We count ourselves lucky here in Kendal, because our market town is surrounded by beautiful farming landscapes that not only bring us a wide range of fabulous local produce, but have also long inspired our community to create delicious specialties of our own.
Kendal has an ever expanding cafe culture with plenty of options for all-day brunch, high quality coffee and a vibrant variety of cuisines.
If you’re self-catering and looking for the best local food to cook up during your stay, or searching for incredible treats to take home, a trip to one of our farm shops or farmers markets is an absolute must.
Cafe serving Spanish inspired food & drink, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With large windows looking onto Highgate, Comida is the perfect place for people watching over a delicious tapas menu.
FARRERS TEA & COFFEE HOUSE
Farrers Tea & Coffee House have been serving the people of Kendal with quality tea and coffee since 1819, making them one of the oldest independent coffee roasters in the UK.
1657 CHOCOLATE HOUSE
The 1657 Chocolate House is a historic shop and cafe dating from the 1630s. Pop in to enjoy a luxury hot chocolate in the coffee shop and pick up a few special gifts from the luxury chocolate shop before you leave.
Baba Ganoush is a Mediterranean restaurant specialising in delicious soups, homemade bread and cakes along with an extensive salad bar.
THE JOSHUA TREE
A family run cafe and bistro nestled in one of Kendal's oldest yards. Expect a warm welcome, handmade food and excellent service.
Family run and with a vegetarian and vegan offering, Waterside Cafe is perfectly situated on Kendal's picturesque riverside.
CHARLIE'S CAFE BAR
Family friendly cafe situated in the centre of Kendal, serving breakfast, lunch and a delicious selection of cakes.
BREW BROTHERS & FARM HOUSE KITCHEN
Brew Brothers is a shabby chic coffee house serving a great selection of quality coffee alongside innovative food. The owners of this popular cafe opened a second sister site, Farmhouse Kitchen, on Allhallows Lane in 2017.
ABOUT TIME ESPRESSO BAR
Espresso Bar serving fine locally roasted coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, home baked cakes and biscuits.
STANLEY'S COFFEEHOUSE AND KITCHEN
Famous for it's bottomless tapas and cocktail offering and it's Prosecco and gin trees. Stanley's is a family run restaurant with a great reputation.
Relish is situated on Kendal's bustling Market Place and offers a great variety of fresh sandwiches, salads and home-cooked specials.
Kendal's popular bakery serving delicious cakes, pies, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and delicious salad boxes.
An independent café located over two floors, with a great selection of comfy sofas. Serving locally roasted Rinaldo’s Coffee, speciality tea and a great varied menu including all-day breakfast.
THE DELI AT 95
Situated at 95 Highgate, the deli proudly celebrates Cumbrian produce incuding, local cheese, charcuterie, artisan sandwiches and coffee to go.
Urban cafe culture comes to Kendal, the perfect spot for brunch.
BOB AND BERTS
Waffles, loaded fries, burgers and great coffee. Bob and Berts opened it's doors in 2021 and is a popular place for family and friends to get together over American style dining.
Sustainable chocolate and coffee from farmers to a cup from a stylish new cafe here in Kendal.
A hidden gem, Marra is a sourdough pizza cafe, serving pizza, piadina, bruschetta, award winning coffee and cakes.
TWO FRIEND'S CAFE
Serving local, homemade produce. The Two Friend's Cafe is especially known for their great breakfast menu.
The Bakery at No.4
Hand crafted bespoke wedding cakes & occasion cakes, based in Kendal plus a great place to enjoy a coffee.
THE COTTAGE KITCHEN
Quality home cooked food using local produce including a wide range of gluten free products.
The Garden Cafe
Homemade food is key at the wonderful Garden Cafe which sits at The Quaker Tapestry Museum, away from the hustle and bustle of Kendal but just a three minute walk from Kendal's Market Square.
Specialist Asian-inspired wings with a selection of kickass side dishes.
Podda and Wren
A coffee roaster based in Kendal focusing on top quality, sustainable products, accessible to everyone.
Combined with a popular vegan bakery, try the sticky buns.
Bumble Bee Takeaway
Bumble Bees Take Away serves customers delicious sandwiches and hot pies six days a week.
THE WAFFLE CONE
Offering up a tasty menu of waffles, Lakes Ice Cream, churros, milkshakes and smoothies from Blackhall Yard in Kendal.
Fold Coffee is a specialist cafe serving local artisan coffee from their Modbar. They serve a range of hot and cold drinks, breakfast, light bites and cakes.
Cafe situated on the entrance to Westmorland Shopping Centre with outdoor seating.
Finkles have been serving delicious meals and drinks to locals and visitors for over 35 years.
2 FRIENDS CAFE
Local produce served with a smile. Situated in the centre of Kendal’s shopping district, 2 Friends Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy coffee, cake or a delicious lunch.
THE UNION JACK CAFE
Family run cafe, selling fresh food made to order at a great price.
Perfect for breakfast, lunch, coffee or a tasty snack.
THE MASTERS HOUSE
A casual and cosy tea room close to Kendal's main shopping street. Enjoy a warming hot drink and home cooked food.
PLUMGARTH'S FARM SHOP & CAFE
Take the A591 towards Windermere and you’ll come across Plumgarths Farm Shop & Café – another local favourite right en-route to Windermere and the Lake District. Here you’ll find a range of Cumbrian food specialties including quality local beef, salt marsh lamb, artisan breads and free-range eggs fresh from the farm. The 2 Sisters Café makes this a well worthy port of call for a hungry crew.
LOW SIZERGH BARN
Just south of Kendal, Low Sizergh Barn is as much a fun day out as it is to stock up on local produce. Situated on a working farm, the beautifully converted traditional Lakeland barn is a treasure trove of great food, drink and hand-picked gifts. You’ll find locally reared meat and locally grown veg, cheese, breads, a wide range of speciality food and drink, and even raw milk decanted straight from the dairy cows. If you’ve time, explore the nature trail or stop off in the tearoom - you might even be able to watch the cows come in for milking.
New for autumn 2023, an independent speciality coffee shop located directly next to the river Kent. With an aim to bridge the gap between Coffee House and Co-Working space, using architectural design principles to shape the space.