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Armstrong Ward

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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8 Wainwrights Yard | Stricklandgate,, Kendal LA9 4DP, England
+44 1539 720400
11:00 - 15:30
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Sun 11:00 - 15:30
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
Sat 09:00 - 17:30
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether it's just a cup of coffee, a slice of delicious homemade cake or a satisfying lunch I have never experienced anything other than excellence on any of my very many visits to Armstrong Ward's delightful cafe. The menu is fairly concise which is one of the reasons everything tastes so fresh and delicious, it has plenty of vegetarian and... More 

Thank gallopingourmand
Kendal, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great little café in a very eclectic home furnishings shop. Excellent tea (loose leaf) & coffee with probably the best selection of cakes in Kendal. All served by very pleasant & helpful staff. None better in Kendal

Thank David G
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Always a pleasure to drink tea or coffee here and to sample the cakes 😉SO much nicer than Booths next door. Charming staff too.

Thank timothymargaret
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The coffee and cake was so good we went back for lunch. We ordered the soup of the day and the ploughman,s lunch and both were excellent. The service was quick and efficient even though the camp fe was busy

Thank BooMermaid
Kendal, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Comfy surroundings in this cafe within a lovely shop.I always enjoy the soup here and the cakes are very tempting too

1 Thank Krystyna S
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173 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We called in for a cream tea on Monday when we were inKendal for the Tour of Britain bike race. The food looked wonderful and I opted for the ultimate Cream Tea- absolutely perfect. Smoked Salmon sandwiches, scones cream and jam with a large piece of carrot cake and Victoria sponge! Teapot that you can get 2 or 3 cups... More 

Thank Peter H
Preston, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

A nice place to rest and relax with coffee and cake. Or an earl grey with cake outside on the pavement seating. The cakes were gorgeous

Thank dillaneous
Kendal, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

A delightful place to meet with friends. Coffee, cakes and scones are very good and the simple lunches look interesting. Staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming and very attractive. Lots of tempting things to look at and buy too!

1 Thank Pauline N
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1,102 reviews
474 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Armstrong Ward is a lovely, upmarket "lifestyle" store, selling everything from quality toys, quirky ceramics to fine furniture and lighting. The cafe, on the lower level, is well established now and serves excellent, homemade cakes, scones and savouries, all accompanied by some well-brewed teas and coffees. Service is friendly and prices are moderate.

1 Thank Howi58
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66 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Decided to try this cafe for coffee and my husband had a hot chocolate. Both were well made and very hot, lovely cozy surrounds, very difficult not to buy something here particularly upstairs with all the lovely nicknacks around.

1 Thank misguided09

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Wainwrights Yard | Stricklandgate,, Kendal LA9 4DP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Kendal
  • Phone Number: +44 1539 720400
Within Armstrong Ward our small café is often described by customers as a "hidden gem". We offer a range of lovely cakes, scones and tray bakes, great coffee and proper loose tea. We also serve home made soup and sandwiches, all made with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. We have a children's menu and daily homemade specials. We are accessible for prams and wheelchairs, have highchairs and a customer loo with baby change facilities too. A pay and display parking adjacent to Armstrong Ward café.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?