East Midlands 

Vegetarian & vegan accommodation, guesthouse, B&B and eating, café, restaurant in East Midlands

Derbyshire's Peak District consists of moors in the north and a central limestone plateau crossed by rivers such as the Wye, which have cut gorges and caves in the rock and produced potholes. In a sheltered valley of the Wye lies Bakewell with its medieval bridge and famous for its Bakewell Tarts, where Jane Austen stayed while working on Pride and Prejudice. Not far away is Chatsworth House, home to the Dukes of Devonshire. Immediately south of the Peak District's highest area, Edale offers good walking country.

Leicester is a largely modern city where in 2012 the remains of King Richard III were discovered in the ruins of Greyfriars Church, beneath what is now a council car park, where he had been hastily buried after the Battle of Bosworth. The remains have since been re-interred in Leicester Cathedral.

The ancient part of the historic city of Lincoln is situated on a hill rising 200 feet above the River Witham. It had been settled by Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Danes before William the Conqueror founded Lincoln Castle in 1068. By 1092 a Cathedral had also been built, which was devastated by an earthquake in 1185. Rebuilding began a few years later and resulted in the glorious triple-towered Cathedral, the third largest in England, that has endured to this day.

For many people Nottingham stands for only one thing - the legend of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men in Sherwood Forest. The forest still exists, although it is very different from that in the evil sheriff's time. Southwell Minster can be seen for miles around and is well worth a visit, for the beauty of the foliage carvings in the chapter house if nothing else. Southwell is also where the first Bramley apple tree began life in about 1805 as a pip planted in a pot by a Mr Bramley.


Derbyshire

Eating

Dog & Partridge Country Inn, tel 01335 343183, Swinscoe, Ashbourne DE6 2HS.  
Columbine Restaurant, tel 01298 78752, 7 Hall Bank, Buxton SK17 6EW.  

The Loaf

tel: 01773 857074

Victoria House, The Common, Crich, Matlock DE4 5BH

We are a busy and vibrant bakery, delicatessen and café. We sell a wide range of specialist bakery products, home made café food and deli-style groceries. We make bread, cakes, pizzas, pies, quiches, salads, hot and cold snacks, soups and a whole lot more deliciously irresistible, top-quality goodies. Most of what we serve is made from scratch and contains no additives or preservatives. www.theloaf.co.uk, Twitter: @theloafltd, Facebook: @theloafcrich, email: enquiries@theloaf.co.uk

Scarthin Bookshop Café, tel 01629 823272, The Promenade, Scarthin, Cromford DE4 3QF.  
Quad Café Bar, tel 01332 290606, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS.  
World Peace Café and Shop, tel 01283 732338, Ashe Hall, Ash Lane, Etwall DE65 6HT.  
The Globe Inn, tel 01457 852417, 144 High Street West, Glossop SK13 8HJ.  
Thailand No. 1, tel 01629 584444, 43 Dale Road, Matlock DE4 3LT.  
Caudwells Country Parlour, tel 01629 733185, Bakewell Road, Rowsley, Matlock DE4 2EB.  

Leicestershire

Eating

The Good Earth Restaurant, tel 0116 2626260, 19 Free Lane, Leicester LE1 1JX.  
Mirch Masala, tel 0116 2610888, Unit 19/20 Belgrave Commercial Centre, 160 Belgrave Road, Leicester LE4 5AU.  
Staunton Stables Tea Room, tel 01332 864617, The Ferrer’s Centre, Staunton Harold, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1RU.  

Lincolnshire

Eating

Thailand No. 1, tel 01522 537000, 80-81 Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AR.  

Northamptonshire

Eating

World Peace Café, tel 01604 686778, Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre, The Old Rectory, Kelmarsh NN6 9LZ.  
Pooja, tel 01933 278800, 33 Alma Street, Wellingborough NN8 4DH.  

Nottinghamshire

Eating

Crocus Café and Shop, tel 0115 9505080, 2 Church Square, Church Square shopping precinct, Lenton, Nottingham NG7 1SL.  
Encounters Restaurant, tel 0115 9476841, 59 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FH.  
Thailand No. 1, tel 0115 9582222, 16 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN.