Since opening in 2016, Kat’s has earned a reputation for tasty vegan dishes, served from a tiny building edging the River Greta in Keswick. There is seating inside and out where everyone is made welcome by Australian-born Kat.
The menu when we visited included burgers (Moving Mountains pattie) with various toppings served in a brioche bun (£7.50-£8), bagels (avocado and salad – £5.25), wraps, salads and dairy-free ice cream (£2.50).
Open: check the FB page: 135 Main Street, Keswick; @katskitchenkeswick
Found in the pretty village of Grasmere, this licensed café/bistro has plenty of vegan options – and tasty, too. The menu includes vegan shepherd’s pie (£12), chilli non carne (£12) and Buddha Bowl (£10). Situated opposite the village green, it’s wellrespected and frequented by locals and tourists.
Open: check website or FB; College Street, Grasmere; greensgrasmere.com
A quintessentially English experience is a scrummy Afternoon Tea overlooking Lake Windermere at the The Belsfield. The Vegan Afternoon Tea (£22.95) includes hummus and red pepper finger sandwiches, vegan sausage roll, Roly’s fudge, scones, tofu spread, jam and much more!
Open: afternoon tea daily between 12-5pm; Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere; lauraashleyhotels.com/hotels/the-belsfield
The Garden Café
Situated outside the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal. Bryan and Nikki’s vegan cafe offers a wide selection of food, plus display space for local artists. Popular choices are ‘egg’ and cress sandwiches, soup, burgers and salad. They also offer a few cakes, including a wonderful Victoria sponge (£3.50).
Open: Wed-Sat 11am-3pm; Quaker Tapestry Museum, Stramongate; @TheGarden Vegantakeaway.