If you aren’t a vegetarian and the name of the hotel sounds slightly off putting then I think you may be missing out and should look in more detail at what Lancrigg has to offer, bearing in mind that there are plenty of alternatives close by in the centre of Grasmere if the excellent food at Lancrigg still isn’t quite enough to satisfy.
To reach Lancrigg take the Easdale Road opposite the bookshop and follow it until you see the gate immediately after a sharp right bend. If using a sat nav you may find it wants to take you up a minor road a little before this that leads around behind the private hostel at Thorny Howe. Although this will get you there the road is slower, narrower and in its final stretch rather rough and unsurfaced.
Once through the gate you follow the winding drive through some of the 30 acres of grounds associated with the hotel to find parking immediately outside. There is a little additional parking just before the last gateway, certainly enough on each of the occasions we’ve visited.
The location of the hotel is little short of ideal. Close enough to the village for a drive hardly worth making or a short and pleasant walk a large part of which can be made on a nice track paralleling the road. It is also directly below Helm Crag, one of the best and most easily tackled ascents in the immediate area and directly accessible from paths running through the trees in the grounds. This in itself will take you up to the well know Lion and the Lamb and the ridge leading over to Gibsons Knott. For longer distance walkers it also makes a good starting point for other routes and you can follow the tops past Easdale Fell to reach the likes of Pavey Ark and Pike O’ Blisco if you’re so inclined. As if this were not enough, your room, may well overlook the hills on the other side of Easedale Beck, looking directly across the valley, a view also visible from the dining room, the lounge or the seats outside where you can relax on warm summer days; unless you wish to enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn below. Stepping across the road from the end of the drive brings you to a small footbridge over the beck on the other side of which you will find yourself on the path leading directly up to Easdale Tarn, a lovely spot for a picnic and one of the favourite local walks – how good can it get? Well if you don’t want to go so far you can relax in the grounds taking in the collection of exotic trees, including giant redwoods, to be found here. In fact if you’re looking for a Lake District hotel I would venture to suggest that Lancrigg occupies one of the best if not the best location and it certainly explains why the house was so admired by the likes of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Dickens among others.
So what of the hotel itself? We stayed in the Wordsworth Room at the front of the hotel and found it extremely comfortable. The double bed gave a great night’s sleep, the furnishing was tasteful, the en suite bathroom up to date, the place immaculately clean and the view wonderful. If I wanted to be picky I could say that a few odd patches of the wallpaper here and there could do with a little attention but this really would be picky and highlights how far you would have to go to find fault. The lounge downstairs couldn’t be more comfortable or a more pleasant place to relax with a great Lake District view outside and the dining room next door is spacious, comfortable and a very pleasant place to enjoy what I feel sure you will agree is a great meal. The food here is not only vegetarian, you will find this to be one of the most thoughtful hotels anywhere if you are vegan or have special dietary requirements such as gluten intolerance. There is genuine care here with as much wholly organic produce as possible being used. Even ordering a coke brings an organic soft drink rather than the mass produced variety we’re all familiar with. As to quality I can only comment on the meals we’ve eaten there and would have to say that having visited a vegetarian restaurant run by one well known celebrity chef we found the food at Lancrigg to be undeniably better. You don’t need to be a resident to sample it so if you find yourself in Grasmere and whether or not you are a vegetarian I would recommend you to think about trying it.
Although we haven’t sampled them it is apparently possible to obtain professional nutritional advice, obtain a variety of massages, enjoy shiatsu or reiki and on occasion even receive a cookery lesson here. There are periodic special offers available too.
The staff are friendly, professional, hard working and attentive, the owners genuinely care about what they are doing and don’t seem to see this as simply a business and you absolutely could not find a location better than this. We would not hesitate to recommend Lancrigg if you are looking for somewhere to eat or stay in the Grasmere area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lancrigg is set in the totally peaceful and picturesque valley of Easedale, 800 meters walk from Grasmere. The accommodation is comfortable and relaxing and makes a truly wonderful escape from a busy world. The house has many connections with past and present writers, artists and musicians. The Lancrigg is open to non-residents with a fantastic variety of refreshments available from both the restaurant and The Poets cafe bar which opens from 8:30am for breakfast and serves a classic lunch menu from 11am till late. The restaurant is available from 6:30pm. The Lancrigg restaurant offers a fantastic a la carte menu or alternatively an 8 course tasting menu. booking is recommended. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lancrigg Vegetarian Country Hotel
- Lancrigg Vegetarian Country Grasmere