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The Top 100’s Best Restaurants for Vegans

4 years ago

With more and more people getting involved in Veganuary every year and around a third of Brits saying they were eating fewer or no meat products in 2018. The rise and rise of veganism continued unabated throughout 2019 and in 2020 it’s almost the new normal.

The outdated image of a pallid Neil from The Young Ones with his sad daily dinner of boiled mung beans has been replaced by that of healthy, strong, ‘woke’ young things making dietary choices that it is claimed are nutritionally complete and better for the planet, not just the animals that graze on it.

There has been a palpable shift on the dining scene, in both attitudes and menus. Not that long ago, the sole veggie option, if you were lucky enough to find one, was the ubiquitous mushroom risotto. Now it’s a brave, or dare we say out-of-touch restaurant that doesn’t include at least one or two creative vegan options. Many opting for a whole menu.

We have scoured our Top 100 list to see whose vegan game is strong in the North West. All of the following restaurants currently offer a full vegan menu, not just one or two token dishes. Some even with top-notch ten-course tasting menus.

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  • The sun shining on Maray restaurant on Bold Street, Liverpool city centre.
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    Maray Bold St

    Restaurant - European

    Serving irresistible Middle Eastern fusion small plates, Maray is a slow-burning smash hit. Inspired by (and named after) the Middle-Eastern flavours of Paris’ Marais district, it provides an informal, communal dining experience which revolves around excellent falafels, small plates, fine wines and cocktails.

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  • The interior of Gimbals restaurant in Sowerby Bridge soars beyond quirky.
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    Gimbals

    Restaurant - European

    For years, Gimbals was a mesmerising neighbourhood bistro with a good reputation. Run by talented husband-and-wife team Simon and Janet Baker, the Sowerby Bridge stalwart has now closed its doors to the usual bookings, and is available for private dining and as a high-end takeaway.

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  • One of the dishes served at The Art School: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre
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    The Art School

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The Art School delivers upmarket, regionally-inspired cooking from local legend, Paul Askew. Opening in late 2014, this fancy contemporary British restaurant is a place for that special occasion.

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  • Chef's Table in Chester is the brainchild of local chef Liam McKay
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    Chef’s Table

    Restaurant - European

    This independent, 30-cover restaurant in Chester is the brainchild of local chef Liam McKay. Sourcing is a priority at Chef’s Table with 90% of veg supplied by the Natural Veg Men and a list of fully local and British suppliers for everything else. They also commit to using only sustainable palm oil.

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  • The team responsible for the street food magic served at Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle
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    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle was one of the first local places to step away from the typical menu of the average flock wallpapered curry house and focus instead on Indian street food.

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  • Inside Hearth of the Ram, one of Confidential Guides' recommended places to eat in Ramsbottom.
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    Hearth of the Ram

    Restaurant - British

    Hearth of the Ram offers extraordinary pub food that reinvents classic local flavours. Head here for confident cooking in a historic, 200-year-old pub on the cusp of the countryside.

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  • Inside the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom with its views of the Lancashire moors
    Ramsbottom

    Eagle & Child

    Restaurant - British

    The Eagle & Child is famous for offering excellent Sunday lunches and award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Refuge

    Restaurant - European

    Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester’s iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back to 1858, this DJ-run restaurant and bar is large and sassy.

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  • A table laden with dishes from Mughli - one of the first Indian restaurants in Manchester to embrace street food.
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    Mughli

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Mughli is the contemporary, social media embracing, second generation Curry Mile restaurant that paved the way for the likes of Indian Tiffin Room, Amma’s Canteen and Dishoom.

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