• Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 50 reviews )

Chapel Walks, Manchester, England, M2 1HN

Vegetarian restaurant and cocktail bar, re-opened here Sep 2017 after move from 58 Mosley St. Serves modern vegetarian cuisine with gluten-free options. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Western, Beer/Wine, British, European

50 Reviews

First Review by taffboy72

Inconsistent - Edit

I have visited Bistro 1847 around five times and have had meals ranging from good to average. I have usually been at times when there has been a food and drink offer (such as a glass of wine and a main for £10) and I think this has sometimes offered good value. However if I had regularly paid full menu price I would have been disappointed with the standard of the food.

The food has never been of awful quality (scrap that, see edit) but it has been under-seasoned and some dishes have been bland. I think the disappointment of a sub-standard dish is increased by knowing that I have had some very good food at the Bistro.

The service is excellent and it is a really attractive setting to eat in. Additionally, it is fantastic to have a vegetarian/vegan restaurant right in the centre of Manchester.

EDIT: After having such a poor meal there recently and following from the inconsistency of the meals I have decided not to return, particularly due to the large prices.

Edit 2: went on a meal deal, still not worth the price. Rubbish

Pros: Great service, Location

Cons: Inconsistent, Price

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Great presentation, lovely restaurant, but bland taste, overpriced, - Edit

Great location in central Manchester.

Lovely music and nice ambience. Smallest hand dryer I have ever seen in the ladies!

Overpriced... under tasty...

I had a green tea for £2.75. I went for the 2 courses for £22 option and had the cauliflower main. It looked amazing! The sauce was flavoursome but there were very strong flavours which didn’t seem to blend very well. A big mouthful of ginger in one bite then nothing the next... The cauliflower tasted very bland. The salt and pepper pots look cute with corks in the top but I couldn’t get the cork out to use the salt.

I had the chocolate cake for dessert. It looked amazing! Again, lacking in flavour. I think it’s the first time I have been disappointed with a vegan dessert.

I loved everything about this place except the food unfortunately... I have said it’s overpriced as I didn’t enjoy the food. If I was more satisfied I probably wouldn’t have minded about the price.

Pros: Great location , Vegan options, Great ambience

Cons: Lacking in flavour, Overpriced , Not fully vegan

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One of my favourites - Edit

As a vegetarian living in Manchester I am a huge fan of 1847. The restaurant has developed a stellar reputation over the past few years, and unfortunately had to close for a period of time recently, moving to larger new premises on Chapel Walks. The new site has a cocktail bar with stylish bar seating area.

The food is incredibly imaginative and the menu changes with the seasons. Flavour combinations are original and exciting: I guarantee you'll be trying ingredients and flavours you've never had before. The portions are about the right size for a good appetite if you have starter and main. I note several reviews have mentioned small portions- I think if you are comparing to the average gastropub they are smaller, but that's not a bad thing in my opinion!

They have a great selection of cocktails, beers and wines focussing on organic and fresh flavours. Try the 1847 Old Fashioned.

Overall, if you're veggie and in Manchester try to make time to try this restaurant- you won't be disappointed. I can't really comment on vegan or gluten free choices, but from a scan of the menu the selection seems good.

Pros: Imaginative menu, Good atmosphere, Friendly staff

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Tasty food - Edit

Really liked the food there. Not typical english food :-)

Cons: little bit expensive

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Probably the best meal I've ever eaten! - Edit

Simply amazing! The food was out of this world, and plenty of vegan options on the menu! Lovely for a treat or celebration, can't wait to visit again!

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Fancy food - Edit

Definitely worth a visit if you're wanting some fancier food. Menu changes seasonally, but always has plenty of delicious options (look out for the tofu 'fish' and chips!). A tad on the expensive side, but they usually offer 50% off on Mondays with a code when booking in advance (worth looking into).

Pros: Fancy food

Cons: Relatively expensive

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Lovely - Edit

Had a lovely meal here last year, not just the food but the restaurant itself is really nice, the ceiling looks so cool ,(go look:)) the restaurant offers a 2 or 3 course meal. I had vegan mushroom paste for starters, which was delicious! My partner really enjoy his soup. For main, vegan fish and chips, which was battered tofu with a pea puree. My partner got veggie fish and chips, which was battered halloumi, both were presented very well. Though, I did find the battered tofu quite sickly. We drank vegan beers but probably shouldn't have as were too full to finish our meals :) we had to rush off before dessert as we were going to see a show. I think the best thing about this restaurant was the staff. The guy who served us was so lovely and helpful! We wanted to tip him but didn't have cash :/ next time...

Pros: Great service, Good value for money, Nice food and drinks

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Fine dining! - Edit

This place is fantastic! Such an upmarket and fancy experience! I had the vegan 7 course taster menu and my boyfriend had the vegetarian 7 course taster menu and it really felt like we were at a Michelin-star restaurant! It was more than a meal, it was a genuinely beautiful experience!
Yes it is a bit more pricey than some restaurants but it is so so worth it, us vegan don't get the opportunity to eat out in such a fancy place very often so go for it!!!

Pros: Beautifully crafted food, Great atmosphere , 7 courses... Seven!!!

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Great food - Edit

Smart restaurant right in the centre of Manchester. Great food (including convincing 'fish' and chips), pleasant decor, friendly atmosphere with good service. Looking forward to going back.

Pros: Very tasty food

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Posh meal - Edit

Great food. Service has been less than exemplary on occasion (busy nights) but not stopped me coming back. High quality, imaginative menu, over half is V/VO and when they say vegan option it's not just less than what's advertised. Local beers, wines and cocktails. Great desserts, they often do a trio / taster option which is recommended. It's around £12 for a main so it's a special occasion meal but a must if you're visiting Manchester and want a fancy vegan meal.

Pros: High quality, Imaginative, Set menu prices

Cons: Busy at weekends, Pricey but worth it

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Great Vegan Options - Edit

I have been to 1847 several times a couple of them with non-vegan friends who loved it. Some of the dishes I have had are parsnip soup, leek and bulghur stuffed mushrooms, garlic mushrooms with polenta, they make an excellent vegan tofish and chips which my husband loved. The menu changes with the seasons and they clearly label vegan wines on the wine list.

Pros: Vegan Options, Vegan wines clearly labelled, Menus change with the seasons

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Dishonest pricing - Edit

Had booked a table and noticed a sign outside stating main course and drink for £10. No details were given of offer with menus and there was no individual pricing on menu except 2 course for £19.50 or 3 for £25. We enjoyed starters and mains plus a beer each and the bill was nearly £50. Mains were itemised on bill at £14 each. When queried we were told this was deal for main course only plus house drink. This should be clearly stated on sign or when ordering. It's strange that a deal is better when ordering less food. It's a shame as the food (particularly halloumi and chips) was really nice but left feeling disappointed

Pros: Nice food, Options for vegan and gluten free, Friendly waiter

Cons: Misleading offers/lack of information, No itemised pricing, Dirty Windows outside

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Nice dinner out - Edit

This place was recommended to me as a nice restaurant to have dinner out and I wasn't disappointed. The decor is nice and the staff are friendly. The food was on the pricey side and the portions are small, but was very tasty and they have vegan options as well. The biggest con was the SLOW service!

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Really dissapointing - Edit

My expectations were high as I read a lot of good reviews and the interior itself looked really nice and sharp. I expected great gourmet food..and got nothing of the sort.

My dish was essentially salty rice with some lentils. It could have looked fancy, but tasted like something one would make from leftovers. My boyfriend ordered battered tofu with chips, which was good, but it should have cost around 4 pounds for what it was. There was no ketchup or other condiments to compliment his meal.

The place does not know what to do with vegans..which is a bit odd considering it calls itself vegetarian. One of the dishes was topped with egg; when we asked what can we have instead of it if we choose vegan option the waitress responded they will simply take the egg away, without replacing it with anything. After ordering a gin sponge cake with ice cream our cake arrived drizzled with green cucumber water, which was supposed to replace the dairy ice cream..how dreadful. Even though they did have vegan ice cream on the menu! My boyfriend bargained to get it eventually, but it is not the kind of treatment I would expect from a vegetarian establishment.

The portions were very small too- so much so that we went to have another meal afterwards. I can only wonder why there are so many positive reviews here, including those from vegan users..maybe it used to have a different owner or menu?

Overall, it was a waste of both time and money.

Updated from previous review on Monday March 09, 2015

Pros: nice décor

Cons: expensive, boring food, not very vegan friendly

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City Centre Veggie restaurant with Vegan options. - Edit

The restaurant looks very inviting from the street and is clean and airy inside.
We were disappointed by the food, it seemed plain and uninspiring and we waited a long time (just over an hour) between starter and main course.
I like healthy clean food but the dishes were small and plain I must admit I was still hungry when we left.

Pros: Central location, Food presentation, Decor

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Let down. - Edit

Went here after reading some good reviews. We were worried that the portions would be small and unfortunately they were. Also, quite expensive for the amount of food you get.

If it was really good and tasty I would have cared less about the price, but it really wasn't.

All in all, quite the let down.

Cons: Small portions, Too expensive for what they've to offer

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Great :) - Edit

While visiting Manchester with my Vegan friend we looked up happy cow to see if there where any Vegan/Veg restaurants to go to.We found Bistro 1847 and saw that it looked a bit more up our street as we where looking for something a bit more upscale i guess as i wanted to go to a truly vegetarian restaurant, something i have never been to!
After reading the reviews we had mixed feelings as there are lots of mixed reviews but hey i wanted to give it a go.
From our hotel we spent close to an hour to find the place, even having to call up as we where running late and could not find it. The address on Google map and the address on happy cow was different or at least where it shows on the map that it is so we where rather confused.But hey, we found it!
it looks lovely from the moment you enter, hanging tress from the ceiling really sets the place off! Once seating the waitress was kind enough to explain to me the many dishes as i had no idea at all what most of it was.Again as a newly vegetarian my knowledge of certain foods is non existent but she was awesome enough to guide me through it and help me come to a decision.
Each course was lovely and presented beautifully. The portions are small and i would compare it to typical fine dining portions. This is what we where expecting so it was fine, it was so well presented i did have to do the annoying typical food pictures, i bet they get fed up with that!
If all vegetarian food is as nice as this then it's going to make the journey dam easy!

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The finest and fanciest vegan meal in Manchester - Edit

If you want a fancy meat-free meal in Manchester, this is definitely the place to go. It's really conveniently located in the city centre, and is quite small with a cosy atmosphere. There is a small menu: only three options for each course, but two of those are usually vegan. The portions are a wee bit small, as you expect with fine dining places, and I think the popular 'fish and chips' (deep-fried halloumi/tofu) dish provides the biggest portion and best value for money. There's a reason it is permanently on the menu while the other options rotate!

I've never had a bad meal there, and think the quality is very consistent. They also do deals and offers quite frequently, so it's worth getting on their mailing list.

Pros: Ambitious, Lovely atmosphere

Cons: Small portions

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Good if you like that kind of thing! - Edit

I have to be honest gourmet food is fun and can be really good but I'm not a big fan of the low carb fad! I like my meals carb-y and filling! My partner and I probably should have gone for the tapas options but we opted for the set menu instead.

The first course was delicious! Rysp crackers with toppings. The battered tofu was good but would be better if they marinated the tofu. The dessert was yummy and you get a hot drink with a vegan truffle to finish.

The portions could do with being bigger I think, but that might just be me. Despite the food being tasty and exciting, my partner and I left feeling unsatisfied and wanting more food! I have been to a vegan gourmet restaurant in Berlin and was much more satisfied after that meal and they had bigger portions.

The staff were friendly and attentive and the place had a lovely atmosphere. I would like to come back and try the other menu options as it may just be that the set menu wasn't for me. Overall I would say nice place and nice staff but they need bigger portions as I don't feel I got my money's worth!

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Adventurous foods

Cons: Portions too small

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Wonderful vegetarian and vegan food - Edit

We had a wonderful experíence. The food was great and I could chose vegan options. I went there with two omnivores who became absolutely amazed with the taste and the quality of the food. The service was exceptional. We are Catalans and they had all the patience in the world even though we visited them on a Monday at 8pm. The chef prepared a delightful vegan chocolate mousse for me. Although the price for us were too expensive, I would say that is probably one of the bes veggie restaurants I have visited in Europe

Pros: Vegan alternatives and great staff. cozy place. We

Cons: Expensive

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Best vegan food in the UK - Edit

Bistro 1847 has been awarded best veggie restaurant outside London - but in my experience it is far better than any of the London places I've tried (and I've tried a lot, including Mana, 222, Vanilla Black).

There was a choice of 5 vegan options on the sharing menu and my partner and I shared 4 small and 1 large plate, and felt that was plenty, we didn't have room for dessert! (there is also a full 3 course vegan menu). The dishes were imaginative, the flavours, the presentation and the service were all excellent.

It may be more expensive than other veggie places, but I can see why as the food is in a different class.

Pros: gorgeous imaginative meals, friendly and helpful, good location

Cons: none

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Excellent! - Edit

My vegan dinner at Bistro 1847 was excellent. Every dish was beautifully presented and flavourful. Highly recommended. My only gripe is when a dish is served on slate, which I personally don't like, and is done here.

Pros: Quality vegan meal, Outstanding value, Tasty and attractive

Cons: Food served on slate

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Good for an occasional visit - Edit

I've been to this restaurant twice and I ordered the same thing both times - the tofu and chips. The food was really delicious and probably worth the price paid but there was maybe one or two other vegan options and they didn't appeal to me so I am not likely to return too soon.

Pros: Tasty food, Nice decor

Cons: Only one or two vegan options, Not a very long menu in general

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Pricey but high quality, limited choice - Edit

Not a vegan restaurant so the choice was slightly limited although they will make a lot of their dishes vegan and they are very careful not to give you anything non vegan if you ask. i got the "first date" menu which was 4 small courses and a glass of wine for either £20 or £25 i cant remember. the food was really fine dining and delicious although it was expensive for just a lunch.

Pros: fine dining, very, very helpful/knowledgable staff, really classy atmosphere

Cons: small portions, expensive

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Disappointed - Edit

I used to go in the 1847 every time we visited Manchester, but the last time I went in I was let down. There were hardly any Vegan options available, the soup tasted old, the main course was suppose to be a Vegan option but it was a vegetarian meal the same as my partners, with no Vegan ice cream available, I chose the sorbet, which was dairy ice cream with lemon flavouring. I was very disappointed, because I thought it was fantastic to have a Vegetarian restaurant with plenty of Vegan options. Unfortunately I feel that I could not trust my food in there now. When we visit Manchester now we struggle to find anywhere suitable to eat a decent meal that I can trust and therefore can enjoy.

Pros: Friendly, Good atmosphere, Good choice of Vegan wine

Cons: Slow service, When the boss is away, the staff ?, Toilets need an upgrade

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Lots of style but lacking a bit in substance... - Edit

Well located restaurant for Manchester city centre although walked past a few times without knowing it was there! Signage could be improved, blends in with the offices in the surrounding area and could do with standing out a little more.

Some vegan choices although not an extensive menu. Only one choice for a sweet when I visited although I believe the menu does change quite often. I opted for the battered tofu which arrived quickly and was cooked to order and fresh. I have to say it was probably the most aesthetically pleasing meal I have been given since becoming vegan. The food was well arranged, colourful and looked incredibly appetising. The portion size is a little on the small side however. Taste, well the tofu was a little bland, it certainly didn't match the presentation.

I did have a sweet as I was still quite hungry after the main course. This in comparison took some time to arrive. From memory it was a chocolate cake with ice cream and was perfectly adequate but not mind blowing.

I dined on a weekday at around 6pm. There was only myself and a table of two dining. I found this quite surprising given the central location. I'd definitely return but maybe later in the evening when hopefully the restaurant is a little more alive.

Pros: Central location, Food well presented

Cons: More choices needed, Portions a little small for the price

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Tofu and wallpaper... - Edit

Great to have this restaurant in the city centre (and a branch in Chorlton), but not sure it does such a great job in promoting veggie/vegan dining.

I only went here once, so perhaps I need to return, but as my friend said at the time, it felt as if we were paying for the privilege of eating overpriced tofu in a place with posh wallpaper!

Most people would visit Bistro 1847 for a special occasion, as the menu looks amazing, but the standard of cooking (bland), small portions and cost would prevent me from recommending it. The staff are lovely, but this didn't compensate...I just felt flat after our meal. This is a real shame, as we need more restaurants in Manchester to set the standard and show how great vegan food can be.

Pros: Vegan options, City Centre, Great staff

Cons: Bland food, Cost

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