Unfortunately, The Castle Dairy suffered the impact of #stormdesmond in December 2015 and is currently closed until further notice due to severe flooding.


We are in the process of notifying all of our customers and will continue to keep you updated once we have fully assessed the damage. If you have not yet been contacted by the Restaurant Management and have a reservation, please get in contact with us via email at castledairy@kendal.ac.uk



We shall continue to keep all of our loyal customers and followers updated and apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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We Are The Castle Dairy

Our Menus 

Click here to view the Celebration of Game Event Menu

Bar Menu

A selection of tasty light lunches. Available between 11.30am-3.30pm.

Set Lunch Menu

Available between 12pm-3pm.
Two Courses £19.95
Three Courses £25.00.

A La Carte Menu

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

Tasting Menu

Available between 12pm – 3pm and 6pm-9pm.
£55 per person.
This menu must be ordered by the whole table/party.

Vegetarian Tasting Menu

Available between 11.30am-3.30pm.

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
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

Darryn our new 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…..

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.

Chris O'Callaghan

Chris O'Callaghan

Head Chef
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

Darryn our new 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…..

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.

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!

Robert Stacey – Head Chef - The Castle Dairy
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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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Events

COMING SOON

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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.

Please note that due to essential building works the Beezon Road car park will be closed for a short time. The Kendal Museum car park remains open as usual.

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Fine Dining in Kendal at the Castle Dairy

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.