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Castle Dairy

26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
+44 1539 814756
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Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (37 reviews)
“petit fours” (6 reviews)
“venison” (11 reviews)
Closed
All hours
CUISINES
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Food
Value
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LOCATION
26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

The Dairy was half full on a Saturday, bad sign. All we heard was people trying to keep quiet! We selected the 'A la Carte' option for £45 but did not expect the courses to come from the £75, 7 course dinner. The bread was...More

Thank David R
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Dear David R Thank you for your review. I am saddened to hear you had such a disappointing experience with us. Having been open for 6 months we are constantly evaluating our product and we are continually looking at our pricing and have been recently...More

Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous asset to Kendal the Castle Dairy is. We visited this evening with four friends and the whole experience was very special. All in the party had the tasting menu and each course was delightful. So exquisitely put together, top quality ingredients and...More

1  Thank welloc
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Dear Welloc Thank you so much for your recent review. We are truly delighted that you and your friends enjoyed our tasting menu and glad you all had such a lovely evening. We look forward to welcoming you again soon Kind Regards The Castle Dairy...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

It was my first time at the Castle Dairy and I was mightily impressed. We had the tasting menu with the wine flight. Amazing textures and tastes. Beautifully presented food and wines that matched each course perfectly. The staff were excellent. Knowledgeable, polite and courteous...More

1  Thank John M
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Dear John Thank you so much for your recent review. We are so pleased your enjoyed your evening and consider us to be one of your favourite restaurants! We look forward to welcoming you again soon Kind Regards The Castle Dairy Team

Reviewed 9 November 2017

My partner and I went for dinner and opted for the £50 tasting menu.From canapes to petit fours we were served a succession of beautifully cooked,complex and well presented dishes - each flavoursome and explained in detail by the serving staff. We liked the ambience...More

1  Thank barry23
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Dear Barry Thank you so much for your fabulous review. We pride ourselves on our tasting menus and are delighted that you enjoyed the dishes we presented. We always have the a la carte menu available along with a larger 10 course menu so we...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Fabulous food, super accommodating, special location. Asked in the AM if a vegan menu was available. An hour later got a call back with choice of 7 or 12 course vegan taster menu that the chef made availble. It was excellent food. Highly recommended.More

1  Thank M A
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Dear Mr A, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Vegan menu options! Chris and his team are always very happy to accommodate dietary requests and with a little bit of notice he will always offer...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017

The prices are not small but the portions are. The setting is lovely and the food nicely cooked but we won't be returning. They had problems with the till too and staff were left to cope while someone from the college disappeared to get help...More

Thank LancashireAlison
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Dear Alison, Thank you so much for your recent review. We appreciate your feedback and we are sorry that your meal experience was not up to your expectations. It is disappointing to hear that there was a technical fault with the till and for that...More

Reviewed 30 October 2017

I was so surprised by this place. It's an unassuming restaurant that offers excellent food that's right up there with Michelin star fine dining places at very reasonable prices - all in a historical setting with great service staff. I know they were shut for...More

1  Thank quasibuddha
Jessica E, General Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Dear Quasibuddha, Thank you so much for your excellent review, we are so pleased you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us. Chris and his team have just been awarded their 2 AA rosettes for their food of which we are very proud. We look forward...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

I am fortunate enough to have experienced Michelin star food across the world and this restaurant is right up there with some of the best restaurants I have visited. I hope this restaurant is awarded a star as it is thoroughly deserved. Myself, husband and...More

2  Thank MrsLMP19
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Dear Mrs LMP19 Thank you so much for your kind review. We are thrilled to have just been awarded our 2 AA rosettes for our food after just five months, so Chris and the kitchen team here are working hard to ensure we continue to...More

Reviewed 20 October 2017

In what might just be the oldest house in Kendal, this place provides all the ingredients of a foody destination restaurant. Given that the business is run under the wing of Kendal college, it serves also to provide an exemplar of inspired cooking, friendly yet...More

1  Thank J0ANNATH0MAS
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Dear Joanna Thank you for your reply and what a shame you could not stay for longer. Our 7 course tasting menu and our 10 course Prestige menu is definitely worth trying the next time you come to us on an evening. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

We returned for the first time after the floods. We had the tasting menu and all courses were excellent, well prepared and presented. The service was good not rushed and although quiet on a Wednesday night we have booked to return. The excellent 2for 1...More

1  Thank CGSFormby
Jessica E, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Dear CGSFormby Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal and that you have already re-booked! The October offer was indeed a very good deal, but has sadly expired so for all of our offers...More

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Graham B
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Yes there is car parking off Beezon road.
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Patricia F
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Hi Patricia, You can use your taste card for the bar menu subject to availability, booking with a taste card is essential. Thank you Darryn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$21 - US$83
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 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
  • E-mail
Description
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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