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10 vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants in Manchester city centre

Manchester Central

Plenty of restaurants cater to vegans and vegetarians but many see a plant-based diet as an afterthought with cliches like beetroot and goats cheese tart shoved at the bottom of often meat-heavy menus.

We’ve chosen these Manchester city centre venues for the quality of their vegan and vegetarian offerings and dedication to plant-powered diets. The Allotment Vegan Eatery aims to “make veg taste better than steak” and it is one of the only 100% vegan fine dining restaurants in the city.

Purezza might be one of many pizza restaurants in Manchester, but is known for its vegan mozzarella and gluten-free bases, and Nell’s New York Pizza has some amazing veggie options on the menu. Try ‘Greens’ with seasonal greens, roasted garlic and smoked Lancashire cheese (cashew cream for the vegans) which simply blew the Manchester Confidential editorial team away.

Read on for 10 vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants in Manchester:

  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    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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  • Northern Quarter

    Alvarium

    Bars

    Alvarium is a cocktail bar and vegan restaurant. The drinks aren’t all vegan (although they do stock some vegan wines) but the food is purely plant-powered.

    You can choose from lighter options like sweet potato bon bon sandwich with chilli jam or heritage tomato curry flatbread as well as main dishes such as aubergine steak with chunky chips or parsley risotto.

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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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  • The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Dishoom

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Dishoom is a legend in its own lunchtime and that’s exactly how it likes things. It’s not enough to serve up top-notch Indian dishes in grand surroundings; there’s a story behind the menu too. But when the food is this good it doesn’t need to hide behind tall tales.

    And the food is this good.

    The menu is bursting with small plates arriving at the table as and when, plus biriyani, curry and grilled gubbins as well as all sorts of sides and sundries. If you’re part of a big group (or obscenely greedy) it’s possible and even preferable to order something from each section.

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  • Mowgli Oxford Road Manchester
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    Mowgli Manchester Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Purveyor of healthy and often vegan Indian street food and home cooking, former barrister Nisha Katona’s Corn Exchange Mowgli was the second after launching on Liverpool’s Bold Street in October 2014, so this is Manchester’s original branch and technically pre-chain.

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    Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar

    Restaurant - American

    This Brooklyn-style pizza joint was born out of a love of using the best ingredients with care and attention. Nell’s is known for its 22-inch pizzas with fresh, crisp bases and toppings that range from bright and fresh to classic and meaty.

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  • Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    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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  • Pizza and wine at Rudy's Neapolitan, Peter Street, Manchester
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    Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Peter Street

    Restaurant - Italian

    Rudy’s mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from Naples – the birthplace of pizza – Rudy’s pizzaiolos reckon to have found the perfect technique to recreate the light Neapolitan classic. 

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  • curries at this and that
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    This & That Cafe

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Everyone’s heard of NQ backstreet gaff This & That, even if they’ve not actually found it (it’s up the ginnel by Trof’s empty barrels) – renowned for its daily changing “rice and three” meal deal and winning vegan and vegetarian choices, it’s been an institution since 1984.

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