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The Cavendish Arms, St Cartmel, Cumbria

The Cavendish Arms

4.6
4.6
1725 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 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 9:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    015395 36240
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 1,725 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Cumbria

    Best Overall

  • Cumbria

    Best Food

  • Cumbria

    Best Service

  • Cumbria

    Best Ambience

  • Cumbria

    Best Value

  • Cumbria

    Child-friendly

  • Cumbria

    Healthy

  • Cumbria

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cumbria

    Great for fine wines

  • Cumbria

    Good for special occasions

  • Cumbria

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cumbria

    Lively

  • Cumbria

    Most Booked

1,725 Reviews
  1. SarahM

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. MikeG

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. ChrisG

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  4. DonaldB

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  5. Michelle

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  6. AlastairF

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  7. BenR

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  8. WilliamH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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 4 days ago
    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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  9. BenG

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  10. rochdale1

    Lancashire

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. AlisonS

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, delicious food and wine. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Cost is middle to high range but everything was fresh and tasty. My only complaint would be the lack of vegetarian options. It was literally risotto or the haloumi roast. We had the roast which was delicious but would have liked another option or two. Tht is the only thing that would stop me visting again.

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  14. AnEn

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super as always, welcoming staff and good value meals, what more can you ask for, one of the best local establishments

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  15. MartinT

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff helpful and friendly atmosphere brilliant wouldn't hesitate to recommend

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  16. Michelle

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem 💎 of an establishment! Food absolutely fabulous, staff are so helpful and friendly. You need to book a while in advance for a table because it is so popular and I can completely understand why. A+++ Can’t wait to come back again!

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  17. RussellA

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent menu, good ale and wine selection and great staff. Really enjoyed returning after a 20 year absence and we'll definitely be back in the near future. All the best, Russ and Jo.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to all the staff. We found the menu varied and interesting, Hake with Creamed mash and capers was full of flavour and a perfect portion, steak pie was clearly home made with a real shortcrust pastry . Both meals well presented by really friendly staff . Very good value for money. Also noticed the drinks are served on lovely glassware. Clearly much thought has gone into presentation.
    The Cavendish ArmsResponded on 16 February 2024
    Thank you for your comments, Its so nice to get recognition when we are on point. It is even more poignant just now, as there is no hiding from a very recent review that was very critical of both our food and service, even going as far as describing a member of staff as miserable. This was the very same member of staff you describe as "really friendly". Thank you taking the time to let us know as this has boosted the moral the staff. As I Type, I have just by chance noticed you ordered the same meal too as the other review, and you clearly feel it was completely different experience. I would ask readers of my reply to browse the many reviews that comment on our high standards of food and service. Once again, thank you for taking the time to let us know you enjoyed your time with us.

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  19. LauraY

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely setting, however overpriced for the pie as no sides. Really good drinks selection and good atmosphere
    The Cavendish ArmsResponded on 15 February 2024
    Thank you for you comments, We are in fact trialing the presentation of this dish by reducing its price, & offering a series of accompaniments that our guests can choose from, as apposed to serving it with Hand made Chips and Red Cabbage, The Guest can then add what ever choices of potatoes & Veg they prefer, building the price back up to the original price before we trialed the changes. The size of portions are exactly as they were, we are wanting to give the guest a more varied choice of meal and ingredients that they may prefer, rather than been forced to have our choice of Carbs and veg. Once again your comments are most constructive & I thank you for taking the time to offer your opinion.

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  20. SylviaS

    Cheshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The staff were miserable. Seating was uncomfortable, like School chairs. Food was not as described and there was no information (written or verbal) regarding allergens . My meal, described as" roast hake shallots,capers, parsley and lemon", priced at £23. What arrived was mashed potatoes and gravy, one sprig of broccoli and a small piece of hake. The extra side dish of "mixed greens"consisted of a sprig of broccoli and a piece of kale. Price £3.95. We will not be returning to this restaurant.
    The Cavendish ArmsResponded on 15 February 2024
    Thank you for your review, However, I am afraid I cannot agree with this review. The Hake (Which is one of our most popular menu choices) is set on Creamed potato topped with Broccoli, Shallot & Capers is served with a Parsley and Lemon Jus. Exactly how the menu description appears. There is no gravy served with this dish & The Lemon and Parsley is a very different colour and consistency to gravy. We do have a written allergen list that is also available in typed print for all guests to see upon request. The guest also received a considerable discount from the bill as a good will gesture for raising concerns on the evening. Please treat this review with some caution as it does not give an accurate account of events, of which my staff related a totally different version of events to me.

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  21. CarolMc

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming and friendly staff. Brilliant atmosphere with top class food and drink. A party of six turned up a week early but staff managed to accommodate even though the place was packed. Will recommend anyone visiting Cartmel to book the Cavendish Arms

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, lovely staff, welcoming atmosphere

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual the service and quality of food was excellent

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  24. ThomasL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and value for money ; would dine there again.

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  25. Anon

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing place, amazing food, amazing service!

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  26. SueC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sunday lunch superb. Great value and prompt service.

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  27. JoannaB

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Sunday lunch I would highly recommend . The only reason I marked it down was we felt terribly rushed, no sooner had the dessert menu been given to us another waitress was asking what we’d like , hadn’t even read all the choices . Despite that we will definitely be going back . Very dog friendly such a bonus .

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  28. IainD

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We happened upon The Cavendish Arms by chance when looking for good food pubs in and around Grange over Sands. Can't believe how lucky we were to find it. The food and service were outstanding, one of the best meals we've had in years. The four of us had either venison or buttermilk chicken starters and Steak & Ale pie and pork fillet mains. We all agreed the food was exceptional, served by attentive and personable staff who couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome. Will definitely return if we can get a table!!

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  29. ClareC

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyable meal roasted cauliflower starter beautiful. Service prompt.Lovely ambience. Would recommend

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  30. TrevorL

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience and warm welcome envelope you the moment you walk through the door of this wonderful establishment. The food is absolutely stunning.

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  31. cathyj

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely cosy pub-have been here many times and enjoyed it. Unfortunately on this occasion the food was a bit disappointing for some of us -the fish was overly salty and the brisket was a bit tough. The vegan option was good! Will be back but might hesitate to bring friends again to eat. Would always recommend for a drink.

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  32. DaveB

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Great food. Couldn’t ask for any more!

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  33. HayleyH

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely warm friendly atmosphere. Food was great. Not the cheapest but good standard of food so you don’t mind paying a bit extra. Definitely would return.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely interior and warm welcome when arrived. Fast service and lovely Sunday roast dinner. Would recommend and visit again.

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  35. JanetB

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic, especially the steak and ale pie, great staff and service. Thank you

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  36. MatthewR

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding location, meal and service. Out of the 7 days we were in Cartmel, we had our evening meal 4 times at the Cavendish. Cannot fault and will absolutely return.

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  37. Fitzies2

    Manchester

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice restaurant, cosy and staff were friendly. The only criticism is we ordered the roast lamb and it was a bit chewy plus not enough gravy ☹️

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  38. AnEn

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good food and ales, great staff, always attentive

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  39. joanneT

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place and great food. Good value for money. Loved it and will be back.

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  40. KirstyW

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, cosy and very welcoming… delicious food and excellent service! We throughly enjoyed our evening and will most definitely be back!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

The Cavendish Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 1725 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 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 9:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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