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The Joshua Tree

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11 Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH, England
+44 1539 737223
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Cumbria, England
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food good choices and attentive service would definitely recommend. Cosy warm atmosphere.Wide range of food good for gluten free and vegetarian options.

Thank gailv
Beverley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

What a little cracker this is. It's was packed on the Friday lunchtime that we visited. I had a vegetarian curry with Bombay potatoes, my partner had soup and a sandwich and our daughter had gammon egg and chips. All 3 dishes were fantastic. Delicious and freshly cooked. Great value. Great service. Great find!

Thank DocG66
Penrith, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Arrived on Saturday without a reservation. Served by pleasant helpful staff. Had two courses which were cooked to perfection. Small place, but what they do they do very well.

1 Thank al2015164
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

A group of around 15 of us pre booked a midweek 3 course meal including coffee for the modest price of £17.50 per head. The food was superb and plentiful, perfectly cooked veg. The staff could not have been more helpful and efficient, yet there was a lovely unhurried atmosphere. Will definitely return.

Thank Tom A
Lake District, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We turned up on a Saturday evening without a reservation but were immediately shown to a table and given the menu. This unassuming little place has a small menu and wine list but we enjoyed everything we chose; a starter of olives and ciabatta, crispy duck main course and crumble and custard for dessert. All the food we had was... More 

Thank 1954travel2016
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful late lunch with my godson and his mum. The lady who served us was absolutely fantastic. Not only did she bring the child's food first, she was incredibly friendly and helpful, even providing us with some bread to feed the ducks and directions on where we would find them. The food was delicious, especially the puddings! So... More 

Thank k11ytp
Kendal, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Cosy old fashioned setting a bit cramped. Staff very friendly and quick. Cheese savoury sandwich not generous filling, eggs Benedict one no sauce one sauce on side. First one came swimming in sauce. Other Meals finished by time order arrived well cooked salmon a bit tasteless.

Thank Andrew M
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Excellent bistro/cafe, friendly staff. yummy cakes. Although I haven't eaten main meals there members of my family have and highly recommend the place.

Thank e2cubs
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We found this restaurant by chance as other places were full. It was a really busy weekend as there was a rally in Kendal and an unexpected high number of customers. The lady who served us was lovely even though she was serving everyone in this small, pretty restaurant, and having to negotiate a flight of stairs with each service.... More 

1 Thank Wendy S

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?