The Cavendish Arms

4.6
442 reviews
£26 to £40
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 442 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HelenM
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect again food and staff outstanding
See you on the other side xx

BL
BrianL
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an excellent night here. Only minor blip was that our bottle of white wine was delivered to the table already open and with a glass full missing! Very quickly put right by the excellent staff.

JA
JaneA
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came as a group of 4and could not faulty anything about our evening.

JS
JonathanS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ebullient host promoting good food and friendly team

WF
WendaF
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really tasty food, frienldy service and well spaced out due to COVID

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent and staff very friendly,would definitely recommend

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Pudwood
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely place to eat very warm welcome and service 10/10

GM
GrahamM
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Starter was under seasoned. Steak pie crust was burnt and hidden under the beef. Beef was over salted and hot tea Inedible and chips had been pre salted.

Main course was removed from the bill without quibble.

I would however advise that the waiting staff were very good

Very disappointed in our visit

FE
FoodieEats
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is wonderful, the service is great and the food is outstanding! I had one of the best dish dishes I have ever eaten and I cannot wait to go again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Limited menu poor quality expensive food, ambience spoiled by being near kitchen bell. Have dined at the Cavendish over the last eight years and this was the most disappointing meal we have had there.

The Cavendish Arms
Responded on 30 October 2020

Hey, I am so sorry you left disappointed, having dined with us for over 8 years I'm sure you know us well enough to tell us we got it wrong. Its hard when we don't know the full story until it hits a review to put it right afterwards. A gentle nudge and a word in our ear usually works wonders. we know were not perfect but do try very hard, as I'm sure you have seen over the past 8 years. I do hope you will give us a chance and let us prove we value your custom and comments. Many Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Very Covid-19 aware and felt covid secure.
The food was amazing - we tried the Sunday lunch.

LM
LisaM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cosy lovely pub. Friendly staff and nice for the dogs too.

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deedub
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our allocated time of just 1 1/2 hours for 3 of us was too short and we were not able to squeeze in 3 courses

JP
JamesP
London
18 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food - every dish was some of the best of its type including a wonderful Chicken Caesar salad

DM
DianeM
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal here at the Cavendish Arms, the staff were fabulous, helpful, polite and very friendly.. I recommend the stone bass main dish so so nice.. we are looking forward to eating and staying there again 👍😊

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect, service good. We really appreciated having a lovely evening my 94 year old friend thoroughly enjoyed herself
which was my biggest concern.
Many thanks to the Cavendish Arms.

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AlanT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good meal overall. The special was duck which was disappointingly tough. The stone bass was however very tasty. Service was friendly and speedy. We always eat here on our visits to Cartmel and will do so again.

J
Judy48
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Cavendish. Excellent food, good service ( infact lovely people!) Under the current circumstances, they have made the restaurant very safe and we felt very comfortable.

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BradleyK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VisitEd 4 times during our to week visit... lovely food and the staff work very hard... excellent service. Recommend the Stone Bass, Chicken Kiev And the burgers are lovely.

MM
MelissaM
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly and helpful staff. The food was excellent and great value for money. Would definitely recommend a visit if your in Cartmel.

RB
RoyBoy
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived our experience was totally memorable. The staff were welcoming and attendant, service was excellent and the food was outstanding. The ambience in the dining area was warm and friendly and we felt very safe with the Covid arrangements in place. Altogether an unforgettable experience!
(PS - This was our second choice of restaurant in Cartmel - we were very pleased the alternative was closed that night!)

DH
DouglasH
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was served piping hot and great quality.service was great

ML
MarionL
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Service seemed rushed. Seat very uncomfortable, especially after a long walk.

GL
GLewis
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious complemented with excellent service

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SusanT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always cosy...always efficient staff.. atmosphere just right and the best steak and kidney pie ever

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good although the food could have been hotter

LB
LindaB
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Was a nice meal, had better cheaper, staff were nice but they needed more, lots of people waiting for drinks

NK
NikK
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are simply fantastic. We returned the following day for breakfast and Sunday lunch.

HC
HelenC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely venue with great food served hot. Will revisit

AM
AngelaM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food ( we had the stone bass it was delicious ! ) and service.
We will return !

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Nickayton
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good quality. Staff very friendly and attentive.

KH
KHow
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe to visit, I liked that the Cavendish is being very careful with their mask policy ensuring that people are wearing masks on entry, this is really important to us.
Food was great, tables very spaced. Wonderful experience as always.

JP
JonathanP
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room we had was basic but very clean. The bathroom was clean but dated. The shower above the bath was very basic and difficult to operate. Getting our of the bath/Shower was quite dangerous as there was a very big step out with no hand rail. I would say an accident waiting to happen.
The staff were all brilliant and the food was incredible. The best meal in a pub I have ever had!! Overall really enjoyed the stay.

DM
DorothyM
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All Covid measures were adhered to but this did not detract from great atmosphere.

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Shazza7
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had completed scarfel pike during the afternoon, we booked a table for 6pm, we were greeted warmly and felt very Safe with the covid measures in place,
We both had the ribeye steak followed by sticky toffee pudding, we were ravenous and the food was absolutely amazing 👍🏻

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Charm
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Last minute booking as we arrived in the area that day. Staff all very friendly, felt very safe as all covid precautions were in place.
Think we had the last available table near the toilets which was a shame. Food all very tasty, served quickly by friendly staff.

TW
TraceyW
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub, fabulous food and awesome service. Cartmel is a delight.

DA
DAVIDE
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely bar and restaurant and hotel as we know from a previous stay, will definately be back to stay as well as eat. Queer times we live in but your service was superb given the restraints, thank you. Best wishes and we will see you againg in better times.

Dave and Linda

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anitab
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Staff welcoming. Food very high quality. Service overall was fab

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OpenTable Diner
Herefordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff and good pint of beer

FAQs

The Cavendish Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 442 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.