The Cavendish Arms

4.6
485 reviews
£25 and under
British
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The Cavendish Arms is a 450 year old Coaching inn set in the heart of Cartmel. With Simon Rogan and his famous Lenclume restaurant we have some very high standards to maintain. Our food is fresh and sourced locally to ensure the freshest ingredients are on your plate at all times. Our menu changes often and is always being developed by our very talented Head Chef and his team. Along with a great food offering, we are challenging boundaries with our selection of 25 gins, 10 whiskeys and many more superior sprits, we always try to have an alternative rather than using main stream brands behind the bar, ensuring our guests receive the best possible value for money we can provide whilst experiencing a better than expected product. In short our aim is to make sure you leave having had a memorable time and be wearing a huge smile.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 485 People Are Saying
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KarenL
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Cosy last supper before Tier 4! Lovely table near open fire. Delicious meal of the small starters then fish pie and steak pie. Very good quality. Only criticism was cabbage served with fish pie was far too salty. Gave feedback but young lady didn’t really acknowledge or offer to do anything so disappointed with that. Other staff members friendly and helpful although they tend to forget to return to table to check once main courses delivered. Found we had to draw their attention to attend to table to take pudding order and get the bill. COVID rules don’t allow us to ,eave the table otherwise we’d have gone to bar. Would recommend. Good chef. Food reliable overall. Puddings a bit pricey.

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PaulW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular there, always spot on. Rely on them for great food in these tough times.

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RobC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Good food but spoilt by very uninspiring surroundings in a back room next to the kitchen with staff constantly back and forth passing right next to us. Not appropriate from a COVID-19 perspective. Asked to move but told no alternative.

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received a warm welcome from the staff. Excellent service and food and the pub/restaurant is a really lovely place to eat & drink.

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SandraB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal on 2 separate evenings. The menu was small but I find that easier to choose. We asked if we could eat earlier in the second night and staff went out of their way to sort a ‘social distance’ table out for us. The ambiance was lovely even though the staff knew they’d be closing their doors at midnight and not be working anytime soon due to going into tier 4. Loved the fish pie and of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Cartmel without sticky toffee pudding 👍🏻

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wendyg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Clean and safe environment. Good value for money

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VickyD
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening we had.
Thank you to paul and the team
Food amazing along with service
We will definately be back

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch. Staff attentive and food delicious

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal service value Such a great place to eat

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Foxy
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love going to The Cavendish Arms for drinks and food.
It is such a great pub for atmosphere ,service and good food.
We shared two of the nibbles, polenta fries and lamb koftas and then had cod.
My husband didn’t want the chickpea and chorizo with the cod so the chef swapped them for pak choi and gnocchi with brown shrimps.
All were delicious.
The staff were very helpful and friendly and we had a lovely time.

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LouiseG
Wales
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service - booked again whilst we were there

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SarahB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Traditional and relaxing village inn atmosphere with good service and good food.

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AlisonH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Christmas Eve lunch Lookinh forward to returning, definitely recommend.. loved the champagne in champagne saucer glass a sweet touch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were two households hoping to meet up on Boxing Day but due to covid we couldn’t so we arranged to meet outside at the Cavendish arms. The owner was very friendly and the staff also. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t good but there were patio heaters to keep us warm under the covered patio. The food was good and reasonably priced. I would like to return in the summertime when we could linger a while longer

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Andrew
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great traditional pub, with good food and service,
Looking forward to our next visit.
All the best.

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Kebabba
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Third time eating here in 1 week. 1st & 2nd time very good but sadly our 3rd evening meal was quite poor.
Over cooked Pheasant, very tough, also cod very dry. Nibbles & starter were very nice just a shame the main course let it down.

The Cavendish Arms
Responded on 26 December 2020

Hey, Thank you for your feed back. So sorry about that, really glad you enjoyed the first two visits. Tell us what you had on your first two visits that made it so good. so we can look at where we went wrong on your third visit. We love to know what's right and wrong, so we can make sure things continue to improve. KInd regards and thank you for your support whilst in the area.

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PeterL
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very safe, friendly, and enjoyable experience in the current difficult circumstances. Thank you for the effort made to provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a special break.

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this pub / restaurant- the food was such a high standard- delicious from starter to desert. Staff were attentive and friendly, lovely atmosphere- extensive selection of gins, wines and their cocktails were top notch. Would highly recommend booking.

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KarenD
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always lovey to dine at the Cavendish. Such a lovely little pub.

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ksonhols
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious well-cooked lamb roast! Service was excellent in these difficult times.

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CarolineT
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming and accommodating. Staff were very helpful and attentive. Food was delicious with a great variety and choice. Highly recommend and will definitely be returning when we are able to.

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Lizr
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had not been out to a pub since March and The Cavendish has always been our favourite place to go unfortunately it fell short. When you have an allotted time of an hour and a half you start to panic when you have to wait 50 Minutes for starter, just about manage to finish main in the allotted time. Don’t know what went wrong but something wasn’t right.

The Cavendish Arms
Responded on 21 December 2020

Hi Liz, We are so sorry if we got our timing's wrong, your right 50 minutes is far too long to wait, Imp not sure what went wrong but if you give me a call at The Cavendish, we can chat about it and maybe try to make amends, I do hope your food was up to our usual standard of quality but do once again apologies for the genuine mistake we made. Our 90 minute times are for the safety of guests, reducing contact time with other guests and for no other reason

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EleanorV
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a nice relaxed feel. All covid-19 guidance followed.
Staff were attentive and friendly, with a lovely atmosphere about the whole place. Food was incredible, no complaints to be found

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AndreaM
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food Warm and friendly atmosphere Just a little uncomfortable seating

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GerryF
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at the Cavendish Arms. Everything was perfect and all the staff were so welcoming and upbeat even though they were extremely busy. Cannot wait to bring our family and friends.
See you again soon
Gerry and Dianne.

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carolem
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food with a varied menu and fantastic service.

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DamianS
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely stay and meal(s) at the Cavendish Arms! Tasty food. Fab wine list. Service impeccable but friendly. Would definitely recommend and we will be returning. Thank you

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carolem
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service, very safe and so good to be able to enjoying Sunday lunch out.

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Chris
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cosy pub, great atmosphere and even better food!

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Si74
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent as always. We can't wait to come back!

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DanielF
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub with good beer, from what I tried.
The food was excellent.
A new found family favourite.

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MairiD
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at the Cavendish Arms and will definitely be back! The food was delicious and the staff were so friendly and accommodating. The chef even prepared a beautiful roast turkey dinner which wasn't actually on the menu that day. The pigs cheek starter was so tasty and tender (served with curried cauliflower and apple puree) one of the best starters I've ever had. The cod chowder with sourdough toast was also delicious. Great selection of wines and beers too. Highly recommended!

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DelC
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff Lovely place Lovely food but a bit cold where we were sat with draught from door

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RossG
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. We highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great , good atmosphere .

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ChristopherL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t be more helpful and the food was fantastic. Will definitely be going back in the near future.

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SarahM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and staff - thank you for a great evening out.

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MrsSimkins
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Great food but very little atmosphere, they stripped out the country pub elements and put in chairs and tales that are more suited to a trendy 'pop up' and are not comfortable. Staff service was average but not friendly and I don't think they were bothered that we turned up. Very disappointing overall - won't be going back in a hurry.

The Cavendish Arms
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hey , Thank you for your comments and opinions, as you see we get many fantastic comments about atmosphere, staff and food. I can assure you, my staff ARE bothered, and are working so hard to keep you all safe and us all in in employment. thank you for your opinion, but tbh we don't agree with you. keep safe .

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SusanS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really good country pub with excellent food and ambiance.

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GraemeW
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Was originally unsure of the new menu as the Cavendish Classics have gone and no chicken on the menu. I’ve had chicken here for the last 12 years so was initially sceptical. However the pheasant dish they now do was really, really nice so no complaints.

Probably the best restaurant in the are right now as you get great food at the right price

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The Cavendish Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 485 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.