We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Circle Cafe Bar

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
+44 1228 599939
10:30 am - 12:30 am
Open now
See 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
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

188 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 188: English reviews
Penrith, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Been about 3times now. Last time was friday13th for lunch. Bit disappointing. Had stir fry beef was soooo tough really not good I did mention this to member of staff but he kinda made a joke about it. Had a non alcoholic cocktail well glass of crushed ice in a tall glass with a bit of red water in it.... More 

Thank Ellen H
Chorley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to go to Circle Bar for lunch because I heard it was dog friendly. I called before coming to confirm, and the staff kindly reserved a table for us in a dog-friendly section of the bar. When we ordered we tried to make a slight change to a veggie option to make it Vegan, but the staff went... More 

Thank CaptainTeemo
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here twice in the past couple of months. First time we booked and second time we hadn't but we just about managed to get a table (both on Sundays). The staff are all cheerful and helpful and we're very attentive despite the place being pretty busy. Across our group we had a range of foods and no one had... More 

Thank Susie_Soo78
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Poppped in for lunch with a friend. Work was being done on the building at the time but we were given a table away from the noise. Food was gorgeous as always - sausage and apple casserole with garlic potatoes. Staff are always attentive and friendly. Will be back again soon.

Thank 190736Kathy
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

My husband and I love this place, beautiful food using local produce and fab mojitos!!! Friendly staff and a lovely chilled out vibe. We love it, hidden away so i feel like its our little secret.

Thank 734kelliem
Workington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
574 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 519 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

Stumbled across this place whilst wandering around Carlisle... Been to Carlisle loads of times, never knew it existed... tucked down a small arcade...As we were meeting up for something to eat with friends later that day, we decided to eat here.The place had hardly any one in when we arrived, but i suppose it was mid afternoon.. Service was very... More 

2 Thank alisdair t
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I have been a few times for both the tapas and mean meals. I really like the menu here as it it isn't huge but has something for everyone, with quite a range of different cuisines. Something you must try are the carnage nachos, either to share as a starter between 2-4 or as a main course for yourself. As... More 

1 Thank Jamie M
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch with friends. The place was quiet when we first got there and we were sat at a table straight away. Staff were friendly and attentive. Drinks came quickly and then the food which was delicious. I had a Halloumi burger with salad and sweet potato chips, couldn't fault it. I noticed on the menu that they cater... More 

1 Thank CM45000
Merseyside, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
217 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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
Level Contributor
162 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 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

Travelers who viewed Circle Cafe Bar also viewed

Carlisle, Cumbria

Been to Circle Cafe Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Gluten Free Options
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, Special occasions, Large groups, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Circle Cafe Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?