Veganuary never looked so good.
Fallen into the trap of ‘New Year, New Me’ after many, many months of pandemic bingeing? We don’t judge. In fact, we’re pretty much with you on that one – falling victim to all and any New Year cliches in a bid to cling onto some form of self-control. And first up on our checklist is Veganuary. Launched back in 2014 as a fun way to educate people about veganism, the month-long event is a great way to improve your carbon footprint – and an even better way to explore new foods and restaurants while you’re at it. It’s a win-win, really. So to assist you in your newfound veganism, we’ve rounded up some of the best vegan spots in Manchester that make for the perfect transition for meat-eaters.
New in town off the back of huge success down in London, Biff’s recently opened up their Oxford Road takeaway base – serving their much-loved jackfruit takes on chicken wings and stacked burgers. Its been credited for tasting just as good as the real thing, and with rave reviews like this one from our Editor-in-Chief, Georgie, you know you’re in for a beautiful feast. The award-winning ‘plant-based delivery joint’ is available via Deliveroo now, and those living within the Oxford Road catchment area can order daily. Biff’s, 144 Oxford Rd, M139GP.
2. Proove Pizza
Recently launching as a welcome extension to their existing menu, Proove Pizza is now offering up a selection of ProoVegan pizzas, so everyone can enjoy their tasty, Neapolitan creations when ordering. Consisting of 14 options – which as vegans will know, is pretty extensive for a ‘normal’ restaurant – the menu offers classic options such as an animal product-free Margherita, a tasty brownie, calzone, and a few spicier options, too. Proove is available to order via Deliveroo and on their website. Proove Pizza, 160 Burton Road, West Didsbury, M201LH.
3. Vertigo Plant Based Eatery
Expanding across Manchester just a matter of months ago, Vertigo is well worth a shot if you’re new to the world of veganism – with a menu packed full of familiar favourites (just without the meat!). Available for delivery from both Cross Street and MediaCityUK, this Veganuary, you can treat yourself to vegan-versions of the classic cheeseburger, bao buns, mac and cheese, and even brownies and cakes. Vertigo, B2 Bridge House, Manchester, M502BH | 18 Cross Street, Manchester, M27AE.
4. Vegan Shack
Starting life as a result of two new vegans looking to make meat-free grub as tasty as possible, Vegan Shack has been going since 2019 – and it’s been a bit of a gamechanger for Mancs looking for plant-based fast food. Putting their own spin on naughty takeaways such as kebabs and burgers – the takeaway uses plant-based ingredients, namely soya and seitan, to capture the flavours both current and former meat-eaters already know and love. Vegan Shack accepts orders direct here. Vegan Shack, 184 Rochdale Road, Collyhurst, M40 7RA.
5. What The Pitta
Opening up just this week in the Northern Quarter, What The Pitta is quite an exciting addition to the Manchester food scene – thanks to its award-winning kebabs that just so happen to be 100% vegan, too. Made with care using an old family recipe which was inspired by the flavours of Berlin, the restaurant won ‘Best Takeaway in London’ in last year’s British Kebab Awards – and now, Mancs can enjoy them, too. Try out their classic vegan doners, tuck into a gyro, or opt for a tasty falafel wrap. What The Pitta, 42 Back Turner St, M4 1FR.
6. V Rev
A cult favourite in the Northern Quarter, V Rev is known for its seriously tasty vegan junk food – taking a plant-based approach to all the naughtiness that is usually exclusive to just meat-eaters. The diner is often experimental with their meals, even coming up with a ‘turkey’ dinner for Christmas. The main menu, however, is pretty exciting on its own – with burritos, ‘chicken’ and ‘beef’ burgers, macaroni and ‘cheese’, and even a ‘New York Cheezcake’ on offer. If that wasn’t all, you can wash the lot down with plant-based milkshakes, or chow down on their drool-worthy list of sides. Order from V Rev directly here. V Rev, 20-26 Edge St, M4 1HN.