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Circle Cafe Bar

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5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
01228 599939
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Today
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 11:30 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: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
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  • 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
Great Cocktails

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
ladyofglencoe2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 helpful votes 7 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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I visited Circle on Friday evening for a coffee and Saturday midday for lunch. Both times I had my dogs in tow, and we were made to feel so welcome. It's very hard to find anywhere dog-friendly these days, especially somewhere so funky, so I was chuffed to bits to find these guys would have us. Lovely decor and atmosphere,... More 

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Stone, United Kingdom
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63 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

So good on a Sunday and they gave me three 20% discount vouchers so I went back midweek. The first time I had the Sunday roast....just a vegetarian version which the staff were very keen to accommodate. No veggie gravy but they did point this out so full marks for being honest. Second trip I had the vegetable tagine with... More 

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Carlisle
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Popped in with wife and one of our daughters for a quick bite, and to warm up before continuing the shop. As per usual welcomed by the friendly staff with a warm smile, and the menus. Ordered our food and drinks, and only had to wait 10-15 mins for the food to arrive. We ordered Moroccan Chicken Burger, Deli Burger... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Went here 8/2/15 for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon. We chose to go and eat here as we had our dog with us and they are dog friendly. I quite often visit the bar for a drink when out in town, but not often think about it for food! That might change though, as I got the deli... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Comfortable table with big cushions to make you feel relaxed. Soup was incredible but a wee bit much to get through as a starter. Had the braised beef which was delicious for main course. Had no desert on this occasion. Swolled it all down with a coconut and pineapple mojito which was very refreshing and finished with a mocha. Waitress... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Fabulous place. Wonderful drinks. And always a great atmosphere. Staff are fantastic. Always return here when out in Carlise. Great.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Wonderful i like to visit this bar either with friends or by myself great atmosphere cracking food lovely staff and what a selection of beers wines and spirits a must for anyone cheers Circle Bar ....

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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: 01228 599939

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 11:30 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?