Eighth Day Vegetarian Restaurant Shop and Cafe

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111 Oxford Rd, Manchester, England, M1 7DU

Long 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. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-7:00pm, Sat 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: British

50 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

an alright place! - Edit

i appreciate any veggie place that’s been around for a while, therefore definitely wanted to check this out!
unfortunately they were out of the apple & berry crumble so i ended up with a walnut & carrot cake with ginger frosting. frosting was excellent but unfortunately there was a lot of it which made the cake extremely sweet. less frosting and it would have been perfect. but that’s personal preference.
prices are ok but when in the area i’d probably prefer going to sidney street cafe instead, as i preferred the atmosphere there.

the shop on ground level has a huge range of anything vegan. they also sell my favourite skin product brand „sukin“ which was a pleasure to find!
they also have an amazing amount of lovely little savoury treats close to the cashier. i found it a little awkward that prices are a lot higher (50/60p might not seem a lot but is when something is only about 2,50) in case you want to eat those hot instead if cold, but, well...

Pros: variety, location

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Best vegan breakfast.... In the world! - Edit

This is our absolute favourite vegan breakfast. I take inspiration from this and try to recreate at home too - especially the fried tofu as an egg replacement.

There's nothing to fault. The sausages are meat alternative (not the salty glamorgan ones you often get), fried tofu is to die for, toast is really nice wholemeal, even the beans are suped-up!

Coffee also very tasty and they have a range of plant-based milks to choose from, including our fave; the barista oatly.

We come here a lot.... :D

The mains and lunches are also delish, but we don't often get to come here as the opening hours are during day only closed from 7pm. It's also closed on Sundays :(

Pros: Breakfast!!!!, Great milk alternatives, Lots of cakes!

Cons: Not open Sundays , Not open in the evenings

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Best in Manchester - Edit

I eat here most days during the week, it never fails to delight me. Good prices, environment and incredibly tasty food

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Bullies - Edit

As an ex shop casual I can confirm that bullying is rife here. Casual staff are not treated with respect and shifts are withheld as a form of control. I was bullied as a result of a health condition I was struggling with and simply because it is common practice here. I was also accused of stealing. This was many years ago but the same staff are still around and my experiences have affected my life going forward. Just be wary of the fluffy facade and be wary of working here as a casual!

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Comfort food. - Edit

Traditional, almost pub like food where you can get a good comforting meal with huge portions, and then your shopping on the way out.
Staff always nice and welcoming, and students have 10% off in the shop and the cafe.
Have been several times over the years living in Manchester and always a good place to chill and catch up with friends.
The shop can be a tad on the expensive side comapared to somewhere like Unicorn Grocery, but probably good value still when you compare it to elsewhere in the country.

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great breakfast - Edit

the breakfast is really good and filling. we couldn't leave without trying some cake as well though. :)
I had the raspberry vanilla cake which was ok, but the icing was just wayyyy too sugary for my taste.
the atmosphere was cosier than expected.

Pros: friendly staff, nice atmosphere, good value

Cons: none really

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Nice Place - Edit

Very good shop with a lot of vegan goodies. restaurant is ok but nothing special.

Pros: lots of vegan food, fresh vegetables, loads of vitamins

Cons: food could be better

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I've been going there for two decades! - Edit

I've always been a fan, and have been going since the days when it was a very small shop and cafe, rather than spread over two floors like now. It's probably the best it has ever been. I love the way you can eat downstairs, then get some shopping upstairs on the way out.

The shop's takeaway counter always has a huge range of pasties and cakes, most of them vegan. The cafe has lovely food options - sandwiches, salads, hot meals, smoothies, and lots of cake options. Again, a lot of the options are vegan. I love 8th Day, it's a haven in the city.

Pros: Good options, lots for vegans, A really nice place

Cons: None

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From the old school - Edit

Eight Day is very much a cafe of the 80s. It has the basement canteen thing going on, only ever a few options and pretty basic food. But they do that well. It's a pleasant basement canteen and the food is always tasty. I find the vibe and nice reminder of veggie cafe days gone by. I guess it reminds the (then) one veggie cafe in my nearest city growing up so it feels homely but I can see how now everyone would feel that.

I'd usually like a bigger portion, especially because it's not that cheap but it's still reasonable value for money. The food does taste good, occasionally very tasty but never anything exciting. Having everything be one pot dishes to sit on the hot plate really limits them. The choice of vegan cakes is great because they buy in from two different bakeries.

I still go here more often than any other cafe, it's quick, friendly and dependable. I know it's a bit dull but I just still like it.

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Letdown - Edit

This cafe has been there forever, it used to be fantastic, great food at good prices. I think the food has gone down hill and the portions are tiny. I still eat there now and again hoping it has changed but alas it doesnt.

Pros: shop, its a co-op

Cons: Small portions, a bit expensive

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Vegan Breakfast Top Notch - Edit

On the Eighth Day is an institution in Manchester located on Oxford Road, with a fabulous vegetarian shop on the first floor selling hundreds of products and a vegetarian and vegan cafe below the shop. I had vegan breakfast consisting of cherry tomatoes, fried mushrooms, vegan sausages, fried tofu, baked beans and toast, all helped along by a big pot of Earl Grey tea. They offer hot dishes, sandwiches, salads, cakes and desserts. They hold special evening events like wine tastings with food included which are well worth the money.

Pros: Plenty of vegan options, Vegetarian store for stocking on vegan goodies

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Poor cafe. Good but expensive shop. - Edit

I'd been eating at 'Eighth Day' for over 15 years before it dawned on me that I'd never really enjoyed a meal there!

That might sound a little daft but I was always so relieved to have somewhere that I knew provided Vegan options that I'd never stopped to think about the food itself.

Let's put the positive(s) first: the desserts are generally very good with a variety of Vegan choices. There are also good, tasty smoothie options.

As for the rest of the food: personally I tend to find it quite dry and boring. They really do appear to embrace the "wholefood" philosophy which unfortunately can mean lots of bland pulses etc. A non-Vegan friend of mine ate here with me fairly recently as he was genuinely keen to try Vegan food and had an open mind to doing so in the future. The experience has completely turned him off such cuisine and he now refuses point blank to try anything Vegan! Such a shame because whilst what he tried at Eighth Day was pretty representative of their food it was not typical of the tasty Vegan food we all know and love.

A little like 'The Egg' in Liverpool, Eighth Day Cafe is a very dated interpretation of a vegetarian and Vegan eaterie. Certainly not fun or uplifting.

The shop upstairs is however very good and stocks a lot of Vegan foodstuffs as well as alcoholic produce. They also have a deli counter with a good choice of pasties, wraps, desserts and so on. The shop is quite expensive but I guess most places of this type are.

My 3 Star (Cow) rating is an average for both the cafe and shop. I would rate the Cafe itself as 2 stars and the Shop as 4.
Updated from previous review on Friday April 22, 2016

Pros: Great Shop With Deli-Counter, Lots of Vegan Options, Great Desserts

Cons: Poor Cafe, Bland Food in the Cafe, Shop Quite Expensive

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Nice food - Edit

Got a nice lentil curry here, we chilled for hours downstairs sipping tea with soya milk. Lovely vegan cakes,
loved the vegan snacks upstairs, and staff were keen that we had enjoyed the food, asking was all ok.

Pros: vegan foods, snacks in shop, tasty

Cons: overpriced shop, looks like a student basement flat.

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The factory records of food - Edit

A Manchester institution, my other half has been coming here since her student days in the city in the late 80s/early 90s. We always try to come for breakfast if we stay in the city and pick something up for lunch from the counter upstairs in the shop.

The shop is very well stocked and the cafe is not salubrious, more a cafeteria but the food is bloody good along with the music and the atmosphere. Love this place.

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A Manchester institution - Edit

Good food - mostly vegan, great cakes, we'll run cooperative. Good store on the ground floor.

Pros: Community feel, Good food , Positive friendly staff

Cons: Can be pricey

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basement eating... - Edit

Not good for the less able. A bit canteen like...and expensive considering that...but the chick pea tagine was very good. Sausage casserole good too. both chocolate and vanilla chai cakes were very dry (if not stale).

Pros: downstairs to a vegetarian shop...

Cons: expensive. all options similar...stew, casserole,

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Friendly helpful staff and healthy food - Edit

Nice lunch with the kids. Haven't been for ages and was pleased to see its still serving trad healthy veggie stuff.

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Amazing - Edit

Good choices of basic meals all day. Been coming off and on for 10 years and doesn't change much - but it doesn't need to! Highly recommended.

Pros: good choice, very fresh , prices

Cons: parking

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Wholesome, flavoursome food - Edit

The shop upstairs is excellent, and has an impressive deli counter (look out for the vegan croissants, they're amazing!). Downstairs you find the cafe and a large seating area. As well as a small salad section, there's a daily bake, dahl and a few chilli/curry-type dishes, with the options of rice, potatoes and green veg. It's really flavoursome food, and the portions are generous. The breakfasts are also good, and it's one of the earliest starts for vegan breakfasts in Manchester.

There's also an extensive cake section (vegan options clearly labelled), and I've never been disappointed. The vanilla chai cake is my favourite.

It's not a fancy place, you collect your food at the counter like a canteen and clear your tray away at the end. Great value for money and a wonderful place in the vegan community.

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great shop and cafe - Edit

Both the shops and the cafe downstairs are really great for veggies and vegans, either for picking up supplies, refuelling or meeting for social meet-ups. The salad bar is good for taking food away and the hot meals are really good if you have more time.

If you are visiting Manchester then you can't ask for much more!

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Good cake and social atmosphere - Edit

My partner and I came for breakfast here just before we had to leave Manchester at the end of our visit in July. As luck would have it we arrived a little while after breakfast ended. Looking at the buffet, although there were a few vegan options, nothing really took my interest, because I was in the mood for light, breakfasty food, so I asked if I could have muesli and the staff kindly obliged. We sat down and enjoyed the buzzy student-life atmosphere (although the cafe is in a basement without windows) and before long I received a bowl of muesli with sliced apple around the rim of the bowl and a dollop of soy yoghurt in the middle. I just managed to make the soy milk on the side stretch to cover the amount of muesli, and the breakfast was pretty OK, kind of what I wanted at that time of day, if nothing special. Afterwards I felt like coffee and cake and so ordered a fair trade soy latte and went to look at the selection of cakes. There were enough (five or six vegan cakes) that I was spoilt for choice, but I ended up choosing the chai cake, which we both enjoyed. If I lived in Manchester I could imagine being a regular here for coffee, shopping (in the upstairs co-op) and the occasional lunch.

Pros: Good and varied vegan cakes, Fair trade coffee

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Fantastic - Edit

The Eighth Day Cafe and Shop is the only place that you can go In Manchester where you can get a good healthy wholesome meal, that you can thoroughly get stuck into because you know it is what you have asked for. the staff are all always very helpful, and will tell you honestly, whether it is Vegan or Vegetarian, which makes it so much more enjoyable. Fantastic.

Pros: Good choice of meals, Proper Vegan Breakfast, Disabled Access with lift

Cons: Some tables rock, spilling your tea

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Fab or vegans and vegetarians - Edit

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.

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Eighth Day shop and cafe - Edit

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

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very nice place - Edit

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

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You can eat here everyday! - Edit

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

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Vegan shopping made easy - Edit

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

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