8th Day News


Toxaprevent will be launching their unique range of medical devices in-store on Thursday the 17th of March.

Prevent · Treat · Alleviate

The science behind the active ingredient in Toxaprevent is MANC ( Modified & Activated Natural Clinoptilolite).

MANC absorbs toxin, histamine, ammonium and heavy metals (such as lead and mercury) and removes these before they are absorbed by the body, through natural bowel movements.



Wine & Chocolate Tasting Friday 12 February 2016

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The Big Italian Wine Event

Come and join us on the 5th of December 2014 at Eighth Day for an evening of  tutored wine tastings with Andre D’ Ercole the founder of Italyabroad Wines.

We’ll be starting the evening off with a thrilling fizz, followed by two truly elegant white wines, a couple of sumptuous reds, then something truly indulgent and sticky to finish; all accompanied by locally made cheese and bread, with Italian Panetone to finish.  Salute!

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This is a ticketed event so please call us on 0161 273 4878 to check availability and to purchase tickets. Tickets cost £7 each or take advantage of our group ticket discount by purchasing 3 and only pay £17.50 saving £3.50.

Support your local businesses on Independents Day

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Independents’ Day shows that independent stores can thrive

 The Eighth Day – Manchester’s independent vegetarian cafe and healthfood shop – is throwing open its doors on July 4 to celebrate Independents’ Day and Co-operatives Fortnight.

Our Oxford Road based co-operative business is celebrating over four decades of independent retailing in the city and has recently been awarded ‘Best Independent Retailer’ in the Natural & Organic Awards 2013.

At a time when many retailers are facing increasing challenges on the high street, Ursula Gothard of the Eighth Day says innovation and focus on changing consumer needs has been key to their success.

“The Eighth Day has always been a strong ethical business and this is very important to many of our customers, but over the years we have always kept pace with changing customer demands and adapted our business to suit. “We have seen large supermarket chains increasingly encroaching on our territory by stocking more vegetarian and organic products, but being 100% vegetarian still pays dividends for us, as our customers know that we have sourced the best vegetarian products available.”

For example, the Eighth Day has stayed ahead of the competition by sourcing special vegetarian products such as nutritional supplements, vegan wines, raw foods and cruelty-free body care products. Many of the products stocked are only available in Manchester at the Eighth Day.

Says Ursula: “Over 80% of the products we stock are supplied by independent businesses and this ethos is important to us and our customers.”

Sales of organic and quality foods have held steady during the recession and the Eighth Day has even grown staff numbers over the past few years, in spite of the economic situation.

On Thursday 4 July, we are holding an open day and will be showcasing a wide range of locally and independently sourced vegetarian products. As well as tastings there will be nutritional advice available and a special menu in the café.

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Independents Day Celebration

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It’s Independents Day on the 4th of July, a celebration of the wonderful, diverse, independent businesses we have in the UK. As we are the winners of Natural products Best Independent Retailer 2013 we will be celebrating our winning of the award and thanking our customers who have chosen to support us by using our independent business with a full day of  free events such as food and wine tastings, sampling sessions, manicures, blood pressure checks and much, much more more!

Itinery of Events:

Demonstration Table:

10:00 – 11:00 Matcha Tea Tasting – our resident green tea expert Yoko will be preparing and tasting Matcha Tea.

11:00 -12:00 Bread Connections – meet Eric one of our local , independent bakers who supplies us with fantastic bread every Thursday. Expect to taste lots of delicious fresh baked bread.

12:30 -14:30 Galore Foods – meet Steve from Artisan Foods who will representing Galore Foods a local , independent supplier of jams, chutneys and pickles. Steve will be showcasing and tasting the new seasonal jams, Strawberry & Geranium and Gooseberry & Elderflower,

15:00 – 17:00 Try Me Now – meet Jo who will be tasting Sunita Cocoa Sesame Spread, a delicious, creamy treat perfect on bread and crackers and Sunita Juices which come in fantastic summer flavours of Lemon, Blood Orange and Mandarin.

17:30 – 18:30 – Wine Tasting – we will be tasting Il Sole a summary Italian white wine supplied by independent wine merchants Vintage Roots.


Nutrition Department:

10:00 – 12:00 Blood Pressure Checks – Ursula one of our resident nutritionists will be offering free blood pressure checks throughout the morning.

11:00 – 15:00 Terranova Life Drink Tasting – John from Terranova will be sampling shots of nutrient rich Life Drink.

13:00 – 15:00 Lamberts Healthcare – we have Nutritionist Katie Sheen who will offering nutritional advice and sampling of Lamberts supplements.

Throughout the day there will also be sampling and giveaways from Viridian, Bioforce and more.


Bodycare Department

10:00 – 12:00 Goody Bags – come to the bodycare department and receive a free sample bag of natural skincare items.

12:00 – 17:00 Free File & Polish – throughout the afternoon Julie our therapist will be offering express manicures using SpaRitual Polishes on a first come first served basis.


During the Day:

Throughout the day we will have visitors from other independent businesses such as Paul from Suma Wholefoods, who have kindly donated 500 Shop Local organic cotton bags which we will be giving away free on the day.

Valentine’s Meal at Eighth Day, Thursday 14th of February 2013.

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Christmas Meals at Eighth Day

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Natural and Organic Products Europe Show 2016

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This weekend Ursula, Sam and Jen (the main buyers for 8th Day) went to the annual NOP show at Excell in London. This two day trade only show is the ultimate new health products showcase and networking event for healthfood stores and natural health industry brands.

The team arrived just before Sunday lunchtime after an early train journey from Manchester and immediately split up as each of the buyers manages a different department and it’s the only way you can cover such a large show. The show itself is split into different areas such as Beauty, Supplements, Organic Products, in addition there are country areas with lots of food stalls offering foodie delights from their respective countries as well as seminar areas for education and industry talks.

All of us buyers were looking for the latest new products that we think our customers will love as well as networking with brands and buyers from other stores. It’s a packed Sunday with meetings until the show finishes at 5pm and we then reconvened to compare notes and take a breather.

Monday morning, we’re back at the show at 9am to mop up all the areas we didn’t get chance to see the day before and second and even third opinions are sought on new products, then it’s a dash to Euston to catch the train home just after 2pm. The train home is then dominated by discussions about everything we’ve seen and the people we’ve met. For us, as buyers it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet up with the brands we sell and meet new people in our industry, as well as get exciting new products that we hope our customers will love.

Sustainable Fashion Alert, the Swapshops are back!

This September we are relaunching the swapshops back in the Cafe, so it’s a big call-out to all local fashionistas and book lovers to get swapping rather than buying and fuelling the cheap throw-away culture that has swamped the UK over the last ten years.

 That unloved dress, coat or accessory gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe could be just the thing someone else has been dreaming of to complete their outfit! Swapping books is great as well, you never know, you might fall in love with an author or book you’ve never heard of and it saves paper, so you’ve nothing to lose. So get clearing out your wardrobe and that box we know you have got either under the bed or stashed on top of your wardrobe and get swapping and saving some dosh. All leftover items will be donated to local charities, so nothing will go to waste.

The next swapshop is from 5pm until 7pm on Thursday the 6th of October in the Cafe, we hope to see you there.


The Eighth Day Wine Tasting Event

three wine glasses Always a popular event (we wonder why), we have our big pre-Christmas wine event coming up. This is a tutored vegan wine tasting from the wonderful Linda Ward from Vintage Roots Organic Wines, you’ll enjoy seven delightful wines as well as vegan canapés and local artisan bread. This event will certainly help you to choose your wines for an upcoming special occasion, weekend tipple or even your Christmas/New Year’s Day dinner. Expect a warm welcome and a fun night, audience participation is expected! This is a ticketed event and they certainly sell out quickly so don’t dally, make sure you book your place, tickets are £10 each of three for £25, so round up a group of friends and enjoy a discount. You can find out more about Vintage Roots here: https://www.vintageroots.co.uk/

The wine event is from 6.30pm until 9pm on Friday the 2nd of November. We hope we shall see you there.

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Cafe Christmassy Craft Event

On Thursday the 8th of December  between 5pm and 7pm we’ll be holding the first of what we hope will be many Craft Evenings here in the Cafe. Our focus is on locally produced crafts from the many crafters we have here in Manchester. We’re looking for additional crafters, upcyclers, recyclers, ethical and eco retailers to sell their delightful handmade items, so get in touch with clara@eighth-day.co.uk to book your space.

For our customers we’ll have a range of hearty winter food, mulled wine and Christmas inspired cakes and desserts. So, pencil the date into your diary and  come on in and enjoy some Christmas treats and pick up some unique, locally made gifts for family and friends.

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Vegan Treacle Toffee Recipe


Fresh from our Chef team, our Vegan Treacle Toffee Recipe - give it a go this Bonfire Night! 


  • - 150g Golden Syrup
  • - 150g Molasses
  • - 300g Muscavado Sugar
  • - 150g Vegan Soya Spread


  • Line tray with baking paper. Lightly oil the paper.
  • Heat all ingredients together slowly to 140C in a pan.
  • Pour into prepared sheet and leave to set & cool
  • Sliced with a lightly oiled knife (to stop the knife blade sticking to the toffee).

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Veganuary 2019 at 8th Day

Celebrating VEGAN! For Veganuary at Eighth Day 

Every January, an organisation called Veganuary, shines the spotlight on the benefits of veganism, on health, environment and animals and encourage you to take a month long pledge, and give the exciting lifestyle a go. 

This year, at 8th Day, we're celebrating Vegan by offering a rewards card, each time your whole order in the cafe is 100% vegan. Once you show us the full card, you can redeem a free vegan treat of your choosing.* We're also offering free recipe cards, including some from our chefs, as well as costing them and including nutritional info such as calories, protein and notable vitamins and minerals. 

*restrictions apply. applies to your items only. order must be £4 or over. only available from 2/1/19 to 2/2/19

A Taste of The Levant Supper Club at Eighth Day

5 COURSE VEGAN Supper Club: The Levant at Eighth Day 

After our last sell-out, Eighth Day our Spring Supper Club, this time celebrating a rich, diverse and multicultural heritage with a 5 COURSE a 100% Vegan expedition of South American food on Saturday May 11th!

The geographical location allows for a fusion that opens a rich tapestry of flavour with a plethora of native ingredients to fuel our menu. We can't wait to see you there! Call us to book 0161 273 4878 or email for a call back: cafe@eighth-day.co.uk



*Please alert us to any allergen concerns upon booking.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Bananas and BEYOND! 

Entering this year celebrations for Fairtrade Fortnight (24th feb – 8th March), we’re going bananas at Eighth Day vegan & veggie co-operative, literally!

As well as free samples & tasters nearly everyday, we'll be adopting a yellow uniform for the day on Thursday 5th March, we’re drawing attention to all the ways to choose fair trade, from our eco cotton buds to vegan wine and speciality coffee from our local friends.

We’re promising a Fairtrade banana to anyone who can correctly identify our Fairtrade products, as well as serving up recipes straight from our kitchen, with tasters of course, that use a multitude of our Fairtrade products, and everyone is welcome to join the fun – extra points for your brightest yellow t-shirts!


Loyalty Cards

Join the Eighth Day Family with our Big Eight and Little Eight Loyalty Cards

We’ve been looking at ways to make our discount system fairer by introducing the Big 8 loyalty card, that everyone can use, all year round, just in time for our 50th Birthday!

Our no expiry date, no restrictions on who can use them, and have no minimum to redeem your discount on your next shop.

For the Big Eight, we will give you a stamp for every time you spend over £10, then give you 10% off when your Big Eight card has been filled.

For the Little Eight, we will give you a stamp for every time you spend over £5, then give you a 5% discount when your Little Eight card has been filled. 

Pick one up from us, or asks us to include on in your delivery pack when you shop online.


Full terms & conditions:

- Redeemable 5 or 10% discount on next transaction when stamp loyalty card is full with 8 rewards (stamps), given by an On The Eighth Day Co-op Ltd employee.
- A Big Eight card that has 8 stamps will qualify customer to a 10% discount
- A Little Eight card that has 8 stamps will qualify customer for a 5% discount
- No expiry date on Big Eight or Little Eight loyalty cards, unless otherwise stated on On The Eighth Days communications, including posters, flyers and notices and on their website and social media, or unless stated on the loyalty card itself. 
- No minimum spend needed when redeeming 5 or 10% discount
- The loyalty cards be used in On The Eighth Day shop or cafe in Manchester, 111 Oxford Road, M1 7DU
- Reward (stamp) given on individual transactions over £10, with one reward (stamp) only, given on individual transactions over £10 for a Big Eight card
- Reward (stamp) given on individual transactions over £10, with one reward (stamp) only, given on individual transactions over £10 for a Big Eight card
- Reward (stamp) given on individual transactions over £5, with one reward (stamp) only, given on individual transactions over £5 for a Little Eight card
- Not to be used with other offers and discounts
- Reward (stamp) only given to card holder on transactions over £10 for a Big Eight and £5 for a Little Eight


Want to work in our co-op? Take a look here to find out the latest news on vacancies and how to apply to work at Eighth Day.

The Shop

Looking for your one-stop shop for vegetarian produce? Then look no further, we stock over 5,000 vegetarian and vegan products as well as lots of organic and fairly traded produce.

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The Cafe

In our fully licensed, 100% vegetarian Café we prepare and serve our wholesome and exciting food in-house all day. Including cooked breakfasts; hot food including our famous dahls, stews and mains; our freshly made salad bar and vegan cakes and hot drinks.

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