Summer 16

September's rolled around again, a new wave of Freshers is flooding into the city, and here at Team V Rev we finally have some time to take stock and reflect on what has proved to be a very busy and exciting Summer: Our last on Oldham Street before we move to our new place on Edge Street next month!

Since we got the keys to our new premises in July, fit-out work has been continuing at a promising pace but still with enough hitches to keep us nervy. Our brand new commercial kitchen (complete with fryers for chips!) is being fitted at the moment, and we were delighted yesterday to see that our walk-in chiller and freezer is now installed. The thought of being able to prep and store large quantities of yummy vegan food from scratch (thereby reducing our chances of running out of stock) is almost too exciting to navigate. Baby V Rev's getting all grown up!

Hopefully power will be connected to the new kitchen next week and we'll be able to get in there from the end of September to refine our new menu whilst the bar and restaurant is being kitted out upstairs. With this in mind, we're tentatively aiming for a soft launch on Edge Street by the end of October, but with the caveat that we don't have psychic abilities and there may yet be some kind of unforeseen glitch that holds us up. Now the ball's really gotten rolling on site, we'll make sure to update you on our progress here so keep an eye out!

As well as overseeing development of "the new place" we've been holding usual service down on Oldham Street and even catered our first wedding in July! We ran a totally vegan bar with our good friend Tom Plant from Blackjack Brewery, and provided vegan junk food for around 150 guests. An afternoon buffet of sandwiches and snacks was followed by sliders, mac and 'cheese', pulled 'pork', chilli, loaded nachos and 'chicken' nuggets... And breakfast burritos in the morning to help ease revellers' hangovers. We had an absolute blast and were so chuffed to receive great feedback about our service... Yet another avenue we're excited to explore more once we have a lovely brand new kitchen to play in!

In August, BBC Radio 4's You and Yours came to visit us to discuss the rise of veganism in the UK. You can listen again on iPlayer here around 22 mins 40 secs in, but we don't know how long it will be up for so hurry!

We saw the Summer out with the third annual International Vegan Junk Food Day 2016 on Bank Holiday Monday 29th. We made an extra special Special for the occasion (Sister Act II: Mac in the Habit) and really enjoyed seeing people's vegan junk food creations from around the world on the #IVJFD hashtag.

While we're on the subject of awesome vegan events organised by Sean (FatGayVegan), how many of you are coming to Manchester Vegan Beer Fest on the 17th and 18th of September at Islington Mill? We're catering, dogs are allowed and it's gonna be a tonne of fun. Take a look at veganbeerfest.co.uk for tickets and more info! See you there?

V Rev

V Revolution Ltd, 28 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN, United Kingdom

V Rev is a 100% vegan diner and bakery in Manchester, United Kingdom. We're open 7 days a week from 10am to 11pm. Come by and check us out!