Greens

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43 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester, England, M20 2NT

Vegetarian restaurant now offering an updated and vegan-friendly menu (as of 2017). Open Tue-Fri 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, British

33 Reviews

First Review by jonnie

A mixed bag - Edit

Booking online was a doddle.

Quiet restaurant and lots of staff around.
All very casually attired and laid back service style.
Not bad, but could be seen as a little lazy.

Very low lighting. Thought it was closed from the outside.
Had veggie black pudding for starter - tasty and nice texture.

Crispy oyster mushroom pancakes for main.

Mushrooms went cold very quickly, and could have done with a few more pancakes. (Small portions seem to be a trend in other reviews).

Pudding was creme brûlée which was mediocre at best - supposed to have been lemongrass but couldn't taste that at all.

Overall food was tasty but not filling, and could have been hotter.

Pros: large drink selection

Cons: Lack of parking (use side streets if you can find , Small portions., Very dim lighting

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Lovely Experience - More Please! - Edit

II have loved eating in Greens. I love the look, the vibe, the mocktails, the fantastic food!

I would definitely stop a galloping horse for this restaurant!
My only gripe is that it does not change its menu often enough!
I have been about 5 or 6 times now and I am running out of options. I wish they would update the menue so I can try something new?! Otherwise it is AWESEOME!

Pros: Amazing food, Fabulous decor - very trendy, Friendly, helpful staff

Cons: Menu does not change often enough., Can be noisy, Not enough mocktails

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Perfect for a special occasion - Edit

In terms of food quality, Greens is easily 10/10, however quite pricey. Their wine selection is just WOW. And their desserts are just YUM. Vegans note: ask your server about the vegan dessert du jour, since it's not on the main menu. Although their portion sizes are perfectly adequate, in my opinion, my husband finds the quantity-to-price ratio to be rather disproportionate: it's pretty gourmet-style.

Pros: The food is deliciously delectable!, Nice atmosphere & décor, Good service

Cons: Expensive, Small portions

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Getting better for vegans! - Edit

I rarely go to Greens because it has been so poor for vegans in the past, but this time they really seem to be making an effort to welcome vegans and include a lot of vegan options on the (savouries) menu, including others where there was a vegan option. The dessert menu only had one vegan choice which was sold out - so that might make them realise more are needed!
I had the pakora starter and full vegan roast dinner, unfortunately the nut roast itself was very dry but everything else very good.

Pros: Very tasty savoury vegan food , Good atmosphere

Cons: limited vegan dessert choice, Pricey

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Good! - Edit

Although mostly veggie, they had a fair amount of vegan options available for the main meals which was nice to see. and all the tasters could be made vegan by asking. Unfortunately, as it was busy, it took a while for our food to be served and some of the service could have been interpreted as slightly rude due to things being done in haste. They only had one vegan dessert, but I am grateful that there was at least one on the menu. I would certainly come here again.

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absolutely delicious!!! - Edit

I was luckily recommended this place by a friend as if I had read the reviews here I would not have gone and would have missed out on a fabulous meal with great service. I went with two carnivorous chefs who were both making appreciative noises throughout our meal. The tasters can be made vegan and we had the most amazing vegan black pudding ( I want to recreate this at home and eat it often) the ingredients used in our meals were gorgeous and treated with love. Portions were were generous and the price reflected the quality of the ingredients. I have only singled out the black pudding at this has to be tried. We had tasters starters and main courses which i will not describe in detail as I'm confident that any dish chosen will be good. It was a Monday and luckily we made a reservation as the place was heaving!

How could j forget to mention the delicious champagne cocktails on offer! I will be impressing my friends with these over Christmas!
There are very few veg/vegan restaurants that I will revisit as I like trying new places but I will definitely come back here next time I'm in Manchester.

Pros: everything

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Few vegan options - Edit

Very poor for vegans - more so than many omnivorous restaurants. Portions small, not very well executed and very over-priced. Staff are not attentive and restaurant can get very busy (why?!). Saw celebrity chef owner (Simon Rimmer) once boast on television that the meat he was cooking would turn any vegetarian.

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Disappointing - Edit

I have visited Greens on two occasions (different day & time) and been disappointed on both. The amount you pay for the quality and quantity is not worth it. The food is generic and there are no vegan desserts. It was very noisy despite being a small venue. I will say that the staff are attentive and service was good even on a saturday night.

Cons: Very good service

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a non hippie vegi restaurant! - Edit

Upmarket vegi restaurant that isn't hippie for once. Therefore brings in the clientele of those who might not have considered vegetarian previously. A range of vegi meals, some which I really want to try for myself. Great atmosphere and not bad prices

Pros: location, menu, great drinks list

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Ignore the bad reviews - Edit

We almost didn't go to Greens after reading some terrible reviews about the quality of food, the service and the portion sizes. We're both very fussy when it comes to our food. I'm so happy we went! All the things we were concerned about were not experienced during our visit. My husband is vegetarian and I'm vegan. The staff let me know which were the vegan options and I had the "duck" pancakes (which were beyond delicious), the gnochhi (incredible) and a chocolate, coconut and raspberry brownie for dessert which is hands down the best vegan brownie I have ever had (and I've had many). Price wise, we had 3 courses each and a bottle of wine, the bill came to £70. For a quality meal in a pleasant atmosphere with attentive staff, I think it was fantastic value. We were so happy with everything, highly recommend it :)

Pros: Quality vegetarian and vegan options, Attentive staff, The best "duck" pancakes ever

Cons: None

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A must in Manchester - Edit

Have eaten here many times over the last 5 years, it is something we do each time we are in Manchester. In fact it is a reason to go to Manchester.

My partner is vegan and has to ask what is vegan and there is always a couple things that are. Staff are always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Love the vibe of the place including the decor. Not a cheap eat but for what you get I always think it is fantastic value. The only place I have ever eaten better food is Cafe Paradiso in Cork.

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Small portion sizes - Edit

I've eaten at Green's a few times now, and always found it okay, but having more recently discovered 1847 I've realised they need to massively up their game. Menu is uninspired and portion sizes are way too small, I'm always hungry soon after. I agree that it shows that this is not a veggie-run restaurant and it's not particularly aimed at vegans. The staff do seem knowledgable about the menu and which options are vegan but they are not very friendly and service can be slow.

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Consistently excellent - Edit

I eat at Greens 2-3 times per month, with friends, colleagues and my husband. I love Greens so much, I will find any excuse to go. The food is consistently excellent and great value for this standard of restaurant. There are some excellent special deals (e.g beer and a burger for £10) and they also have a loyalty scheme so you can earn money off on your next meal. My favourite restaurant in the world. It can get busy in the evenings and at weekends so make sure to book if you can.

Pros: Consistently excellent food, Gourmet dining , Great value specials

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Amazing meal - Edit

I ate here with a friend who is vegetarian & I'm vegan, we found the staff helpful & friendly and we had a fabulous meal. I had 3 vegan courses and all were amazing, a little bit pricier than some might like but for me it was awesome to eat at a nicer/smarter restaurant for a change, where I was well catered for! Highly recommend, I will go back for sure.

Pros: Food, Service, Nice surroundings

Cons: Slighly more pricey

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Beautiful food for vegetarians - Edit

Some lovely vegetarian ideas and both times I've been the food and service have been excellent. It is a little expensive, more of a special occasion place than everyday. The lunchtime soup, sandwich and chips option is good value though at £9. A few vegan options although you have to ask which they are which seems very odd. The vegan black pudding is highly recommended though.

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Really great - Edit

Great meal choices for vegetarians, friendly efficient service and busy. Extensive wine menu. Not cheap but worth it!

Pros: veggie, friendly service

Cons: parking not easy!

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Great for vegetarians, ok for vegans - Edit

I used to love Greens when I was vegetarian: it's 100% meat-free and has some really delicious options on the menu, from traditional British food like bangers and mash to more exotic combinations. However, since becoming vegan I've found it less impressive. Vegan options aren't marked on the menu, and the staff always need to go to check which ones are vegan friendly. There are usually two options for starters and mains, but it would be nice to have this clear on the menu from the start. The mushroom pancakes have been on the menu for years and they are vegan, so there's always a good back up if nothing else turns up! However, the desserts are a real disappointment. None of the ones on the main menu are vegan, and if you ask they usually just provide a fairly uninspiring crumble. They're doing such a good job for vegetarians, I just wish they'd put a bit of effort in for vegans too!

Cons: Few vegan options

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Good vegetarian food - Edit

Greens it totally vegetarian which is great for vegetarians. The crispy mushroom pancakes with plum sauce are very nice. There were quite a lot of vegan main courses and starters but none of the desserts were vegan unfortunately. However, when I asked the waitress she was helpful and said they had a vegan vanilla ice cream so I had this and it was really nice. It would be helpful to have the vegan options on the menu labelled if possible (I know it's a veggie restaurant but it would be really nice of them to do this). We didn't think the menu was overpriced - it's not the cheapest but not ridiculous either. They also had some nice non alcoholic cocktails. The restaurant is somewhat cramped with tables but this didn't bother us too much. The restaurant is ideally located for going out for drinks etc in West Didsbury after your meal.

Pros: Completely vegetarian, Vegan starters and main courses, Good location

Cons: No vegan desserts unless you ask, Vegan options not labelled on menu, Slightly cramped

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buy 2 mains!! - Edit

The day people realise good food has to be eaten at large portions, at least one person will be happy and that's me! So my input might be slightly biased but never the less this place is bit pricey! There is a odd hit on the menu but can be tried once. The location is excellent and I guess that influence the price. If only they had more choices I could buy the attraction.

At the end of the day, will you be happy eating at this place? I think most of them will be! So recommendable .... just do not go hungry!

Pros: Location, Ambience , Tasty

Cons: Pricey!, Small portions

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Review of Greens - Edit

I went especially to Didsbury for 'Greens'. Staff were neither friendly/un-friendly. Menu was expensive and limited amount of vegan foods. Food was nice, but disappointing regarding the vegan options. Wouldn't go there again.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Lack of Vegan food, Money, Travel links

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Tasty, exciting veggie (and vegan) food in style! - Edit

I LOVE Greens! My partner and I go there every Valentine's Day, as well as most birthdays. The food is reasonably priced (comparable to other quality restaurants in the area) and there is loads of choice. The menu is clear about vegan options and I like to try something new each time. One of my favourite dishes is the aubergine thai red curry - yum! A must for a treat night out.

Pros: Excellent variety, Really tasty food, Stylish interior

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Fine Dining, but not for Vegans - Edit

As a vegan I've eaten at Greens a couple of times in the past. I find it to be rather expensive for fairly average food, and quite poor options for vegans. In an exclusively veggie establishment I hope for a much better selection of vegan options on the menu - I think the fact that this restaurant is owned by a non-veggie really shows here :/

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I will not be returning - very disappointing! - Edit

I visited Greens last night with some omni friends. This is the second time I have been and as I was not impressed the first time I was hoping Greens had improved some. However, I was disappointed for the second time. First let me address the service: It is appalling! We were seated fairly quickly but soon forgotten and made to wait twenty minutes before our order was taken. We had the taster plate as a starter, for £10 you get a dollop of hummus, a small bowl of olives, vegetarian black pudding (not vegan) and some oil and bread. It only came with three very small pieces of bread so we asked our waiter for more and were shocked at the end of the night to find that we were charged £2 for the extra bread!! Our bill came to £160 in total and they were still petty enough to charge for extra bread! Moving on to the main: again service was dismal, making us wait 30 minutes between finishing our starter and our main arriving. I had the risotto, as the only vegan main on the menu I did not have any other option. It was substandard, something that I could easily make at home and a very small portion for £12. As for dessert, it was absolutely disgusting! I had the apple crumble (again the only vegan option) which was not a crumble at all but actually American style apple sauce topped with granola...horrible!
My advice to anyone looking for a nice, slightly posh vegetarian/vegan meal in Manchester is to visit Bistro 1847. Stay well clear of Greens as you will get horrible service, a busy and loud environment and mediocre but expensive food.

Pros: None

Cons: Poor Service, Limited Vegan Options, Overpriced

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Old fashioned veggie food - Edit

As a family of 4 veggies we went to Greens for a celebratory dinner in Manchester months ago. I was intrigued because I'd heard the celeb. chef was the owner so was looking forward to a treat. However, the menu is old fashioned/ boring, that is the protein comes from cheese, and the food is just the typical things you find in the 'veggie' sections of regular pub menus. Anyway, we all found it to be a disappointment. It was packed so obviously fills a gap locally, but it isn't somewhere I would take a non-veggie and isn't in a particularly convenient location if you are visiting Mancs like we were. I gave an extra happy cow for the outstanding desserts, the highlight of the meal!

Pros: dessert

Cons: expensive, boring, inconvenient location

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Pleasant, most elegant vegetarian place in Mcr - Edit

The food is mouth-watering!

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Still disappointed! - Edit

Returned to Greens with a veggie friend who hadn't been before. The food is still satisfactory, thought not outstanding. But the service! Really needs addressing. Waiting staff seem not to see you, depending on your table, and gaze away over the top of your head. Our starters never arrived. Main course came. Then took so long to attract attention to get sweet menu. We gave up after that as no-one came to take order.

Pros: At least it's veggie!

Cons: Service awful, Crammed in again.

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For a treat - Edit

I was taken here for my birthday, and the food is out of this world good. I wasn't allowed to ask how much it had cost, but I'm guessing that it was quite a bit. The portions are reasonable, and the cuisine is definitely gourmet. The layout is like being in someone's living room, which makes for a cozy atmosphere. Service is good, but not brilliant - it does get busy in there, and there didn't seem to be enough staff on duty the night we went there. It's also a little bit out of town, so if you're just visiting Manchester, it would involve a bit of effort to get there.

Pros: excellent food, cozy atmosphere

Cons: pricey, out of town

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