A stalwart of the Didsbury scene, Greens was way ahead of the game when they opened in 1990 when neither Simon Rimmer nor his partner Simon Connolly had worked in a kitchen before. Unfazed, they set about conjuring up a vegetarian menu and have been ‘terrifying carnivores’ ever since. Fast forward almost 30 years and Rimmer is now a well-established household name as a best selling cookery writer, TV chef and more recently a contestant on Strictly.
While some of the original dishes like Lancashire cheese and sage sausages still remain on the menu, albeit in an updated version, Greens have moved with the times and remained relevant in the face of a whole new crop of veggie and vegan places popping up everywhere. Modern vegans will be satisfied to find pulled jackfruit tacos and avocado chocolate mousse on the menu. The light and airy space is smart enough for a dressed up dinner date, but they have a great little soup and sandwich lunch menu and do a good Sunday roast as well.