• Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 2 reviews )

Upfront Gallery, Unthank (at near Hutton-in-the-Fores), Penrith, England, CA11 9TG

Serves meat, 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 10:30am-4:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

Reviews (2)

First Review by andyblanshard

Could be worse - Edit

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!

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Really good vegetarian food! - Edit

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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