Quince & Medlar Restaurant

A Vegetarian Restaurant on the edge of the Lake District

January 1989 Colin and Louisa Le Voi arrived at Quince and Medlar after training under the watchful eyes of Francis Coulson and Brian Sack at Sharrow Bay on Lake Ullswater.

Their philosophy of being restaurant owners is like that of Mr Coulson and Mr Sack: being there and doing it… “It’s our way of life”…

Quince and Medlar has been described as cosy, homely, intimate, romantic and even quirky, with a genteel & friendly atmosphere. Seating 24 in a candle lit setting.

There is a separate comfy sitting room for pre-dinner drinks & nibbles and for coffees later on. There is original Cumbrian art lining the walls.

Imaginative & carefully presented vegetarian dishes are made from scratch. Homemade breads, an organic wine list & interesting fruit cordials & nectars…. It has been said you won’t miss the meat.

Dairy free and gluten free dishes are marked on the menu which changes every couple of months.

Cumbrian dairy produce, Mr Watsons free range eggs & fruit & vegetables from the organic gardens are made good use of when available, as are fresh herbs and their own crop of quince and medlars from a couple of trees in the back yard!



Potted broad bean, olive & caper pate with our own oaties V* £7.50

Pea, mint & feta fritter, sesame tamari mange tout & pea shoots V* £7.50

The Soup V* £4.75

Watermelon, Galia, orange, pink grapefruit, berries, leaves V* £7.25

Asparagus spears, quail egg poached, with Charlotte potato rosti

& a green salsa £7.75

Braised chicory, apple & Cumbrian blue cheese, roast buckwheat * £7.75



Chunky roast wasabi kohlrabi, toasted pine kernels on a big garlic paprika mushroom, red pepper, & a peanut butter shallot sauce V*

Baked balsamic beets, bolottis, red onion & horseradish – sweet potato- watercress leaves & a pomegranate red wine reduction V*

Sticky rice stacks, Aromatic Greek leeks & roast globe artichoke on wilted spinach leaves, charred red pepper sauce V*

Courgette coated Cumbrian cheese soufflé, braised red onion – chunky plum tomato relish

Beluga green lentil & crushed garden roots, coriander, cumin & turmeric, filo & crispy kale – roasted coriander seed & lime sauce V

Crusted cauli crumb, cashews & cinnamon baked butternut squash, samphire, tarragon cream sauce V*


Main courses are served with a side plate of market vegetables £15 50

Our garlic bread £1.95 V


Traditional summer pudding, Greek yogurt V

Iced Ginger bomb*

The ‘hot pudding’ V*

Chocolate cherry torte, dollop of crème fraiche V*

Zesty lemon cheesecake

Toasted oatmeal ice-cream, toffee sauce V *


Cheese Board. Cumbrian & British cheeses, fruit, celery & oat cakes* £7.50


Ground coffee with home-made chocolates V* £3.50


V these dishes can be served vegan     * these dishes can be served wheat free

Please let us know when ordering



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Castlegate 13
Cockermouth CA13 9EU England GB
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13 Castlegate, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9EU

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday evenings. Please call us on 01900 823579 to book your table