Carlisle restaurants

Bistro in Carlisle

Thin White Duke

This place scores points for the name alone (at least for Bowie fans), although the Duke himself would have been most unlikely to tuck into the burgers, tandoori chicken and flat-iron steak on the menu. He might hav…
Barbecue in Carlisle

Foxborough Smokehouse

Low and slow; pig, chicken and cow. That pretty much sums up this cellar smokehouse, where everything is spiced, full-on-flavoured and unashamedly meaty. The house special is the Jacob's Ladder – dry-aged beef short…
British in Carlisle


For many years this town house restaurant has been the address for formal dining in Carlisle and there's no sign that's going to change. It majors in rich, traditional dishes with a strong French flavour: lamb with …
Indian in Carlisle


A local's tip for Indian food. The setting, next to a busy main road, could be better, but the inside is atmospheric, painted in blingy colours and Mahabharata murals. The menu is mainly Indian and Bangladeshi stand…
Cafe in Carlisle

Foxes Cafe Lounge

Swing by this cool cafe for a pastry and cappuccino or an Apple Refresher smoothie – or better still, settle in for a hearty brunch (available in Full Fox carnivorous and Herbivore veggie versions).
Gastropub in Carlisle

The Last Zebra

This quirkily named gastropub is a popular hang-out for early evening drinks and a plate of grub such as steak-frites, buttermilk chicken burger or '80s-style chicken Kiev. Fancy it isn't, but it's a lively, buzzy s…
Cafe in Carlisle

Prior's Kitchen Restaurant

Quiches, salads and afternoon teas are served in the cathedral's fratry, once used as a monk's mess hall.