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The best Manchester spots serving up vegan food for Veganuary

Something to make Veganuary that little bit easier…

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It’s officially 2022 and, while the weather may be cold and dreary, many of us are kick starting the New Year the right way by embarking upon Veganuary.

The month-long challenge, which has been around for a couple of years now, sees people attempt to eat only vegan food for the thirty-one days throughout January.

Yep, not a single bit of meat or dairy for a whole month.

But if you’re dreading your own Veganuary, fear not! Because there are a ton of restaurants here in Manchester offering delicious plant-based options certain to make your month a whole lot easier.

Here’s what’s on offer…

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Black Leaf

Nestled beneath the Northern Quarter’s Alvarium, Black Leaf boasts a fully vegan menu good enough to convert even the most loyal of meat eaters.

The tapas menu, curated specially by Alvarium head chef Grace Stubbs, includes a number of tasty delights such as crispy King Oyster Mushroom ‘calamari’, chickpea ‘meatballs’ and Hassleback potatoes topped with tofu feta.

Black Leaf, Alvarium, 8 Dorsey St,  Manchester M4 1LU
07947 556275

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We just couldn’t leave out Bundobust from a list about fantastic meat-free food; while the popular Indian street food restaurant, which recently opened it’s own brewery down Oxford Road, has a strictly vegetarian menu, it offers some great dairy free alternatives, too.

Vegan highlights include the Bhel Puri, a Mumbai street snack of broken samosa pastry, puffed rice, peas, onion, pomegranate seeds and tomato. There is also the Bhaji Butty, Bundobust’s flavoursome take on a plant-based burger and the Chole Saag, a spicy curry of stewed chickpeas and spinach.

Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, M1 2AG & Bundobust Brewery, St. James’s Bldg, 61-69 Oxford St, M1 6EQ

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Doner Summer

Found in the music venue-food hall hybrid YES, the ‘vegan junk food’ king Doner Summer is truly changing the meat-free burger game; I mean, just look at those burgers!

Available both to dine in and to order for a takeaway, Doner Summer offers a selection of meat and dairy-free kebabs and burgers, including the Bad Girl Kebab consisting of ‘döner’, garlic chilli chick’n, pickled pink cabbage, salad and a whole load of tasty and garlicky sauces.

There’s also a choice of fried ‘chick’n’ burgers that are good enough to hoodwink even the most seasoned of KFC customers.

Doner Summer, YES, 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB
 0161 273 2725

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The Northern Quarter’s Purezza is the place to go if you’re looking for exclusively vegan (and absolutely sensational) pizza; their menu boasts a long list of plant-based toppings including vegan sausage, BBQ pulled ‘porketta’, and black truffle.

They’re also offering 50% off all food throughout January to celebrate Veganuary, so make sure to get yourself down in the next couple of weeks.

Purezza, 75-77 High Street, Manchester M4 1FS
0161 521 5516

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Reserve Wines

Okay, this isn’t exactly a dining spot, but it is perfect for those taking Veganuary to the next level by including their drinks in the challenge.

Found in West Disbury, this independent bottle shops stocks some of the world’s finest wines and spirits, including a number of vegan wines (because, sorry to break it to you, but wine isn’t actually vegan).

Reserve Wines, 176 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 1LH
0161 706 0565

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Delhi House Cafe

While not strictly a vegan restaurant, Delhi House Cafe, found inside the Corn Exchange, boasts a number of impressive vegan dishes perfect for Veganuary and beyond.

Plant-based highlights include the Avocado Aloo Chatt, made up of fried avocado and fried potato in a mint & tamarind Chutney. There is also the Tawa Dal Tadka, fragrant cumin tempered split pigeon lentils served with a tandoori roti.

Delhi House Cafe, Unit 10, The Corn Exchange, Manchester M4 3TR
0161 834 3333

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What the Pitta

Yep, there’s more vegan döner kebabs knocking about; What the Pitta serves a handsome list of döner doused wraps and fries perfect for all vegan junk food enthusiasts.

Their signature vegan döner ‘meat’ contains GMO free spiced soya pieces and comes tightly wrapped in fresh bread with lashings of salad and sauces for you to choose from. They also have a chicken version, as well as falafel and are offering 50% off for two days only this month, the 10th and 17th.

What the Pitta, 42 Back Turner Street, Manchester M4 1FR
0161 835 2934

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Wetherspoons is slashing food and drink prices for one day only next week

Punters heading to their local Spoons boozer can enjoy around 7.5% off food and drink

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Bargain pub chain Wetherspoons has said it will slash the price of its food and drink items for one day only next week.

The one-day promotional offer will be held on Thursday September 14th, which is National Tax Equality Day, and is part of a campaign to highlight the burden of tax on the hospitality industry. 

Chairman of Wetherspoons Tim Martin said they want to expose the ‘vast disparity’ in how pubs and restaurants are taxed, compared with supermarkets.


He also hopes to highlight how a permanent VAT reduction would help benefit pubs and restaurants in seeing more customers come through their doors.

Those heading to their local Spoons boozer can enjoy around 7.5% off their order.

The drop in price means, for example, a customer spending £10 on a food and drink order could get it for £9.25 instead.


Wetherspoons has also added a VAT calculator to its website to show how much customers could save at their local Spoons boozer.

Mr Martin said: “The biggest threat to the hospitality industry is the vast disparity in tax treatment among pubs, restaurants and supermarkets.

“Supermarkets pay zero VAT in respect of food sales, whereas pubs and restaurants pay 20%. This tax benefit allows supermarkets to subsidise the selling price of beer.

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“Pubs have been under fantastic pressure for decades because of the tax disadvantages which they have with supermarkets.”

He argued that the hospitality industry is ‘subsidising supermarkets’ due to these tax rules, adding: “We urge the Chancellor to tax equality between pubs and supermarkets.”

It’s not the first time Mr Martin has been vocal about the issue and has even accused some senior politicians of a ‘lack of understanding’.


Wetherspoons has already closed 29 of its sites this year with several more up for sale.

It now runs over 800 pubs across the UK and Ireland. The chain is set to report record total sales across its pubs for the latest financial year after having bumper Easter and May Bank Holiday trading weekends.

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Get 50% off new Greek-Mediterranean restaurant and chance to be first through doors

You could be the first to try this new restaurant by entering the competition

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A new Greek-mediterranean restaurant opening in Manchester is offering people the chance to be one of the first through its doors, with a competition to its 50% off soft launch.

Fenix, Manchester’s highly anticipated modern Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, will be making its grand opening this November at St John’s by Spinningfields.

From the creators behind renowned dining destination Tattu – Permanently Unique – this exciting and glossy edition will be bringing a taste of Mykonos, along with its vibrant culture, to the city’s culinary scene. 

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To celebrate its upcoming opening, Fenix is offering people the chance to attend its exclusive half price soft launch with an interactive competition.

Hopeful entrants could be in with a chance to step foot in its beautifully designed building before anyone else, and taste the wonderful cuisine.

Passers-by are invited to participate in a thrilling challenge: to identify three hidden words cleverly concealed among the Greek letters on a large stone located in Spinningfields (pictured above).

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The competition goes as follows:

  1. Spot the three secret words cleverly hidden among Greek letters at the designated activation area. 
  2. Use your smartphone to scan the QR code provided – which will lead you to the competition entry page.
  3. Enter the three words you’ve discovered and your email address.
  4. Be amongst the first to experience FENIX!
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FENIX promises an unparalleled dining experience, marrying contemporary culinary techniques with traditional Greek ingredients and flavours. 

Spearheaded by two esteemed chefs hailing from Greece, Executive Head Chef Ippokratis Anagnostelis and Head Chef Zisis Giannouras, the restaurant’s sharing-concept menu is designed to take diners on a captivating journey of Greek – Mediterranean gastronomy.

If you’d like to enter the competition but cant get to the stone, you can also enter from the link in Fenix’s Instagram bio by clicking HERE.


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Win unlimited free ramen for a year at new restaurant opening in Manchester

You could win unlimited ramen for a whole year, and hold your own ‘New Wave Ramen Gold Card’!

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Japanese restaurant New Wave Ramen has announced it will be opening a permanent site in Manchester later this year.

New Wave Ramen is set to open a two-floor restaurant in a historic building on Tib Lane this October, following their whirlwind success at the Mackie Mayor food hall.⁠ 

But they need the help of the public to get it firmly off the ground and bring something truly special to Manchester. To do this, the noodle icons are offering donators to their campaign the chance to win free ramen for a whole year, and all you have to do is back their new Kickstarter campaign.

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Nestled between King Street and Manchester Town Hall, the new location promises to be a space ‘full of character and charm’. Inspired by the new wave styles of Tokyo, it will offer ramen bowls by day and a family-style menu of small plates and izakaya sharing platters by night.

All of its dishes will be cooked over sustainable charcoal and will feature their signature ramen, stuffed chicken wings, koji aged steaks, and hay smoked chicken, along with sustainable seafood and a robust selection of plant-based dishes.

This dining experience will be complimented by a carefully curated list of wines, sake, beers and highballs, keeping the principles of Japanese hospitality at its core.

New Wave Ramen

The team behind New Wave are people who are deeply passionate about Japanese food and culture with extensive experience in Michelin-starred restaurants and ramen shops.

New Wave also seeks to offer its dinners an experience that is more than just about great food. 

Owners Phil Cook, Matt Walsh, and DJ and member of UK band Editors, Elliott Williams, intend to blend food and music cultures, particularly the symbiosis between ramen and music, to create a unique atmosphere for their patrons.

New Wave Ramen

The venue promises a fun, relaxed space where customers can experience the highest level of service without any gimmicks or stereotypes, soundtracked  by an eclectic playlist from some of the city’s best DJ’s and music selectors.

The new addition will include an open kitchen and bar with counter dining where customers can experience their dishes being prepared in real time, and most excitingly on the floor below its very own custom built noodle room – where fresh noodles will be prepared daily.

As part of the preparations for the opening, New Wave is currently recruiting several team members to ensure a strong start.

New Wave Ramen

 A crowdfunding campaign has also been set up to help get this new venture off the ground, which also provides opportunities for supporters to grab the first bowls served at the restaurant, tickets to exclusive events, and other rewarding experiences.

One lucky winner will be selected at random to receive unlimited ramen for a year with a ‘New Wave Gold Card’, and four people will also be selected to win two tickets each to New Wave’s soft launch.⁠

Supporters can pledge £15 for a bowl of ramen, £30 for a ramen date-for-two, or as much as they wish. There’s also t-shirts, exclusive menu previews, and plenty of other great rewards for your support. All you have to do is select your reward before the end of the Kickstarter campaign on September 1st.⁠

To pledge a donation and bring the New Wave Ramen culture to life in Manchester, click HERE.

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