Kendal’s pre-theatre dining has had an overhaul. No longer just a quick pizza before the cinema, this month sees the launch of their menu to include a mix of sharing plates and a better choice of wholesome main dishes. Oh and the service just got a whole load better too (Kendalians will understand exactly what I mean).
I paid a visit on Tuesday, meeting Mr Welly in Kendal after work. The bar next door was fairly busy for a Tuesday and the Grainstore was buzzing with several tables filled already. Served by the Grainstore’s friendliest waitress ever in it’s history of my visitations, Gemma was really welcoming and gave us advice on the new tapas range – as she was Spanish she was most certainly best placed to offer this. The lighting was low and the decor both colourful and rustic which made for a great atmosphere but tested my photographic skills (hey I’ve lightened the orange hue so you get the gist…)
Being a massive fan of Spanish tapas, I chose padrón peppers to start with together with the warm manchego and mini honey crostini (I was hungry!) whilst hubby opted for the very English ham hock terrine.
The peppers were to die for and I don’t think I have ever seen them on a menu up here in Cumbria (correct me I’ve I’m wrong). Pan fried with sea salt and olive oil and served with the yummy Catalan garlic mayonnaise, aioli they were totally more-ish. The manchego was a bit too melty for me as it was more like cheese on toast, but equally delicious and well, Mr Welly’s ham hock terrine was superb Served with home-made piccalilli it was really good – fab natural ingredients with a zingy flavour.
Next up, fish and chips for me and the burger for hubby. We wanted to know exactly how the Grainstore compared with gastro pub style when it came to these two classic dishes. We weren’t disappointed. My fish was cooked to perfection – lovely and succulent and as for the so-called ‘Brewery burger’, he was raving about it all the way home, saying it was the best burger he’d had in a long time. With a stack of onion rings and chunky chips this would be perfect farmer fare after a day’s hard graft… possibly not what I should be eating with my desk-bound job if wanting to still fit into my skinny jeans… but what the heck, it was blinkin’ delicious.
Room for dessert? Well I had most certainly eaten an elegant sufficiency fit to bust as my mother would say but hey, I’d be letting my readers down if I didn’t go the whole hog and really stuff myself in the quest to spread the word on latest fab scran down at the Brewery 😉
We restrained ourselves slightly and decided to share, choosing the baked vanilla cheese cake. Complete with raspberry parfait, honeycomb and chocolate shavings this was a mighty fine end to a feast of a Tuesday-night meal out. Had we been heading off to the cinema afterwards we would definitely have been snoozing in our seats….
Good for: Casual family meals and meet-ups with friends.
Not for: Calorie counters or small appetites. Come hungry, leave sated!
££: Starters and desserts around the £7 mark; mains £8.75 upwards. The Brewery burger and fish and chips were reasonably priced at £11.25 and £12.25 respectively and both tasted great.
The Grainstore Restaurant at The Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE www.breweryarts.co.uk
To book a table, reserve online at: https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/food-and-drink/book-a-table/
or call 01539 725133