The Ethical, The Organic And The Not-For-Profit: 6 Of The Best Sustainable Restaurants in Manchester

Published . By Anisah Audu.

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.

V Rev Manchester

This is cheat day grub at its finest.

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.

Open Kitchen Manchester

Fill up on eco-friendly eats with Open Kitchen MCR.

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.

Hawksmoor Manchester

Interiors that look just as enticing as the food on the menu.

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.

Friska Manchester

Healthy bites and moreish snacks make Friska a top choice for food in Manchester.

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.

Greens Manchester

Ethnically-minded eats? Greens have been dishing it out for decades.

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.

Earth Cafe MCR

Earth Cafe brings chilled vibes beneath the Buddhist Centre.

Has our guide whet your appetite? Get your foodie fix with our guides to vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Manchester.