It was here, in the NW of England, that the Co-operative Movement originated and The 8th Day co-op continues its successful operation in the spirit of this proud tradition. It has always been a vegetarian destination but you don’t have to be one (I’m not) to enjoy what it has to offer. The 8th Day is a treasure trove of all things goodly and wholesome, from food, wine and beer to dietary supplements and beauty-care products. Established in 1970, this place has become another of Manchester’s famous Alternative Institutions.
When I want proper bread – or any other food that has not been spoiled by additives like sugar, palm oil and chemical preservatives – I make my way down Oxford Road, dodging the student hoards, that frequent Subway and all the fast-food joints along the way, to the oasis of virtuousness at No. 111. I usually take a coffee in the basement café before doing my shopping and, although it may not have been my intention, end up adding to my basket one of the uniquely interesting wines displayed and described on the shelves.
Come here for your lunch and you will leave feeling a better person – one who is doing their bit to save the planet.