Vegetarian and Vegan B&Bs and Hotels in the Lake District
Some personal opinions about a few veggie and vegan places to stay in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK.
Last Updated: 6th January 2003. Email: lakes AT ukveggie DOT com
Vegetarian Bed & Breakfast (not exclusively
Near Sawry - 015394 36356 - http://www.beechmountcountryhouse.co.uk/
Visited: November 2001
Beechmount is a small vegetarian/vegan B&B at Near Sawry, about 2 miles from Hawkeshead. All of the rooms are lovely and have great views - 2 of the 3 rooms overlook Esthwaite Water. Breakfast is plentiful, with a selection of 4 vegan options, including wonderful homemade lentil and mushroom burgers - my recommendation. It describes itself as a veggie B&B, and 8 of the 9 cooked breakfasts they offer are veggie/vegan, but unfortunately they do also offer a meat based breakfast if requested - shame! Can't imagine they have too many takers though. Very reasonably priced at £22pppn for B&B.
Also, no evening meals available here - we went to Ambleside to eat and found Zefferelli's Wholefood Pizzeria and Cinema. It doesn't say it anywhere, but it is in fact a vegetarian restaurant, with a vegan menu if you ask.
Vegetarian Country House
Witherslack - 015395 52237
Visited: September 2000
I stayed here for a weekend in 2000. The food was lovely and plentiful, evening meals and packed lunches are available. Vegans catered for with notice. The couple that run the place are very friendly, and it is a very relaxed atmosphere. Only 2 or 3 rooms, and off the beaten track. Barely any cars in this area - hear the sound of utter silence in Witherslack! I don't know about prices as it was a wonderful birthday present visit!
Hall Vegan Bed & Breakfast
Sedgwick - 015395 61241 - http://www.fox.hall.btinternet.co.uk/
Visited: October 2001 / August 2002
Fox Hall is located in Sedgwick, 4 miles south of Kendal. It is exclusively vegan, and run by a lovely and very friendly family. As far as I know it is the only exclusively vegan B&B in the Lakes. Breakfasts are lovely and plentiful, packed lunches are varied and cheap. However, dinner time is the real treat - reasonably priced, a big selection and huge portions (it is not often that I don't finish all that's placed in front of me, but they defeated me two nights in a row!) The food is wonderful and delicious, and prepared by a graduate of the VegSoc Cordon Vert school. Families are welcome, and a self-catering cottage next door is available to let as well. B&B is a bargain at £18pppn, £12pp for evening meal, and £3 for a packed lunch. Totally vegan - can't be beat!
Kendal - 015397 33011 - http://www.lakelandnatural.co.uk/
Visited: August 2001
Reviewed by: Shireen & David Caals
When we looked at the brochure from Lakeland Natural and read the blurb we asked ourselves can this really be accurate or are there some special photographic tricks at play, or licence being taken with the English language? But no, our experience last August showed that it was everything that it was cracked up to be. If you want friendly service, peaceful surroundings, gorgeous views, very pleasant and well-proportioned rooms at a decent price, and warm muffins for breakfast, we can recommend this B&B without reservation.
Unfortunately we didnt find the time to visit their café in the town, but we did go to The Lakeland Pedlar Wholefood Café at Keswick. Entirely vegetarian, with plenty of vegan choices, the helpings were generous and very reasonably priced. The drinks too were adventurous Shireen particularly enjoyed the fizzy nettle drink.
Vegetarian Country Hotel
Grasmere - 015394 35317 - http://www.lancrigg.demon.co.uk/
Visited: November 2001
A country hotel, rather than a B&B - and priced accordingly. Depending on the room it is from £50-£100pppn. However, this includes a four course evening meal as well as breakfast. The rooms are lovely, and depending on the room, many have four poster beds, and some have whirlpool baths, etc. The food is very good, and most of the options seem to be vegan, or a vegan version available. However, there is only a very small menu each night, so you probably will only have a choice from two starters and two main courses. It is more 'haute cuisine' than the usual veggie/wholefood type fare. However, I was still stuffed by the end of the meal - and I'm not exactly slimmer of the year. If you can afford it, it's a very nice hotel to play at being posh, and having an occasional treat!
There are also several other exclusively veggie B&Bs in the Lake District, that I've not yet been to...
Guest House - Coniston - 015394 41717
Eden Green - Keswick - 017687 72077 - http://www.edengreenguesthouse.com/ (not exclusively veggie)
Greenside - Keswick - 017687 74491
How Beck - Grasmere - 015394 35732
Yewfield - Hawkshead, Ambleside - 015394 36765 - http://www.yewfield.co.uk/
A little further afield... not quite in the Lake District, but close...
House - Crosby Garrett - 017687 71230 - http://www.chestnut-house.co.uk/
Nentholme Guest House - Alston - 01434 381523 - http://www.nentholme.co.uk/
Pumpkin House - Cockermouth - 01900 828269 - http://www.lakesnw.co.uk/pumpkinhouse/
Viva! also do a Veggie guide to the Lake District, for £1 only.
Another list of veggie places to stay in the Lakes... http://www.lakestay.co.uk/veggy.html
A guide to exclusively vegan B&Bs throughout the UK at Vegan Village.
Have fun in the Lake District - it's a great place to visit with lovely scenary, and wonderful walks around the lakes and through the countryside.