There has never been a better time to be a vegan - and Manchester is known for its amazing choice of plant-based eateries.
Cutting out all animal products including meat and dairy from diets is increasing in popularity, with vegan choices now regularly seen on supermarket shelves and at major restaurant and fast food chains as well as at specialist, independent venues.
It’s not easy to get official statistics on how popular it is, but most attempts to come up with a number suggest there are currently more than one million vegans in the UK.
Research has also regularly identified that more people are looking to give it a try, while the number of Brits who ate less meat during lockdown also rose.
Manchester has been known for a while now for the variety of choice it offers those on a plant-based diet.
So, here are seven gems in and around the city where vegans can munch to their hearts’ content.
A well-established vegan diner on the edge of the Northern Quarter, V-Rev’s menu offers a plant-based American-influenced treat.
There are burgers, hot dogs and other filling options on the menu such as loaded fries and tempting desserts (if you’ve still got any room left by then!)
The names of the dishes, with plenty of good vegan and plant-based puns, are sure to raise a smile as well.
Vegans are extremely well catered for at this Indian street food and craft beer eatery on Piccadilly.
There are loads of small dishes to pick from, including an Indian burger, paratha flatbreads, dahls, bhajis and classic street snacks like the Mumbai dish Bhel Puri.
There is also a vegan combo for two for those struggling to make their minds up what to have.
Vertigo is one of the newer names on the vegan scene, having become established in 2019.
It has already made its mark, though, and now has three sites across the city, with the original Cross Street site near the Royal Exchange Theatre joined by sites on First Street near the HOME arts venue and at MediaCity.
It’s open from breakfast until dinnertime and has a varied menu offering plates to start the day the right way, brunch and lunch options and an evening menu.
Expect everything from pancake stacks to bagels and mac ‘n’ cheeze through to chillis, pies, curries and burgers.
Little Aladdin is well known for its warm welcome, tasty but super-cheap curries and meal deals and friendly atmosphere.
An all-vegan Indian place, diners can find a place in the small seating area and tuck into their choice of around half a dozen curries each day, which are served with rice, vegan naans and rotis.
There are also a few other options including wraps and burgers.
It can be found on the edge of the Northern Quarter on High Street.
Lotus started out in life in 2014 as a vegetarian Chinese restaurant, but has now become a plant-based eatery.
It is inspired by the owners’ travels throughout Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan and they have been putting their ingenuity to work to create vegan versions of a range of classic Asian dishes.
There’s a large selection of dim sum, hot pots and a selection of meat substitutes, vegetables and tofu in various sauces and an array of rice and noodles.
There are also sharing platters for those who want to make the meal more sociable.
Located on Mauldeth Road in south Manchester, Sanskruti is an Indian restaurant that serves no meat and has a mouth-watering selection of vegan dishes to try.
Diners can tuck into everything from street food and starters to South Indian sambhars and dosas through to main courses from Punjab and Gujarati.
Many of the dishes are vegan to start with and a number of vegetarian options can also be made fully vegan on request.
This Lloyd Street eatery brings casual fine dining to the vegan scene with an emphasis on locally-grown and sustainable produce.
Small plates include roasted butternut squash and aubergine with harissa, before the large plates go on a journey around the world from vegan ramen to jackfruit tacos and Buddha bowls (there’s also a sharing option).
The meal can then be rounded off with a selection of desserts.