This month is ‘Veganuary’: a great opportunity to discover our amazing veggie options in the Lake District, Cumbria. Whether you’re vegan or simply want to discover some great new places to eat, drink and stay, check out our guide below.

Where to eat

Veganuary in the Lake District, Cumbria - Kat's Kitchen

Kat’s Kitchen

A fully plant based menu awaits at this friendly cafe and grocery store in Keswick. Home cooked meals are served in a welcoming environment; there are even sofas for a chilled out catch up with friends. As well as being fully vegan, there are also plenty of gluten free options on offer. Dogs are welcome, and free WiFi is available - so you can catch up on your socials over a smoothie or a brew made with plant-based milk.


This award-winning vegetarian restaurant in the centre of Ambleside serves up an Italian themed pizza and pasta menu. There are plenty of vegan options, and something for all the family to enjoy - making this a great place to take the family! It’s a popular spot, so book ahead to be sure of a table. There’s also a jazz bar, daytime cafe, and a cinema, which offers a popular movie & dinner deal including a 2 course meal and reserved cinema seat.

Veganuary in the Lake District, Cumbria - Zeffirellis


A self-described ‘Vegeterranean’ restaurant in the heart of Ambleside, Fellinis offers a relaxed atmosphere and a sophisticated vegetarian menu with Mediterranean influences. Local, seasonal produce is a key feature; while the wine list has plenty of vegan options. Upstairs, a studio cinema shows art-house and independent films; a movie meal deal is available for anyone wishing to combine the two.

Upfront Gallery and Vegetarian Restaurant

In a charming rural location not far from Penrith, you’ll find the Upfront Gallery, Puppet Theatre, Music Venue and Vegetarian Cafe: a fantastic destination for arts, culture and delicious food and drink! The theatre hosts productions to delight all ages, while the gallery features exhibitions by local, national and international artists. The on site cafe is fully vegetarian, with delicious home cooked breakfasts and lunches, alongside delicious cakes and hot drinks. There are great vegan options, and other dietary requirements can also be catered to.

Veganuary in the Lake District, Cumbria - Lingholm Kitchen

Lingholm Kitchen

With a 100 foot long glass wall offering views of a walled garden and up to Skiddaw, this cafe is a striking place to enjoy coffee and brunch, lunch or cake. Vegan options are available, with dishes all home cooked and delicious.

The grounds are home to the Lingholm Estate, where Beatrix Potter herself spent ten summer holidays between 1885 - 1907. The former kitchen gardens were credited by Potter as providing the inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit; today, the walled garden sits on the same spot and is open for visitors to explore.

Gillam’s Tea Room

A traditional tearoom in the heart of bustling Ulverston, Gillam’s is a local institution - the family’s history in the town dates back to 1892. Gillam’s Tearoom itself was opened in 2006, in a beautifully restored 18th century building. Visit for speciality coffee, quality loose leaf teas, and traditional tea room delights. Cakes are baked on site using organic ingredients, and plenty of vegan options are available. The terraced garden is perfect for warm summer days.

Veganuary in the Lake District, Cumbria - Gilpin Spice

Gilpin Spice

A relaxed atmosphere awaits at this laid-back restaurant serving up pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries along the spice trail, and including a nod to Cumbria’s history as a vital part of the spice trade. Watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen, and enjoy tapas style dining in the heart of the lakes. There are some great vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, and the friendly team are always on hand to help with any queries.

Where to stay

There are plenty of great places to stay across the Lake District, Cumbria, with vegan friendly options across their menus. From cosy B&Bs and hearty pub grub to luxury hotels, we’ve got you covered no matter your tastes. The Inn Collection have a great selection of country inns across the Lake District, Cumbria, with plenty of veggie options available - including The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite and The Coniston Inn.

Alternatively, why not opt for a self catering stay and whip up a feast in your very own, fully equipped kitchen? Check out our vegan recipe ideas below for inspiration.

Veganuary in the Lake District, Cumbria - Yewfield Vegetarian Guest House

Yewfield Vegetarian Guest House

Located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, this peaceful guest house is fully vegetarian, with vegan options available too. Enjoy a walk straight from the grounds to nearby Tarn Hows, curl up by the wood burner with a book, get a good night’s sleep in one of the comfortable guest rooms, and wake up to a hearty breakfast.

Ambleside Manor

15 en-suite rooms in a charming Victorian manor await at this welcoming guest house in Ambleside. There are also over 2 acres of private grounds, and Lakeland walks right on your doorstep. Not to mention the delicious veggie breakfast, with vegan options available too.

Discover and book your accommodation in the Lake District, Cumbria, here.

Recipe ideas - enjoy the lake district at home

Fancy cooking up a storm in the kitchen? We’ve got plenty of fantastic local food and drink producers - and some great vegan options to take home with you too. Check out Hawkshead Relish for delicious jams and chutneys and Keswick Brewery for locally brewed beers, including some great vegan options.

Why not try the following recipes:

Vegan Indian Tofu by Hawkshead Relish

Rasam Sauce by Gilpin Spice




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