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.”