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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 - 1:00 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: Drinks, Dinner, 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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  • 100
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    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
You'd be Barking Mad not to go.

Now that we have a pooch, Lincoln the Sausage Dog, we are constantly trying to find bars and cafes that will allow dogs in. We have found some great places so far but none of them in our home town of Carlisle. Well today we had no electricity so out we went for a walk and after a quick search... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
handroo
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Now that we have a pooch, Lincoln the Sausage Dog, we are constantly trying to find bars and cafes that will allow dogs in. We have found some great places so far but none of them in our home town of Carlisle. Well today we had no electricity so out we went for a walk and after a quick search... More 

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Thank handroo
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

My mum and I decided on the Circle Bar for lunch a few days before Christmas to make a nice start to our shopping trip. Unfortunately we were greeted on should I say not-greeted by being ignored twice by the waitress who was by no means rushed off her feet. The restaurant had a nice amount of people in, neither... More 

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Thank Beckylouuk
Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Pre-ordered the food as we were a large group but just made everything easier too as came out very fast and piping hot! Was a pleasant surprise when you get your meal for free when it's your birthday too. Only niggle was we had to keep getting up to go to the bar as they didn't have anyone come to... More 

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Thank Jamieloz
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The bar section of Circle Bar has a nice atmosphere and the staff are friendly, but the restaurant section could do with better ambience. The food unfortunately is incredibly average and took a very long time to reach our table after ordering. Its a bit disappointing to have to pay for food you can easily cook at home and especially... More 

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Thank Claudstar
Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We were between trains and dropped in to this quaint cafe bar. We misjudged our time so had to have our excellent lunch "to go." The staff were very understanding that we were in a rush. The atmosphere was relaxed and staff were friendly and accommodating. Next time I am in Carlisle I will definitely make time to enjoy something... More 

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Thank KatsmumJax
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I came in with a group of friends a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday night. Iv'e been before for food and a cocktail which were both amazing so wanted to come again. When we got here the bar was really busy so had to wait about 5 minutes to be served which was okay because they have so... More 

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Thank Elliep91
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Second visit to the restaurant' definitely our last first time wasn't that good either but though we'd give it another chance I had thai chicken curry .chicken so dry l couldn't swallow it the boiled rice was from a bag curry sauce its self was so watery it had no bite .I got no apology from the hard faced waitress/... More 

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Thank shilly33
Bowness on Solway, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This lovely bar bistro-café is well worth a visit. It has comfy sofa seating area plus pleasant restaurant seating areas. The lunch menu is fabulous with unusual takes on salads/wraps/soups etc and a specials board with influences of mediterranean/ mexican cuisine. My wrap was ultra fresh and full with grilled halumi/aubergine/smoked paprika/salsa etc served with an delicious side salad. Specials... More 

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Thank Claire B
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I have visited Circle bar for dinner two times, the second being my last. To be fair in my review I must admit I love the tapas here and they are probably the best in town, however the main meals are pretty average in my opinion. It's such a shame that this quirky little restaurant has such poor customer service... More 

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Thank KimR27
Carlisle, England
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Two courses for £11.95. Delicious Sunday roast with a really tasty sticky toffee pud to follow. Nice refined, relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. Couldn't fault it.

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Restaurant Details

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 7 - 23
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, British, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?