’t worry about it V-Rev have got the alternative for you. Whether it’s hot dogs, mac and cheese, burgers, sandwiches, loaded fries, pancakes or even brownies you’ll find it at V-Rev.
V-Rev, 20-26 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN
Featured on the Beeb’s Million Pound Menu, Wholesome Junkies can be found 7 days a week in Manchester Arndale Market. All you need to do is look at their Instagram and you will be drooling. Hot wings, burgers, chicken, dogs, brownies – god just everything. I’m going to stop because looking at their pictures is making me hungry. Just go eat here OK?! I promise you won’t regret it.
Wholesome Junkies, Arndale Market