Earth Cafe

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16-20 Turner St, Manchester, England, M4 1DZ

Food is vegan except organic cow's milk on request for tea/coffee. Food policy listed on cafe's website. Gluten free and garlic free options. Operates on basis of Buddhist ethics. Located near Arndale Shopping Centre, Northern Quarter, High Street tram stop. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:00pm, Sat 10:00am-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Organic, Buffet, Take-out, British

Reviews (58)

First Review by child of the trees

delicious - Edit

The menu is seasonal and unusually by default vegan.
The spices are amazing and the place is self is cosy and chilled.

Pros: seasonal menu, default usually vegan food, great cafe

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Nice place - Edit

Nice food, ok prices, good location

Pros: Vegan, healthy food, Nice people

Cons: Small portions

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Home! - Edit

This place is more like home to me than my home! I eat here all the time, the main dishes are always yummy and hearty and the salad selection is divine! You can get a box with 4 options in for £6 (one main, two sides, one salad I think) and it's always my lunch of choice! The food options change daily to keep things interesting but there's always some yummy vegan cakes on offer too!
Really I'm surprised Earth Cafe is classified as vegan as this place is vegan apart from offering cows milk in brews (which I never see people ask for but I'm sure it must happen)

Pros: Amazing food, Friendly service, Vegan cakes!!!!

Cons: Gets unbelievably busy at lunchtimes, The front of the restaurant can be crowded

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Love it!!! - Edit

Food is amazing, the people there are lovely and the price is good. What makes this place even better is all the food is vegan, what makes it vegetarian is that it offers dairy milk in coffee and tea. However the space is small so get full at peak times and it is canteen style so options can be limited.

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Buddhist cafe - Edit

Humble food, good price, generous portion sizes. The cafe is based in the building of the Buddhist collective and has a nice atmosphere

Pros: Price, Location

Cons: Small menu

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Vegan Options Including Fabulous Cakes - Edit

Earth Cafe is a cheap eats kind of place and everything is vegan, although they do offer dairy milk. Have a large selection of cakes available and menu changes daily which includes various hot dishes and salads.

Pros: Vegan Options

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Budget friendly, clean tasting food - Edit

100% vegan and delicious home made tasting food. Had a lovely lunch here today, we both had the butterbean stew with quinoa, mixed raw salads and a "sausage" roll. The shakes were also yummy, we tried the chocolate/peanut butter one and the banana and ginger (both made with soy milk). Overall we spent £20 and left very full and contented. Will definitely be visiting again 10/10 also, the ladies who worked there were lovely :-)

Pros: 100% vegan, Non processed food, Budget friendly

Cons: Short on seating so avoid peak times if you want y

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great food - Edit

Good food and lovely service.

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loved it! - Edit

Great food, great friendly service

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A good option if you're in town - Edit

Certainly worth a stop - it's a useful venue

Pros: Central, Inexpensive , Varied cuisine

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Very Pleasant Place but Not Great Otherwise - Edit

I really like the feel to the place, you don't realise it as you enter but round the back is very nice and chilled. The sort of place to sip and cup of tea and read for ages.

The service was pretty poor, not unfriendly just incompetent. I just wanted a bit of cake, it was only slightly busy and it took the better part of 5 mins from entering to sitting down with my cake. The guy didn't know if the cakes had something I'm intolerant off which is fine but I had to tell him to go ask the chef instead of him knowing to try to be helpful. Same guy was mixing up some other people's order.

The cake was fairly average in terms of taste but the sponge texture was a bit off- I'd go with probably over cooked. The price was very reasonable.

I didn't bother trying the mains since the menu wasn't that exciting given the many other vegan options within a few mins walk.

Updated from previous review on Saturday February 07, 2015

Update: Sept 2015
I went back and had cake again, this time the texture was fine and I don't know what the flavour was but it wasn't chocolate like it was meant to be.

I also had mains, the serving size is decent considering it's cheap. I had kofta which was really nice and dal which was totally bland. Overall I'm probably going to give up on Earth

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Manchester visit - Edit

I visited here with my friend who is Vegan while on our trip to Manchester. As a newly vegetarian but full time juicer i was intrigued to see what a fully veg place is like as i have never been to one!
The staff where awesome, real welcoming and took time to explain the options that where on offer that day.
I went for a veggie burger and a green juice/smoothie type thing. The burger arrived promptly. It was cheap and cheerful.Bap/Bun and sparsely garnished. I would have liked some more tomato and onion but hey it was like £3 so what do you expect right? It was dam good tho!
The shake was lovely, i asked for added ginger as well i love ginger but maybe it was not enough for me.Maybe im just picky!
I then got some vegan cake and ice cream...it was lovely :) All in all my first trip to a fully vegan place was great and enlightening. I hope to visit many more places like this!

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Cheap and cheerful - Edit

A fantastic lunch option in the city centre. For £6 you can get a huge portion of food and it's always tasty. If you get spicy food here, you can definitely taste the spice! Everything is vegan, and there are always a few tempting options. The dishes change every day and the food is served canteen-style. There are usually about 5 cakes as well, and the hot drinks can be served with dairy or non-dairy milk. The staff are lovely, but it can be very busy during the rush hour.

Pros: Hearty portions, Great food, Value for money

Cons: Small restaurant, Busy at lunchtime

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Yummy food! - Edit

I visited on the 25/2/2015 and thoroughly enjoyed my meal! My boyfriend and I had the freshly squeezed OJ which was delicious and then chose four options for £6. I had the curry with potatoes, rice and the roulade. My boyfriend had the curry with potatoes, rice and polenta bake. We split the roulade and polenta so we could both have a try of each and everything was delicious! Great value for money and we were happily full for the rest of our day spent in Manchester :) staff could be a little more helpful if they mumbled less!

Pros: Great value for money, Many options, Tasty

Cons: staff were a little unhelpful

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Wheelchair access - Edit

We visited this place a few years ago, but could not get into it because it has no wheelchair access. I asked them if they would be making it accessible at some stage for wheelchairs, and they said they would be, as soon as is possible. that was about 3 years ago, now November 2014, they still haven't got wheelchair access, and we haven't been able to go into the place.

Cons: Access to the building

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not the same anymore - Edit

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Earth used to be the cleanest, purest, most enlightened place in Manchester - even better than Eighth Day. It felt so good to sit in the back room with the Buddha statue. The food was always super clean and the service was solid.

It's just not the same place any more, which is a shame. I miss it, but won't go back to feel the depressing facsimile of itself that it has become.

Pros: none any more

Cons: hateful service, bad food , not the same Earth any more

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Flavourful and inexpensive - Edit

The friendly lady running this place told me everything is totally vegan apart from the option of cow's milk in hot drinks.

You pay £6 for a choice of 4 dishes from the counter. I had a chilli with brown rice, koftas with coconut sauce and roasted potatoes.

It made for a fairly big portion and all the elements were very tasty.

Also had the Sunrise juice too. Freshly made and good sized glassful for £3.

All in all, a flavourful and inexpensive meal.

Pros: Tasty, Friendly, Inexpensive

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Very good - Edit

I had the "Sunset"-juice which tasted very great. The prices are not too inexpensive but it's worth the money. The staff is friendly. I think the speciality of this eatery is its way of behaving with food. They adjust their menu to the local markets and season and have a extra commitment to the food or rather to prepare the meals.

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Great Place to Eat - Edit

The food is delicious, great choice. Cakes are wonderful.The staff are friendly. It has a nice vibe to the place. I highly recommend.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, good atmosphere

Cons: a bit cramped

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Hit and miss openings - Edit

We wanted to try the Earth Café a couple of months ago but found it closed and wondered if it had ceased trading. A few weeks later we thought we would try again and it was open and have been again once more since when again it was open.
We have only had cake and coffee when visiting and these have been nice and filling but not fantastic.
If it wasn't for the shortage of vegan places in Manchester we would probably find somewhere more reliable and give this a miss.

Pros: Plenty of choice, Everything is vegan

Cons: Seem to open when it suits

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Not really impressed - Edit

We saw this place was close to where we were staying and had vegan food and fair trade coffee, so we turned up just after it's opening time of 10am to find it wasn't open. Eventually staff turned up around 10:20am and we followed them in. As their food was mainly lunchtime things we decided to just have coffee. We sat down but were then asked to move to a seat in a room further back. Our coffees arrived and were nice and refreshing but there was a sense that we were an inconvenience being there at that time. The manager apologised but I won't remember this as a pleasant experience.

Pros: Vegan food, Fair trade coffee

Cons: Appeared to be poorly organised

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Just what we needed! - Edit

Delicious vegan food! The lovely cafe staff explained all the dishes to us and recommended their favorites when we couldn't decide between choices. I had a Jamaican curry pasty and rice and a slice of chocolate cake to go. All very tasty and the cake wasn't too sweet. My husband tried almost everything by ordering two plates (one to go) as well as a soy latte. Also lots of healthy vegetable dishes and fresh juices. The prices are great for the amount of food you get, and this was just what we needed, having landed in Manchester from an international flight and needing a substantial vegan meal!

Pros: Great value, Delicious food, Central location

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A relaxed place - Edit

I don't understand that this restaurant uses cow milk for drinks if ordered and I think that's rather unnecessary, but apart from this, I really liked it. It is located in the basement of a buddhist centre and has a very relaxed atmosphere. You order your food at a counter where you can decide between different meal deals - I opted for the £6-platter where you can pick two main courses and two sides. It tasted quite good. I only thought that it was a bit small for £6, I was still quite hungry after my meal. Therefore, I ordered a piece of cake for dessert, it was a nut cream cake with soy cream and was sooo delicious - one of the best vegan cakes I ever ate.
Staff were very friendly but for my feeling a bit TOO relaxed, I waited quite a long time until I was served.
The interior is very nice and bright, it does not feel at all like being in a basement. Altogether, I would go there again!

Pros: Tasty meal & cake, Very affordable, Light interior

Cons: Slow service, Small size of meal

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Really good food! - Edit

Good value (£6) for 4 different items. I had the dhal with rice and salad. Really tasty. My boyfriend (meat-eater) had the Earth burger and he really enjoyed it. Will come here again.

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No Still Going Strong - Edit

After reading a message on here, I was really worried, but I went along anyway, as was in the area, but thankfully, it is still as good as ever, food great, plus good choice, beetroot cake was to die for, reasonable prices, didn't have to wait too long, and the staff couldn't have been nicer. I went with my boyfriend who's vegan, and another friend who is a non veggie, and we all really enjoyed our meal, and relaxing atmosphere. Me and my boyfriend shared a platter, loved the moussaka! We all had a veggie burger, home made, gorgeous!
I've been a few times over the years with non veggie friends and it's they've always loved it there, and requested we go there! Nothing's changed, it's still as good as ever, a little 'oasis' in the heart of Manchester. All the food is vegan too, they just offer cow's milk for drinks for people's non vegan friends. Gorgeous hot chocolate too!

Pros: Great food, Great value, Great staff

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KILLED IT OFF - Edit

first thing you have to give it 2 stars it by happy cows rules i would say none I just can nt believe what has to this lovely little cafe it's such a shame. As a veggie I used to come here while i was working in the northern quarter in manchester this going back 3years now food was ok nothing to rate about but by gosh the food standard was not better than (previous management) the brothers of the buddhist centre. I mean those guys knew what wholesome food was it was a vibrant place to sit and eat. Standards was high and very well maintained lots of quality options for the value to choose from, a really nice asset to the city it was.So I go back a few weeks back now nere end jul 13 and i was even more shocked on how these people have driven this place to the ground. I mean e.g the food was stale looking on the front just sat there combined with bits of each dish because the staff serving the food have mixed the spoons. There was a little portion left of some sort of aubergine bake as i believed it to be, nothing really to go with it a choice of rice or rice what was molded to the dish that it sat in it looked hard and crusty or there was some limp salad. I went for some carrot with coconut and apple it was sour tasting and lettuce still had mood on so that was not washed properly. There was not much cakes to my memory about 2 cake yet again nothing to rate about i didn't even finish my coffee it was rank it was so bitter and i had to dig for a clean knife and fork like my plate had yellow grease stuck to the underneath and There was no napkins to top it off I was so ashamed because i took my friend from work and i so wish we went over the road thy do i nice veggie options but i couldn't apologize any more to my friend. the price was a joke for the crap they was serving manchester has such great food outlets with great prices too so i don't know where these people get off it cost me like £11.00 aswell but me and my friend had the same but it only cost her £10.00 the staff looked like they didn't know what they was doing charging different prices. I know its only a £1 but for that no not on. the staffs face are so sour they look right through you. the young lady told me she was bringing my drinks over it took her 20 mins for two coffee and the cafe was empty as well i asked her to fill up the water jug what they have for us to drink she looked at me in disgust probably because its free and the two staff spoke more to each other than to the customers.

Cons: price, clean maintenance , staff disrespect

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really good! - Edit

I visited this cozy café during my stay in Manchester and enjoyed it a lot! Very friendly staff and very good food for moderate prices!

Pros: good food, very friendly staff, nice atmosphere

Cons: moderate but not low prices

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