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Castle Dairy

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26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
+44 1539 814756
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2015

This is our favourite restaurant in Kendal. The food is exquisite- tasty, beautifully prepared and presented and always imaginative. Do book ahead if you want dinner as it is a great favourite. We love brunch there - always great fun in a party! Now the new restaurant extension has been completed the team can manage to take larger parties. Last... More 

5 Thank Cumpston
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Thank you for such a positive review, we are very proud to have such a fantastic kitchen extension. It makes for an amazing space for the Apprentices to be learning in. We can comfortably cater for a party of 25 people due to the new kitchen. I am also pleased to hear that you enjoy our very popular brunches which... More 

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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2015

The setting for this restaurant is exceptional, being in one of the oldest buildings in Kendal, and in fact our table, perched on cobble stones, was on the original Roman road of Kendal. Upstairs is a four poster bed, rumoured to have been used by Anne Boleyn! So on to the food..... The restaurant is staffed by Kendal College apprentices,... More 

4 Thank Jane65Shropshire
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Thank you very much for such a lovely review the Apprentices are working really hard to achieve reviews and customer satisfaction like this. I am so pleased you enjoyed the whole experience and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Darryn Restaurant Manager More 

Worsley, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2015

I visited the Castle Diary and the food was amazing, delivered with exceptional service. What a wonderful dinning experience highly recommended !!

3 Thank Vicki J
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review we will pass this message on to the apprentices in the kitchen as well as our front of house team. Look forward to seeing you in the future. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Went here on a Friday evening for the taster menu. The premises itself is very spacious and you are allowed to have a look around the older rooms to see the history of the building. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was mainly extremely good, the starters and the cod dish in particular. However the second main... More 

1 Thank Coopobot
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review we appreciate your comments. The apprentices are doing a fantastic job in the kitchen and one day will leave Castle Dairy with invaluable knowledge. We apologise if we got it wrong that particular night, we are constantly pushing to achieve more. We are glad however that you put... More 

Cumbria, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2015

We went last night for my birthday after booking in May & we were not disappointed. We were put in a little room called the snug, it was like a private dining room & very atmospheric. The staff were wonderful and they could not do enough for us and the food was 1st class and served beautifully! You must go... More 

2 Thank phil_n_debs
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

"Wow" Thank you for such a positive review we are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at Castle Dairy. The 'snug' is one of the most popular rooms for such an intimate dining experience, it is almost always booked well in advance. The building dating back to the 12th Century is the oldest building in Kendal and we are very... More 

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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2015

There are a few good restaurants in Kendal but Castle Dairy is the first to provide a 'Fine Dining' experience. Six of us went for a 'special birthday' meal and we were all pleasantly surprised by both the venue, the food and the service. The starters were imaginative, the mains perfectly cooked and the sweets left a smile on everyone's... More 

1 Thank AnthonyC7
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Thank you we are always thrilled when we leave a smile on our customers faces. We are Kendal's only fine dining restaurant and are very pleased that you all had a lovely evening with us, the kitchen and front of house team are thrilled with the positive comments. Thank you once again for taking the time to write a review,... More 

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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2015

Booked this as a treat for both of us on a long trip north. It is in a really old building in Kendal a series of small interconnecting rooms, both the cooking and the service is done by those who are either at Kendal Catering College or have some connection with it. The food was really excellent, big city standard,... More 

1 Thank flyingshuttle
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review we are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us. You are correct we are run by Kendal College as a training restaurant from the kitchen as well as front of house. We are working in Kendal's oldest building which dates back to the 14/15 century, we... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2015

Surprise 50th birthday meal whilst enjoying a short break in the area. Fantastic old building which retains many original features to make the dining areas truly atmospheric (and check out the upstairs bedroom!) The food was exceptional with great attention to flavours and presentation. Service was superb with staff taking time to explain each course. Easily on a par with... More 

4 Thank Samantha G
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

"Five Star Restaurant", "Easily on a par with other Michelin starred restaurants we have visited, and at a fraction of the prices. I would heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine dining". Wow, thank you for this amazing review Robert and the students in the kitchen will all be impressed by such a fantastic review, it does not... More 

Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2015

We found this gem of a place just 5 mins walk from the town centre. Steeped in history, this cosy restaurant feels quite homely & welcoming (the fire places are quite big & we we're told when they're lit, it's even cosier if that's possible). The menu is very confident & complete with something for everyone. The prices reflect the... More 

2 Thank Mark and Radana T
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for a meal off our recently launched bar menu it is doing really well and we have had a great response. We appreciate such an in depth review and it is always lovely to hear such praise from people within the industry. It mens a lot to us thank you very much Mark and Radana.... More 

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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Lovely taster meal with different wines, food was delicious, beautifully presented and staff attentive and informative , as well as being in one ok Kendals oldest buildings

3 Thank dinsshikara
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this review

"Worth a visit", thank you for the positive response we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Castle Dairy and enjoyed the unique character of the building, we Love working here it is a very special place. Hope to see you again. Darryn Restaurant Manager 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
$26 - $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 occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?