We Are The Castle Dairy

We are a fine dining restaurant located in Kendal, Cumbria. We’ve been awarded the Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year at Cumbria Life Food & Drink

Please note our serving times:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-4pm

Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm. 6pm-Late

(Last table reservation 9pm)

Our Menus 

Tasting Menu

8 Course Tasting Menu, using the best seasonal and local produce available. Available between 12pm – 3pm and 6pm-9pm. £45 per person. This menu must be ordered by the whole table/party.

A la Carte

 Our A la Carte Menu offers a great choice of contemporary British fine dining. Available from 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm 

Set Lunch Menu

Our seasonal Set Lunch Menu offers a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Available between 12pm-3pm. £25.00 for 3 courses. 

 

 

Saturday Brunch Menu

Classic Brunch Menu available Saturday between 10am-2.30pm. 

Children's Menu

Available between 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm. 

Bar Menu

A selection of tasty light lunches, available between 11am-4pm. 

Events

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.

Passion leads to design. Design leads to performance. Performance leads to success!

Robert Stacey – Head Chef - The Castle Dairy

Our Food and Process

16158

Coffee beans used in a week

52

Qualifications achieved 

3

years open 

4

Birthdays on average celebrated a week

Our Dairy Team

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

Job available here.

Rob Stacey

Rob Stacey

Head Chef

Robert Stacey joined us in December 2011, having developed his culinary style at Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows, Caprice Holdings, Gardon ramsay at claridges, The Ritz and Price Waterhouse Cooper.

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.

Tom Lea

Tom Lea

Restaurant Manager

Age 23
From Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Previously worked at New Hall hotel, Swinfen Hall Hotel, Netherstowe house, The Samling Hotel 1 star, Paul Kitchen 21212 1 Star in Edinburgh.

Stephen Adair

Stephen Adair

Chef

Aged 27
From Ashington, Newcastle
Previously worked at The Mill Ulverston, The Log House Ambleside
Currently studying Level 3 Patisserie

Jack Leaver

Jack Leaver

Chef

Age 18
From Darwin, Lancashire
Previously worked at Beechwood Hotel Kendal, Castle Green Kendal
Currently studying level 3 professional cookery

This could be you!

This could be you!

Be a part of our award-winning team!

We are currently recruiting

For full details click here.

Rob Stacey

Rob Stacey

Head Chef

Robert Stacey joined us in December 2011, having developed his culinary style at Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows, Caprice Holdings, Gardon ramsay at claridges, The Ritz and Price Waterhouse Cooper.

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.

Tom Lea

Tom Lea

Restaurant Manager

Age 23
From Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Previously worked at New Hall hotel, Swinfen Hall Hotel, Netherstowe house, The Samling Hotel 1 star, Paul Kitchen 21212 1 Star in Edinburgh.

Stephen Adair

Stephen Adair

Chef

Aged 27
From Ashington, Newcastle
Previously worked at The Mill Ulverston, The Log House Ambleside
Currently studying Level 3 Patisserie

Jack Leaver

Jack Leaver

Chef

Age 18
From Darwin, Lancashire
Previously worked at Beechwood Hotel Kendal, Castle Green Kendal
Currently studying level 3 professional cookery

This could be you!

This could be you!

Be a part of our award-winning team!

We are currently recruiting

For full details click here.

  • “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
  • “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.”

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Parking at the Castle Dairy

The Castle Dairy is serviced by 2 pay and display car parks. One is located at Kendal Museum and the other behind the Castle Dairy, with access is gained via Beezon Road.

Both car parks offer easy access to the Castle Dairy Restaurant via a walk-way running along side “The Box” theatre.

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