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Our Menus 

Lunch Menu

3 courses for £25
2 courses for £19.95 

A La Carte Menu

£45
– served lunch and dinner –

Tasting Menu

£55
– served dinner only –

Fishy Friday

 – served between 1pm and 4pm –

Bar Menu

– available between 12-2pm –

Chefs Table

£75
– served dinner only –

team

Our Dairy Team

We believe in a diverse range of personnel to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Job available here.

Chris O'Callaghan

Chris O'Callaghan

Head Chef

Chris joined the Castle Dairy in 2016 after cooking professionally for more than 18 years. His exceptionally high standards have been honed by his time spent in 3AA rosette and Michelin-starred hotels and restaurants across the UK, which means his ambitions for the Castle Dairy and its apprentices are high. Originally from Kent, Chris has been in Cumbria since 2012 and lives in Kendal with his wife, Bex and dog, Logan.

Robert Marshall Slater

Robert Marshall Slater

Head Of School

Robert is developing the exciting vision that is the Castle Dairy. He has worked at some of the best 5 Star Hotels and Michelin starred restaurants in the world.

A winner of the Caterer Acorn Award and has been a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts.

John Kilmurray

John Kilmurray

Sous Chef

John joined the Castle Dairy in the summer of 2016 and is completing his Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training at Kendal College. Originally from Morecambe, John has worked in a few of the top hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire but credits the Castle Dairy as being the best place for someone to learn. In his spare time, John enjoys walking in the Lake District.

Chris O'Callaghan

Chris O'Callaghan

Head Chef

Chris joined the Castle Dairy in 2016 after cooking professionally for more than 18 years. His exceptionally high standards have been honed by his time spent in 3AA rosette and Michelin-starred hotels and restaurants across the UK, which means his ambitions for the Castle Dairy and its apprentices are high. Originally from Kent, Chris has been in Cumbria since 2012 and lives in Kendal with his wife, Bex and dog, Logan.

Robert Marshall Slater

Robert Marshall Slater

Head Of School

Robert is developing the exciting vision that is the Castle Dairy. He has worked at some of the best 5 Star Hotels and Michelin starred restaurants in the world.

A winner of the Caterer Acorn Award and has been a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts.

John Kilmurray

John Kilmurray

Sous Chef

John joined the Castle Dairy in the summer of 2016 and is completing his Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training at Kendal College. Originally from Morecambe, John has worked in a few of the top hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire but credits the Castle Dairy as being the best place for someone to learn. In his spare time, John enjoys walking in the Lake District.

testimonials
  • “Slap me with a crook and call me Wainwright!”

    Had the great man walked into this restaurant when he first arrived in Kendal then none of his books would have been written because he would never have left!

    Kendal is one of the most beautiful towns in the British Isles. The Castle Dairy is the gem in the crown. Wonderfully historic building but yet so homely.

    Apart from Robert Stacey, the head chef and Darren van der Merwe, the maitre’d, all the staff are apprentices from Kendal College. – And they are absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

    Stephen W - Trip Advisor
  • “Excellent”

    We really enjoy this restaurant. The B&B we stayed in Blackpool recommended it when we mentioned we would be travelling to Kendal. The food was excellent. The wine list was impressive. The service was also very good. The restaurant itself is a beautiful old building. We will be returning again without doubt.

    Guest
  • “One of the most complete dining experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of and certainly one of the most eye-opening. “Ancient, 600 years old and beautiful, the oldest in town, with a preserved bedroom and listed four-poster bed to boot. It’s full of nooks and crannies, priest holes and wonky walls and really feels like a trip back to Ye Olde England, absolutely gorgeous.”

    Jamieoliver.com
  • “First Class”
    My wife and I went to the Castle Dairy with two friends after hearing some good reports. Thirty odd years since we last went and I have to say it exceeded all expectations. The food was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced. The service was impeccable. We shall definitely be returning.

    Guest
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trip advisor 2015 certificate of excellence
Mitchelin Guide
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  • RT @scrummypr: @Castle_dairy to be fair ... would pay 10% more! !! Just sooooo happy you are back in business!!!

    The Castle Dairy about 2 days ago
  • All of the 10% off places have now been booked. We have been overwhelmed by the support of our local diners! Can't wait to see you all.

    The Castle Dairy about 2 days ago
  • RT @realArtisan: @Castle_dairy Good to see you almost back to delight the tastebuds of #Kendal diners. You've been sorely missed @KendalDin

    The Castle Dairy about 4 days ago
  • RT @OccasionalBar: @Castle_dairy opens again soon! Can't wait.If you need some #cocktails just let me know. @KendalDining @chezchristof Wi…

    The Castle Dairy about 4 days ago
  • RT @LakesPR: @naylor_tony Can I maybe tempt you back when @Castle_dairy in Kendal reopens next month? Definitely more town than country!

    The Castle Dairy about 4 days ago
our-service

Our Service

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.

In December 2015 the Castle Dairy was caught up in the wrath of Storm Desmond. Thanks to South Lakeland District Council, English Heritage, Savoy Educational Trust, Lakeland Vintners and Kendal College, our Grade I listed building, which dates back to the 1500s, has reopened with a new-look, but the same authentic and historic charm that makes it quite unlike any other dining venue around.

 

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Passion leads to design. Design leads to performance.

Performance leads to success!  

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Our Food and Process

16158

Coffee beans used in a week

52

Qualifications achieved 

3

years open 

4

Birthdays on average celebrated a week

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Due to Storm Desmond the Castle Dairy Restaurant is currently closed. We will be re-opening in May 2017. Please follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates.

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