Ah, Brunch, how we love you. A tip-top hangover cure and every Millennial’s favourite meal of the day. Some brunch healthy, others brunch down right dirty – we brunch vegan – and in celebration of vegan brunching, we’ve done a roundup of our five favourite spots in the city centre to get your animal-friendly fix…

Nibble (brunch all day)
This indie Northern Quarter café might be tiny, but its personality ain’t, and neither are the portion sizes! Tucked away on Oldham street next to POP Boutique, Nibble is an all-female run eatery with a passion for baking, eating, drinking, brunch, lunch and coffee. Check out their mouth-watering deli counter and build your own mezze mountain or give their hearty soup of the day a try – it’s always vegan (and delicious!). Nibble try and cater for everyone without people having to miss out on taste, texture and choice, and their vegan brunch options are some of the best in town. Try their Vegan Brekkie dish of veggie sausages, falafel, avocado, grilled tomato, herby mushrooms, sweet smokey beans and toast, or go for a twist on avocado on toast with the Not Just Avocado plate of pea and watercress guacamole with coriander, chillies, spring onion, toasted chickpeas and roast veg. You can mix and match all of the fresh ingredients on offer to create your very own brunch of champions. Nibble, 36 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN, www.nibblenq.com

Elnecot (brunch with booze)
A firm favourite here at Manchester Wire, Elnecot’s food is bang on across the board, from their small plates to Sunday roasts. Their brunch menu is no exception and the vegan options are as inventive and delectable as you’d expect. We recommend the Cauliflower, Chickpea and Kale Hash with chunky hummus, pomegranate, mint, tahini and spicy tomato chutney, or the Smashed Broccoli – chunky hummus, mint, hazelnuts, pickled carrot and beetroot on sourdough toast. Feeling thirsty? Wash them both down with bottomless booze – that’s right – the chic Ancoats’ eatery offers bottomless prosecco, pints of Amstel, Bellinis, Bloody Marys and a couple of gin-based cocktails for two whole hours for just £20! Great food, great service, just make sure you team it with great company and start your weekend right. Elnecot, 41 Blossom Street, Cutting Room Square, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AJ, www.elnecot.com

Dishoom (brunch with a spicy kick)
Inspired by the opulence, grandeur and decadence of the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay, Dishoom serves up traditional Parsi cuisine with a contemporary twist from its home in the old Freemasons Hall on Bridge Street. Their vegan menu boasts a variety of options, including The Vegan Bombay – an overflowing bounty of spiced akuri, vegan sausages, vegan black pudding, grilled field mushrooms, masala baked beans, grilled tomato and home-made vegan buns – it goes beautifully with the house Chai Tea, a warm blend of sweet and spice! Elsewhere on the menu, the Dishoom Naan Rolls have made a real name for themselves and now cater for vegans too with the Vegan Sausage Naan Roll – freshly baked vegan naan, vegan cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs, wrapped around succulent vegan sausages. Fancy something a bit more wholesome? Try the Date & Banana porridge and enjoy a never-ending portion as you peruse the list of ‘club rules’ from the original Bombay café that cover the walls including, ‘No poisons, magical drugs or fights between cobra and mongoose.’ You’ll do well to remember that one… Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT, www.dishoom.com/manchester

The Koffee Pot (brunch hungover)
Koffee Pot is a Mancunian institution, serving up hearty breakfasts and other wholesome favourites at its quirky, laid-back home in the Northern Quarter. Much-loved by meaters and vegans alike, these guys prove that vegan food isn’t just for kale queens and raw food fans – oh no – they’ve got vegan junk food down to a delicious, deep-fried art form, which makes it one of our favourite hangover brunch spots! Their Vegan Royale is such stuff as dreams are made on and comes with two Good Life vegan sausages, tomato, hash browns, mushrooms, roasted peppers and squash, beans, vegan black pudding and two slices of toast, topped off with a free brew! The Vegan Breakfast Tacos are also a must, served up with re-fried black beans, butternut squash and roasted peppers, avocado, sour cream, salsa and vegan cheddar. Room for dessert? Top your brunch off with a P.B.J bagel – caramelised banana, peanut brittle, chunky peanut butter and jam on a fluffy toasted bagel. Goodbye hangover, hello food baby. The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE, www.thekoffeepot.co.uk

Vertigo (brunch fully vegan)
The only entirely plant-based eatery on the list and the newest kid on the block, Vertigo has a great location in Manchester’s Royal Exchange, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as coffee, cakes, wines and beers to enjoy inside or out – and it’s all 100% vegan! Their breakfast smoothie bowl comes with berries, chia seeds, flax, oats and banana – wholesome and healthy, without compromising on taste – in fact it’s absolutely delicious! Fancy something a bit more indulgent? The cinnamon waffles are some of the nicest we’ve had, served with banana, maple syrup and vanilla yoghurt. But the piece de resistance has got to be the Full Brekkie, a vegan dream of scrambled tofu, soy sausages, garlic mushrooms and spinach, homemade beans and Trove sourdough toast. Vertigo, 18 Cross St, Manchester M2 7AE, www.vertigomcr.co.uk

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Grace Fleming
Published on:
Sun 30 Jun 2019