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 jamieoliver.com, 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.