Eighth Day is the health-food co-operative in the heart of student area: Oxford Road. Drectly opposite the MMU library it stocks an amalgam of health food goods from fresh produce, to beauty products, tinned, vac-packed, and bottled foods. Minding it's own business, downstairs, is the café, which sells vegan-only dishes, so there's no nasties if you're intolerant to dairy, or follow this type of diet.
The café is brimming with fresh ingredients. The menu changes on a daily basis, but it's the regular dishes which are so good.
I tried the celeriac and apple soup only a few days ago, on a rather windy afternoon, and it was just what the doctor ordered. A creamy, slightly sweet, thick soup which was well-flavoured and filling, especially with the side of rye bread slice. I needed my soup to go, as I had to be somewhere, so they poured it into a takeaway coffee cup, and put my bread in a brown paper bag, all of which was recyclable, obviously.
The café is quite spacious, and there are plenty of seats if you're in a group. The tables come with cubes of Demerara and granulated sugar, and they advertise the wifi password on the wall above the self-serve cutlery and condiments (home-made hot sauce, and ketchup).
On a side table next to the flight of stairs, you'll see leaflets and short programmes about up and coming vegan and vegetarian events. Amongst the veggie paraphernalia you'll see independent art festivals hosted on a small scale. Eighth Day generally focus on the smaller events because they need the most promotion, and they're in favour of supporting fellow independents, as opposed to the big whigs.
Eighth Day cafe is just what you need when you're feeling a little worse for wear, or just want a little looking after. Vitamins and nutrients are densely packed into the organic dishes, so you're truly enjoying a slice of the good stuff when you place your order.
I am undoubtedly carnivorous, but Eighth Day Cafe serves a mean loose leaf cuppa, side of soup, and energising raw juice, and with that to consider, I'm happy to leave my meat and two veg alone for the one day.