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GROW is a meat free cafe like no other in Manchester. It’s a space to eat, an environment to learn, a platform to create…this is a place to GROW.

GROW has been cultivated from a collaboration between two of the University’s award-winning teams alongside Nutritional Sciences students.

The health, sustainability and wellbeing champions, MetMUnch, have used their nutritional expertise and creative flair to develop a unique offering alongside the innovative and forward-thinking Catering Team in the heart of Manchester’s student quarter.

With alternative diets becoming increasingly popular, GROW offers a meat free menu tailor-made to tingle the taste buds with diverse flavours from around the globe, whilst ensuring each product is packed full of nutritional powers!

This bespoke vegan and vegetarian offering gives the people of Manchester the chance to sample a range of delicious food regardless of whether you work or study at the University.

Our menu includes designer salads created by Nutritional Sciences students in collaboration with a registered nutritionist and the University’s executive chef.

All of our salads have been crafted with a focus on specific vitamins and minerals. Our hand-made bagels are designed to give the brain a boost and we have high protein vegan brownies to help make those gains.

Not content to food, the space also stimulates minds through creative workshops that have personal growth and wellbeing at the forefront. GROW allows people to get hands-on with horticulture, de-stress with mindfulness and yoga sessions with MMU Sport, and learn from experts in unique master classes.

GROW has a sustainability focus too. We try our best to ensure that all of our food is locally sourced, collaborating with local businesses, such as Trove bakery and the Manchester Veg Box People.

We’ve saved the chairs from the scrap heap, freshening them up with vibrant colours and fabric from an ends bin. The tables are an amazing mix of repurposed scaffolding planks and steel legs.

You’ll find no single-use plastic here, all of our bottles are made of glass and we have wooden cutlery available if you are taking away.

Eat, learn, create, this is a place to GROW.

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