The Cavendish Arms

4.6
650 reviews
£25 and under
British
Please note we cannot guarantee specific tables when booking on line or at busy times.

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 650 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NODROG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good selection,catered well for GF and clear understanding of its relevance.
Staff, friendly ,polite and super helpful.
An excellent experience

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, friendly staff & fantastic food - always a wonderful experience

MB
MarieB
Essex
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub in the beautiful foody village of Cartmel. Our meal was excellent with great flavours and the service was polite and prompt.

LT
LeanneT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and reasonably priced for the quality, service was great too. Nice, small rooms and low ceilings mean you can have a conversation at normal volume too. Thank you for the birthday prosecco!

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DaveH
Devon
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and drink were all great ... had steak pie and sticky toffee pudding!

RL
RobinL
Cumbria
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good selection of beers, interesting menu, friendly and accommodating service. Care taken over one of our party with serious allergy. Popular venue, picturesque village.

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Mazza
Cumbria
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food and drinks in a lovely atmosphere. Staff were a bit hurried and stressed but I can't imagine what it's like having to shout at customers through a mask three times to communicate :(!

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SarahT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had polenta chips, steak/ale pie with braised cabbage and the chocolate dessert. All tasted so good combined with good service

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CarolineW
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey atmosphere in this beautiful village pub. Service was excellent and food (and portion sizes) was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent evening meal. Our group had salmon and lamb, all perfectly presented and the portions were not too large. Staff were very busy serving inside and out. Would definitely book again.

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IanM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We spent a very enjoyable evening the food was amazing and staff were very friendly.

MB
MarieB
Essex
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was good but staff could have been a little more knowledgeable.

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Turners
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch steak & ale pie chips & red cabbage
Oven cooked salmon
Sticky toffee pud & coffees
Excellent service food & delightful sat outside

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KenP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were offered and accepted outside seating for our meal. Heating was provided to ensure diner comfort. Staff were welcoming and professional providing prompt service. Given the Covid circumstances, the menu choice available was good. We ordered a selection of 5 'nibbles' as starter, which were excellent. For mains, I ordered the steak and ale pie, about which I had read excellent reviews. My wife ordered Salmon, which was served hot but served on a bed of cold rice, with avocado and tzatziki, which didn't really marry well. My pie lived up to it's billing.

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RachelS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal in lovely surroundings. We ate outside, with patio heaters we were warm.

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ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We would thoroughly recommend the Cavendish Arms, our meal was really excellent. It was busy and service was a bit slow but well worth the wait.

DR
DavidR
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food
Quick and friendly service
Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting by the river in the sunshine. Staff were really helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location in a very charming setting. Easy walk from the racetrack car park. Excellent food served by friendly efficient staff. Great atmosphere.

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CliveC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb. Very fresh, excellent quality.
Service was also very good.

JG
JanG
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food
Sea bass and beef fillet cooked perfectly

TT
ThelmaT
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal at the Cavendish Arms. Two people had the meat pie which they though were the best they had ever had. Two people had the Sea Bass which they thought were delicious. All were nicely presented. We did not have desserts as we were full but also thought they were expensive at £8 each. Coffees were excellent. The drinks were quite expensive too. Service very good.

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Julie
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely quaint village pub, really nice atmosphere with very friendly staff.
I had the Sunday beef roast dinner and my mum the steak and ale pie.
Everything was delicious and very generous portion sizes.
We would definitely eat there again

CG
ChrisG
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lamb Sunday lunch, thought it was a little expensive but was very well presented and service was good. After our meal we went to sit on the riverbank with a cool refreshing drink.

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CharleneJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a lovely Sunday lunch at The Cavendish Arms last weekend. The service was friendly and helpful and the food was outstanding. Beautifully presented, tasted great and good portions - would definitely recommend.

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Sandra
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an excellent Sunday roast. Portions were generous and the veg beautifully cooked. Service was excellent. Will definitely return and would certainly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely staff, great atmosphere and fantastic food

MB
MikeB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we’ve dined here. Very good food and service. Fantastic setting too. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super meal as always. Great service snd friendly staff especially Paul.

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AlisonL
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

No one even bothered to introduce themselves.
No one even bothered to even check if our meals were ok.
Two plates cleared then the other one left until I had to get someone’s attention to pay the bill.

The Cavendish Arms
Responded on 11 June 2021

Hey I am so sorry we fell short of our usual High standards , Please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to listen to your comments ands make amends. Once again I'm sorry we got it wrong on this occasion and I do hope you will give us a second chance.

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MarianneB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating and drinking at the Cavandish for over 20 years. It's always excellent. Friendly and hard working staff. Very attentive and nothing is a problem. Very pleasant experience every time. The food is delicious!! Some may say its restaurant prices for a pub but I say it is restaurant quality for a pub!

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Sunday Roast is becoming a must- sitting in the courtyard by the river- lovely!

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HilaryH
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit as it was recommended. Would return for another meal.

AE
AnEn
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, all covid protocols followed, whats not to like

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michaelA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our third visit in the last couple of weeks. compared to previous ,last night was a little disappointing. We appreciate that it had been a busy day, but still expect the usual standard that we have had previous.

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Danny
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Staff ignored us and were not friendly or helpful. menu was tiny, brought our mains before we finished our starters, food overall pretty bland. Cocktails overpriced and awful. Other guests were all complaining and some left before getting they’re food and the staff didn’t care or offer any apologies or discount even though they knew the experience was poor for their guests. Hopefully they sort their staff out ASAP as they had a lot of unhappy customers.

The Cavendish Arms
Responded on 7 June 2021

Thank you Danny for your comments, I am so sorry you were so disappointed during your visit and yes some times thing go wrong. But Please dont say we do not care as you clearly do not know us at The Cavendish very well. I have 500 characters to respond unlike reviews that are unlimited. During a hot day we all worked 14 hours to service all our diners, some who even verbally abused us , so please forgive us & maybe next time spare a thought for staff who are doing more than their best,

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Lexus
London
16 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Busy. Suffered from this. We were allocated a small table for 2 to which 2 extra chairs were added. Menu was scrap of paper and not exciting . We were disappointed with the experience.

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Rudgeman
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, plus good music! Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food 👍

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AlisonK
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We enjoyed our meal but the menu was not the same as the website which was disappointing. Also they didn’t have the Chianti we ordered off the menu but forgot to tell us . By the time we queried the non arrival of our wine , we’d almost finished our meal. We cancelled the wine order and without us having to complain, the manager came over, apologised and gave us a free drink . We would eat here again

FAQs

The Cavendish Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 650 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.