Friendly and good food
Posted on 04 / 21 / 2012
As soon as I'd planned another trip to Keswick I knew where we'd be having lunch!
We ate at the Lakeland Pedlar a couple of years back. I had a lovely vegan lasagne - good serving size (not small but not so much you leave half of it!), very tasty, plus friendly staff who were really good at checking ingredients for me as I'm vegan and have nut and sesame seed allergies.
So we came back last week on a busy day during Easter holidays. Even at around 2:30pm - so after main lunch time - it was still very busy. We were lucky to arrive when we did and get a table straight away as a few minutes later the place was full.
The popularity is definitely understandable. The atmosphere is chilled, with the light brown colours of the furniture and there's a fair bit of space, though it can feel a bit cramped at really busy times.
Staff were again very friendly and helpful. As usual, I explained my allergies at the start. This time, however, when my meal arrived (green lentil Shepard's Pie), there were pine nuts in the salad. The staff were very apologetic and replaced the salad quickly with a nut-free one.
The Shepard's Pie was lovely, very tasty and again a good portion. The side salad with couscous was good too and added to the meal, and wasn't just the usual couple of lettuce leaves that a lot of side salads consist of.
Everyone else I was with had the soup of the day (broccoli and sweet potato) with homemade bread, which they all agreed was great with lovely flavours and good texture. Again, good portions of good food.
There's a fairly extensive range of options, many of which are vegan-friendly. They have soya milk and as well as vegan mains I spotted some vegan desserts, including soya ice cream and a couple of the specials for the day (such as fruit crumble). Vegan options on the specials board were marked as such. Also noticed gluten free options were marked, too, which is useful.
Prices aren't too high - it was about £25 for four of us having a meal and a drink.
I wanted to give five stars but the nuts in the salad when I'd specified none sadly means four, as it was really important for it to be nut-free.
Still, I'd definitely recommend trying out The Lakeland Pedlar and I'll be back next time I'm in Keswick.
Tasty food, Good portion sizes, Very friendly
Nuts in salad when specified none, Can get very crowded so may have to wait