An innovative vegetarian restaurant in a small town on the western outskirts of the Lake District is quite a find. Yet Colin & Louisa Le Voi have owned the homely Quince & Medlar for more than two decades, & are much fêted by the guidebooks. Their take on meat-free cooking yields some unusual & interesting combos – spinach, cream cheese & Wensleydale gâteau with sweet potato & Dijon mustard sauce, for example. Starters might include fennel & shallot tart with feta & olives or sticky lemongrass rice wrapped in nori seaweed & served chilled with tamari & avocado, & there could be passion fruit tart for dessert. The menu changes every six to eight weeks, & the drinks list includes an admirable range of organic wines & beers.