New Year, New Foodie: Discover the Best Lake District Vegan Restaurants and Alcohol-Free Bars This Dry Veganuary.
The Lake District is famous for its thriving food and drinks scene – it’s the perfect country escape, so delicious food and a glass or two goes down a treat amid Cumbria’s stunning scenery. While we all know about the Cumberland sausage, the region is less renowned for Cumberland Quorn – which, to be honest, is a travesty.
Lake District foodies’ demand for vegan dishes and alcohol-free drinks has been growing substantially, with the number of Google searches seeing an increase of 100% since the previous year.
There is a total volume of 28.6 thousand monthly searches for terms related to Veganuary and 136 frequently asked questions – with the question ‘How to go vegan in Veganuary?’ searched twice as many times.
Dry January is seeing similar treatment, with 18.7k independent searches in the Lake District, and 262 questions. Meanwhile, Google searches for ‘How to do Dry January?’ in Cumbria have also doubled compared to last year, highlighting a growing number of alcohol-free enthusiasts in the region.
With this rising demand, we are seeing fantastic vegan eating places and alternative bars getting more and more attention – but which are worth your time? If you are visiting the Lake District this Dry Veganuary and don’t have time to try them all, you’ll want to know which shouldn’t be missed.
To help find something for everyone, we’ve asked the Peak District experts at Pure Leisure, who offer Lake District lodges for sale, for their guidance on the best spots for those taking part in Dry Veganuary.
The Pheasant Inn – a traditional pub with considered vegan dishes
A family-run restaurant since 2005, the Pheasant Inn is a fantastic spot for delicious vegan dishes. Found in the South Lakeland village of Allithwaite, this restaurant is so popular that bookings are a must.
Going for quality over quantity, this restaurant usually has two vegan dishes at a time, but they come highly recommended by Lake District foodies. A must-try is the falafel salad, stuffed with mango chutney and perfectly roasted veggies.
The Fizzy Tarté – an art-deco restaurant with fantastic mocktails
Windemere’s The Fizzy Tarté has it all for Dry Veganuary – with wonderful mocktails and delicious vegan alternatives featuring on their set menu.
The real star of the show is their mocktails, though. From the ‘Nada Colada’ to the ‘Safe Sex on the Beach’, The Fizzy Tarté’s mixologists have crafted some wonderful alcohol-free alternatives that are almost indistinguishable from their alcoholic counterparts.
Their mocktails are becoming renowned in Windemere, gaining their arty little restaurant an impressive 14.6 thousand followers on Instagram.
Windemere is incredibly well-connected, so this one is definitely worth a visit.
Hales of Cartmel – vegan ice cream done to perfection
For those that prefer a sweet treat, Hales of Cartmel in Grange-over-Sands is heaven for the ice cream-loving vegan.
Hales of Cartmel offers a huge selection of vegan ice creams, including tiramisu, Biscoff, salted caramel, and their own creation, Thunder and Lightning – a vanilla ice cream swirled with honeycomb and chocolate sauce.
What’s more, this little eatery has an incredibly positive review score on TripAdvisor – clocking in over 50 five-star reviews – for a little ice cream shop in Cartmel.
Chesters By The River – an Instagrammable veggie café with buckets of charm
Chesters By The River is what most think of when they picture an ‘Instagram café’. It’s beautifully designed, with fresh local ingredients, friendly staff and picture-worthy plates.
The café is technically vegetarian, but nearly every item on the menu can be altered to be vegan without losing the character and flavour of the dish. Loved by locals and day-trippers alike, this café has 19k followers on Instagram – nearly all of whom can’t stop taking aesthetic photos of their homemade bread.
There are also stunning countryside views from their outside seating area – perfect if you like scenery that looks as good as your food.
Zeffirellis – an award-winning vegetarian and vegan-inspired Italian
Zeffirellis in Ambleside has won countless awards since it opened 40 years ago, offering a vegetarian and vegan-inspired menu that specialises in Italian cuisine
Interestingly, it’s also paired with its own cinema and jazz bar, offering two-course Italian meals and a cinema seat for under £30.
Expect vegan pasta, pizzas, risottos and more – many of which have gluten-free options to boot. You can rest assured during dry January as alcohol-free beers are available, too! Just ask your server.
Are you going to try any of these Lake District gems this Dry Veganuary? With spots as lovely as these, you might just decide to go meat and alcohol-free all year!