Veggie or vegan groceries in Greater Manchester

Good general advice no matter where you live is to visit your nearest wholefood/organic shop. These generally have a good range of veggie/vegan products. Holland and Barrett shops that feature refrigerators (and not all do!) usually sell a good range of ready-made veggie/vegan foods, such as Frys and Redwoods (V-Bites) products.

However, there are three especially good places to shop:      

On the Eighth Day (Central Manchester)
Oxford Road, M1 7DU (map); 0161 273 4878
Offers a great selection of vegetarian and vegan foods, toiletries, cosmetics, and some ethical housewares, along with refrigerated/frozen foods and a deli counter offering snacks. Vegetarian café in the basement too.

Unicorn (Chorlton, south Manchester)
Albion Road, M21 0BN (map); 0161 861 0010

Wholefood grocer. Every product sold is vegan, contains no refined sugar, and wherever possible is organic. The near-100% organic fruit and veg range is famous but there’s also canned/packaged food, toiletries, cosmetics, and some kitchenware along with refrigerated/frozen foods and a deli counter. 

3 Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK4 1AA (map)
Independent, family run, vegan food store based in Stockport (five minute walk from bus and rail stations and the Merseyway Shopping Centre). Stocks only vegan products. Where possible preference is given to Fairtrade and organic items.