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VegetarianVisitor Guide to North West England

Vegetarian-friendly accommodation & eating out in Cheshire  Cumbria and the Lake District  Isle of Man  Lancashire including Manchester and Merseyside

Example Area vegetarian restaurants and accommodation

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?

Entries are grouped alphabetically by county, then town or village, then name.



Cafés, restaurants, pubs

The Wheatsheaf Inn, tel 01948 820337, Chester Road, No Mans Heath, Malpas SY14 8DY.   P L a


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



Ambleside Manor -   ***OFFERS AVAILABLE***

tel 015394 32062

Rothay Road, Ambleside LA22 0EJ



Ambleside Manor, 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 out availability and book online, 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.

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tel 017687 74075

Crosthwaite Road, Keswick CA12 5PG



Hezelmere, Keswick

Situated in a quiet location overlooking the River Greta, Hazelmere is just a short, level stroll to Keswick's Market Square whilst the shores of Derwentwater and the local fells are easily accessible on foot. We offer a choice of delicious breakfasts served in a relaxed, friendly environment and lots of advice on the best walks in this wonderful area. A convenient stop for the C2C route with ample cycle storage.

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Nab Cottage -   ***COURSES AVAILABLE***

tel 015394 35311, fax 015394 35493

Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9SD



Nab Cottage Hot Tub Farmhouse Rydal water Ambleside Lake District

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.

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St John's Lodge

tel 015394 43078, fax 015394 88054

Lake Road, Windermere LA23 2EQ



St John's Lodge vegetarian Accommodation Windemere Lake District

‘Vegetarian accommodation at affordable prices.’ En-suite room prices from £70.00 per night including our fabulous choice of breakfasts.

• Head breakfast chef is vegetarian and other staff are coeliac • Excellent choice of breakfasts • 10 minutes walk from Windermere village and the lake at Bowness Bay • Close to restaurants, pubs, shops and train/bus station (15 minutes walk) • Daily choice of over 15 cooked vegetarian and vegan home-made breakfasts • Many gluten- and dairy-free choices • Café Direct Fair Trade teas and coffee • Free wi-fi • A pet-free environment • Options for non-vegetarian visitors

At St John’s Lodge we pride ourselves on our home-made cooking. For us there is no such thing as a ‘special diet’ – our menu caters for everyone. Cumbria Business Environment Network: Gold Environmental Award.

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Cafés, restaurants, pubs

Fellinis, tel 015394 32487, Church Street, Ambleside CA22 0BT.   R L c w org F


Zeffirellis, tel 015394 33845, Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9AD.   R/C L c w org F


Siskins Café, tel 017687 78410, Whinlatter Visitor Centre, Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5TW.   C L a w org


The Watermill Café, tel 016974 78267, Priests Mill, Caldbeck, Wigton CA7 8DR.   C a F


World Peace Café, tel 01228 319344, Uma Kadampa Meditation Centre, 16 Spencer Street, Carlisle CA1 1BG.   C c


Quince & Medlar Restaurant, tel 01900 823579, 11-13 Castlegate, Cockermouth CA13 9EU.   R L c


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.

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The Union Jack Café, tel 01539 722458, 15 Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AF.   C L a


The Watermill, tel 01768 881523, Little Salkeld, Penrith CA10 1NN.   C c org


Conservatory Café, Conishead Priory, 01229 584029, A5087 Coast Road, Ulverston LA12 9QQ.   C c w org F


World Peace Café, tel 01229 587793, 5 Cavendish Street, Ulverston LA12 7AD.   C c w org F

Isle of Man


The Fernleigh

tel and fax 01624 842435

Marine Parade, Peel IM5 1PB



Isle of Man Bed and Breakfast Vegetarian Menu guest house

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 £33 to £42 pppn, children up to 10 years old half price, plus 1-night-stay supplement if room available £2 per person.

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Cafés, restaurants, pubs

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.

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Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Cafés, restaurants, pubs

The Kitchen on Great Moor Street, tel 01204 770881, Unit 4 Commercial Union House, Great Moor Street, Bolton BL1 1NH.   C c F


Red Triangle Café, tel 01282 832319, 160 St James Street, Burnley BB11 1NR

An informal daytime community café Tuesday to Saturday 11am-7pm, evening meals booked in Fridays and Saturdays. Events and parties catered for individually.

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Jim’s Acoustic Café and Vegetarian Restaurant, tel 01282 868828, 19-21 New Market Street, Colne BB8 9BJ.   R L c w org F


Sokrates Greek Taverna, tel 01204 692100, 80 Winter Hey Lane, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7NZ.   R L a


The Whale Tail Café, tel 01524 845133, 78a Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN.   C L c w org F


The Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar, tel 01706 376250, 1 Ingrams Lane, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0AY.   R L a


Piazza Cafe Bar Liverpool  Vegetarian

The Piazza Café Bar, tel 0151 707 3536, Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ

See display advert above. Website, email

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Saffron Contemporary Indian Cuisine, tel 0151 920 8398/928 9816, 92 St Johns Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 9QQ.   R L a


Aladdin Restaurant, tel 0161 434 8588, 529 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 4BA.   R a


Eighth Day Vegetarian Health Food Shop and Café, tel 0161 273 1850, 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 healthfood shop upstairs stocks over 5,000 vegetarian products.

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Hanuman Gallery & Thai Cuisine, tel 01706 817010, 15 Water Street, Todmorden OL14 5AB.   R/Bar L a org F


The Coven, tel 01942 237801, 43 Hallgate, Wigan WN1 1LR.   R/C c w org F