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Circle Cafe Bar

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5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle CA3 8LX, England
+44 1228 599939
10:30 - 00:30
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Mon 10:30 - 17:30
Tue - Thu 10:30 - 00:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 01:00
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Workington, United Kingdom
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532 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank alisdair t
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Jamie M
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 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 

Thank CM45000
Merseyside, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 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
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158 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 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
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 19 September 2016

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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154 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 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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87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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 7 September 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

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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
US$6 - US$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, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 01:00
10:30 - 01:00
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?