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Castle Dairy

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26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
+44 1539 814756
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Castle Dairy is the oldest continuously used building in Kendal and sits on a part of the Roman Road through the town. It forms the floor of one of the rooms. My wife and I went today to celebrate our wedding anniversary. A Taster Menu during the middle of the day was up to the best standards of Michelin... More 

1 Thank Cambridgeblue65to67
London, UK
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192 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had a very mixed experience at Castle Dairy, with some food being excellent and some poor, and the service friendly and willing but rather hit and miss. We wondered if front of house was understaffed but couldn't tell how busy the resaurant was as we were seated in the area just inside the door, which only has 3 tables.... More 

Thank UKLizzie
NSwaby, Public Relations Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

It is always really disappointing to hear that our customers haven't enjoyed their experience at the Castle Dairy. We are always striving to produce the very best food and consistently high service and will take your feedback seriously in order to improve. Thank you for your valuable comments. We hope that you will consider coming back sometime in the future. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Thank you for making my husbands birthday lunch (13/06/14) so special, all of us considered the food outstanding,with friendly service and wonderful surroundings.We look forward to our next visit (which we hope will be soon) Well done!keep up the good work.we would recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates excellent food presented with flair and imagination..

1 Thank Tony B
Sale, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

On 6 March 2014 I made a reservation by the internet site facility for dinner for two on Saturday 10 May; this was an important occasion and early booking was essential. The restaurant was closed for alterations at this time but I received an electronic acknowledgement. Following internet site instructions I telephoned the restaurant on 28 March to confirm my... More 

2 Thank Duncan B
NSwaby, Public Relations Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

We accept full responsibility and apologise sincerely for the problems you encountered. In May, due to the renovations at the Castle Dairy, our usual meticulous systems were not as robust as they should have been, but this is no excuse. This is not the experience we want to give to our customers and is certainly not reflective of the usual... More 

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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

As you probably know, all the staff here apart I think from the head chef and maitre d' are students, but don't let that put you off, this place is fabulous. Fine dining and a decent wine list at reasonable prices. I love the place, the only problem is it's getting harder to reserve a table as it's becoming so... More 

Thank Lucy-Kendal
NSwaby, Public Relations Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Wow! What lovely feedback to suggest we are offer the 'best food in town'! We aim to provide a unique dining experience and a consistent service to our customers.Be sure to tell your family and friends to visit and we shall hopefully see you again soon. More 

Kendal, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Last visit was 15 years ago due to various change of hands, being closed etc, but visited in March for my wife's birthday. What a fantastic experience. Food was delicious, well presented and each course explained/described. Service was a little hit and miss but we can forgive this as they are students learning their trade, but they worked hard and... More 

Thank Arthur S
Los Altos, California
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

I visited 18 months ago and was impressed. Had the chance to visit again today, and had a fabulous lunch with my mother and her sister. Firstly, there is no big room. The restaurant is situated in a historical listed building with lots of little rooms. We had a room to ourselves, surrounded by antiques. The staff are enthusiastic and... More 

Thank David C
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

This was our last night whilst walking the Dales Way. We'd been eating in pubs along the way, many of which were very good, but it was a real treat to go to the Castle Dairy. First, it was a great 14th century building and well worth a look around. Second, the food is very good. Not absolutely outstanding -... More 

1 Thank rdh60
Colchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

We made a last minute booking on a Thursday night. We were given an option on times with no problem. We opted for a la carte and had three excellent courses, starters of mackerel and local ham and egg were superb. Main course was chicken with wild garlic for both of us. While this was probably the best meal I've... More 

Thank TheColdTruth2013
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We opted for the Tasting menu - one for vegetarians and one for omnivores - both were absolutely fabulous. Each course was a delight both for the eyes and the taste buds. As a vegetarian it was wonderful to have imaginative and delicious food produced and served by people who are proud of what they do. In the evenings it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$26 - US$96
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Kendal
  • Phone Number: +44 1539 814756
The Castle Dairy Restaurant and Art Gallery offers a unique dining experience in Kendal’s oldest inhabited building. Staffed by Kendal College apprentices and watched over by chef Chris O’Callaghan, the restaurant provides exceptional food, surrounded by local art work, in a truly unusual setting.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?