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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
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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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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
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 July 11, 2016 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 July 11, 2016

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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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
$6 - $21
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
Families with children, Bar scene
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?