Circle Cafe Bar

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )

5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle, England, CA3 8LX

Serves meat, vegan options available. Housed in the historic Old Courts area in city center. Has a full separate vegan menu with marked gluten-free options. Main menu contains vegetarian options. Has plant milks for coffee. Listed vegan friendly drinks including beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. Occasionally run themed vegan specialty nights. When possible sources locally. Welcoming atmosphere. Dog friendly. Open Mon 9:00am-3:00pm, Tue-Thu 9:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 9:00am-12:00am, Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by Braidy

fantastic vegan menu - Edit

We were chuffed to find that this restaurant has a separate vegan menu. There was plenty of options and the food was lovely. The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff were friendly :)

Pros: vegan menu

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Belinda Carlisle - Edit

Set in a pleasant victorian arcade in central Carlisle this is a modern and popular cocktail / cafe bar serving food. It's very retro and brightly orange themed. Vegan options are decent in the form of a chunky vegetable kebab, a veg hoi sin oriental stir fry or 5 bean chilli all priced at £8.95. There are also vegan sandwiches and plenty of side dishes and snacks which can be vegan. The cocktails look good too. Sit in or find a perch outside in the covered arcade. That's where you would find me.

Pros: vegan options, great beers, great cocktails

Cons: meat

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Not great for vegans, but accommodating chef. - Edit

There's a good choice for vegetarians here, but the vegan options are very limited. However, you can request changes to the dishes to veganize them, which is what I did. I had the vegetable thai style salad, without the fish sauce. The chef was kind enough to add more vegetables to it to improve the flavour as I couldn't have the fish sauce and I'm not a fan of chilli. Overall, not amazing for vegans, but the staff are accommodating, and there's a nice vibe to the place. And on a side note, the cocktails and sorbet are really good!

Pros: Accommodating Staff, Nice Vibes, Good Cocktails

Cons: Not a great vegan choice

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excellent. Will be back - Edit

Fantastic and enthusiastic service and food. Loads of vegetarian options (less vegan, but only had to ask staff and they did everything they could to help). visited with my friend who is vegan and celiac, she was also impressed with range offered to her. Cocktails are handmade in front of you, and are amazing! We enjoyed a cherry and tarragon champagne one, mmmm!

Have also been told they do a vegetarian taste night, will look out for that!

Pros: decent sized portions, friendly, helpful staff, great character and vibe

Cons: can get very busy. recommend booking, no gluten free beer!

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Could do better - Edit

A reasonably upmarket place with nice toilets (up a steep flight of stairs). Main courses are not bad (curry, tagines, Mexican food etc) and they do have sorbet, which is nice because most mixed venues don't have any vegan desserts at all. However, the staff don't seem very clear on what veganism is; in the past we've asked for a vegan dish and it's arrived with dairy yoghurt on the top. Music is a variety of funk, soul, hip-hop etc, which caused some strain to the older members of my party. A final quibble is that I am 5'2" and the bar is too high for me to see the staff behind it!

Pros: Clean and stylish, tasty food

Cons: "Vegan" dish may not be vegan

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