Matt's new job has taken him to the town of Ashton Under Lyne. After spending the last couple of years working in Manchester's Northern Quarter which caters brilliantly for vegans, he was a little worried about lunch options. Ashton however caters surprisingly well for non meat eaters. I joined him over there for lunch one Friday afternoon. Our choice of cafe was Topaz. Topaz is on the ground floor of a centre run by mental health charity, Mind.

All of the food is vegetarian and most of it is either vegan or veganisable. They also use veg which they grow on their own allotment. Matt went for kolrabi fritters with a gorgeous sweet pepper dish. I had tagliatelle with homemade pesto, olives, broad beans and rocket. Both dishes were delicious and really fresh tasting.

We managed to squeeze in some dessert too. 

This chocolate cake was pretty good but the real star was this apple crumble and custard.

We had a quick chat with the head chef Kevin before we left. He's run various veggie restaurants over the years. It turned out he was running a place in Leicester that Matt used to go in and was the creator of one of Matt's favourite food memories, an outstanding cashew cream he tried back in the nineties!


  1. There was cashew cream in the nineties?!!!?!!!?!?!!!!!!!!

  2. So nice to find great places when you were worried about lack of options. The crumble and custard gets my vote, yum!

  3. Oooh lovely, we'll have to check it out!

  4. Oooh crumble, my fave' dessert at this time of year. I'd totally have ordered that tagliatelle too, I'm totally going to make pasta for dinner now.

  5. I've heard good reviews about Lily's Vegetarian Indian Cuisine. Apparently caters well for vegans. It's just round the corner from topaz in Ashton

    1. Lily's is great for vegans and if you go pop into their vegetarian supermarket ASM next door too.


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