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Castle Dairy

26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
+44 1539 814756
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Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (36 reviews)
“petit fours” (6 reviews)
“venison” (11 reviews)
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CUISINES
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$$$
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26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
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81 - 90 of 313 reviews

Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

Went here on a Friday evening for the taster menu. The premises itself is very spacious and you are allowed to have a look around the older rooms to see the history of the building. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was...More

1  Thank Coopobot
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2015

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review we appreciate your comments. The apprentices are doing a fantastic job in the kitchen and one day will leave Castle Dairy with invaluable knowledge. We apologise if we got it wrong that particular...More

Reviewed 29 August 2015

We went last night for my birthday after booking in May & we were not disappointed. We were put in a little room called the snug, it was like a private dining room & very atmospheric. The staff were wonderful and they could not do...More

2  Thank phil_n_debs
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2015

"Wow" Thank you for such a positive review we are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at Castle Dairy. The 'snug' is one of the most popular rooms for such an intimate dining experience, it is almost always booked well in advance. The building dating...More

Reviewed 17 August 2015

There are a few good restaurants in Kendal but Castle Dairy is the first to provide a 'Fine Dining' experience. Six of us went for a 'special birthday' meal and we were all pleasantly surprised by both the venue, the food and the service. The...More

1  Thank AnthonyC7
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2015

Thank you we are always thrilled when we leave a smile on our customers faces. We are Kendal's only fine dining restaurant and are very pleased that you all had a lovely evening with us, the kitchen and front of house team are thrilled with...More

Reviewed 12 August 2015

Booked this as a treat for both of us on a long trip north. It is in a really old building in Kendal a series of small interconnecting rooms, both the cooking and the service is done by those who are either at Kendal Catering...More

1  Thank flyingshuttle
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2015

Thank you for taking the time to write a review we are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us. You are correct we are run by Kendal College as a training restaurant from the kitchen as well as front of house....More

Reviewed 2 August 2015

Surprise 50th birthday meal whilst enjoying a short break in the area. Fantastic old building which retains many original features to make the dining areas truly atmospheric (and check out the upstairs bedroom!) The food was exceptional with great attention to flavours and presentation. Service...More

4  Thank Samantha G
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2015

"Five Star Restaurant", "Easily on a par with other Michelin starred restaurants we have visited, and at a fraction of the prices. I would heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine dining". Wow, thank you for this amazing review Robert and the students...More

Reviewed 31 July 2015

We found this gem of a place just 5 mins walk from the town centre. Steeped in history, this cosy restaurant feels quite homely & welcoming (the fire places are quite big & we we're told when they're lit, it's even cosier if that's possible)....More

2  Thank Mark and Radana T
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2015

Thank you for joining us for a meal off our recently launched bar menu it is doing really well and we have had a great response. We appreciate such an in depth review and it is always lovely to hear such praise from people within...More

Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

Lovely taster meal with different wines, food was delicious, beautifully presented and staff attentive and informative , as well as being in one ok Kendals oldest buildingsMore

3  Thank dinsshikara
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2015

"Worth a visit", thank you for the positive response we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Castle Dairy and enjoyed the unique character of the building, we Love working here it is a very special place. Hope to see you again....More

Reviewed 29 July 2015

Building dates back to ?? An historic building. Katherine Parr was reputed to have been associated with both the castle and the dairy. A unique dining room/building now run by the Kendal college,as a training centre - but you wouldn't be aware of this. Food...More

1  Thank RalphAnne
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2015

Thank you for your review on tripadvisor, you are correct Catherine Parr did have links to Castle Dairy as well as Kendal Castle. We are very gratefult to be working in the oldest building in Kendal. We are a fine dining restaurant so our prices...More

Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

We ate here to celebrate our anniversary & we have read other reviews on TA saying how good it was. We both had the sirloin which was perfectly cooked & delicious. The green banana & chocolate pudding with salted caramel ice cream was to die...More

1  Thank Denise T
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2015

Thank you for leaving such a great review we are glad that you had a lovely time with us, I will pass on the kind words to Katie who is doing really well, look forward to seeing you again. Darryn

Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

Even William would struggle to find the words to describe the cuisine and the experience of Castle Dairy. This is a magical place. All of the dishes are exquisite and every second you are there you just can't help but smile. The Cumbrian lamb today...More

3  Thank Stephen W
Darryn V, Manager at Castle Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2015

Thank you once again Stephen for your third visit from Amsterdam as well as your reviews which leave a smile on our faces for a very long time. It is always a pleasure to serve you and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Darryn...More

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Graham B
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Yes there is car parking off Beezon road.
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Patricia F
29 August 2015|
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Response from Darryn V | Property representative |
Hi Patricia, You can use your taste card for the bar menu subject to availability, booking with a taste card is essential. Thank you Darryn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 80
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Kendal
  • Phone Number: +44 1539 814756
  • E-mail
Description
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.
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