Eighth Day Vegetarian...

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 28 Reviews
Manchester's longest running vegetarian cafe. Also a large vegetarian health food shop. Shop hours Mon and Fri 9am-5.30pm, Tue and Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Wed and Thur 9am-7pm. Breakfast is served for first 2 hrs each day. Price: Moderate more-less
111 Oxford Road
Manchester, England M1 7DU
0161-273-4878

Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun and bank holidays.

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First Review by Stevie
NicNewbs
NicNewbs
4

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  • vegan

Fab or vegans and vegetarians

5 Posted on 04 / 06 / 2014

I ate here for lunch yesterday with my vegetarian bestie.
There was only one main course item I saw that wasn't vegan. I was really impressed by this.
The shop upstairs had a brilliant choice of vegan wraps/pasties and cakes to take away.
I will be returning.


Libra77
Libra77
7

reviews

  • vegan

Eighth Day shop and cafe

4 Posted on 03 / 14 / 2014

The shop is on pavement level and the cafe down the stairs in the basement.
The shop has a wide and varied choice of foods, beauty, cleaning products, vitamins etc etc. Small fridge/freezer section, personally was hoping for a wider choice of vegan cheese. Well set out, didn't feel cramped like some shops do.

Good deli counter with plenty of vegan choices and well labelled. Food can be taken away hot or cold. I treated myself to a lemon slice which was delicious. Nice selection of fresh breads and bagels available too. I felt the prices were comparable with other similar health food stores.

I did venture down into the cafe but there wasn't anything on the menu that particularly caught my eye although the food looked fresh and the cafe clean and comfortable, if a little dark as there are no windows. I'd definitely return for lunch if in the area again.

Pros: Good choice of products, Vegan products labelled well
Cons: Staff efficient but not overly friendly
AcEastend
AcEastend
13

reviews

  • vegan

very nice place

4 Posted on 07 / 15 / 2013

I had very nice food in this nice café with friendly service and bought some very nice things in the well sorted shop!
Can really recommend this place!

Pros: low prices for good food, very friendly service, nice shop
Cons: the café is in a cellar without daylight
anomaly77
anomaly77
5

reviews

  • vegetarian

You can eat here everyday!

4 Posted on 04 / 28 / 2013

Fresh, hot, tasty and value for money!

Yes, you can eat here everyday!!

Not so big fan of the shop upstairs but the deli has some good choice!

Pros: Location, Good value, Excellent food
Cons: Limited choice, Only for lunch, small portions
amurleopard42
amurleopard42
23

reviews

  • vegan

Vegan shopping made easy

5 Posted on 03 / 10 / 2013

This small shop has a surprisingly wide range of vegetarian products, including many vegan options such as soy milk and yoghurt, spreads, fake cheese, fruit, biscuits, chocolates, ... My personal highlight is the fresh deli counter: you can find numerous kinds of pasties and cake there, with the ingredients listed and the vegan ones clearly marked - in fact, most of the pasties and cake slices were vegan when I visited several times this week. They also sell breads from the Chorlton-based Polish deli and bakery Barbakan, some of which are quite tasty. Overall, a goldmine for veg*ns close to Manchester city centre.

Pros: Wide choice, including many veg*n items, large deli and bread counter
Cons: More and unchilled fresh fruit please
Sam883
Sam883
4

reviews

  • vegan

Great food

4 Posted on 01 / 11 / 2013

Tasty vegetarian food and great value for money downstairs at the hot food restaurant. Get in early for lunch because it gets real busy and the queue can get long.

Upstairs they have shop full of all things vegetarian style - including good versions of those things you wish were less horrible chemical filled. like non dangerous toothpaste and organic cotton buds :)

Great for a quick snack from the deli counter upstairs as well.


Alyson
Alyson
34

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  • vegan

Great shop and food

4 Posted on 12 / 31 / 2012

Was visiting Manchester for the first time in 8 years so it was interesting to see all this changed. The shop was really extensive and we got a range of things not available in the health shops where I live, as well as some cooked food from the counter in the shop. To our amazement they were holding a special evening meal that night so we ate downstairs at one of the Christmas evening dates. The food was very good -so good that I couldn't leave a single bit, and had the set 3 courses so was absolutely stuffed by the end of it. Downside was that it was a bit noisy as the venue is a bit echoy, and there was a large table of loud students - maybe spoilt is a bit for the other diners, but that's not the restaurant's fault. Highly recommend.

Pros: veggie-vegan, range, tasty
JB23
JB23
11

reviews

  • vegan

Paying for the privilage

2 Posted on 11 / 21 / 2012

Another great cafe that has slowly gone downhill over the past 5 years (I think the fantastic long standing chef left and its never been quite the same). Staff are lovely, menu changed frequently and quite creative, but food always seems sloppy/bland, with tiny portions and overpriced. Coffee and fresh juices just ok, cake are expensive. Always busy at lunchtime with students/uni staff so hard to find a seat. Any meat eaters who come here hoping to find out more about vegan or veggie food would probably think "Urghhh..never again!" (McDonalds: 4, 8th Day Cafe: 0). It seems nothing will drag the cafe back to full glory, and you feel you're just now paying for the privilage of being there.

Pros: Vegan , Menu changed regularly, Kid friendly
Cons: Expensive, Sloppy/bland food, Hard to get a seat
Mimi
Mimi
29

reviews

  • vegan

Canteen Style Food - Good Shop

2 Posted on 10 / 09 / 2012

The restaurant serves canteen style food with a canteen style attitude. Lunch was slopped onto a plate with little care, pride or attention. I had a pie . . . which really wasn't that good. I would say, as a vegan, that the food is adequate but lazy, and because of this it feels slightly overpriced too. Staff attitude - indifferent, uninterested.

Pros: Location, Vegan Options, Good Shop
Cons: Slightly Expensive, Uninterested Staff
cprisacariu
cprisacariu
24

reviews

  • vegetarian

ok food close to University and near health shop

5 Posted on 08 / 06 / 2012

This is perfect when going to the University of Manchester or when wanting to buy organic food for home. It has good food and organic tea. Nice personnel. Decent closing hours (can grab an early dinner there also. Take away opportunity (like any other vegetarian restaurants. Has old tradition of down-to-earth food... just read around.

Pros: near Univ., good food, organic tea
proper or pompous?
proper or pompous?
90

reviews

  • vegan

go to unicorn instead

2 Posted on 05 / 13 / 2012

the food in the cafe was just ok. the staff was indifferent and aloof. the prices in the store and the cafe were a tad bit expensive. the location is good though.

Pros: location
Cons: staff, food quality, prices
mikebinos
mikebinos
29

reviews

  • vegetarian

Great breakfast

4 Posted on 04 / 18 / 2012

While the cafe is underground and the store upstairs, it's still an enjoyable experience at 8th day. On Oxford in the university district, the full breakfast they serve (vegetarian and vegan versions) is great. Friendly staff who will accommodate different diets , ie making the vegetarian breakfast dairy-free (without butter) but including the eggs. The smoothies and raw energy balls are nice too, and the lunch/dinner meal is also good. The shop upstairs is a good place for organic cheeses since Unicorn (though a better shop overall) is vegan.


lwe2405
lwe2405
7

reviews

  • vegan

tasty food and great shop but overpriced

3 Posted on 03 / 25 / 2012

the food was really good and flavoursome, however, it cost me £6 for lunch that wasn't really that filling and I didn't even have a drink. friendly people. has sort of a old school canteen style feel going on. not sure if this is intentional. anyway, thought the interior could be improved. the shop is top-notch and has everything you need.

Pros: good food, friendly staff, great shop above cafe
Cons: overpriced, canteen style
alimac
alimac
31

reviews

  • vegan

Eat yummy food then buy store cupboard essentials

4 Posted on 10 / 23 / 2011

This cafe is excellent. From the outside it looks like a shop (there is a whole foods store upstairs) but venture down stairs and you will be rewarded with a light and airy atmosphere with ample seating. All food is home made and as the cafe is run by a co-operative the staff are really into their work and happy to explain what is in each of their daily specials or the main menu. The food is freshly made and there is a great variety of drinks to go with the delicious food. They have many vegan options; online menu is at http://www.eighth-day.co.uk/cafemenu.htm

The only bad point is that I wish they did an all day breakfast, we got there just after the end of the breakfast serving!

Pros: light and airy, good value, vegan options
Cons: no all day breakfast option
Guest
Guest

Yummy vegan food :)

5 Posted on 07 / 30 / 2011

I went here for my three year anniversary of vegan life, and I was very glad I did so. Great food, great staff, great atmosphere, topped off with an impressive and extensive health food shop on the floor above. Simply excellent.

Pros: Delicious cake, Friendly staff, Vegan lip balm
ClareAllen
ClareAllen
1

reviews

  • vegetarian

Fantastic Catering

5 Posted on 07 / 16 / 2011

They did the catering for my wedding this year and it was absoloutly fantastic. Just so many lovely flavours, there was something for everyone vegan vegie and wheat free. The staff who came to serve the food were really friendly and did a great job. We had the £7.95 a head buffet and it was really good value for money we had a feast! Can't say it enough, it was great.

Pros: excellent food, good value, lovely staff
Jaine
Jaine
10

reviews

  • vegan

Tasty and healthy.

3 Posted on 07 / 05 / 2011

Really friendly staff and good Oxford rd location.
The food can be too expensive for what you get, with side dishes such as potatoes being charged as extra with main dishes. Always two soup options available which are usually good (borscht is a particular favourite), a salad bar (which is sometimes fantastic and fresh, and sometimes a little tired and bland). There's always a couple of vegan desserts available, which are good, but not great.
A good place to hook up with friends and eat something healthy and filling.

Pros: Vegan choices., Friendly staff.
Cons: Changeable quality, Expensive.
angulimala28
angulimala28
5

reviews

  • vegan

Superb shop and restaurant

5 Posted on 01 / 17 / 2011

I just adore the Eighth Day.... it has been around for yonks and has always provided a great shop and a wonderful cafe/restaurant.... convenient for both uni's.... great ethics..... delicious food and drinks and great ideas in the shop for improving your diet and lots of ethical treats to buy for yourself.... can be a little noisy down in the cafe but a young friendly bunch of people...just tops!

Pros: great tasting food, great ethics, range of drinks
Cons: bit noisy, stairs down to cafe
fire horse
fire horse
20

reviews

  • vegan

Brimming with Veg*n delights

5 Posted on 08 / 11 / 2010

I had a lovely meal there yesterday. The staff were very friendly and they were really accomodating about me not eating garlic and onion and being vegan. The chef came out from the kitchen and pointed out the things that I could eat off the salad bar, and they made a plate of food up for me that was very tasty. I must say... their carrot and cabbage salad was devine - don't know what they put in it to make it taste so good.
I had the vegan carrot cake to follow and that was gorgeous - full of nuts and juicy sultanas.
You could spend a fortune in the shop upstairs - it's packed full of food, cosmetics, toiletries etc with plenty of vegan stuff too.

Pros: everything under one roof, friendly, relaxed atmosphere
Cons: none
nikiwade
nikiwade
2

reviews

  • vegetarian

Little veggie haven!

5 Posted on 02 / 12 / 2010

I went here last week, Its a mecca for all veggies in the northwest uk - or it should be ! The upstairs shop has everything (and i do mean everything) then downstairs is a lovely cafe!
I found the place clean, cosy, staff were pleasant. Food was lush, my hubby had mousaka (i tried a bit) i had split pea and mint soup - both were delicious !
I would highly recommend this place to anyone !
(they have the reciped for all their dished on their website too so you can go home and make the things you try for yourself !)

Pros: lovely food, friendly staff, easy to get to
Cons: not easy to access downstairs, very busy lunch time go early !
starsnspikes
starsnspikes
3

reviews

  • vegan

Delicious food, unfriendly staff

4 Posted on 09 / 30 / 2009

I've been going to 8th Day for years now, and there are many aspects of it that I'm very impressed by. The shop stocks a variety of healthy vegetarian and vegan foods, magazines and a large range of beauty products. The cafe serves delicious wholesome food that tastes like something you would make at home. You know they use fresh, healthy ingredients. There are lovely vegan options that are full of flavour, and I have rarely been let down. They also have a wide range of vegan desserts, including cheesecake! This is refreshing because often places that offer vegan mains don't stretch to offering desserts.

As a vegan, it's a place I can go into, choose from a number of appetising options, and have a full meal.

I've noticed comments on ehre about the ambience in the cafe. I personally have never minded it. It's colourful enough and they have artwork on the walls that gets changed periodically, and a library section and sofas where you can sit and read.

The food is pricey, but the portions are really generous.

The one criticism I have though is that the staff are often fairly unfriendly. There are some great people working there who are so helpful, but they are unfortunately let down by a few who come across as superior, forget the importance of smiling and come across as cold.

The sign by the counter asking people not to use mobile phones while being served so that they can properly interact with you is diluted somewhat by the lack of enthusiasm in those interactions.

Overall though I would absolutely recommend 8th Day. Anyone who visits Manchester should give it a try. It's still the only place where I am consistently truly satisfied with the food.

Pros: gorgeous food, good choice for vegans, the shop is great
Cons: slightly pricey, unfriendly staff
hack_man
hack_man
325

reviews

  • vegetarian

Not for your average student

2 Posted on 05 / 26 / 2009

The food is fine but it comes at a price. A very professional looking place and part of the Manchester vegetarian scene for many years now, they know they are part of the establishment so can set their own rules.

Whilst the shop is extremely well-stocked it is overpriced and the cafe lacks atmosphere even though there's actually nothing that wrong with it. A good choice of main courses, salads and soups, hot and cold drinks but for a good feed you're talking over £10 including drink (unless you opt for the free water) and that's not including desert. A more student friendly attitude is required considering its' location in university heartland. Nevertheless, we always find ourselves here whenever in Manchester so it must be doing something right, but now I have discovered Mod Pop Cafe and Earth Cafe in a much cooler part of the city there is competition!

Pros: huge range of groceries, food choices
Cons: pricey, atmosphere
ebo
ebo
3

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  • vegetarian

Good food, but limited choice.

3 Posted on 11 / 21 / 2008

Eighth Day is in a great location for students in Manchester, opposite the Manchester Metropolitan University. The food there is good, but the choice is often quite limited. There's usually only 3 mains a day, if you don't count soup and pizza. The mains change daily, so if you're not too fussy, the lack of choice won't really bother you. However, what they do have is usually very tasty, healthy and filling! The pizzas are also very good, and better than you'll get in most restaurants.
But in my opinion, the decor really lets it down. The cafe can feel quite soulless at times, with boring light wood all over the place. Trays aren't usually cleared away fast enough either, and you will often have to sit on a table with someone else's leftover still on it.

Pros: Generous portions, Always tasty, Never too hard to find a seat
Cons: Very bland decor, Limited choice, Trays and plates left on tables.
jacqui
jacqui
33

reviews

  • vegetarian

Nice place for smoothies and cakes

3 Posted on 06 / 04 / 2007

Had lunch here on 02/06. I found it a little pricey - 2 of us had lunch for £17 - the smoothie was lovely, had a nice salad (£2/small bowl) but I chose an "oriental tofu burger" which was inedible - it was really, really salty. My friend had the 8th day pizza which had a mix of veg and was tasty. The cakes were nice. I wouldnt come back for the main meals but for cakes and smoothies I would highly recommend the place - nice atmosphere.

Pros: Smoothie, Helpful staff, Nice atmosphere
Cons: Disappointing main meal, Quite expensive
louis
louis
49

reviews

  • vegan

The Eight Day, Oxford Road

4 Posted on 05 / 29 / 2007

Over the last five years have eaten here on a number of occasions and have always been more than satisfied. Quinoa casserole dish stands out as a good one. Ate there couple of weeks ago and enjoyed generous portion of tasty noodles with tofu and a good latte to follow. Really good value still, little price change over the years. The breakfast menu looks very appealing. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Pros: extensive selection, alcohol served, near University
JohnnySensible
JohnnySensible
164

reviews

  • herbivore

Thank you "8th Day"

4 Posted on 05 / 18 / 2007

For sure they have good days & bad days. On the good days "enjoy"! On a bad day smile & help out a little by clearing a table or giving words of encouragement & even bigger smiles. I am so happy that I can visit whenever I am in Manchester. I first ate at the old location in perhaps 1980 - I still remember an incredible "flap-jack" full of sunflower seeds / pumpkin seeds / linseeds & the fragrant lemon balm tea. They have "nutrified" me so many times over the years. Zillions of "cruelty-free" meals have been served. Manchester's other "oasis"!


Foxtrot
Foxtrot
17

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  • vegetarian

Could be better

3 Posted on 02 / 18 / 2007

The cakes here used to be great, but have gone downhill. The soup is sometimes delicious, sometimes bland. Stews are good value for money, but the bakes are a rip off. Basically, this place is a bit hit and miss.

Pros: healthy, fresh food, lots for vegans
Cons: nothing organic, in a basement, looks like a canteen
Stevie
Stevie
357

reviews

  • vegan

Eight day, Manchester

4 Posted on 09 / 09 / 2006

I've eaten here a few times and never had any problems. No problems getting tasty vegan food. Central location only a few mins walk from Oxford Road train station makes it handy for me. It could be open longer hours though.

Pros: Tasty vegan food offered, Location
Cons: Could be open longer

 

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