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Circle Cafe Bar

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Mediterranean, British, International
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5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
+44 1228 599939
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10:30 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tue - Thu 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Visiting Carlisle? Then visit here for lunch, dinner, or just a cocktail or 2

My wife and I decided to have dinner here one evening last week . The bar staff were friendly and welcoming. A new menu with a great variety for everyone, and some new cocktail recipies to try out. We both decided to try Tapas, and took them up on the offer of all 10 meals for just £35... and we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Edward793
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Carlisle
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Carlisle
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I decided to have dinner here one evening last week . The bar staff were friendly and welcoming. A new menu with a great variety for everyone, and some new cocktail recipies to try out. We both decided to try Tapas, and took them up on the offer of all 10 meals for just £35... and we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and l ate and drank here for the first time, and l have to say that the food that we ordered came quickly, was piping hot, and quite tasty. Our glass of Shiraz was served at just the right temperature and was therefore, very pleasant, the staff were helpful, so what was there to complain about, allow me... More 

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Bristol
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Good sized portions and very tasty food. Service was good and the cocktail menu looked interesting. I had the halloumi burger with fries and I was impressed on how tasty it was. My daughter had the standard burger and fries and again it was tasty and a large portion.

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CUMBRIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

Went here for a meal Saturday before going to Carlisle races the waiter was great got us a table hadn't booked and it was busy great menu and the food was beautiful and very filling had pulled pork burritos great service of the waiter who was very busy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Food is amazing and really nice had enchilada which was nice but had other things in the past which were also gorgeous. My favourite bar in the city! Staff are very friendly and caring and the atmosphere very relaxed. Would recommend to everyone!

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Rennes-le-Chateau, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

On visiting Carlisle I visited the circle for my Sunday lunch, it was superb .I have sampled lots of other bars and restaurants in Carlisle and I must say the circle comes up tops.keep it up circle as I will be back .

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We have often had a drink in this bar and its one of our favourite bars 2 visit but we fancied having our tea here. The menu is great with a variety of main meals, sandwiches and snacks. Not bad priced either. We had a burger eat and it was huge. The chicken burger had 2 huge pieces of fillet... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I have been here many times it is a great bar, friendly, great music and friendly staff would recommend for a great night out in Carlisle

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Carlisle on a wet and windy day is unpleasant. We'd just done the Settle to Carlisle railway and emerging from Carlisle railway station we were not filled with optimism. Grey and dispiriting is a good description. We wandered around trying to find somewhere pleasant to have lunch. Quite by chance we came across the Circle Cafe Bar and decided to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Food just okay .chicken burger large but very dry .my complaint is mostly the price of the gin and tonic two doubles more expensive than bars in Covent Garden London and the living room cocktail bar Deansgate Manchester our bill for food was 23 quid plus drinks total 85 quid. We had 3 drinks each x2.

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Additional Information about Circle Cafe Bar

Address: 5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
Phone Number: +44 1228 599939
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Carlisle
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Thursday 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Friday 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
Cuisine: Mediterranean, British, International

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Carlisle
  • Phone Number: +44 1228 599939

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, British, International
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
10:30 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
10:30 am - 12:30 am
Friday
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:30 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?