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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 - 12:30 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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here with my family and there is a good range of food, one person is vegan and had plenty of choice. Atmosphere is good and the cafe is decorated nicely. Service was a bit slow, we were told it would be a 30 minute wait but it turned out to be over an hour, other than that we would... More 

Thank Vivjoluke
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had excellent meals, imaginative ingredients and freshly cooked. Staff were friendly and helpful and happy to doctor some of the dishes to accommodate our taste buds. Menu changes daily mean you could eat happily there for a week and have a different experience each time. The sticky toffee pudding is to die for. We enjoyed the music too. Don't... More 

Thank Linda U
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New menu fresh tasty home cooked food nice to see a childrens menu which was a new adition. Will definatly be back. Good vegi choice

Thank Emma H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here with our 2 labradors. Food was great and staff super friendly and fussed over our 2 labs who were brought a bowl of water before our drinks order was even taken! Would recommend!

Thank AnnieBegg
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Great place have visited it a few times great food service always quick and attentive menu very good sandwiches big enough to share you should all try .

Thank antigua28
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102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Went here for drinks while waiting on the train, had been recommended by some of my son's friends. No problem finding a seat in the bar area. There were people being served drinks at their tables but nobody came to us so had to order at the bar, maybe there should be a sign saying if it's table service or... More 

Thank janicejanroxy
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

I booked a table here as they allow dogs. However, it wasn't explained over the phone that if you bring a dog you can only sit near the bar, not the proper restaurant bit. Never mind, still enjoyed lunch - lots to choose from. I had a haloumi sald - a good choice for veggie/GF. The servers understood about Gluten... More 

Thank Anne C
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Went there on Easter Saturday, the bar was full at 2.45 but the back end of about 8 tables was empty, when I asked if I could sit in there as there was 6 of us in a mixed party of respectable olderpeople with a lot of disposable income and only wanted drinks and a chat, was refused "as it... More 

1 Thank STR11KER
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

I visited circle bar with my friend and 1 year old daughter. We were made to feel very welcome and our every need was catered to. We both ordered a burger and were extremely satisfied. A special thank you to the young waiter, Nathan. He was polite, attentive and looked after us very well. I will definitely be returning soon!

1 Thank Laura K
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Lovely atmosphere; although you probably need to know where it is to visit, as it is hidden away in an arcade, but well worth the visit. Food is lovely, service is great, and staff are lovely.

Thank hazel040

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $21
British, Bar, International, Mediterranean, Gluten Free
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?