Best Spots for Vegan Food in the Lake District (that are open now!)
The Lakes is one of the best countryside retreats in the UK and you can now find some awesome spots to enjoy vegetarian and vegan food in all the best areas. Here, we have listed our top places to dine so you can enjoy the most delicious cruelty-free food while visiting wonderful Cumbria.
Zefferellis is hands down our favourite restaurant in the Lake District. Situated in the centre of Ambleside on Compston Road, Zefferellis is a vegetarian restaurant offering delicious selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The fancy interior will make you think the prices are premium, but thats not the case.
The food is fairly priced where you will pay around £5-8 for breakfast items such as scrambled tofu and/or poached eggs on toasted sourdough with basil oil and slow roasted tomatoes. Lunch comes in at around £5-10 for salads, burgers, and baked potatoes while pasta, pizza, and salads are on offer for dinner (approx. £10-15).
It’s the perfect spot for couples, families and even coming here for a quiet minute to yourself. As it’s ideally situated in the heart of Ambleside, you can easily walk your food off while browsing the local shops or heading to the nearby parks such as Borrans or Rothay park. On a wet day, why not enjoy a movie in the cinema situated within the building.
Find it here: 2 Compston Rd, Ambleside LA22 9DJ. https://www.zeffirellis.com
Opening times: 10am-9pm.
Baba Ganoush, Kendal
Despite having recently opened, Baba Ganoush has proven popular with both locals and tourists alike who can’t get enough of the delicious food on offer. Although it’s not solely vegan, the majority of items on the menu are at least vegetarian.
They offer decent sized portions of salads, cold/hot sandwiches and ciabattas, soups and quiches for a good price. The soups here are some of the bestsellers and it’s not surprising why – they are hearty and full of goodness. Oh, and you won’t be able or resist the selection of fresh cakes on offer!
You can find Baba Ganoush on Finkle Street in Kendal Town Centre. Although they only have a small area for seating, they have made the most of it and you can even sit outside on warmer days. Afterwards, why not take a stroll down River Kent, which is just a stones throw away. If shopping is more your thing, a 30 second walk will take you to the main shopping area of Kendal.
Find it here: Unit 4, Berrys Yard, 27 Finkle St, Kendal LA9 4AB.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm.
You can find Fellpack on Lake Road in the centre of Keswick. It doesn’t serve only vegetarian food but they have a good selection of veg-based meals. We love this place because they offer something different from the many pubs around Keswick and the Lakes in general.
You can enjoy lentil and mixed bean chilli, cauliflower carbonara, and potato and chickpea curry priced around £10-12. But if you take away, you can enjoy an extra 20% off. On a summer’s evening, why not enjoy your dinner in the park.
Find it here: 19 Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5BS. www.fellpack.co.uk
Opening times: Wed-Sat 5pm-11pm.
26 Café Bar, Keswick
Similar to Fellpack, 26 Café Bar is also located in the heart of Keswick on Lake Road. Offering a relaxed vibe for grabbing food after a long walk, 26 Café Bar offers a lovely tapas menu for around £5-8 per dish with an awesome selection of plant-based dishes. You can also grab hot sandwiches, nachos, tea, coffee and cake or treat yourself to a glass of wine or cocktail if that’s more your thing!
It’s a great place to dine until early evening (approx. 6pm), so you can easily come here after a day in the hills. We recommend refuelling after one of our favourite hikes, Walla Crag. You’ll definitely have earned it and it’s the perfect place to reflect on your accomplishments and reminisce on the stunning view you’ll have just enjoyed.
Find it here: 26 Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5DQ.
Greens Café & Bistro, Grasmere
After spending some years living in Grasmere, we were able to try the many cafés and restaurants in the local area. Greens Café & Bistro is definitely one of our favourite here as it offers a good selection of vegetarian and vegan food. It’s the perfect spot for families, couples and groups of friends, and you can even bring the dog!
Offering a casual vibe, it’s the perfect spot for refuelling after a long hike up the many local walks such as Silver Howe or Easedale Tarn. They offer light bites, sandwiches, baguettes and baked potatoes with delicious fillings such as hummus, vegetables and mango chutney, or falafel and halloumi wrap. The Greens Tasting Plate is not too be missed – it’s a selection of their favourite vegan goodies!
We love this place because all their fillings are homemade with ingredients from local suppliers and local farmers and producers so they really support the community. For example, they serve English Lakes Ice Cream, Hawkshead Relish Company’s products, and Hunter’s Gluten Free Puddings.
Find it here: Beck Steps Apartments, College Street, Grasmere, LA22 9SZ. www.greensgrasmere.com
Opening hours: 9.30am-17.30pm.
Have you tried any of the above restaurants? Let us know about your experience in the comments below! If you feel there is any other veggie restaurants that we missed out, let us know and we’ll add them here.
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