Emerging in Stockport back in 2016, The Allotment Vegan Eatery quickly established itself with its own unique spin on plant-based dining, creating an elevated dining experience by providing guests with fresh flavours that were typically new to their palate.
Since then, they moved into the city centre, just off Albert Square, and have now relocated once again to the city’s Medieval Quarter, directly opposite the gothic magnificence of Manchester Cathedral.
The new opening has been eagerly anticipated, and now that the doors are finally open, the vegan restaurant looks set to continue to be a huge hit with both herbivores and carnivores looking for local, seasonal food that’s full of hearty flavour.
Last week, we were invited down to check out the new space. Surrounded by plants and shrubbery it’s open and light, drawing influence from the natural environment from which its food is derived.
The restaurant has won multiple awards across its years of operation, including Best Northern Vegan Restaurant two years in a row, and it’s not hard to see why.
Its menu is hyper-seasonal, with the current plates setting the tone for alfresco dining with one of Allotment’s signature cocktails, too. We had the pleasure of trying the Sundried Tomato Risotto (£14), which is topped with a vegan ‘ricotta’. It’s a classic taste of Italy, but with a refreshing plant-based twist.
We also delved into the crispy Cauliflower Wings (£6), which are coated with a secret recipe seasoned batter and are made to be washed down with a cold pint, and the Summer Bowl (£14) is a must-try, too. It’s a foodie’s dream, full of natural flavours and ingredients that emulate the rainbow, featuring quinoa, slaw, sweet potatoes, courgette and beetroot, topped with an avocado and basil sauce.
The menu is perfect for grazing on a few small plates or making a meal out of it with dishes including the Vegan ‘Fish & Chips’ (£15), which is a 100% plant-based take on the seaside favourite. Made with seaweed battered banana blossom, the dish is then served with chips, minted peas and a homemade vegan tartare sauce.
The Jackfruit Tacos (£12.50) are also a dish made for sampling out alfresco throughout the summer months. Filled with a tex mex jackfruit mix each taco is then served with guacamole, fresh salsa, sriracha mayo and miso sauce – pair this with one of The Allotment’s refreshing cocktails and you’ll be fully set for the evening.
The Allotment Vegan Eatery is now open at Cathedral Gardens from 12pm – 9pm Monday – Saturday and 12pm – 6pm Sunday. Book a table now via the link below.