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We Are The Castle Dairy

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 –

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

Tbc

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.

Darryn Van Der Merwe

Darryn Van Der Merwe

Restaurant Manager

Darren our front of house Manager brings a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry and all round experience in training and developing apprentices. He has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years and enjoys working with and developing a world class front of house team.

John Kilmurray

John Kilmurray

Sous Chef

Tbc

Chris O'Callaghan

Chris O'Callaghan

Head Chef

Tbc

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.

Darryn Van Der Merwe

Darryn Van Der Merwe

Restaurant Manager

Darren our front of house Manager brings a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry and all round experience in training and developing apprentices. He has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years and enjoys working with and developing a world class front of house team.

John Kilmurray

John Kilmurray

Sous Chef

Tbc

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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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 Robert Stacey, the restaurant provides exceptional food, surrounded by local art work, in a truly unusual setting.

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 undergone a vast but sympathetic refurbishment to create our restaurant, but still retains the historic character that makes it so special.

 

 

Packed with character, boasting a priest-hole, a maze of tiny alcoves, a roaring fire and a four poster bed that hasn’t been moved since the house was built, the Castle Dairy is a stunning piece of medieval architecture and an entirely unique, atmospheric place to dine.

It is situated on the north side of Wildman Street, close to Stramongate Bridge and was originally a farmhouse which would have enjoyed open views towards the River Kent.  The ‘Dairy’ in its name is most likely the result of a misspelling in the past, as its true name relates to ‘dowry’, meaning a house where a dower or a widow lived.

Whilst the building started out as a single storey house, it is likely that the extra wings were added when Anthony Garnett took possession of the house in the 1560s. Above the main door, a small date-stone can be seen, bearing the initials AG and a date of 1564.

Legend has it that part of the floor, which is collectively made of thousands of worn pieces of stone, is part of the old Roman road that may have run along the banks of the River Kent.

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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 extreme weather conditions the Castle Dairy Restaurant will be closed until further notice. Please follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates. We are in the process of notifying all our customers and shall continue to keep you updated once we have fully assessed the flood damage.

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