North West England 

Vegetarian & vegan accommodation, guesthouse, B&B and eating, café, restaurant in North West England

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?

Cheshire

Eating

Sokrates Greek Taverna, tel 0161 282 0050, 25A Northenden Road, Sale M33 2DH.  

Cumbria

Accommodation

Ambleside Manor

Rothay Road, Ambleside LA22 0EJ

email: contact@ambleside-manor.co.uk

website: www.ambleside-manor.co.uk

Ambleside Manor - Vegetarian and vegan accommodation, B&B, Guesthouse in Cumbria

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.

Nab Cottage

tel: 015394 35311, fax: 015394 35493

Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9SD

email: tim@nabcottage.com

website: www.rydalwater.com

Nab Cottage - Vegetarian and vegan accommodation, B&B, Guesthouse in Cumbria

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.

For general English Language courses for Adults - see www.nabcottage.com

For Tantra and Yoga workshops - see www.rydalwater.com

Cumbria

Eating

Fellinis, tel 015394 32487, Church Street, Ambleside CA22 0BT.  
Zeffirellis, tel 015394 33845, Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9AD.  
The Watermill Café, tel 016974 78267, Priests Mill, Caldbeck, Wigton CA7 8DR.  

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

The Union Jack Café, tel 01539 722458, 15 Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AF.  
The Watermill Tearoom, tel 01768 881523, Little Salkeld, Penrith CA10 1NN.  
World Peace Café at the Conservatory, Conishead Priory, tel 01229 584029, A5087 Coast Road, Ulverston LA12 9QQ.  

Isle of Man

Accommodation

The Fernleigh

tel: 01624 842435, fax: 01624 842435

Marine Parade, Peel IM5 1PB

email: fernleigh@manx.net

website: www.isleofman-bedandbreakfast.com

The Fernleigh - Vegetarian and vegan accommodation, B&B, Guesthouse in Isle of Man

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

Eating

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

Eating

The Kitchen on Great Moor Street, tel 01204 770881, Unit 4 Commercial Union House, Great Moor Street, Bolton BL1 1NH.  
Sokrates Greek Taverna, tel 01204 692100, 80 Winter Hey Lane, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7NZ.  
The Whale Tail Café, tel 01524 845133, 78a Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN.  
The Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar, tel 01706 376250, 1 Ingrams Lane, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0AY.  
Chaophraya, tel 0151 7076323, Liverpool One, 5-6 Kenyons Steps, Liverpool L1 3DF.  

The Piazza Café Bar, tel 0151 7073536, Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ.

See display advert above. Website: www.piazza.org.uk, email: manager.piazza@gmail.com.

Saffron Contemporary Indian Cuisine, tel 0151 9208398/0151 9289816, 92 St Johns Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 9QQ.  
Aladdin Restaurant, tel 0161 4348588, 529 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 4BA.  
Chaophraya, tel 0161 8328342, 19 Chapel Walks, Manchester M2 1HN.  

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.

Thaikhun, tel 0161 8192065, 17, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3HF.  
Three Wise Monkeys, tel 01706 817010, 15 Water Street, Todmorden OL14 5AB.  
The Coven, tel 01942 808264, The Old Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan WN1 1NA.