Despite personally suffering the effects of Storm Desmond in December, chefs from Kendal’s Castle Dairy restaurant have helped to raise £600 toward the Cumbria Flood Appeal.
The five strong team, led by Head Chef, Robert Stacey, took over the Restaurant at Kendal College on Wednesday (13th January) to offer an evening of exclusive fine dining for 36 pre-booked guests.
Diners were treated to a special eight-course tasting menu, which included; dressed Cornish crab, radish and sea herbs; slow cooked rump of lamb, celeriac, cavalo nero and lamb jus; and new season candle-light rhubarb and green tea sorbet.
Guests travelled from far and wide including four diners who made the 400-mile round trip from Northampton to Kendal after the floods meant they missed out on the Castle Dairy’s tasting menu on Christmas Eve.
Robert Stacey, Head Chef at the Castle Dairy, said: “The team at the Castle Dairy were all so moved by the way everyone came together to help and support one another in the wake of the floods that we wanted to give something back through the floods appeal. It was heart-breaking to see the damage caused to our business but we will come back even stronger whereas some people have lost their homes and personal belongings, which can never be replaced.
“After a prolonged period out of the kitchen, it was great to get back to doing what we do best – creating exciting dishes using high quality seasonal ingredients – and giving our talented apprentice chefs the opportunity to showcase their skills.
“Everybody involved had a fantastic night and we hope to be able to run more of these charity dining events in conjunction with Kendal College over the coming months whilst repair work is ongoing at the Castle Dairy.”
The evening was sponsored by Lancashire food specialists, Wellocks who kindly donated many of the ingredients. James Wellock, MD at Wellocks said: “We were proud to sponsor the event in the wake of the awful floods in Kendal and the surrounding areas, which saw our own customers’ businesses suffer. Supplying the perfect ingredients for a superb tasting menu at Kendal College was an absolute pleasure.”
The Grade I listed building, which houses the Castle Dairy Restaurant and Art Gallery, was besieged by flood water from Storm Desmond on Saturday 5th December. Both the kitchen, which was less than a year old, and the bar area have had to be ripped out and are currently in the process of being redesigned.