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Circle Cafe Bar

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5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
+44 1228 599939
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This little bar has a wide selection of spirits, yummy cocktails (quite a few off the usual beaten tracks) and consistantly good food, between the two, I cant find a fault!

Thank alexas17
Maryport, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cocktails, main meal and service were all excellent was disapointed with the dessert ! Had lovely afternoon, great place to visit would recommend

Thank Sussie2015
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just dropped in on the off chance , friendly staff tasty food , trendy burgers and the like , would recomend it.....

Thank Clarko68
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

Often visit here with friends for cocktails and lunch. Have to say, always find the staff really helpful. Food for lunch is good, and reasonably priced. Always have a selection of specials. Good selection of drinks too. Nice atmosphere also.

Thank debsy42_10
Penrith, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

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
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

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
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 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
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

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
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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
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608 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 538 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 

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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, 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, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
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?