<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

Short break - Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:39 24 February 2016

Main Greenhouse, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Main Greenhouse, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

www.stevenbarber.com

Rarely prone to exaggeration, Roger Borrell heads for Castle Green in Kendal and finds himself in a different time zone. Sort of

Executive Four Poster, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal Executive Four Poster, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

It’s probably stretching the truth a shade – and, yes I know, that’s something journalists are always reluctant to do – but if it wasn’t for the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal’s town centre might not have its iconic clock tower.

A wealthy ironmonger – and that’s not a phrase you hear much these days – built this magnificent house in the 1840s and left it to his son. The lad done well, as the football commentators say, and he was elected mayor of Kendal six times. When he handed in his chain of office for the last time he willed the property to the borough.

Apparently, the good burghers displayed their gratitude by swiftly flogging it and used the cash to add some bling to the town hall. The loose change went to build the clock tower that now dominates Westmorland’s ‘auld grey’ town. So, that’s how the town hall got its tower.

But enough history. For the present is what interests us at Castle Green, which was developed from an office complex into a hotel by James and Catherine Alexander in the late 1990s. They’ve been upgrading, embellishing and expanding the place ever since.

Loin and shoulder of lamb, fondant potato, onion puree, pumpkin, Curthwaite goats curd, lamb jus Loin and shoulder of lamb, fondant potato, onion puree, pumpkin, Curthwaite goats curd, lamb jus

Over the years, they have developed the stables into Alexander’s pub serving proper beer and good food, there’s the Pulse health and fitness club with its own pool and gym and the Green Rooms Spa offering a range of aromatherapy treatments.

The latest change has come at the core of this privately-owned Best Western hotel - the Greenhouse Restaurant and the adjoining lounge and bar. It’s quite an eye-opener when you enter what looks every inch a traditional Lakeland hotel and find yourself surrounded by big city chic.

Around £250,000 has been spent on the new style which those who know about interiors inform me ‘uses an earthy palette with fruity accents’. This might sound like a night out with Graham Norton but it’s not a bad description of Castle Green’s ground floor.

The designers have thankfully eschewed the ubiquitous Lakeland slate and used contemporary colours, bright banquettes and striking artwork. Burnt orange, plum, raspberry, duck egg and cream may sound like ingredients for Heston Blumenthal’s recreation of a medieval posset but it actually forms a dramatic combination of hues for walls, furnishings and fittings. A bespoke carpet has leaf fronds that guide you into the dining room, which has a conservatory area with views over the 14 acres of pretty gardens. It all looks very smart indeed.

Scallops, pork belly, lentils, sweetcorn salsa, garlic and parsley dressing Scallops, pork belly, lentils, sweetcorn salsa, garlic and parsley dressing

Such a grand stage deserves an accomplished cast and executive head chef Justin Woods and the team didn’t fluff their lines the night I went. The service is friendly and informative without being overbearing and the food more than merits its double AA rosette rating.

The £45 five course tasting menu displayed confident, modern culinary skills leaning heavily on ingredients that are mainly sourced on the doorstep. The smoked salmon comes from the Cartmel Valley and combines deliciously with hot smoked salmon rillettes, beetroot and horseradish.

This is followed by melt-in-the-mouth pork belly and then the main course of loin and shoulder of Cumbrian lamb makes the journey worthwhile however far you’ve come.

The board of local cheeses is a revelation – I didn’t know there was such variety – and the dessert is a homage to local delicacies such as sticky toffee pudding, damsons, gingerbread and Kendal mint cake. It’s clear Mr Wood encourages his team to use their flair and imagination.

After a dinner like that you need somewhere to relax and our executive room had a large, comfortable sofa, an extremely swish bathroom and the four poster was so big we found ourselves in different time zones. OK, I made that bit up but the rest is the gospel. Trust me, I’m a journalist. w

Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, LA9 6RG, 01539 734000. www.castlegreen.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lancashire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lancashire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lancashire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Usually when we are talking about new sightings of birds in Lancashire, we are referring to the ‘little brown jobs’, which are difficult to recognise.

Read more
Brockholes
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

John Lenehan crosses the paths of witches and Romans in a spectaular walk that’s perfect for a dry winter’s day

Read more
Ribble Valley Walks
Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas seems even more appealing in a beautiful rural location, as Mike Glover and photographer Sandy Kitchin discovered

Read more
Grasmere Christmas
Thursday, November 30, 2017

How many of these local landmarks can you recognise?

Read more
Christmas Quiz
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The town comes into its own in the festive period, as Mairead Mahon discovers.

Read more
Whalley Christmas
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lucy Cavendish remembers a childhood Christmas at one of our most beautiful historic homes - and the good news is that it’s open for festive fun

Read more
Holker Hall Christmas
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This Christmas and beyond, keep things local with independent businesses in Crosby. Rebekka O’Grady chats to those making things happen.

Read more
Friday, November 24, 2017

Sue Riley discovered a city full of Christmas spirit

Read more
Christmas
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Lancashire’s Walney Island looks like becoming an established breeding ground for grey seals.

Read more
Friday, November 17, 2017

This remarkable garden can whisk you on a horticulture tour of the world. Linda Viney took a trip

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

John Lenehan heads for Gisburn to walk by the Ribble and sample the delights of the Auction Mart Cafe.

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

This busy community might sometimes feel like the village that time forgot, but it’s full of people who help themselves. Martin Pilkington reports

Read more
Silverdale
Monday, November 6, 2017

Follow our short guide to a festive trip to Lytham this Christmas.

Read more
Christmas
Monday, November 6, 2017

Windermere is dependent on tourism, but when the holidaymakers have left there remains a thriving village community

Read more
Windermere
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Lancashire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search