Vegetarian Restaurants and Cafés Near Windermere


4th October 2021

Last Friday, 1 October, was World Vegetarian Day, a day which aims to highlight the benefits of vegetarianism. It also led to October being observed as Vegetarian Awareness Month.

Mushroom risotto, stuffed peppers, nut wellington (or roast), portobello mushroom burger. There was a time when these were considered fancy vegetarian options, and while we’re sure these can be extremely tasty, thankfully the world of vegetarian cuisine is now far more exciting.

Fortunately, we’re blessed with some of the finest places to eat in the UK, but in this post we’ll be looking at our favourite vegetarian restaurants and cafés near Windermere.

Zeffirellis, Ambleside

Mention vegetarian to anyone in Windermere and the chances are they will recommend Zeffirellis in Ambleside. Zeffirellis has been a firm favourite for over 40 years and is great for family, friends and couples alike. It also houses an award-winning cinema.

The menu offers Italian-themed pizza and pasta dishes, with daily specials freshly prepared by a team of passionate chefs. What’s more, there’s enviable wine list to match.

For the complete evening out, why not book a 2-course dinner with a reserved cinema seat?

Fellinis, Ambleside

Fellinis is a new, modern ‘Vegeterranean’ restaurant which caters for the most discerning vegetarian palette. The food is inspired by the warmth of Mediterranean, with a frequently changing menu to reflect the seasons and the availability of local ingredients.

After dinner, why not head upstairs for a unique cinema experience, where you can see the latest art house and niche film productions, as well as live satellite links to world class opera, ballet and theatre events.

Gandhi’s Café, Ambleside

Staying in Ambleside, Gandhi’s has gained a reputation for producing high quality, home cooked vegetarian and vegan food. From relaxed breakfasts to an afternoon pick-me-up, wholesome burgers to tasty pad-Thais, this quirky little café is packed with big flavours.

Chesters by the River

Chesters by the River at Skelwith Bridge is the perfect spot to stop for a bite to eat before, after or during a good walk. Situated on the banks of the River Brathay, the food is wonderfully crafted with plenty of choice. There is some parking, but as it’s ‘out of town’ you may need to plan ahead a little. One option is to park at Elterwater and follow the path alongside the River Brathay, past Skelwith Force, enjoy a good lunch followed by a leisurely walk back to the car.

The Garden Café, Kendal

Away from the hustle and bustle of Kendal, the Garden Café is about 5 minutes on foot from Kendal’s Market Square, and well worth every step. The menu boasts an array of tempting dishes, including daily specials, and all are made with seasonal ingredients wherever possible.

Gillams, Ulverston

Our final choice takes us to the attractive market town of Ulverston and Gillams, a beautiful old-fashioned tea room with plenty of vegetarian and vegan choice on the food, drink and cake menus.    

Gillams is situated on Ulverston’s historic Market Street and has an air of Victoriana about it. Rustic furniture, blazing log fire and old newspaper clippings on the wall. However, there’s nothing dated about the food. This is fine vegetarian and vegan fayre. That’s it. Our round up of our favourite vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafés near Windermere. If you happen to visit one of them, please do let us know what you think. And if you would like more information about dining in the Lake District, please get in touch.