The Lake District Guide
Your guide to the best vegetarian restaurants and cafes in the English Lake District.
The Lake District has not traditionally been a place where vegetarianism has had a big following - too many sheep for that, I guess! But recently, with the advent of the gastropub/restaurant, more sophisticated country house hotel restaurants, and modern bistro/cafe bar, the vegetarian visitor to the Lake District has been better served. Unfortunately, exclusively vegetarian places are still a bit thin on the ground, but we offer you a selection of places where there is at the very least a good choice of caringly prepared vegetarian meals.
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South Lake District Vegetarian Restaurants
Ulverston - The World Peace Cafe
Lovely little place with a great
atmosphere, run by Buddhists. Lunches, no
dinners. 100% organic and vegetarian. Absolutely delicious food!
Kendal - Pumpkins Bistro (not exclusively veggie)
Pumpkins has a special emphasis on vegetarian food but they're also very happy to accommodate individual dietary requirements upon request. The restaurant is licensed and has a pleasant ambience enhanced by attractive artwork, some by a local artist, which gives it a Mediterranean feel. The menus are varied and very reasonably priced, all the food is sourced locally and the meat is predominately produced in Cumbria. Eggs are sourced from free range "happy hens", and they grow a considerable amount of the vegetables used during the summer months. Opening times are Monday to Wednesday 9.30am until 5.00pm and Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30am until 8.30pm. They even open other nights of the week for larger bookings (with the exception of Sundays).
Kendal - Tapestry Tearooms
vegetarian Tapestry Tearooms provides an eclectic mix of delicious food to suit
all tastes. In November 2007 the Tapestry
Tearooms received the Vegetarian Society Award for "Best Provision for
Vegetarians at a Visitor Attraction".
In May 2008 Cumbria Tourism awarded the Exhibition Centre & Tearooms
the "Small visitor Attraction of the Year 2008".
Kendal - New Moon
A super little bistro/restaurant, serving local food
with a sharp contemporary edge. Good for vegetarians and fish lovers. It's
got something of a reputation as the local "foodies" choice!
Kendal - Waterside Cafe
Great little vegetarian cafe serving soups, salads,
baked goods and cakes, with tortillas and so on. Veggie whole food, good
Kendal - Union Jack
Well established daytime eatery serving daily specials
and vegetarian dishes, fresh hand cut chips and home baking all at very
Central Lake District Vegetarian Restaurants
Bowness - Elephant and Camel Internet Cafe
A reader emails: "I enjoyed your web site. Would just
like to recommend the Internet Cafe in Bowness. You
get far more than the standard 'cappucino with emails' - I can thoroughly
recommend the food for a light lunch. The chef makes a variety
of lovely soups, wraps, and light meals. My wife and I are
vegetarian, and we always have a choice of menu. Well worth a visit
- up the hill past the cinema on the left side of the road - worth
Ambleside - Zefferelli's
With cinema, pizzeria, and cafe, this is
a complete entertainment centre! The cafe is famous for its inventive
veggie food. Even devote meat eaters will find something tasty and
delicious here, for there's lots of choice to satisfy even the heartiest
Grasmere - Lancrigg Hotel Vegetarian Restaurant
Unreservedly recommended for their great
dinners, available to residents and non-residents of the hotel.
See the entry in the hotel section of this site.
Northern Lake District Vegetarian Restaurants
Rosthwaite - Borrowdale, near Keswick - Hazel Bank Country House
A country house hotel with a vegetarian
approach. Highly awarded for its cooking.
Keswick - Lakeland Pedlar Wholefood Cafe
Excellent little bicycle centre and
Melmerby - The Village Bakery
Thoroughly committed to producing organic food of the highest quality, this brand has become a national institution. You can see where it all started and enjoy the superb veggie food from breakfast till late afternoon. Dinner is not available.
Edenholme Bakery, Lazonby,
Penrith - Upfront Gallery
Ah, what a delightful oasis in this part of the Lakes! A combination of interesting theatre art by a talented designer John Parkinson, exhibitions of paintings and sculpture of the highest quality and a super coffee shop providing delicious meals and snacks of sumptuous veggie food. I always think that coming across a place to stop and eat while having the chance to view good art is one of the great pleasures of travelling, and it's a wonderful thing that we can do it in the Lakes.
Upfront Gallery, Nr
Hutton-in-the-Forest, Unthank, Penrith, CA11 9TG