Vegan food is no longer reserved for those who lead an animal-product free lifestyle. In fact, it’s become so accessible, it’s become more of a cuisine in itself. From pizzas that lose literally no flavour for their lack of cheese, to burgers that could mistake even the biggest meat-eaters among us, we’ve rounded up the very best vegan spots in town to try this month.
(Fairly) new in town off the back of huge success down in London, Biff’s recently opened up their Oxford Road takeaway base last year – 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 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!). Found at 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, One Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RG.
5. What The Pitta
Opening up just last year 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. V Rev, 20-26 Edge St, M4 1HN.
Becoming an instant hit just a few months ago when it took over the former Dough site in the Northern Quarter, Purezza serves up an all-vegan menu, with tons of tasty creations to enjoy. Designed in their very own kitchen lab, Purezza has created an array of ‘meaty’ vegan toppings for their pizzas, including plant-based N’duja, pulled pork and so much more. Purezza, 75-77 High St, M4 1FS.