5 Top Veggie Places to Visit in Manchester This Week

Sugo Pasta Kitchen // Altrincham
One for Pasta lovers everywhere. Fusing rustic southern Italian cuisine with modern relaxed dining, Sugo is arguably the best Pasta Kitchen in the region. All the vegetarian options on offer are delicious – read our Sugo Pasta Kitchen Review here 

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

Tibetan Kitchen // Whalley Range-Chorlton
Hidden away on the Chorlton/Whalley Range borders, Tibetan Kitchen serve fabulous Tibetan dishes . Friendly staff serve complementarily Chai Tea to all those who dine-in – expect a wait at weekends but it is more than worth it.

Tibetan Kitchen

Ply Pizza // Manchester Northern Quarter
There are no shortage of Pizza places in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, but if you are in the mood for authentic Sour Dough Pizza, Ply is the place to go. Expect a lively atmosphere with djs playing over the weekend nights. Check out our Ply Pizza Review here 

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Fuel // Withington
Located in Withington, Fuel serves students and local residents alike vegetarian and vegan dishes from around the world. Proudly an independent bar & cafe, Fuel is our go-to veggie cafe in Manchester. The ‘Fish Finger’ (Breaded Halloumi) sandwich is a must.


Market Hall // Altrincham 
Recently awarded the BBC Market of the Year Award, Market Hall is going from strength to strength after opening two years ago. A firm foodie favourite. Best to visit during the weekday if you want to get a table.

Market Hall

Eat and Two Veg Voted Top Food Blog 2016


Eat and Two Veg has been included in a list of top Food Blogs in Manchester! The list, compiled by Manchester based agency Custard, puts together some of the top blogging sites from the region. The top ten is below:

Manchester Food Blogs Top Ten

  1. Miss Pond
  2. What Sass Says
  3. Sophie’s Scran
  4. Phat Cupcake
  5. Hungry Healthy Happy
  6. Spamella B
  7. Frankie’s Weekend
  8. Elsa Eats
  9. The Veggie Kitchen
  10. Eat and Two Veg

You can read the full list by going to The Custard Blog 

Northern Soul – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches hit the Spot in MCR NQ

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese Manchester

Since 2015, the Northern Soul Grilled Cheese Company has been serving up gourmet American-Style grilled cheese sandwiches soundtracked to Northern Soul classics.

Although this place has been open since early last year the constant crowds during lunch time had put me off visiting until now. Expect queues out onto the street during peak hours, but it’s worth the wait.

The menu changes each week – great for those that love to try something different every time. The basic sandwich starts at £4.50 (The Soul) with more adventurous choices all coming in at £5-£6. We decided to try ‘The Classic’, a three cheese blend with caramelised onion chutney – one of my favourite additions to any sandwich.

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese Manchester

Our order was taken swiftly and arrived in just over 5 minutes. It did not disappoint. Sumptuous cheese with lashings of onion chutney really hit the spot. Served hot with a shake or coke on the side and it makes the perfect quick bite to eat whilst in the Northern Quarter. I can’t wait to try the rest of the veggie menu.

Perfect for when grabbing a quick bite to eat during a busy day or before hitting a few Northern Quarter bars, Northern Soul really delivers. Drop-in next time you are in the area.

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Don’t forget to keep up to date on their menu changes by going to the Northern Soul Twitter Page

Fresh to Death offers a healthy eating alternative to the Altrincham food scene

Fresh to Death AltrinchamFresh off the heels of Sugo Pasta Kitchen comes Fresh to Death – a new ‘healthy eating’ alternative based in the heart of Altrincham. Specialising in locally sourced, fresh and organic produce, Fresh to Death brings a much needed breath of fresh air to lunch time dinning.

The health food market has expanded rapidly in Manchester with the likes of Bosu Body Bar in Chorlton and Kukoos Street food on Oxford Road, showing that Manchester food isn’t all dirty burgers, stacked hot dogs and glutinous pizzas. It’s out with the dirty food and in with the clean living.

For veggies, the place offers a selection of salads, homemade quiche, healthy breakfast choices and great lunch alternatives to the drab take-out sandwich. All served with fresh coffee and speciality teas to eat in or take away.

Fresh to Death Altrincham

After checking out the menu, I decided to go with the stuffed pepper, served with flavoured quinoa, feta and a sidekick salad. The stuffed Pepper was a delightful lunch time choice, with the quinoa (one of my favourite ingredients at the moment) the perfect healthy alternative to stodgy rice. Even the side salad was delicious – I will definitely be trying out one of their take out salads in the near future.

Fresh to Death Altrincham

As much as the food impresses, the presentation left much to be  desire. Like many bars and restaurants in town, Fresh to Death feels the need to serve food on anything other than a plate. Whilst it’s great for presentation, unless you’re really into the sound of scratching your nails down a chalkboard I wouldn’t recommend it. Slates and food knives simply do not mix and I hope that they change this quickly.

Fresh to Death Altrincham

Overall, veggie food lovers in Altrincham should check out Fresh to Death as soon as possible. For those who have had enough of the ‘man vs food’ type food obsession in Greater Manchester, make sure Fresh to Death is on your ‘To Do’ list.

Sugo – Authentic Southern Italian Pasta at it’s Best

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

If you think of pasta in the UK usually one thing comes to mind: overcooked, unappealing and cheaply produced pasta made by the kilo – the staple of any suffering student’s diet. But if you’ve ever spent any time in Italy you know that pasta can be so more much more than this. Specialising in Southern Italian cuisine, Sugo is aiming to bring a taste of authentic Italian cooking to Altrincham.

Sugo is the brainchild of Alex De Martiis and Jonny Marcolgiese, who met at the beginning of the year working whilst making pizzas at Honest Crust in Market Hall. Neither felt that the English version of pasta that is generally served in UK restaurants represented pasta well, so decided to do something about it.

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

As I work close-by to Sugo, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to try and the place on its opening week. Upon entering the restaurant you are immediately hit with the welcoming smell from the open kitchen situated at the back of the establishment. The hustle and bustle from the kitchen, matched with the warm welcome from the staff gave it the feel of visiting an old friend for a bite to eat. Eschewing the traditional drab décor of Italian restaurants, Sugo has gone for a more contemporary, urban chic – all white tiles and exposed fixtures. It’s not the most original design for anyone who’s spent an afternoon walking around the Northern Quarter, but it really works in this instance. The rustic wooden tables in particular really add to the theming of the place.

Sugo - Lunch Menu

Sugo offers both a lunch and evening menu, with lunch served from 12-3 and evening service starting from 5. Both menu sets offer a great variety of vegetarian options. If you follow a piscatorian diet, Sugo offers a variety of fish and seafood options as well. After being sat down by the host Michael, he recommended the Scuie Scuie – a traditional dish that literally translates as ‘Improvisation’. The simple and classic recipe included garlic, chilli, San Marzano tomatoes, Vino Blanco, Parmigiano and basil. With that I paired it up with the house red – a delicious Sicilian wine that I would heartily recommend.

Sugo - Evening Menu

The service whilst in Sugo was universally great, with attentive staff that were keen to answer any questions that I had. All the pasta is cooked fresh to order and my lunch was served in ten minutes after ordering – making it ideal for when time is tight or when nipping out the office for lunch.

Drinks at Sugo

When cooking such a simple dish every ingredient has to be cooked to prefection. I’m happy to report that the Scuie Scuie really hit the spot. I was particularly impressed with the use of San Marzano tomates, a small touch that makes a big difference for that authentic Southern Italian flavour. It was a delicious dish I would have no hesitation in ordering again.

Sugo - Delicious Lunch option

If I had one problem with the experience it happened at the start. On arrival, I was asked if I wanted water with my wine. Without thinking I said yes and before I knew it a bottle of water had been added to my tab. I also wasn’t asked if I wanted a small or large glass of red wine (it was lunch time so would usually choose small) and was promptly served a large glass. In total, an extra £3.50 had been added to my bill without my explicit request, pushing the total bill to £14 – too expensive for a working lunch treat. It is only a minor blemish on what was otherwise a great first experience.

Sugo - Bill

Overall Sugo succeeds in fusing rustic southern Italian cuisine with modern chic dining. The vegetarian options on offer look fantastic and I simply cannot wait go try some of the other options. If you are a fan of pasta cooked the right way make sure you get yourself to Sugo.

Update: 04.09.2015 – Looks like Sugo has stopped serving Lunch during weekdays. I’ll left the original review as it was for now.


Chorlton Green Brasserie – Delightful British Food at its Best

Over the last year, the Brasserie has become one of my favourite spots to dine out in Manchester. Open under new management since 2014, the Brasserie is situated in the heart of Chorlton Green. They specialise in quality food using locally sourced produce.

The Brasserie at Chorlton Green

After spending a splendid sunny afternoon on Beech Road, we decided to try their lunch offering. We were given a warm welcome from our waitress, who sat us down by the window. It’s the perfect spot to watch the world go by on a midsummers day.

View from the Window at Brasserie

Unlike many restaurants of its ilk, the Brasserie offers a good selection of vegetarian starters and main meal options from it’s a la carte menu. You can tell that they’ve really thought about catering for the veggie crowd in the local area. To start, we went with the local breads with humus and pesto to share. It’s a simple starter that works wonders. The pesto is simply exquisite – probably the best pesto I’ve had the pleasure to taste this side of Italy. Make sure you do not skip it when you order.

Pesto and Humus Starter

The drinks selections on offer are also considerable. We visited twice over the Christmas period last year and went for the house red wine on both occasions. It more than impressed by my fellow guests and I. This time we wanted to try out the Italian Pinot Grigio, it’ refreshing and crisp aroma perfectly suiting the weather.

Wine at Chorlton Brasserie

For the mains, I decided to go for the Spinach and Goats Cheese Gnocchi, served with a white wine cream and Romano sauce. The cheese and Romano sauce combined to create a variety of luscious textures, accentuated by the lightness of the expertly cooked Gnocchi. It wasn’t long before I had cleared my plate.



Chorlton Brasserie - Clean Plate

My partner went for a true favourite of mine – the deep-fried ‘halloumi fish and chips’. The dish comes with hand cut chips, pea puree, tarter sauce and lemon. Its pure comfort food at it’s very best.

Hollumi Fish and Chips

If you are looking for a quality vegetarian option in Manchester, I urge you to try out the Chorlton Green Brasserie. If you are planning on going over the weekend booking in advance is strongly advised. You will not be disappointed.

Brasserie - The Bill

Ply – The Best Vegetarian Pizza in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

It seems that every week a new place is opening in the ever-expanding Northern Quarter food and bar scene. Whilst few offer genuinely new ideas to the mix, Ply hopes to bring ataste of Napoli to Manchester. We’d heard good things about the place after it’s opening in March and so took the first opportunity we could to try it out. Could Ply deliver the best vegetarian pizza in town?

ply logo outside

For it’s food menu, Ply offered a seductive range of freshly prepared Neapolitan style pizzas. Each of the 13 currently on the menu is created with a sourdough base; surely one of the gourmet fast food trends of 2015. Expect to pay between £8-£12 per pizza, depending on your choice of topping. For the adventurous, Ply also run specials at the weekend, using seasonal veg and speciality ingredients.

Each freshly baked pizza is cooked in a wood fired clay oven – another growing trend in Manchester with two in Altrincham (Market Hall and Pix Pizza) and the recently opened Double 00 in Chorlton – at least that I know of.

ply manchester

Away from their impressive pizza selection, Ply does not offer much else, which is a positive for me. I’d rather frequent a restaurant that specialised in one type of food then one trying to be a jack-of-all-trades eatery. However, if your dinning with guests who are on low-carb/low calorie diets (which I was), or simply do not like pizza, you may get unstuck. The antipasto options (Priced from £2 onwards) have been created to compliment your main meal, and therefore are too small to constitute your main dish. Hopefully this will get rectified by adding a few salad options.

On entering Ply you’ll be hit by it’s styling. It is a vast open space; making other NQ haunts feeling positively claustrophobic after visiting. The bar has been kitted out using locally sourced suppliers, with a mixture of classic and modern European design ideas. For me, it’s one of the best spaces in Manchester city centre.

We arrived around 7.30pm on a Friday evening. The place was packed with after-work drinkers and early weekend revellers cogitating at the bar and on the sofas in the centre of the room. Luckily, we’d had the foresight to pre-book and were seated promptly. I noticed that many couples were getting turned away not long after we arrived so I would recommend you do the same to if possible.

If Ply had one issue for dinners it would have to be the excessive noise– as well as offering pizza, Ply also operate as a bar (food orders stop around 9pm) and probably isn’t the place to go for a quiet conversation. It was loud, with the open plan nature if its’ design not exactly dampening the sound of fellow dinners and drinkers. It did make ordering our drinks when the waitress served us a little tricky. Fortunately, the music choices playing were excellent and added to the Friday evening ambience.

Service was courteous and professional with knowledgeable staff that helped us make our choices. I asked on two occasions for the waitresses opinion on what option to have and on both times she was able to offer suitable suggestions – always a big plus for me. We opted for a dry white wine (Picpoul) that was recommended by our waitress – it did not disappoint.

When you specialise in one type of food, you really do have to nail it – and Ply does with flying colours. I’ve been a few wood fired Neapolitan pizzerias recently and I’m delighted to say that Ply offer the best pizzas available in Manchester. I opted for the Courgette Bianca pizza: a marvellous mix courgette, taleggio, mozzarella, garlic and oil. The taste was simply divine, with the subtlety of the flavours not overwhelming the overall taste.

Ply Manchester Pizza

My partner Lizzie went for the Portabello pizza, a classic mix of tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms and garlic oil, equally delicious!

Ply Manchester Pizza

Fancy a bite to eat in the Northern Quarter? In the space of a few short months Ply has become my go-to place for the best vegetarian Pizza in Manchester.

Ply Manchester Antipasto