A Unique Fine Dining Experience

The Castle Dairy

Christmas
menus

We Are The Castle Dairy

Lunch Menu

– 2 courses £15 | 3 courses £22.50 – 

Lunch Tasting Menu

– 4 course set lunch tasting menu £25

Fishy Friday

 – served between 1pm and 3pm on Fridays –

À La Carte Menu

£40
 – served dinner only –

Tasting Menu

£50 
– served dinner only –

Prestige Menu

£60
– served dinner only –

 

Please note that during December, Fishy Friday is not available and our festive lunch & dinner menus replace their respective tasting menus.
These menus are sample menus and subject to change regularly with the seasonality and quality of the ingredients we source.

testimonials
  • First time I’ve been since it reopened after the floods. I didn’t think it was possible, but the food is even better than before! We all had the taster menu and it was outstanding, one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. I can’t wait to come back!

    Summer728 - TripAdvisor
  • Four of us at the chef’s table for a brilliant evening. Chris and his crew demonstrated how a good team can work together to produce amazing results. Had the 10 course taster menu with wine flight. Food was superb and the wine matched it perfectly.

    Eltelrowe - TripAdvisor
  • Lovely food, excellent service. The tasting menu was a real experience – beautifully presented food.
    We didn’t know what to expect and were not only delighted with the food and service, but our taste buds have been left with memories!

    Judith Mottram - Guest
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.

 

chefs-table

Chef’s Table

For a truly unique dining experience, our Chef’s Table is located in the warm, welcoming atmosphere of our restaurant kitchen. It offers a memorable experience, an intimate dinner, a special occasion or simply as an excuse to enjoy a fine dining experience with a twist.

Relax as you let our team of creative and talented chefs deliver seasonal dishes, using the finest of ingredients, in a friendly setting.

Please call us if you’d like to make a booking, discuss any special arrangements or dietary requirements, or find out more.

team

Our Dairy Team

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

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.

Jessica Eaden

Jessica Eaden

Restaurant Manager

Jessica’s first role after graduating was at Les Bouviers in Wimborne before moving to Cheshire after gaining a place on a National Graduate Programme with Thwaites Hotels. After achieving the position of Assistant Operations Manager, Jessica moved to Luxury Family Hotels where she worked for 3 years.

Jessica recently relocated to Windermere with her partner.

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.

Robert Marshall Slater

Robert Marshall Slater

Head Of School
Ryan Baron

Ryan Baron

Apprentice Chef
Jordan Millray

Jordan Millray

Apprentice Front of House
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.

Jessica Eaden

Jessica Eaden

Restaurant Manager

Jessica’s first role after graduating was at Les Bouviers in Wimborne before moving to Cheshire after gaining a place on a National Graduate Programme with Thwaites Hotels. After achieving the position of Assistant Operations Manager, Jessica moved to Luxury Family Hotels where she worked for 3 years.

Jessica recently relocated to Windermere with her partner.

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.

Robert Marshall Slater

Robert Marshall Slater

Head Of School
Ryan Baron

Ryan Baron

Apprentice Chef
Jordan Millray

Jordan Millray

Apprentice Front of House
our-philosophy-is

Whilst training the next generation of chefs, we want people to come with high expectations and leave surprised that we’ve exceeded those expectations.

finding-us

Finding Us

Car Parking

Please note parking is available in the Wildman Street car park behind the restaurant. There are limited free spaces during the lunch opening.

 
 

Fine Dining in Kendal at the Castle Dairy