The Team have been celebrating recently after receiving a glowing review on Jamie Oliver’s renowned website –

Our apprentice-run fine dining restaurant, housed in Kendal’s oldest building, recently enjoyed a personal visit from Jim Tanfield, Jamie’s Web Editor, after he heard about our unique eatery’s fast-growing reputation for exceptional food.

Jim indulged in a lavish eight course tasting menu of Cumbria’s finest produce and has bestowed high praise on the Castle Dairy’s building, our food, our Head Chef and his young team.

On, which receives around 26,000,000 page views internationally each month, Jim described the building as “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.”

The Castle Dairy recently reopened its doors following the addition of a brand new state of the art kitchen and praise on such a famous foodie website is a huge boost for our staff.

Robert Marshall-Slater, Head of Culinary Arts at for Kendal College, which runs the Castle Dairy, said:

“We are absolutely overwhelmed at this review and so, so proud of Robert Stacey and his wonderful team.  We really hope this inspires those that haven’t yet experience the Castle Dairy to come and try it for themselves.”

To read Jim Tanfield’s full review please click here.


The Castle Dairy Restaurant, an apprentice-run fine dining restaurant housed in Kendal’s oldest building, recently re-opened its doors following extensive renovations, to a hat trick of success…Hosting two great events at Kendal Festival of Food, winning Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year at Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards and enjoying a personal visit from Jamie Oliver’s Web Editor.

Staff at the unique eatery worked round the clock to re-open in time for Kendal Festival of Food and delivered two sell-out pop-up events as well as a cooking demonstration by Head Chef Robert Stacey.

This was hotly followed by the announcement that the Castle Dairy had achieved the accolade of Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year at Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards, which celebrate the best of the county’s food and drink, the businesses behind them, and their quality, innovation, and enterprise.

Then, having heard about the Castle Dairy, its innovative approach to education and its fast-growing reputation for exceptional food, Jim Tanfield, Web Editor for, came to dine at the restaurant, to write a review which will soon appear on the globally renowned website.

Robert Marshall-Slater, Head of Culinary Arts at for Kendal College, said:

“Following completion of our brand new kitchen extension we re-opened our doors on Friday the 28th of March and less than three weeks later are just blown away by what our Castle Dairy team has achieved.

‘Our newly renovated restaurant marks a new era for the Castle Dairy and its dedicated apprentices.  It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point and it’s very rewarding to see such positive fruits of our labour.  These successes have been an enormous confidence boost for our apprentices and have inspired them to aim even higher in the months ahead.”

Along with its new state of the art kitchen, the Castle Dairy now boasts a Chef’s Table allowing guests to ‘dine at the pass’ and is open for everything from morning coffee and lavish brunches, to leisurely lunches and indulgent dinners.


The Castle Dairy Restaurant, an apprentice-run fine dining restaurant housed in Kendal’s oldest building, re-opened with a bang last weekend following its latest phase of redevelopment works, in time for a hugely successful Kendal Festival of Food.

Complete with a brand new kitchen extension, state of the art British-built cooking suite and a ‘Chef’s Table’ the Castle Dairy, which is run by Kendal College, hosted two packed out pop-up events, one with renowned chef Ernst Van Zyl from the Lord Clyde in Cheshire, the other its own eight course showcase of exceptional Cumbrian produce.

Builders worked through the night to ensure the renovations were ready in time for Friday’s festivities and on Saturday, Castle Dairy Head Chef Robert Stacy delivered a cookery demonstration for 80 people before hotfooting it back to the restaurant to prepare for that evening’s events.

Robert Marshall-Slater, Head of Culinary Arts at for Kendal College said:

“We really had to pull out all the stops and work round the clock to have everything in time for the festival but it was more than worth it.  These works have been ongoing for the last year and in the planning for much longer so to see them come so successfully to fruition was truly rewarding.

“We catered for a fully booked restaurant on both Friday and Saturday nights and our apprentices were outstanding.  Now our brand new ‘futuristic’ kitchen is fully operational we’re looking forward to really showing what the Castle Dairy can do over the coming months.  It’s our aim for it to be Kendal’s best restaurant.”

Fine Dining in Kendal at the Castle Dairy