Friends who saved the Earth

earthcafeManchester’s much-loved vegan café Earth is under new management. Friends Patricia Fulwood and Mike Tollerfield took over the basement after its closure last month and are brimming with ideas for a tasty future.

Now in their fourth week at the Northern Quarter eaterie, Patricia tells me that customers have urged her to keep the same ethos as the previous management. “I will be keeping it vegan – I did think at first that I’d change it to be vegetarian but now I’ve got a feel for it, it’s a vegan place and customers have requested that we keep it like that.

“I am from a Caribbean background so I put that spin on it with more of those sort of flavours” she told me. Typical dishes on offer will include seasonal vegetables cooked in a tropical sty-fry, curries and a plethora of different legumes and pulses in the regularly changing menu. Together with Mike, who has worked at the venue for the past five years, and alongside some of the other former staff, Patricia is now looking to expand what’s on offer from the Turner Street base. “We are going to offer more take-out food and offer outside catering. At a holistic level, upstairs (the Buddhist Centre ) is a lovely place for meetings and we can provide the food for bigger parties.”

And once they’ve made inroads into extending the kitchen facilities, Patricia is full of enthusiasm for the venture with plans to also update the furnishings and the lighting to bring a warmer atmosphere into the basement.

“We are both Buddhists who go to Sangha nights. Sangha translates as “friends” so perhaps we the friends who saved the Earth!” she laughs. The new spring menu is now available and the café is soon to start opening on a Monday.

Earth is at 16-20 Turner Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester.

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