Eating Vegan: in the Lake District

Sunday, 14 October 2018

After a little trip to the Lake District recently, I just have to tell you about all the wonderful vegan food that's on offer there. I was seriously impressed by the number of places that had vegan options and at how good those options were! I do use Happy Cow to find places to eat, but I feel I never really know how good they will be until I get there and see for myself. I had a short list of places I knew had options and a couple of recommendations, but I really didn't expect it to be as vegan (or as dog) friendly as it was. Delicious vegan cake and dogs in cafes - it  doesn't really get much better than that. I absolutely fell in love with the Lakes; everywhere was beautiful, every walk, every view, every town, and the food was lovely. I'll definitely be back soon!


Chester's by the River
Skelwith Bridge | Vegetarian | Dog friendly
My number one of the holiday was Chester's by the River (so much so that all the pictures in this post are from there). It's pretty much a vegan hevaen. I went twice it was so good. The whole cafe is vegetarian so there are lots of vegan options on the menu and almost all of the cakes are vegan too. Both of the salads I had were divine and the cake was soooo good (banana and coconut loaf with a maple icing, and a raspberry and custard donut to takeaway). The coffee is also delish and they have oat milk which is my fave. There's also a lovely walk you can do from Elterwater a few miles up the road that takes you along a beautiful riverside path to the cafe.  Chester's is an absolute gem of a place and I can't recommend it more!

The Apple Pie Cafe
Ambleside | Good vegan options | Dog friendly  
The famous apple pie from here just so happens to be vegan - something I was very excited by. They have a plain and a spiced version so obviously I got spiced and it was lovely. For non-vegans, they serve it with cream or ice cream but for vegans, it's just plain but that doesn't matter because it's so good. They also have quite a lot of other lunch options on the menu which sounded really nice, but I won't lie, I'm all about the cake. With a coconut milk latte to go alongside my pie, it was just what I needed after my walk (Wansfell Pike to Troutbeck and back through Skelghyll Woods if anyone is interested). I'd highly recommend both the cafe and the walk. 

Zeffirellis
Ambleside | Vegetarian 
I ate in most evenings as there seemed to be a lack of dinner places doing good vegan food, although I didn't look too hard as I prefer eating dinner at home. Zeffirellis, therefore, was the only place we visited for dinner, but, oh it was worth it. Being a veggie restaurant, there are a huge selection of vegan options on the menu. It's primarily Italian food but they do also have a few other things as well. I had a huge pizza with lots of toppings and vegan cheese and it was divine. Oh, and it's also a cinema so if you want to catch a movie at the same time, you can! 

Graze
Bowness on Windermere | Good vegan options | Dog friendly  
Unfortunately, Graze was closed the exact week we were staying so I didn't get to go but it looks like a lovely little cafe that has several vegan options, I decided while staring longingly through the window after seeing the sign to say they were closed...


Taylors of Bowness
Bowness on Windermere | Vegan options
Taylors is a takeaway shop so we didn't visit but the board outside listed a vegan sandwich which sounded delicious and I'm sure they also do salads. A great spot for grabbing something to take with you for a day of walking. 

Homeground
Windermere | Vegan options 
This place seems to be a brunch hotspot and has a few vegan options including overnight oats, cake and a selection of plant milk. I hoped to visit but didn't end up having the time so it's definitely on my list for next time. The inside looks lovely too with a wood burning stove to keep you cosy in winter.

Greens Cafe
Grasmere | Good vegan options 
I'd already eaten by the time we passed this gem but it had lots of vegan options on the menu, including a vegan toad in the hole! I was very impressed and will definitely visit on my next trip. Perhaps a little on the pricey side but I would hope the food would make it worth it. 

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop 
Grasmere | Vegan options
The only place in the world that makes and sells this famous Grasmere gingerbread, which I'm so upset to say, I didn't realise was vegan at the time so didn't bother waiting to get inside (there was quite a long queue!). I can tell you it smelled heavenly, though. Lesson to self - never assume something won't be vegan, always double check then and there. Next time, I'll be getting my hands on that gingerbread for sure! 

Kat's Kitchen
Keswick | *Almost* fully vegan | Dog friendly 
Another one I didn't get the chance to eat in but I stopped by and had a look at the menu and everything sounded lovely. All of the food, and most importantly cakes, in this cafe are vegan. The only exception is that they offer cow's milk for coffees as well as plant milk. It had a lovely relaxed vibe and is yet another place that welcomes dogs, which always earns extra brownie points in my eyes.