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Choose restaurants that serve seasonal dishes, cooked using regional produce - not only will you help to reduce food miles but you will be supporting local farmers and suppliers.
The Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Manchester, serves exciting and innovative European cuisine utilising the best local and regional produce and ingredients from Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and surrounds.
The Market Restaurant in the Northern Quarter offers regionally sourced British cuisine and a menu that changes every six weeks or so to bring the customer the best of seasonal produce.
SHLURP! Soup Bar offers high quality, freshly prepared, 'fast' food such as soups, stews, salads, sandwiches and one pot meals. Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are delivered each morning - prepared cooked and sold that day, meaning there is no added preservatives, stabilisers, emulsifiers, or additives.
Vegetarians and vegans needn't go hungry thanks to these veggie-only establishments:
Bistro 1847 is a bistro and bar dedicated to the meat-free diet, located slap bang in the city centre, opposite Manchester art gallery. Also serve cocktails, spirits, wines & bottle beers, which are all suitable for a vegetarian diet.
The Thirsty Scholar is Manchester's all vegetarian city centre pub with a selection of organic ciders and beers and vegan wine.
Eighth Day is vegetarian café and shop, take away. Take your own re-usable container and receive 10% discount in the café on take-aways!
Greens Restaurant, owned by Simon Connolly and TV chef Simon Rimmer, has been part of the Manchester dining scene for 18 years. Located in Didsbury in South Manchester, they offer a seasonal vegetarian menu using local produce where possible.
Manchester city centre and other towns across the district including Altrincham, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport have achieved Fair Trade Town status with the Fair Trade Foundation. This means that each town has made a substantial commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the Fairtrade mark. Buying Fairtrade ensures farmers and workers in the developing world are paid fairly for their work in decent working conditions.
Other sustainable restaurants and cafes
The following businesses have achieved environmental certification, so you can be assured that they are committed to sustainability. The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is the national sustainable tourism certification in the UK and the Environmental Business Pledge (EBP) is an award and advice service for businesses in Manchester.
Gaucho Grill (Silver EBP)
Mr Thomas's Chop House (Bronze EBP)
Rowntrees Café (Bronze EBP)
Spicy Hut Restaurant, Rusholme (Gold EBP)
Taurus Cafe Bar & Restaurant (Gold EBP)
The Masons Arms in Atherton (Silver GTBS)
Zinc Bar & Grill (Bronze EBP)
Read about Stockport's major new initiative to be one of Britain's first sustainable food cities including information on events and where to buy sustainable food: feedingstockport.org