Dipping your toes into the world of veganism? Concerned about where your meat comes from? We’re more environmentally-conscious than ever before and there’s no time like the present to start thinking about your foodie footprint. Whether you’re after locally sourced ingredients or a totally plant-based menu, here’s our guide to 6 of the best sustainable restaurants in Manchester.
The Vegan One: V Rev
Pioneering meatless junk food, V Rev is a Northern Quarter hideaway. Head to the Edge Street diner for fully stacked burgers, fluffy pancakes and loaded tater tots; all washed down with drinks including bellinis and dairy-free milkshakes. Your waistline might not be thanking you, but you can leave feeling guilt-free after devouring a 100% plant-based feast.
The Not-For-Profit One: Open Kitchen MCR
Combatting food waste and spearheading social enterprise? Open Kitchen MCR is all about transforming excess produce into beautiful dishes. Whether it’s a pop-up event or surplus night at Beer Nouveau where you can soak up craft beers and tasty scran, you can help to save the planet one mouthwatering dish at a time.
The Meaty One: Hawksmoor
A popular dining destination up and down the country, Hawksmoor is dedicated to procuring high welfare meat and sustainable seafood. Not only does this Deansgate favourite hold a 3-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (the highest level possible), but they also support local breweries. That means you can pair your sirloin steak and creamed spinach with a Runaway pale ale.
The Ethical One: Friska
Go all out ethical with Friska, as the UK-wide brand brings responsibly sourced ingredients to St Peter’s Square, University Green and Manchester Science Park. Tuck into breakfast and lunch with a wide range of options suitable for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. From speciality coffee obtained directly from farms to charity partnerships, Friska has sustainability at its core.
The Veggie One: Greens
Cooking up a storm since 1990, Greens is a longstanding neighbourhood favourite nestled in West Didsbury. Ditching meat for more environmentally-friendly ingredients, chef Simon Rimmer serves up flavour-filled cuisine in a chilled out atmosphere. Food is sourced daily from local markets to create a menu that features the likes of goat’s cheese rarebit, pulled jackfruit tacos and handmade gnocchi.
The Organic One: Earth Cafe
Making each and every dish fresh from scratch on the daily, Earth Cafe is the veggie food and juice spot that you need on your radar. The ever-changing menu rests on the ethos of minimising waste, so organic ingredients are purchased each morning to create seasonal favourites like mung bean chilli, plantain fritters and fresh salads.