Our award-winning café sits at the heart of the Cathedral precinct in the footprint of the medieval cloister, with unrivalled views of the Cathedral and Precinct. Open daily for hearty homemade food, cakes, coffee and more.
Monday – Friday 08:30-16:30
Saturday and Sunday 09:00-16:00
See below for evening opening times.
Our café sits at the heart of the Cathedral precinct in the footprint of the medieval cloister, with unrivalled views of the Cathedral and Precinct. A fantastic setting right in the heart of this ancient city, you can enjoy hearty food made right here in our kitchen with homemade cakes and scones, alongside a coffee, blended for us in the city by John Watt & Co.; a can of fizzy pop, made in Cumbria by Mawson’s; or enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your lunch – our exclusive ale – The 900 – is brewed up the road by the Carlisle Brewing Co.
Monday – Friday 08:30-17:30
Saturday and Sunday 09:00-16:00
The Cathedral Cafe and Bar usually remain open if there is an event taking place in the evening; you don’t need an event ticket to come along to the cafe. We have a selection of wines, Prosecco, G&T or local bottled beers; hot drinks, cakes and snacks. The cafe will close at the following times on the dates below:
Thursday 30 November: 7pm for Carlisle’s late-night shopping
Friday 1 December: 8pm for the opening of the Quirky Eclectica Christmas Fayre
Sunday 3 December: 6.30pm for the Advent Carol Service
Tuesday 5 December: 6.30pm for the Outreach Christmas Concert
Thursday 7 December: 7pm for the Outreach Christmas Concert and late-night shopping
Friday 8 December: 7.30pm for the Eden Valley Hospice Light Up A Life Service
Thursday 14 December: 7.30pm for the Cathedral Choirs’ Christmas Concert and late-night shopping
Friday 15 December: 7.30pm for the Cathedral Choirs’ Christmas Concert
Saturday 16 December: 7.30pm for the Solway Singers Concert (at St Cuthbert’s Church)
Monday 18 December: 7.15pm for Trinity School’s Carol Service
Thursday 21 December: 7pm for late-night shopping
Saturday 23 December: 6.30pm for our carol service
We regret we are unable to reserve tables in the café
If you wish to contact us please telephone 01228 548151 or email email@example.com
Designed by Feilden Fowles and winner of multiple awards including the RIBA North West Award 2022, RIBA North West Project Architect of the Year 2022 and the RIBA National Award 2022. Part of the Fratry Project, made possible with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and our supporters.
Enjoy a Classic Afternoon Tea right here at the Cathedral Café or Fratry Hall*.
Our Afternoon Teas include our own homemade fruit scones (with jam and cream, of course!), a selection of finger sandwiches and bitesize treats all made right here in our own kitchen, all served with a lovely pot of tea. You can also make your day extra-special with our new Afternoon G&T (including a selection of locally-made gin and tonic) or celebrate with or Prosecco option!
Classic Afternoon Tea: £25.00 per person
Afternoon G&T: £30.00 per person
Afternoon Tea with Prosecco: £30.00 per person
Make your afternoon extra special by adding either a Flight of G&T (£18) or a bottle of Prosecco (£22).
* Afternoon Teas will take place in the Fratry Hall if the space is available, otherwise in the Cathedral Café
** gluten- and dairy-free options are available. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements by completing the section when booking.