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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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Popeyes opening new drive-thru in Manchester tomorrow with FREE chicken

It’s the second Popeyes to open in Manchester

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Louisiana-style fried chicken chain Popeyes has announced plans to open more restaurants this year, including a second site in Greater Manchester – which opens tomorrow, Friday April 26th.

The chain opened its 33rd UK site in Piccadilly Gardens in October last year, which proved an instant hit with visitors forming queues along the street and around the corner just to sample its classic Southern fried chicken.

Regular customers have learned to take early lunches to avoid the rush as it fills up with hungry people every day.

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Now its new drive-thru, located on Bury New Road, is opening tomorrow, Friday April 26th, with both the doors and lanes officially opening from 11am.

Greater Manchester and the North West’s first drive-thru location, the restaurant will mark the brand’s 11th opening in 2024 and 47th site in the UK.

And of course, they’re giving away FREE chicken on opening day, with the first three people queuing both on-foot and in cars winning free Chicken Sandwiches for a whole year.

As well as that, the first 25 customers in both queues will also be rewarded with a free Chicken Sandwich and exclusive Popeyes merchandise.

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You’ll have to get there early if you want to be one of the first three, however, as fans queued for more than 16 hours when the Piccadilly Gardens site opened last year.

And from Saturday, April 27th, you’ll also be able to grab breakfast at the new restaurant.

The ‘Brekkie’ menu features British Breakfast classics with a New Orleans twist, like the Big Cajun Breakfast Roll, Cajun Hash Browns and Nutella-topped buttermilk biscuits.

Breakfast will be available until 11am every day, and will even include a Bacon Roll Meal for just £1.99, which includes a Bacon Roll, a Hash Brown and a drink.

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For those who have not yet had the pleasure of sampling Popeyes’ crunchy flavoursome goodness, its menu features classic offerings like the Chicken Sandwich, with signature 12-hour marinated chicken and original Southern biscuits and gravy. 

Additionally, a variety of side dishes like mac & cheese, mash with Cajun gravy, and original biscuits will be served, alongside milkshakes in various flavours including vanilla, chocolate, mocha, and specialities like Oreo, Lotus Biscoff, and strawberry cheesecake.

What’s more, fans across the UK can now start their day with a Cajun twist – with Popeyes Breakfast Menu now available nationwide.

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Tom Crowley, Popeyes UK Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Following the success of our Manchester Piccadilly restaurant, we are thrilled to bring our newest Popeyes to Bury New Road, marking our third restaurant in the North West.

“Our new restaurant will also be a Drive-Thru, meaning customers in Greater Manchester can enjoy our Famous Louisiana Chicken by dining in, via the Drive Thru lane, or by ordering online for kerbside collection.

“Our most recent openings have been some of the biggest to date, not just in the UK but for Popeyes globally, and we’re confident that Bury New Road will be just as popular.”

If you fancy winning free Chicken Sandwiches for a year, but don’t have time to queue up outside the new restaurant, then keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram tomorrow, Friday April 26th, as we’re going to be running a competition where you can win just that!

T&Cs: Offer entitles the holder to 3 free Chicken Sandwiches per week for 52 weeks. The 12 months starts on receipt of the email containing the first 3 links. Available in any Popeyes Louisiana Chicken UK restaurant, only on our Classic or Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Non transferable, not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offer is redeemable only when you order online for collection through our website. Over 18s only.


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Popular Italian launches new menu with fresh cheesy pesto pasta and king prawns

If you’re in search of an authentic Italian dining experience in Manchester, look no further than Italiana Fifty Five

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A popular Italian restaurant in Manchester has launched a new A La Carte menu.

Italiana Fifty Five has added some appetising new dishes to its menu to expand its offering this spring.

Diners can sample the newly added seasonal items and its authentic classic Italian favourites at all three of its Manchester sites – at the Great Northern, Liverpool Road and Didsbury.

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The new A La Carte dishes include Gamberoni Grigliata which is tiger prawns cooked in garlic, butter, lemon and fresh chilli and served with toasted altamura bread for  £13.95.

Also new to the menu is the Zoupa which is a hearty seafood soup with king scallops, king prawns, and muscles for £13.95.

Brand new appetisers include the Insalata Tricolore with avocado, beef tomato and buffalo mozzarella for £9.50, and the Bruschetta Speciale made with toasted sourdough bread and buffalo mozzarella spread, roasted heritage cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion, fresh basil and pesto for £9.75.

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And if that’s not enough to entice you, diners can also tuck in to the new risotto and pasta dishes, including Risotto Zafferano which is a saffron risotto with parsley, garlic, onion and pecorino cheese for £14.95.

And the Trofie ala Pesto made with trofie pasta in homemade pesto sauce, finished with buffalo mozzarella for £14.95.

Complete your visit on a sweet note and indulge in one of Italiana Fifty Five’s best-loved desserts such as the Tiramisu or panna cotta.

To find out more or book a table at Italiana Fifty Five, click HERE.

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Restaurant famed for ‘cheese wheel pasta’ and ‘towering lasagnas’ looking to come to Manchester

A taste of la dolce vita could be coming to Manchester

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The ‘OTT’ group famous for its pasta served in a wheel of cheese and 10-level lasagnas is reportedly looking to open a new Italian restaurant in Manchester city centre.

French-based Big Mamma Group, which owns over-the-top Italian restaurants in London – Gloria, Carlotta, Jacuzzi, Ave Mario and Circolo Popolare – will open a new venue in Gary Neville’s under-construction St Michael’s development off Deansgate.

Its restaurants are known for their flamboyant, retro interiors, resembling vintage maximalism Italian eateries, as well as US-style red sauce joints.

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The regularly changing menus feature a variety of Italian classics, including fettuccine alfredo al tartufo, spaghetti with meatballs, a famous ’10 level’ lasagne and carbonara served in a huge cheese wheel.

The Manchester restaurant will be the first UK venue to be located outside of London and will – sit alongside the also announced Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte, also to be built at St Michael’s.

The move follows a host of other operators in the capital choosing to open new sites in Manchester.

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Soon to arrive in the city will be the likes of Caravan, Flat Iron, Soho House and Blacklock.

Big Mamma – which was founded in 2013 by French entrepreneurs Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux – has more than 20 restaurants across Europe including Paris, Monaco, Milan, Madrid and Berlin.

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