Kat's Kitchen

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135 Main St, Keswick, England, CA12 5NJ

Vegetarian café offering plant milk options for hot drinks and milkshakes and has vegan cakes. Much of the food is vegan as well. View of the fells. Uses local food where possible. Open Mon 10:00am-5:00pm, Wed-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Bakery, British

29 Reviews

First Review by Pbarry

Awesome! - Edit

After walking 10 miles, I was beyond THRILLED to stumble (literally) across the awesome wee cafe! The food was out of this world amazing, totally mind blowing and the service was perfect. Also dog friendly so that's a win too!

Pros: Endless vegan options. Marshmallows on milkshakes.

Cons: Does still serve dairy milk

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So lovely! - Edit

It was hard to choose between all the delicious options here! I had a lovely vegan brekkie and came back later for cake too! Would defs recommend

Pros: lots of vegan options, well made, very friendly

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Kat's Kitchen Keswick - Edit

Great vegan food, great friendly service and able to take the dog in with us too...splendid choice on the menu all well priced...definitely recommended been twice during our stay looking forward to going again nest time we visit the Lake District.

Pros: Able to take the dog in with us., Food well priced, no complaints at all, Great location

Cons: None

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Vegan Cakes!! - Edit

Nice and cosy little place. Friendly team, very casual atmosphere. Can’t comment on the food but the cakes were yum (all vegan) and the coffee was decent.

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Wonderful find - Edit

This is a warm and friendly vegan cafe / restaurant on the edge of Keswick. Dog friendly as well. That's all my boxes ticked. The lentil and mushrooms based shepherdess pie is wonderful and highly recommended.

Pros: Everything is vegan but those who need milk can ha

Cons: None.

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Fab food - Edit


I have been on a few occasions and always great!
In particular the gingerbread hot chocolate is super scrummy!
Have brought meat eaters here too and they have really enjoyed it too.

Glad to get something vegan in Keswick

Pros: lots of options for vegan milks not just bog stand

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PAWsome meal - Edit

A ton of vegan dishes to choose from at low prices. The food was amazing and the service was great.

Pros: Food , Service , Price

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okay - Edit

Wide variety of options on their menu. Friendly staff thought very slow service and the food is quite tasteless. Seriously lacks salt and pepper.

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It was good - Edit

I've been here quite a few times now, and it has a big menu, lots of option, and lots of variety. The food is good. Presentation is generally good too. The staff are friendly enough. And there is a lovely atmosphere, it's great place to visit after a walk. Although sometimes it can be a little hit or miss as I have had a bad experience here before, but that may just have been bad luck.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-25

Pros: Big menu, lots of vegan options

Cons: Cakes aren't always brilliant

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Nice break when visiting the Pencil Museum - Edit

If you are too busy enjoying Keswick to prepare packed lunches and snacks, this restaurant could be helpful to fill tummies!

It is nicely situated opposite the Pencil Museum.

It is vegan by default, with vegetarian options.

Pros: Friendly staff

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Brilliant little cafe - Edit

We ate here as a family of four and really enjoyed our food. Loads of vegan options and the vegan scones were amazing! The prices were very reasonable as well. I would highly recommend this place and will definitely be back next time we visit The Lakes!

Pros: Large range of vegan dishes, Outside seating with quite a nice view, Vegan cakes!

Cons: Would have given 5* if 100% vegan

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A vegan treat in the Lakes!! - Edit

We found Kats on our second day in Keswick- what a find! Nearly all vegan meals and Kat and the other ladies that work there are great hosts!! We are off there again today after a long walk to make sure we have room for the cakes too! I'm GF too and was pleased to scoff the vegan and GF carrot cake, yummy!!

Pros: friendly , happy to make adjustments to dishes, GF as well as mostly vegan

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fantastic cafe a must visit if nearby - Edit

Nothing but praise on all counts. Highly recommended. Great location, friendly, helpful staff, delicious food, great choice. The homemade scone with jam and dairy free cream is the piece de resistance!!!

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Great place - Edit

Me and my mother came here for lunch today which I was quite excited for. The cafe is really nicely decorated and has a very relaxing atmosphere.
We went to sit upstairs and the service did seem a little slow despite no other customers being there, but it wasn't too bad.

I got a lentil goulash with garlic bread which was £7.95 and my mum got a sausage ciabatta with fried onions/tomatoes which was £5 something. Both of our meals were delicious and were decent portion sizes for the price. The food came really quick after we ordered (just took a while to order, ha).

Then I also got a cake because I heard great things about it, and got a slice of victoria sponge cake. Unfortunately, I didn't think it was that tasty. It was quite grainy and not very light and fluffy like you would expect cake to be. That might be due to the fact it was gluten free, I'm just thinking perhaps if they used regular flour but kept the cake vegan of course it would be better, but obviously that's just one of the many cakes so who knows.

Overall it was a really nice lunch and we'll come again if we ever find ourselves in Keswick again (we're from Ulverston so it's a bit of a drive haha).

Pros: Good variety of vegan options, Delicious garlic bread and ciabatta, Nicely decorated

Cons: Slightly slow service at beginning, Not great cake

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Great for vegans - Edit

I have been here on a number of occasions and there are loads of vegan options. The main meals are nice but could may be do with a bit more seasoning at times. The prices are standard and some are cheaper than normal. I always get cake aswell and it's usually excellent, but today it was overdone and had a burnt taste to it, which was a real shame. Despite a few little improvements, I will still visit and still recommend the place to anyone. Quick service and big portions.

Pros: Lots of vegan options including cake, Cheap , Quick service

Cons: A bit more flavour/seasoning is sometimes needed

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A Great Find. - Edit

Don't know why ive not noticed this place before.A cozy little place with great views.Lots of veggie and vegan options.i had a great pasta salad.Will go back later in the week to sample the cake.

Pros: lots of g/f,vegan and veggie options.very friendly

Cons: Does get busy.

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Fun, friendly cafe - Edit

Had a lovely, hearty breakfast at Kat's Kitchen a couple of weeks ago. Plenty of Vegan options, and nice to have things made fresh. My full breakfast was just what was needed to see me through the rest of the day :-) I think the only improvement I'd love to see in that specific dish. would be something to replace the potato waffle. But that's a minor, personal thing. Would be very happy to return again and try some more food!

Pros: Nice, tasty food, Good amount of choice, Friendly staff

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Great Find - Edit

A laid back atmosphere but friendly and informal with nice music and people. A central base on my few days walking and touring the north Lake District. Food was healthful and tasty and I particularly liked the vegan cakes that I devoured not needing to count calories.

Pros: Friendly and welcoming with a broad menu.

Cons: Too many smoothie choices.

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And Dog - Edit

We stopped by for coffee and tea and lovely cakes, and the friendly people here brought out biscuits and water for Nell the dog, so she loved it too.

Pros: great food, good value for Keswick, dog friendly

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Little Gem - Edit

I was so happy to hear that Keswick was getting a vegan friendly eatery! We have visited many times and tried alot of the options but definitely have our favourites, including mac'n'cheese, stuffed aubergine and for my youngest he is obsessed with the banana bread! We are a family of six and find the prices around average for when we all go out to eat. We recently took my omni, gluten free mothe rin law there for lunch and she really enjoyed her meal of shepherdess pie.
The staff are very helpful and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, if a little small. If you are a large party, like we are, its easier to be seated outside of busier times.

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So many delicious vegan options! - Edit

Lovely place just off the main drag in Keswick. After much deliberation (lots of great options) I had the vegan stew with garlic bread and a slice of carrot cake. All was outstanding, highly recommend!

Cons: None

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Amazing... cake every day of the holiday! - Edit

Finding vegan cake is always a bonus, finding vegan cake that my other half who eats anything thinks is delicious is even harder, and finally the gingerbread matching my Gran's (who was a brilliant baker) has to be a win.
A selection of plant milk to choose from to make a lovely hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows - we went on holiday to walk, ended up planning our walks to always manage a visit before closing!
Chocolate orange cake is beautifully moist, gingerbread as mentioned is brilliant and the muffins were delicious! Next time will try the scones and some savoury dishes :-)
Met the lovely Kat on most of our visits and it's a delight to see someone so passionate, and we had the same waitress most of the days who remembered each previous conversation, unfortunately can't remember her name but also a delight!
Will definately be returning :-)

Pros: Vegan cake ... chocolate, ginger, so hard to pick!, Friendly staff , Finally proper marshmallows for hot chocolate!

Cons: We intended to lose weight until finding this gem!

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healthy lunch - Edit

having driven on the.m6 on so many occasions we decided to head off route by 20 mins to try Kat"s kitchen.

three specials as well as the menu we went for put lentil goulash and veg chilli. both were tasty, a little.more seasoning maybe, and also healthy.
the amount of.time I have stopped at services.and eaten crap food, no more.need.for that.
good.prices and good.portion sizes affected great value.
I finished with Vega. chocolate cake with mint icing which was.magic.
a good.wholefood.cafe offering healthy food.

Pros: food, healthy, staff

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spot on - Edit

really friendly and delicious food

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Rough diamond - Edit

Kat's Kitchen is in a ramshackle little hut right next to the River Greta (so fingers crossed it doesn't flood). This is a simple case of good food in an unpromising exterior. Some limited parking is available right next to the café (on tarmacadam resembling Swiss cheese) but I recommend the Rawnsley Centre car park just across the road (or going on foot, of course). The tables outside are wheelchair accessible and have good views of the fells; you can also lean on the wall and watch the river babble past, should you desire. Sadly most of the interior of the café, including the toilet, is down quite a large step (and the toilet is extremely manky and belongs in a student house). The interior decoration is, well, rustic. Dogs are welcome.

So now I've finished criticising the building, what do I think of the food? Well, I love it. All the vegan cakes are top notch. The hot drinks are rather expensive (£2.80 for a coffee) but they taste all right. There are GF options. I have had the Shepherdess Pie, chilli and dhal and liked all of them. I might have some minor quibbles like preferring brown to white rice but really I am just so relieved to have a veggie option in Keswick since the sad demise of the Pedlar. (Incidentally, people who recall the Pedlar might be pleased to hear that its former owner came in to give Kat her blessing and best wishes!)

Pros: Proper chow, nice staff, scenic location

Cons: Makeshift interior, gets crowded, dodgy toilet

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Great place - Edit

Great food, good value, central location & lovely staff. Lots of vegan options for me to choose from & a range as f cruelty free milks. Love this place :)

Pros: Great food, Lovely staff, Incredible value

Cons: Seating

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Great find for a hungry gf vegan - Edit

What a fab little cafe! Staff went out of their way to check what I could eat and I had a delicious shepherdess pie. Lots of yummy looking cakes and smoothies on offer too.

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