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Circle Cafe Bar

5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
01228 599939
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Ranked #15 of 254 restaurants in Carlisle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: International
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Kendal, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Booked on spec, largely because my parents were in Carlisle on a rail excursion, had a couple of hours for lunch and can't walk very far. A little apprehensive as we approached. The Lowther Arcade looks closed for business from the street. Needn't have worried. Good prompt attentive service. Nice quiet table under the stairs. I had the mackerel pate... More

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Stopped here for a quick bite to eat and loved it! the food was delicious and the waiter was really welcoming. The menu is not huge so might not be a place to head back to every week but the food that did come out of the kitchen looked great. I would recommend the Fajitas!

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Visited the Circle Bar for lunch on Saturday and yet again the food & service was excellent. We are regular visitors to the Circle Bar as we can always guarantee that we wont be disappointed - great menu, inspiring specials board and great value for money. Without doubt our first choice for lunch in Carlisle every time.

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uk
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Came here for lunch with a friend. Nice surroundings and friendly staff. Food was very nice. Great place to come for a few drinks and a bite to eat.

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carlisle
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Can't recommend this small city centre bar/cafe enough, always the food is of excellent quality, ever changing menu and fresh local ingredients. There for a 50th birthday celebration right on Christmas week and the Christmas menu served was superb. The busy friendly staff provided an excellent service despite the bar getting busy through the evening with an excellent supply of... More

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Popped in for a quick drink and was met by knowledgeable staff who knew there spirits and beers. Would definitely recommend the chilli orange martini

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Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

I have now eaten here three times, twice for lunch and once for supper and I have to say the food is amazing! I would highly recommend the nachos and the chicken and chorizo salad, very tasty and good size portions. Service is very good, on the first two occasion it was excellent, I don't know the lady's name but... More

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

This is a place i just keep coming back to! Either with my partner or friends, it's great for cocktails and food. The food is amazing and locally sourced! Perhaps they could introduce a loyalty scheme? And yes at times the service could be quicker. But this won't stop me coming back!

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Always come back to the Circle Bar for great welcome and service any time of day. Good choice of wine and cocktails. Tasty food and snacks.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

All brilliant, what more can I say... Staff great, drinks great, looks great... Will defiantly be back very soon... Best cocktails in Carlisle

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