• Upfront

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Serves fish, vegan options available. Reportedly offers fish in addition to a veg menu. Restaurant and coffee shop. Salads, sandwiches, quiche, coffees, teas, cakes, desserts. Gluten free options. Tables are available in the main gallery, the conservatory space and on the outside patio. Also has a gallery and a puppet theater which stages shows at Christmas, Easter, and in the summer. Open Tue-Sun 10:30-16:30. Closed Mon.

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6 Reviews

First Review by andyblanshard


Points +91

07 Apr 2023

Veggies welcome, vegans an afterthought...

Maybe half a dozen vegan options on the menu, mostly the same stuf you see everywhere (bean casserole/chillis etc.). Only 2 vegan cake/traybake options amongst maybe 15 total options on the day I visited, and the flapjack I tried was poor.

Most disappointing is that many veggie options on the menu would be so easy to make vegan (at least 50% of the menu I reckon), yet are veggie-only. Veggie breakfast is a prime example. Also, vegan options on the menu and display counter are generally not labelled, despite a legend with a "V" for vegan on the menu.

Overall, it's a nice and interesting place to visit, but I wouldn't want to eat there again.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: Poor vegan options, Vegan options not clearly labelled, Lazy veggie-only options



Points +30881

05 Apr 2018

old school

The menu is nearly all vegetarian and it really is old school.
Maybe about half a dozen vegan options which considering there is about 30 options of the menu is a little disappointing.
I had a salad plate which with the exception of the broccoli sauted in garlic, was all just veg. Healthy but lacking somewhat.
I would stop here again as it is much better than a service station and is a great location.

Pros: staff, vegan options, healthy

Cons: need to revamp the menu


Points +45

25 Oct 2017

Fab food

One of my favourite places to eat in the lakes! It is a must on my list every time I come home! It is some of the tastiest food I have had out!

I do wish they had other options of milk to soya! And would be good to have more vegan puddings but I'm usually too full from the good sized portions they give!
The art is also what I come to visit and regularly changes so always worth visiting over and over.

Pros: Great art and Great food

Cons: Wish they did almond milk!


Points +40

08 May 2017

Tasty but typical veggie abd vegan food

The cafe itself is mainly vegetarian with the addition of a few fish dishes, and there are around 3 or 4 vegan options. Like the previous review, they aren't the most varied dishes being stews curries etc, but they are tasty. They do serve vegan fruit crumbles with vegan ice cream, and usually have a few options here, but it is only flapjsck otherwise.
I have been three times and the service has always been good and the staff are happy to help when asking about vegan options.

Pros: A number of began options, Great setting, Helpful staff

Cons: Lacking on variation, Vegan options should be more clearly labelled


Points +395

13 Mar 2017

Could be worse

I wasn't sure whether to leave a 3- or 4-star review for Upfront. What swung me is that the gallery is a really interesting place, with a pretty old building, beautiful art to look at and great, unusual stuff to buy (greetings cards, jewellery and accessories such as scarves). This is a perfect place to shop for gifts!

The food experience for vegans is solid but limited. The main courses, usually curry and bean chilli, are tasty and satisfying, though I wish there was more variation. Sadly the only cake is generally a rather dry flapjack, and you have to ask the staff because vegan options are not marked.

And while we're discussing the staff, a striking but consistent feature of Upfront has been that they just ignore you! In contrast to your average service worker who will see someone waiting at the counter, smile and say, "We'll be with you in just a minute!", the Upfrontians simply disregard your existence until they are finally forced to take your order. Very odd.

Pros: Beautiful location, amazing gift selection, decent vegan savouries

Cons: Aloof staff, needs more cakes!


Points +15

19 Aug 2013

Really good vegetarian food!

Upfront is a great place to have either a meal or coffee and cake. Apart from tuna and prawn sandwiches, the rest of the menu is vegetarian, and there's a huge choice of really inventive types of meals, with something to suit everyone.

They also have puppet shows on several days of the week, art on the walls and a shop.

Pros: Great food, Nice staff

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