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The Joshua Tree

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11 Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH, England
+44 1539 737223
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Joshua Tree was exactly what we were looking for for our breakfast. It had friendly staff, cute decor and the food was great!

Thank Sophie S
Kendal, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not obvious down one of kendals ancient alleys the Joshua Tree is a bistro that's well worth seeking out. When the weather is chilly there is always an inviting real fire to keep you warm and when the sun shines there is a quaint outside garden area to eat and relax in. The food is first rate and there are... More 

Thank _rogerladhams
1 review
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We had a great meal on Saturday night. Friendly staff, top-notch food in a lovely relaxed setting. Thanks Shelly!

Thank hana8104
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Dropped on this little bistro tucked away behind the main street in Kendal. Booked with the recommendations from trip advisor reviews, as we were staying in Kendal for the weekend. Lovely home cooked food, extremely tasty, 3 course meal deal for £17.95 each, which is a bargain. It's like sitting in some one's front room with the homely atmosphere and... More 

1 Thank niicola b
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Treat the family to lunch. A great menu that suited Grandma to teenage children. Tasty, freshly cooked and locally sourced food. My only complaint is why spoil such lovely food with single sachet condiments. Worth a visit to try the £3 special - homemade cake and coffee

Thank CazzaHale
Kendal, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Had three courses here on a Saturday night. The pork was the best I I have ever eaten. I'm not too keen on pork usually but my visit here has changed my mind! The homemade pate starter was delicious too. Brownie with pecan ended a lovely meal. Hubby had green lip mussels followed by duck leg. Again, he was full... More 

1 Thank Diane R
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Came across by chance, tucked away but well worth a visit. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. I can even forgive them for asking if we were from Dudley ! Would recommend to anyone visiting Kendal

1 Thank bettytoo
Kendal, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Works Christmas meal Dec17th. Prebooked as 14 of us. Given menues before hand to choose so wouldn't be kept waiting on night. Good choice. Even allowed to add extra starter for us fussy ones! Generous servings from starters to puddings. Great service, very personal and homely. Nothing too much trouble. Lovely food. Best Christmas meal for a long time! Couldn't... More 

1 Thank ChrissyD1266
Leeds, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Happily stumbled upon the Joshua Tree last night when out hunting for our evening meal. We luckily found it on its monthly late opening for starter and pudding club and bagged the last free table which was only free due to a cancellation. We had three starters and two puddings each which were all amazing, great for me as I... More 

Thank BarbaraT59
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Saw the sign down an alleyway and decided this was the place for us to eat. Lovely lady (believe the owner) welcomed us. It was like dining in someone's house. Loved the ambience. The pate starter was superb.smoked mackerel with beetroot was ordered too. The risotto was lovely as was the slow cooked braised lamb. No room for pudding.

1 Thank debahayter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Kendal
  • Phone Number: +44 1539 737223
The Joshua Tree is a delightful fully licensed Cafe & Bistro in one of Kendal's oldest buildings. Coffee Shop by day & our 'Famous' Starter & Pudding Club held monthly in the evening
Tucked away in one of Kendal's historic yards - a lovely sunny courtyard to catch those summer rays & inside a cosy open log fire for those cold chilly days.
All our food is freshly prepared and locally sourced. We are available for private parties (minimum 12 people) and can design a menu to suit any occasion from finger buffets to sumptuous 3 course dinners

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?