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Bistro 1847 - City Centre

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 46 reviews )
Contact 0161-2361811

58 Mosley St (at Booth St corner), Manchester, England, M2 3HZ

Bistro and bar at the higher end of the scale offering modern vegetarian cuisine; gluten-free options. Small plates available from the bar during bar opening times. Dec 2012 relocated from 58 Mosley St. Previously named Detoxretox, same owner and similar menu. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, Mon-Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Western, Beer/Wine, British

Reviews (46)

First Review by taffboy72

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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a bit pricey - Edit

I came here for a vegan Sunday roast, food was delicious but the portions were so small...I was still hungry when I left, plus it's not cheap.

Pros: delicious food

Cons: small portions, expensive

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Fine dining! - Edit

Ate here with family on Sun 2nd Dec and was glad it was open as few places were. Between us we had 1 starter, 3 mains and 4 puddings and it was all good. One person was very taken with the mini 'basket' of chips in their main! I can't remember now what we had but it was all tasty and the service was friendly and helpful

Pros: vegetarian, choice

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Will return! - Edit

I was excited to see a meat free venue that appeared to be more aimed at fine dining then grab-and-go style food. I took my boyfriend who is veggi and we have very mixed views on the experience. The place itself is beautiful and welcoming and the staff seemed genuinely pleasant and interested in providing good service. The food however was hit and miss. I had the vegan 'fish and chips' (being the health freak that I am ;) ) which was battered tofu and my boyfriend had the veggi version (battered halloumi) I would say the quality of food was good,it was more an issue of quantity! Considering the price bracket being on the high end there really wasn't much on the plate which was disappointing. I had a dessert as I knew that I would be hungry later. I had a chocolate cake with poached pear and vegan cream and I have to say it was one of the best vegan treats I have ever taste! Very rich and creamy tasting. Over all I would consider going here again for a treat as it is a lovely place to go not to be surrounded by the disgusting smell of cooked flesh but it is just a little bit too expensive if like me you have a big appetite! I believe that they update the menu regularly so I would be interested to see if this was just a one time issue.

Pros: Beautiful Interior, Friendly, helpful staff, Good range of food

Cons: A bit expensive, Portions are a bit mean!

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Good food all round! - Edit

Went here last night for my birthday.
Had sundried tomato and olive crostini as an appetiser which was very flavoursome and cheaper than getting a starter. My boyfriend had the chillies stuffed with cheese which was pretty much as its title suggests. He liked it and wanted more but I did point out we had ordered an appetiser rather than a starter so the portions would have been smaller.
I then opted for the bangers and mash with red onion gravy which was delicious. My only criticism would be that it would have been nice to have had the gravy served separately as there was slightly too much for me. The sausages were fab; very herby and cooked to perfection. The mash was made with garlic which I loved but garlic lovers may want to stay away from. The star of the show was the gravy, which is why I thought there was too much as it would have been nice to have tasted the rest of the meal without the gravy on it at times. Rather helpfully, my boyfriend had the same as me, which meant he had my leftovers-- the portions being quite generous.
For pudding, I had a strawberry and peach tart served as a vegan option with soya cream which was pleasant enough. I'm not really a pudding person so probably cannot comment with any authority! My boyfriend had a shot of orange liqueur instead!
We both drank white wine and black coffee at the meal. I think the wine was expensive for what it was (fairly standard Sauvignon Blanc) but at least I knew it was veggie, with it being a veggie-only restaurant.
The restaurant is pleasant to sit in and we were seated immediately, despite it being quite busy. There was only one person serving which meant it was a bit slower than I would have liked but it's probably the same anywhere in Manchester on a Friday night.
I hope that the restaurant does well enough to expand its menu in the future. It is a pleasant enough evening out and the price is OK for the location--I paid £9ish for my main which is about right for a bistro in Manchester city centre.
Total bill for 2 meals, bottle of wine, coffee, liqueor and tips was £55. I believe they do lunchtime deals so I will have to try one of these one day.
I think I'll go back there in the future and would recommend it if you have time to take over your meal and don't want the hassle of having to check that everything is veggie. It's also convenient for the city centre.
Updated from previous review on Saturday July 30, 2011

Last night I had the rosemary polenta. OMG I even dreamt of it-v.Yummy!

Pros: delicious food!, nice atmosphere, friendly staff

Cons: overpriced wine, too much gravy, more choice please!

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Great Location - Edit

This is in a great location, and the restaurant itself in well appointed, comfortable and has a great ambience. Staff are friendly and attentive.

The food is okay, and quite creative. But the portions are tiny, and the mains come alone. Vegetables, salads, potatoes are all extra - so the main can look rather lonely, and also this means that the meals are not well-balanced. Prices, seem okay, but when you come away not really feeling satisfied (and a little peckish too), then it feels expensive.

Probably a good place for a special treat, if you have a small appetite or are on a diet.

Pros: Location, Ambience, Lovely staff

Cons: Small Portions

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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.

Pros: Great service, Location

Cons: Inconsistent, Price

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Delicious food, not enough options - Edit

We visited the 1847 Vegetarian Bistro 29th July, for lunch. I am a gluten-free vegan, so was quite happy to see that the menu offered options to accommodate my requirements. I was disappointed, however, to discover that the options for creating a gluten-free or vegan dish changed the essence of my choice. Example - Beer-battered tofu with hand-cut chips and mushy peas. Interesting. However, the gluten-free option meant that the tofu was served undressed -which resulted in a very brown, deep-fried dish. As most vegetarian/vegans, I love the array of colour I can usually look forward to with a meal. The menu offered only 6 dishes from which to select - and only two of those would meat my requirements. Though the food was fine, this is the type of selection I can find in most mainstream restaurants, so I wasn't overwhelmed with a tasty vegan experience. I'd give this restaurant a 6 out of 10, and that would mostly be in favour of our very friendly waiter. Not far away is the 8th Day cafe. A much better choice in the area, but unfortunately closed on Sundays.

Pros: friendly service, GF VGN options, open Sunday

Cons: poor selection , conflicting atmosphere, no colour!

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Excellent. - Edit

First visit to Manchester, this place stood out and did not disappoint. Lovely food, pleasant decor and great service. Recommended.

Pros: Good menu, Central location, friendly staff

Cons: hundreds of miles away...

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A veggie gem in central Manchester. - Edit

This bistro is stylish and cosy, and is very central and easy to locate. The food was all delicious and the service was excellent - the roasted artichokes were amazing!! The only down side was there was a pervasive smell of cooking oil in the air, as the kitchen is partially open, and this settled in our clothes and hair. Other than that, a really good restaurant.

Pros: Excellent food, Nice decor, Friendly staff

Cons: Quite expensive, Smell of cooking

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Only vegan Bistro experience in Manchester! - Edit

Bistro 1847 is an affordable vegan option in Manchester City Centre with a menu that changes seasonally and delicious food. Plenty of offers for those on a budget, and an all round excellent vegan dining experience. Service can be slightly slow when the restaurant is very busy, but all food is made fresh and the staff are lovely. Highly recommended!

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Amazing!! Fine Veggie Dining at its Best! - Edit

I have been to Bistro 1847 more than a few times and every time the food and service has been second to none. The waiters are friendly, professional and attentive. The food is fresh, reasonably priced and inventive and the atmosphere is relaxed. I went the other night with my husband and his veg-sceptical parents. I had the sundried tomato and bean pate which was to die for, it had whole chunks of fresh tasting sundried tomatoes and the portion size was quite large for a starter. The flat bread it came with was plentiful and tasted freshly made. My husband had the edamame beans which come in their sell and are marinated in a lemony, salty sauce. I kept stealing his and he mine they were both so good! For the main I had the beer battered tofu (a new addition to the menu mocking their beer battered halloumi) which was served with fresh cooked chips and minted mushy peas. The whole thing was amazing, I hate mushy peas but somehow they managed to make these so appetizing I did not leave a trace on my plate! My husband and his parents had the leek and broad bean pie. They were very impressed and said the roasted veg served with it were amazing. For dessert I had the salted caramel ice cream which was something I had never seen on a menu before, it was so good! My husband and in-laws kept stealing bites of mine which was fine because the portion size was huge.
I cannot find anything to fault with this restaurant but would advise that it can be a bit expensive so is best saved for a special occasion. I must also complement them on their wide selection of vegan options on the menu, almost everything except for the halloumi dishes are vegan and now that they have the beer battered tofu as a main not even that is a problem anymore!

Pros: Excellent Service, Lots of Vegan Options, Excellent Food

Cons: None!

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Bestro - Edit

One of the nicest veggie places I have been to. A great up-market addition to the Manchester veggie scene. Plush interior with huge windows and pleasant decor, there is a sense of opulence but definitely no pretentiousness. You don't have to dress up to come here, I had my Stone Roses t-shirt on and jeans and it was totally cool. The food is excellent with plenty of vegan choice. I had beer battered fried tofu with chunky fries and mushy peas. I would recommend booking online to take advantage of the special offers such as lunch for £10 consisting of any main course and a drink of your choice. There are other offers like these available if you book online. Would definitely come here again to sample the evening dining experience and menu.

Pros: online deals, staff, setting

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Good food, nice atmosphere - Edit

I went here with my wife for a nice romantic evening. The restaurant is located on the edge of China town, near Manchester Gallery and the gay village. It's easy to get to by bus or tram, but I expect parking could be a bit tricky at times as the area is quite busy.

The decor is modern and sophisticated, without being in your face. We were there at 9:30 on a Friday, it was busy but there were available tables.

With 6 starters and 6 mains there is a good choice. I had the salt and pepper tofu, with wasabi, satay and soy sauce. Mrs g'n't had the halumi lolly pops with salsa. Both were excellent.

For the mains I had the broad bean and leak pie. This was a decent size portion, with summer veg and a red wine reduction. My wife had savory scones with mushroom ragu. Again this was a decent size portion, with some interesting mushrooms, (not your standard button mushrooms) and asparagus.

The desert menu looked good, but we had no room. Perhaps next time?

The staff were attentive without being intrusive. Overall a good, higher end, veggie and vegan friendly restaurant.

Pros: Good food, Atmosphere

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not bad - Edit

I went there twice in November. I was offered a tatser menu for £ 15 which includes 3 tiny starters, a main, and a drink. The starters were both times really delicious. The mains were both times not as great as the starters. I had haloumi the first time, which was a bit dry, and barley risotto the second time, which was a bit bland. Still not bad at all.

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Great food, great service, great place - Edit

We visited 1847 on 14 February 2012 and had an excellent lunch. The lunch deal (main course plus a soft drink or beer or glass of wine for £10) is great value. There was a good selection of dishes including plenty of vegan options and the food was tasty, plentiful and modern - none of your old fashioned 1980s veggie food here. The service was excellent and we really couldn't fault anything. We will definitely eat here again next time we're in Manchester.

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Beautiful bistro, great value posh nosh - Edit

This is an excellent venue, ideal for a romantic dinner! They have a big menu which changes seasonally and an exceptional value lunch deal which is a main course and drink for £10. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and are happy to explain the menu options (there are some beautiful dishes, Hendricks gin and tonic cake with cucumber and pepper granita is perhaps the most unusual thing on the menu).

We had a baked camembert to share (great fun) and the portions of food are very generous for the mains; all beautifully presented and full of flavour. The red rice salad was packed with vegetables and perfectly seasoned with herbs; so healthy. The soufflee of local cheese with seasonal vegetables was baked to perfection.

The window seats give a lovely view across to Manchester art gallery, The atmosphere is friendly and the decor is beautiful. A warm welcome awaits you.

Pros: friendly staff, great location, good sharing options

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Welcoming, friendly and worth a visit - Edit

We went to 1847 Bistro for my husband's birthday on a Saturday night. The place was comfortably busy, with a good atmosphere. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and we were seated straight away. We were given time to make a selection from the drinks menu, and were told what the soup of the day was, before choosing our courses from the menu. The appetisers and starters looked so good that we decided to go savoury and risk not being able to fit a pudding in. Thankfully, the Bistro staff don't rush you between courses. We had plenty of time between finishing one course and the next one arriving (because all the food is freshly prepared to order), so we had plenty of time between courses to digest our food and ended up having room for pudding - hooray! The appetisers we had were well balanced and tasty: chilli peppers stuffed with cream cheese and focaccia crostini with olive tapenade and sunblush tomatoes. Our staters were also spot on: salt & pepper tofu for my husband and white bean and sundried tomato fritters for me. Everything was perfectly seasoned. We had the same main course, because it sounded different: roasted shallot and poppy seed barley risotto with pickled onion shells. This needed a little extra seasoning for both of us, but the pickled onion shells added a lovely zing to the subtlety of the risotto. When we discovered that we did have room for dessert, we chose the rose scented white chocolate pot and pistachio cookies (for chocoholic husband) and the blackberry mille feuille with almond cream and cameralised apple sauce (for me). Both were out of this world good. The blackberries on the mille feuille were plump and juicy and the apple sauce was beautiful and just sharp enough. We will definitely go again.

Pros: Friendly staff, Nice atmosphere, High quality food

Cons: None

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I like it, but... - Edit

WELL. I was very excited when I heard about a new veggie restaurant opening in Manchester, and the 3 courses for £18 voucher made the decision quite easy - we visited the place within the first couple of weeks it opened.

We all ordered different items off the menu, there were mushrooms stuffed with blue cheese (which were just what it said - 4 mushrooms stuffed with blue cheese, slightly undercooked), a curry, the battered halloumi 'fish and chips', the filo parcel, the port + chocolate pudding, a sticky toffee pudding (meh), and some more (yep, three hungry girls!).

While the food was good and reasonably sized, I just wasn't massively impressed by it. It seems that 1847 (or DetoxRetox back then) is trying to position itself on the same level as Greens in West Didsbury, but it somehow feels miles away from it. Maybe I'm already too spoiled as a vegetarian (if that is possible...), but I've had veggie food with more attention to detail and a more consistent menu, at a much lower price, which wasn't trying to aim high. I'm sure the little bumps will be ironed out soon (if they haven't already), but I was just a little disappointed at my first visit.

Pros: nice atmosphere, food okay

Cons: expensive

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A good quality experience all round - Edit

This is a nice, small, well presented establishment. I thought that the menu was varied and interesting overall though maybe not providing as many options as I would have expected.

I ordered the bangers and mash which was very nice. Not amazing but good portion size, nice textures and strong flavours (the gravy in particular stood out for me).

Service was friendly and attentive but relaxed, the design and layout is stylish but not OTT.

Overall I thought this was a great little spot. I'll definitely be back for more.

Pros: Interesting menu, stylish setting, Good service

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Detoxretox, Manchester - Edit

I had dinner in here on Wednesday this week. I expected it to be a quiet night & it was something of a surprise to be told there were no spaces. I was given the option of waiting for 45 mins for a table to be free, an option I accepted.

There are only 24 seats and space for more tables. I asked the owner about this and was told that at present there is only 1 loo and that this can cause a bottleneck for customers. There is a refurb program following imminently and toilet capacity will be trebled. This will be accompanied by an increase in seating space.

On the subject of the loo, the entire restaurant is disabled friendly. Its all on the ground floor and the loo is big and spacious.

And so to the serious business of food. The menu is a la carte consisting of each of 5 starters, mains and after courses. I counted eight of the fifteen dishes clearly labelled as vegan. Unusually from what I have seen before, there was a comment on the menu stating, 'All vegan dishes can be prepared as vegetarian'. Resisting the temptation to make the comment that all vegan dishes are vegetarian (just like every square is a rectangle but not every rectangle is a square, every vegan dish is vego...), I again asked the helpful owner. He informed me that option is on the menu for any dairy junkies who may prefer to have dairy produce in their dish.

This place is clearly targeting a more upmarket niche in terms of decor, menu content and pricing. If you're on a tight budget at present, this place isn't for you (e.g. £12 for a main).

The seats I am advised by the manager are fake leather, likewise with the sofa by the bar.

The roasted suede & carrot soup was nothing less than delightful. Similarly when it came to dessert, the sticky toffee pudding was perfect. I had the laksa Thai curry for a main. I don't have the strongest resistance to chilli and for me it was a serious nose runner. It certainly had a Thai twang but for one I would have preferred the spicing to be more rounded rather than so chilli dominated. My friend had the haloumi and said it tasted great although he felt the portion of chips accompanying could have been more generous.

The entire place is being rebranded in a few days time as, '1847 The Vegetarian Bistro'. I am advised by the manager when I asked that 1847 is a reference to the year that vegetarian society was found.

I'd defo go again next time I am in Manchester. I'd also take omnivores who otherwise wouldn't go to a vego restaurant.

Pros: Vegan vego friendly, lovely food, Pleasant atmo

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New kid in town - Edit

I took my work colleagues here the other day and we were all delighted with our meal, including two hard to please carnivores. The atmosphere was great, the owner very helpful and friendly and the food out of the world. There was a real buzz about the place and I can't wait to return. Plenty of vegan options including lots of deserts which makes a nice change.

Pros: Lots of vegan choices, Nice decor, Amazing food

Cons: none

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A pleasant suprise! - Edit

I live local and walked past this place a few times thinking, with the name, that it was probably a juice bar. Imagine my suprise when browsing Happy Cow to find out it was a new veggie place in a city still a bit underserviced for them.

The style / ambience is contemporary with a slight quirky twist. Very nice.

Prices are reasonable restaurant range for a city centre (no menu in the window which is an oversight)

A main is perhaps £10 to £12. There are "small plate" tapas. The more you get the cheaper they are. We got 3 for £10, and they were all excellent (all vegan) (sweetcorn fritters - slight curry tinge and gorgeous. Sweet Potato chips with mint/corriander and salted endame soy beans - plain but still very nice)

60% of stuff there is vegan. Soft drinks are cheap, like £1.20 for a coke.

As the website says, "Manchesters only veggie bistro" - there are other veg places to eat in the city centre but this is by far the nicest ambience and "poshest", though it aint actually posh or anything if you know what I mean.

Might be an idea to book for Friday or Saturdays.

Note, it's easier to find on Booth Street than on Mosely street, it's just off Mosely Street, a couple of mins walk from the Town Hall.

Pros: not over pricey, lovely ambience and food, very central

Cons: no menu in window, look on Booth Street, not just Mosely St

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