Manna restaurant, one of Europe’s finest and oldest gourmet vegetarian establishments, in Primrose Hill (just north of Camden) celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

It’s been fully vegan for over 10 years and be you vegetarian, vegan or omnivore you’re going to be impressed by the quality and inventive nature of the food on offer, the service, atmosphere and the fair prices.

We visited for lunch and had the maki (made using quinoa instead of rice)…

…an almond and leak tart with a polenta base to share…

…a beetroot and black bean burger…

…and to finish a sticky toffee pudding and a orange chocolate mousse with ‘vice’ cream. With 2 drinks that all came to under GBP50, not bad at all.

A prime motive for the owners has always been to provide fine dining in the international tradition but with meatless recipes and vegan alternatives rarely available in restaurants, anywhere.

They travel the world compiling recipes and use only the highest quality, ecologically and socially responsible ingredients, fair trade products when available and organic and local products whenever fresh and viable and they say that to the best of their awareness all their food is GM free.

The food is superb and it’s fair to call it fine dining, served in an informal setting. The chairs aren’t the sort you relax into, it’s a functional space with competent staff serving excellent meals. We’ve visited on this occasion for lunch but we’ve also been for dinner and loved it.

We advise you reserve a table, Manna is invariably busy!