The Lake District is such a fabulous place to have on our doorstep here in the North East. In a little over an hour you can be enjoying some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, as well as quaint little villages packed with history.
We’ve been very impressed to discover, with some research, that the Lakes also plays host to great vegetarian cuisine. You can read more about our New Years trip over and an impressive meal at veggie restaurant Zeffirelli’s here.
Taking a family trip with my sister-in-law – who thought the area was stunning – we stopped at Rattle Gill in Ambleside for a spot of lunch. As a vegetarian cafe, I felt comfortable there’d be something for us to eat. Thankfully, Mr. Canny’s omni sister was happy to go meat-free while she was travelling with us too, which made it easier for me to chose somewhere.
Located beside a beck, which was rumbling loudly due the heavy rains that had fallen, we sat outside as the bijou cafe was packed when we visited. Owners Alec and Claire pride themselves on baking everything rather than buying in catering packs of buns, etc. and it shows. There was a lovely selection of cakes on offer, although we stuck to the savoury options as unfortunately there wasn’t a vegan sweet treat for the Mr.. It seemed a little unfair for us to tuck in if he couldn’t!
With light bites like homemade scones, sandwiches and quiches, it is a great place to drop in for lunch while undertaking one of the walking or cycling trails in the area.
Being a big fan of black beans, which are a staple Brazilian ingredient, it was obvious that Mr. Canny was going to have their Smoky Black Beans for his lunch. Served with wraps, hummus and salad, it was really filling for just £6.
I had a selection of their fresh salads for my lunch, which came with wedges of their fresh bread and butter.
Adriana had a jacket potato topped with veggie chilli and cheese which, at £6.50, was also a sizeable midday meal.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 until 4:30pm, you can check out their website here for more info. It’s worth noting the toilets are upstairs and there wasn’t any baby change facilities, although I was able to muddle through. I also luckily had enough cash with me as they didn’t take card payments when we visited. The food is wholesome and substantial, the welcome warm, so it is definitely worth a visit to Rattle Gill whether you are vegetarian or not if you happen to be in the area.
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