Foodie Friday

1847, Manchester : A Vegetarian’s Heaven

Words & Photos: @oliverinstead

To give you an idea of how long it’s been since my last restaurant review wherein I wolfed down a prawn-filled burrito, I’ve actually turned vegetarian and have been one for months. With my newly acquired diet, I paid a visit to 1847, a veggie restaurant in the heart of Manchester and let’s just say, I can’t think of a better way to make my #FoodieFriday comeback…


Named after the year the vegetarian society was formed, 1847 is a collection of vegetarian restaurants popping up all over the country. The Manchester site has been around the block for half a decade and it’s somewhere I’d been meaning to try out even way before my vegetarian time but never quite made the conscious decision to pick up the phone and book a table, or walk in… However, when we decided to treat a couple of friends to a meal earlier this week, 1847 was somehow an obvious choice…??

Yeah, let that one digest before we get started.




The vibe – 7/10

While this may well sound like nitpicking, let me get all the negatives out the way before we delve into the good bits… the tables are tiny. No, it wasn’t because we ordered too much food as you can see. I don’t usually comment on the furniture, I just feel they try to pack too many covers into such limited space so very pokey. Apart from that, I didn’t mind the chilled vibe. It was an understandably quiet Tuesday evening except for the birthday party across the room, which provided a welcome background noise, albeit a little rowdy at times.




The food – 8.5/10

One thing was clear from the very start(er), 1847 doesn’t play around with their quality of produce but honestly, the meal didn’t get overly exciting until main course was served. My fish and chips, but not quite as you know it, was really delicious. The flavours worked well together, especially the modest hint of mint that brought out so much sweetness in the peas. Likewise, the lemon curd to mimic the fresh lemon juice traditionally squeezed over battered fish gave the palate a refreshing cleanse.

Slight criticism: the cod-pretending halloumi was diced so small, it lost all the moisture in the frying process – what I ended up getting was some chewy cheese cubes.

1847food51847food6The vegan brownie though… the vegan brownie… So thick, so moreish. If you know me, you’d know that I’m a chocoholic and this dessert has all the right components and more to make it my idea of heaven: the soil is made of my fav nut, pistachio + the brittle packs some chilli punch that spoke to the Asian in me + the idea of this huge slab of pure chocolicousness covered in syrup infused with my fav herb, basil was particularly satisfying + of course, the dark chocolate.

It was the best possible ending I could’ve wished for.


The service – 10/10

Even though there were only two servers that evening, both of them did a brilliant job looking after us and from what I observed, they were just as attentive to the other guests so it would’ve been unfair to score the service any less. I simply couldn’t fault this aspect.


You can obviously tell from the quality of the food that 1847 pride themselves on their innovative and delicious meat-free dishes, but you don’t really have to be a vegetarian to appreciate the brand’s philosophy. The guests I had with me weren’t vegetarians and just like me, they all very much enjoyed the experience. So to summarise, 1847 for me doesn’t necessarily fall into the “vegetarian” restaurant niche that’s been turning into quite a trend lately, it is simply a great restaurant that happens to serve veggies only.


Oliver ❤


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    July 8, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Another great review Oliver!!! Love the pictures as they really do justice to the food presentation. Looks colorful and appetizing 🙂 If fact its making me feel positively hungry!

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    July 9, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Wow the food is presented in such a beautiful way! I’ve heard very good things about 1847, I’ll have to try and check it out next time I’m in Manchester 🙂

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    July 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Sorry to admit it, but I skimmed the text and was trolling over the images. Your photography is amazing! I may be asking for camera and sense advice from you soon. The pictures are amazing! I trust you enjoyed the meal, or at least it was nice to look at lol 🙂

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    Sarah | Susty Meals
    September 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I have been a fan of 1874 since they opened, but they have changed the menu drastically since then (the tofu ‘fish’ and chips was amazing!) I was interested to hear about your halloumi ‘fish’ though as I haven’t tried that and have um’d and ah’d about trying it. Perhaps something to do at home.

    I agree that the tables are a bit on the small side and during busy times it can be a bit noisy. If they still have it, the lunch menu with free wine for £10 is a winner 🙂

    Sarah x

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    Jollies and Jaunts
    September 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve been veggie for a while but only recently checked out 1847 (I assume it would be much pricier than it is) but I really enjoyed the food and found it to be great value. Agree about the tables though – we visited at a fairly quiet time but I imagine during busy periods it would be a bit too intimate.

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