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Circle Cafe Bar

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5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
+44 1228 599939
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
All 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
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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had taken the train to go for a day to Carlisle and so decided to have a late lunch before heading back to the train. We didnt want to go to the usual chain eating place and some of the other places had finished serving lunch when we decided to eat at about 2.30pm. We wardered around and came... More 

Thank MerseysideTinkerbell
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with some friends on a quiet Wednesday evening. We really enjoyed our few hours here, lovely service, friendly and very accommodating to our needs. We ordered the sharing starter for £17 and each ordered a main, too full for pudding though :-( I had the Thai green curry which was nice bit a bit salty for my taste buds.... More 

Thank Gillybt
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for dinner on Saturday night at 7.30, only one other table came in after us. Disappointing starters, falefals they were really hard like little stones, nice little salad though. Friend had spicy meatballs with salad!, unusual combination. Not much flavour. The 5 bean chilli, not a whiff of chilli in sight!, counted 3 different beans and loads of aubergine.... More 

Thank julieorange
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149 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The location is nice just off the high street, and able to sit outside without being outdoors :). The food was very nice - nothing amazing. But the service was fantastic, explained everything, polite, friendly, definitely makes this place what it is

Thank Michael L
Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Drinks on a Saturday afternoon in September. Lowther arcade is an attraction in Carlisle and I guess the selection of drink and eateries there take advantage of that. £10.50 for a glass of Pinot Grigio and an unmemorable cocktail was a reason for me not to rush back. Cafe culture? Mmm. I'm not convinced. So no, I won't be rushing... More 

Thank G4llovidian
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent bar! Good drinks selection and has outside seating - which being in a covered area is just as good even when it's raining!

Thank madandyb1976
Brampton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Lovely bar. We went there for pre-dinner drinks and loved it. We intend to eat there sometime a the restaurant looks lovely.

Thank ferrarilover2011
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

We ate in the restaurant part of the bar on a Friday night. We booked but the restaurant was not overly busy. There was an 'open mike' event taking place in the far end of the bar but it was not noisy in the restaurant. There was a family of 4 and we all had starters and main meal. The... More 

Thank Macjohn51
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

This place is so good. The food is fantastic, and the service is brilliant. I usually go for lunch with a friend. Everything is top notch.

Thank hazel040
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Just had a pot of tea while shopping good brew and Service. Toilet facilities very good nice and clean

Thank blondyEngland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $20
British, Bar, Cafe, International, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 12:30 am
10:30 am - 12:30 am
10:30 am - 12:30 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
10:30 am - 1:00 am
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?