In the first of our Light Nights blog series we head to Kendal’s Highgate area.

Highgate runs through the centre of Kendal, parallel to the River Kent. It is home to the Town Hall with it’s historic clock tower and plays host to many of Kendal’s shops and boutiques, making it the perfect place to enjoy the light summer nights after a day of retail therapy.

In this blog post, we also explore some of the roads that join Highgate; Allhallows Lane, Kirkland and Lowther Street, and share with you their evening offering.


Highgate Area Comida


Kendal’s Highgate Area offers tastes from across the globe. Discover delicious Thai cuisine at Jintana, or head to Kendal’s Beijing House where you will find an overflowing Cantonese menu.

Comida Food is a new and colourful addition to Kendal’s food scene and is proving a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Serving tapas on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Comida was recently featured in the BBC’s Good Food Guide.

If you prefer contemporary British food head to The Moon, where alongside a seasonal menu, The Moon host regular Wine Tasting events, perfect for summer evenings!

If you have pizza on your mind, give The Grain Store restaurant a try within Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre, with a fabulous sun terrace and a fantastic Friday Fizz offer of a half pizza, seasonal salad and glass of prosecco for just £9.95; it is the perfect spot to end your working week.

Highgate Area White Hart

Bars & Pubs

This summer head out instead of home and make the most of the bright evenings in one of the many bars and pubs along Highstreet.

Kendal’s very own Brewery Arts Centre is situated on Highgate and contains the newly refurbished Vat’s Bar, with a wide range of gins to choose from and some delicious beers from Hawkshead Brewery.

If you are visiting Kendal and would like to try something a little more unique, you will find the long established Burgundy’s Wine Bar in a fabulous Grade II Listed Building just off Highgate – a place revellers come back to time and time again for relaxing drinks, fine jazz and a welcoming atmosphere. Just a few doors away, Fell Kendal is new to Kendal’s drinking scene, a trendy establishment created by the owners of the local Fell Brewery.

If you are looking for a spot to watch the latest summer sporting fixtures over a pint or two, Last Orders at The Clock Tower on All Hallows Lane shows Sky Sport and BT Sport fixtures and have an array of drink deals available this summer. An alternative venue for great value mid-week food and drink is Kendal’s Wetherspoons The Miles Thompson.

Indeed if casual summer evenings are your thing, there are plenty of traditional British pubs in this area of Kendal, with The Shakespeare, The Horse and Rainbow, Black Swan and Ring O’Bells to choose from. Looking to catch some evening sun? Head to The White Hart’s outside courtyard, accessed through one of Kendal’s intriguing yards or to The New Inn’s beer garden.

Beer, Wine & Food Trail


No trip to Kendal is complete without a visit to The Brewery Arts Centre, book a room for the night in a local hotel or guest house and make the most of the jam-packed calender of evening entertainment this summer at The Brewery; with award-winning comedy, music and dance performances to choose from along with their annual Summer Sundays Festival.
For Summer 2018, Burgundy’s Wine Bar are hosting a series of exciting Jazz Nights and Wine Tasting evenings – a great excuse to get long-lost friends together for a summer catch-up. Fell Kendal will also be providing entertainment this summer with regular folk and indie music nights.

More Ideas for Summer Evenings in Kendal

Don’t miss our Stramongate or Stricklandgate blog post for more ideas and keep posted on our Light Nights page for more ideas arriving soon.

See our What’s On calendar for more ideas:

2 thoughts on “Light Nights in Kendal – Highgate Area

  1. Hi, wanted to email the website but couldn’t find a working link so commenting here, sorry. You really need to update some content, re, pubs for example, Burgundys has new owners, you can’t ‘watch the team brew their own range of beers in their micro-brewery’ Hasn’t been producing beer for ages now. No jazz either but maybe watch this space , jazz may return after refurb. The Fleece is also mentioned, it’s been closed for a while now. As is Paloma. Really good folk sessions at The Bells on a Monday eve need a mention . The New Union has jam nights twice a month plus bands sometimes. Sorry for the rant but maybe do an update. I know.. lots of stuff out there to mention.

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