Food & Drink in Carlisle

Discover the best places to grab a bite in Carlisle and get ready to explore the city's top bars and restaurants.

Becky blog author avanti social team

By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 30 April 2024

It’s easy to eat and drink your way around the vibrant city of Carlisle, with a wide choice of places to enjoy a meal or a refreshment. Discover cosy cafes for a caffeine hit during the day, or step out into the city’s vibrant pub and bar scene by night.

Come along with us as we explore some of the best places to eat in Carlisle, as well as atmospheric bars and pubs ideal for a quick drink stop.

Find the best places to eat in Carlisle

The food scene in Carlisle is diverse and thriving, offering a wide range of cuisines. Here in the Great Border City, you’ll find eateries to suit any taste. From cosy home-cooked meals to fine dining experiences, this city has it all.

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Wondering where to eat in Carlisle? The Thin White Duke is a converted monastery building and just one of many excellent restaurants in Carlisle. Established back in 2010, this establishment has proven popular with locals and visitors alike. Their menu is made up of classic favourites like fish and chips, as well as innovative burgers. A great place to stop for a bite to eat, don’t miss out.

For flavourful Italian cuisine, consider Amato’s. This family-run restaurant sits in the Historic Quarter of Carlisle and delivers an authentic taste of Sicily. Since moving from Sicily back in 1960, the Amato family have made their mark on Carlisle through delicious food. Enjoy all things Italian with their broad and well-designed menu. Tasty pizzas, pasta dishes and risotto are only part of the offering at this Carlisle hotspot.

For a special occasion or an indulgent meal out, David’s Restaurant is a fine dining experience in the heart of Carlisle. This eatery is a beautiful Victorian townhouse where you can enjoy refined seasonal British and European food. The founders are passionate about all things fine dining and exquisite wine, and it shows. Book a table and see for yourself, you’re sure to enjoy delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere.

There is also an array of wonderful pubs and bars in Carlisle. Grabbing drinks in Carlisle is a great way to end a long day of exploration. You’ll find the main concentration of late-night establishments south of the city centre, along Botchergate. With so many options to choose from, you might want to try out more than one!

Bar Solo is a great first or last stop, conveniently located just opposite Carlisle train station. Ideal for a quick drink before heading into the city or whilst reminiscing on all of the memories made during your trip! This well-loved bar is nestled into a historic building and offers an array of fabulous drinks to meet any preference. Or, try out The Caledonian, an open-plan traditional pub showing all kinds of sports. Here you can enjoy all of the atmosphere that comes with a classic English pub.

For more social sipping, Felson’s Cocktail Lounge & Stick Hall is ideal. Inspired by ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson, a 1950s Hollywood eight-ball stick hero, this place is a lot of fun. Here you can enjoy classic cocktails like espresso martinis, mojitos and strawberry daiquiris. Whilst you’re there, why not challenge yourself and your group to a game of pool or shuffleboard?

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