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Ten restaurants proving that vegetarian and vegan cooking isn’t just a phase

Confidentials    9 months ago

A haven of vegan and vegetarian delights, Manchester and its suburbs woke up to the benefits of meat-free cooking years ago. Some of the restaurants on this list have been around for years. Lily’s Vegetarian Cuisine has been serving top drawer Indian food to the residents of Ashton for nearly two decades. Others are veritable newbies – Herbivorous only opening the doors to its first bricks and mortar in October 2021. All are proving to the hungry public that their animal-friendly cuisine is much more than a bowl of boiled lentils and some soggy tofu.

Read on for our guide to the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Manchester and beyond:

  • Ruyi vegetarian house chinese restaurant chorlton
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    Ruyi Vegetarian House

    Restaurant - Chinese

    At Ruyi’s, you can expect traditional Chinese and Oriental cuisine and fusion food – the only difference is this traditional Chinese is all vegetarian, and most of the dishes are vegan to boot. Mock meat, soy-based substitutes and tofu plus veggies pure and simple are the USP here, for plant-based, guilt-free eating.

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  • One of the dishes served at Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in Ashton-under-Lyne.
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    Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine is an unassuming restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne that happens to serve some of the best South Indian food in the UK.

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    The Allotment Vegan Eatery

    Restaurant - Vegan

    The seeds of Matthew Nutter’s fine dining adventure were sown when he set out to “make veg taste better than steak”. And the menu at The Allotment Vegan Eatery exceeds this ambition.

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  • Mural and seating at Bhaji Pala Restaurant Gatley Manchester
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    Bhaji Pala

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Bhaji Pala is a vegan restaurant, bringing customers the food of Western India. The Indian subcontinent has a long tradition of vegetarian food, vegan not so much. But who needs paneer when you’ve got tandoori pineapple?

    The restaurant bills itself as the only purely vegan Indian restaurant in Greater Manchester, which could account for the crowds. Booking is most definitely advised.

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    Bundobust Brewery

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    A real Northern success story, the second location for Bundobust in Manchester and the fourth in the family of northern-based restaurants (Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Liverpool have come before), the Bundobust Brewery is a welcome addition to Oxford Street at the southern part of the city.

    With a menu that mirrors its sister restaurants, the food is a reliable selection of Indian-style vegetarian small plates. Expect to find crisp okra fries dusted with black salt and mango powder and the iconic vada pav – a deep-fried mashed potato ball in a bun, with red and green chutneys.

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  • Book Now Levenshulme

    The Gherkin

    Restaurant - Vegetarian

    More than a mere bistro or coffee shop, The Gherkin is a characterful community-minded, environmentally focused space supporting local artists and creatives, dishing up vegetarian and vegan scran most days, and running a bar serving “mega” cocktails and regional craft beers.

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  • Inside Greens Vegetarian restaurant in West Didsbury, owned by chef Simon Rimmer
    Didsbury

    Greens Vegetarian

    Restaurant - Vegetarian

    A stalwart of the Didsbury scene, Greens Vegetarian was way ahead of the game when they opened back in 1990. It was especially brave considering neither Simon Rimmer nor his partner Simon Connolly had worked in a kitchen before.

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  • Book Now Withington

    Herbivorous

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Fresh from the roaring success of its first venue down at Hatch on Oxford Road in Manchester, Herbivorous opened its first self-made restaurant in Withington in October 2021. Co-founders Robyn and Damien have been cooking together since they first started dating so the passion for the food they create runs deep.

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  • Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.
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    Purezza

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Sitting in the old Dough Kitchen spot in the Northern Quarter, Purezza is yet another pizza restaurant for Manchester – but one with the distinction of offering solely vegan pizza and a menu that’s 96% gluten free. 

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  • A feast of vegan fast food from Vegan Shack in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre.
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    Vegan Shack

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Local hit Vegan Shack started life in owner Dimeji Sadiq’s one bedroom Salford flat where he used to cook up plant-based versions of fast food for himself and his girlfriend.

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