Chester was an important military city for the Romans, which they called Deva. The medieval city walls follow the line of the Roman wall and incorporate parts of it. In Anglo-Saxon times the city had its own mint and in the 13th century the port became prominent. The nave of the cathedral, on the site of a Norman abbey, was begun in the 14th century but not finished until the 16th. Good examples of both medieval and Victorian black-and-white buildings can also be found. The county is relatively rural, but in the north east Altrincham, where the UK Vegetarian Society is based, and Hale are suburbs of Manchester.
Cumbria is almost synonymous with the Lake District, but Carlisle also should not be missed - it is steeped in Roman and Reiver history and a section of Hadrian's Wall runs just to the north of the town. The Lake District itself is a walker's paradise and is breathtaking, with mountains, fells and lakes such as Coniston Water, Windermere, Ullswater and Rydal Water (see photo). There are a wealth of literary associations. Wordsworth, Coleridge, Ruskin and Southey are lived in the Lake District and many other poets and writers stayed there at various times. For most of his life Donald Watson, who coined the word 'vegan' and founded the UK Vegan Society, also lived there.
The Isle of Man, in the Irish Sea, is not part of the United Kingdom but is an autonomous possession of the British Crown. It has its own Celtic language, Manx, which is now nearly extinct, and its own parliament, the Court of Tynwald, which is one of the oldest legislative assemblies in the world. It is famous for the annual TT motorcycle races and its Manx cats, but also has a fascinating history. Until 1266 is was a dependency of Norway, after which it came under Scottish rule. Neolithic, Bronze Age, Norse and medieval remains abound. Well worth a visit!
Blackpool is undoubtedly the best-known of Lancashire's seaside resorts and was already popular in the 18th century. Cromwell inflicted a decisive defeat on the Royalist forces at the Battle of Preston in 1648 and Richard Arkwright, the inventor of the spinning frame, was born in Preston. Lancaster Castle is associated with John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and son of King Edward III, although he only made brief visits. In later times George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, was twice imprisoned here. Many other fine medieval and Tudor buildings can also be found in the town.
The industrial and commercial centre of Manchester is mainly known for its football teams Manchester United and Manchester City, but it also has a largely 15th-century cathedral, a number of galleries, museums and libraries, and is home to the Hallé orchestra.Liverpool is the second largest seaport in Britain, with miles of docks along its waterfront. It has a huge Anglican cathedral, begun in 1904 and completed in 1978, and a modernist Roman Catholic cathedral that was opened in 1968. But apart from its football team, what Liverpool is best known for is its music scene. Who has not heard of the Beatles?
Rothay Road, Ambleside LA22 0EJ
Our en-suite accommodation in Ambleside offers an ideal base to explore the Lake District, with Lake Windermere only a short walk away. Ambleside Manor caters for couples, walkers and families looking for a relaxing break in the heart of our beautiful National Park.
Check our availability and book on line, or give us a call on 015394 32062 and we'll be delighted to help you.
We offer a continental vegetarian buffet including fresh fruits, muesli, cereals, home-baked bread, yoghurt, preserves, including our own honey when available, coffee and teas, followed by a full cooked vegetarian breakfast with a choice of free range eggs cooked to order, baked tomatoes, fried mushrooms, vegan sausage and organic baked beans.
Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
Three-night B&B plus 3-course vegetarian dinner at either Zeffirellis or Fellinis on two of the three nights, costing £365 in a standard room, £410 in a superior room and £450 in a suite. Princes valid up to and inclusive 31st March 2019.
tel: 015394 35311, fax: 015394 35493
Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9SD
Central Lakes, 16th-century farmhouse, standing alone overlooking Rydal Water, surrounded by mountains, superb views and many wonderful walks.
Great hospitality, informal atmosphere and delicious home-cooked food. Once home to Thomas de Quincey and Hartley Coleridge.
Hot tub and sauna in the garden, Canadian canoe on the lake.
Attached barn available for groups, parties, workshops.
Quince & Medlar Restaurant, tel 01900 823579, 11-13 Castlegate, Cockermouth CA13 9EU.
See display advert above. Website www.quinceandmedlar.co.uk
Hazelmere Café & Bakery
tel: 015395 32972
1 Yewbarrow Terrace, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6ED
Multi-award-winning café and bakery specialising in fine teas. Everything home-made, including bread, preserves, savouries, confectionery and ready meals. www.thehazelmere.co.uk
Isle of Man
tel: 01624 842435, fax: 01624 842435
Marine Parade, Peel IM5 1PB
The Fernleigh is a family run Guest House on the sea front in the quiet fishing village of Peel. It has a brilliant home-made vegetarian menu, fantastic friendly staff and lovely smart bedrooms, all wrapped up in a most welcoming homely atmosphere and uninterrupted sea views. Prices are from £35 to £44 pppn, children up to 10 years old half price, plus 1-night-stay supplement if room available £2 per person
Isle of Man
Greens Tea Rooms at Tynwald Hill
tel: 01624 800129
Main Road, St Johns IM4 3NA
Greens, providing home-made vegetarian food for over 20 years in Douglas, has relocated opposite the ancient Tynwald Hill monument, now serving a mixed menu including the old favourites. Real ale too. www.greensiom.com
Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside
The Piazza Café Bar, tel 0151 7073536, Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ.
tel: 0151 2368886
Ormond/Bixteth Street Corner, Liverpool L3 9NA
Sanskruti is a vegan and vegetarian Indian, with a restaurant in Manchester as well, offering a menu that traverses the Indian sub-continent. Website: sanskrutirestaurant.co.uk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @sanskrutiL3, Facebook: @sanskrutiliverpool.
Eighth Day Vegetarian Health Food Shop and Café
tel: 0161 2731850
111 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7DU
Freshly made, soups, stews, bakes and salads, the menu is 100% vegetarian, with many vegan and gluten-free options available. The health food shop upstairs stocks over 5,000 vegetarian products. www.8thday.coop.
tel: 0161 2244700
95 Mauldeth Road, Manchester M14 6SR
Sanskruti is a vegan and vegetarian Indian, with a restaurant in Liverpool as well, offering a menu that traverses the Indian sub-continent. Website sanskrutirestaurant.co.uk, email: email@example.com, Twitter: @Sanskruti95, Facebook: @Sanskruti-Restaurant-Manchester.