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The Cavendish Arms, St Cartmel, Cumbria

The Cavendish Arms

4.6
4.6
1753 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 09:30–11:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00 Dinner Tue–Sun 17:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    015395 36240
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Grange-Over-Sands
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,753 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cumbria

    Best Overall

  • Cumbria

    Best Food

  • Cumbria

    Best Service

  • Cumbria

    Best Ambience

  • Cumbria

    Best Value

  • Cumbria

    Child-friendly

  • Cumbria

    Healthy

  • Cumbria

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cumbria

    Good for special occasions

  • Cumbria

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cumbria

    Lively

  • Cumbria

    Most Booked

1,753 Reviews
  1. SarahH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Found food to be average for the price paid and portions did not make up for it. Raspberry sorbet was replaced with raspberry ripple ice cream on one dessert without warning which altered the flavour palette of the dessert considerably. Also mentioned when booking that this meal was for a birthday and this was ignored. Staff were however diligent and helpful.

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  2. CordeliaK

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food mains so delicious Reasonable prices Service good

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  3. SJTF

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Second visit nowhere near as good as lunch last year. Cod burned on bottom. Scallop tartare starter at £13 was overpriced with not much scallop. Selection of tapas for £25 not good value compared to last year. Such a sham as we had travelled far and were so looking forward to it.
    The Cavendish ArmsResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you for your comments. We pride ourselves on the quality and standard of food, apologies if we did met your standards. We wrap our cod in savoy cabbage before cooking to ensure the fish cannot burn, This would brown the cabbage on the underside during the roasting period. Scallop is a real treat and whilst it is the most expensive starter we present, it is popular and delicious and I stand by its pricing structure. Our Nibbles" board is just the same as it was on your last visit. The only thing that has changed is, we have removed olives and replaced them with Padron peppers filled with goats cheese. The price remains at £25 for five items for parties to share, and has not changed in price for over 2 years Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reply to your comments.

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  4. Anon

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always amazing service, amazing food and cosy atmosphere

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  5. BarryF

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb meal. Food beautifully cooked and presented. Two of us chose from the specials menu and really enjoyed it, shame it isn't on the main menu.

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  6. TrudiB

    Cumbria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice cosy pub with good menu choices. Starters...we went for the sharing platter of all Starters, which really wasn't enough for 4 people to share, even though the waitress had advised us that it would be enough. Meals were tasty, although my cod dish was extremely salty.

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  7. PaulineL

    Manchester

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stayed one night at the Cavendishwhich is a lovely Olde Worlde Inn. We had dinner & breakfast in the restaurant & were surprised just how good the food was, both in choices & taste - excellent. Our room was spacious & comfortable with a large selection of teas & coffees. The only small negative was at breakfast - a tiny portion of butter & small amount of milk for 2 people. We asked for more & they were quickly replenished, but did we really need to have to ask, why not give realistic portions in the 1st place? Overall a great stay.

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  8. JeremyB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tasty food, and attentive service, in lovely pub.

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  9. Louise1234

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Fabulous pub with fantastic staff. Food is lovely with very generous portions.

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  10. AlastairG

    County Durham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely visit last night to the Cavendish. Limited menu, but none worse for that. Excellent food, efficiently served by friendly staff, who also made our dog very welcome.

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  11. JoWarrwn

    Dorset

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ever, great welcome and service, delicious food and good wine selection in a beautiful setting with great ambience. It’s not cheap (unless you compare with L’Enclume next door!) but worth it.

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  12. anon

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The noticeable difference between here and the other establishments where we dined during our stay was the quality of the food and the service . Both were leaps ahead of anywhere else we visited . Great atmosphere and fabulous outside area too .

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  13. anon

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Popped in on the off chance. looked very busy but a member of staff found me a table to eat .Steak and Ale Pie clearly home made with a real pastry top. Very good quality and served by professional staff who were absolutely on point with service.

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  14. Georgie

    Cumbria

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was booked for 3pm so still serving lunch menus. Dinner starts at 5pm. We are from the specials menu- bavette steak, hand cut chips, wild mushrooms and salsa verde. All excellent but the dessert, lemon Italian meringue and raspberry sorbet was sensational. Hope it’s on next time we visit

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  15. Hels

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic place to eat in Cartmel. Great service, outstanding food

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  16. AnnB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Having been a regular diner at the cavendish for a few years my friends and I were very disappointed with the menu choices and the quality of the food we chose. We won't be returning for a while.

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  17. HoughH

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere for a Saturday night was perfect. Staff were extremely attentive and welcoming. Food was absolutely beautiful, excellent quality and just the right portion size. Only downfall was we were seated near the door and the coming and going of customers did cause a bit of a draft due to it being a chilly night. Not a criticism of the staff or food, just one of those things unfortunately for us. We would definitely return, just maybe asked to be seated somewhere different next time.

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  18. KathleenM

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff and food lovely - Especially liked the crispy goats cheese

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    Newcastle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely experience at the Cavendish Arms. Just a couple of opportunities for improvement - Roast Potatoes were a little under done and the sirloin of beef a bit tough round the edges. In terms of value the only concern I have is the cost of drinks have increased quite a bit. Not unique to the Cavendish though.

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  20. 1235

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was beautiful, service was great, very friendly staff.

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  21. Briagha

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always great here but it is the friendly welcome and service you get from the staff that keeps us coming back

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  22. MichaelS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We felt welcome from the moment we arrived, shown to a nice table by the open fire, staff were attentive and friendly, the food was excellent and the ambience superb, a great dining experience to end our week in the Lakes.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu,drinks, service & venue - everything you’d want from a proper pub!

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  24. JamesR

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, even during a busy Mothers Day service. Very friendly staff, very attentive, great food delivered quickly. Beautiful pub in a beautiful village. Highly recommended.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Stayed in the Lake District this weekend and decided to try as read done lovely roasts. Didn’t disappoint and what a lovely little village.

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  26. Marko

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, an excellent dining experience. Superb fresh cooked food with great service at a fair price. Thank you!

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  27. SamuelC

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was ok, but the prices for it were ludicrous. £23 for a roast, £22 for an open pie (some lovely stew with a pastry square cut out and £8 for a children’s bowl of pasta and cheese sauce (and literally nothing else) is daylight robbery. Service was excellent but we won’t be back unless the prices reflected the food quality and portions.
    The Cavendish ArmsResponded on 6 March 2024
    Thank you for your feedback. Our Sunday roasts are all priced individually, Rare Breed British Pork £19 Lune Valley Lamb £20 Striploin of British Beef £23 Vegetarian Halloumi Roast £17. We use only the very best quality products available each week and do not use generic European meats that are available at a lesser cost, that can come with a variation in quality, Our pricing policy, we feel is on point for our target market and readers will see our many positive food quality reviews. The pasta and cheese described is home made Macaroni cheese that is made and prepared to order for every portion, using quality products not pre packaged sauces etc. This of course incurs a cost, but is much more nutritional for the children rather than multi ingredient, flavour enhancing chemicals.

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  28. SusieB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious perfectly cooked meal could not fault it our evening was perfect, thank you. (We went back for breakfast on Monday, again faultless.)

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  29. SarahM

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food. Hospitable staff. Lovely roaring fire on a chilly Monday afternoon. We will return.

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  30. MikeG

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Sunday roast. Great service and value for money.

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  31. ChrisG

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The best steak pie for miles around served with a rich well developed gravy. I asked for mushy peas as opposed to the red cabbage.....a good change.

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  32. DonaldB

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cavendish Arms is always excellent. We’ve eaten here for years, never been disappointed. Location is a bonus.

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  33. Michelle

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and excellent service with a friendly warm welcome.

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  34. AlastairF

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent venue in all aspects, nice people who engage with you, great hosts. The menu is a great mix, is nicely prepared, cooked, presented, served and always hot Look forward to seeing you again before too long

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  35. BenR

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The starters were really well presented and of high quality. We had pork confit and smoked venison and were very happy. The main courses however left a lot to be desired. The mullet and gnocchi with vanilla sauce and apple purée was disappointing, the sweetness overpowered a well cooked piece of fish, and in our opinion the dish didn’t feel balanced. The steak pie was too salty in our opinion, the red cabbage did offset that somewhat, and that being said the pastry was great. The chips that accompanied the pie were scrappy, and for the money should have been better. The drink selection was outstanding, as was the service. Overall ambience of the pub was great.

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  36. WilliamH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Ambience was great. A small negative though, we were seated next to the outside door which opened frequently letting a cold draught hit us. Probably the worst table in the whole place but the rest of the evening was first rate. Will definitely visit again but hopefully avoiding that one table.
    The Cavendish ArmsResponded on 25 February 2024
    Thank you, Its great to hear you had a lovely time with us, even though there was a glitch. Next time please bob a note on your reservation asking not to sit near a door and we will take care of things for you. Its always good to know if something wasn't quite right so we can work on making things better. Once again thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again soon.

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  37. BenG

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great dinner at the Cavendish Arms wife my wife. Lovely country/village pub with friendly atmosphere and great hard working staff. Food was very nice, tempura prawns and sweet chilli to start, outstanding Hake and mash for mains & wonderful Sticky toffee pud to finish. Every dish was great with no complaints. They had a choice of non alcoholic drinks too as we don’t drink. Being a country pub their were well behaved dogs in situ, we have no issue with this but May put some off. Overall excellent, couldn’t fault the place.

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  38. rochdale1

    Lancashire

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent value and food quality, but expensive bar reduces the impact.

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  39. PaulE

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably one of the best cooked pub dinners I have had. The chef is on his or her game. Delicious beef pie with steamed red cabbage and real chips. Excellently fresh hake and great Chilean Merlot. Cheerful, efficient service. Historic pub. Nice atmosphere. Unbeatable.

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  40. ElizaJane1uk

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience Staff were very welcoming to the four of us and the two dogs. Service was just right

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The Cavendish Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 1753 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Cavendish Arms

Cavendish St, St Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6QA

Additional information

  • Area
    Grange-Over-Sands
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 09:30–11:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00 Dinner Tue–Sun 17:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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