Cathedral Café

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.

OPENING HOURS
Monday – Friday 08:30-16:30
Saturday 08:30-16:00
Sunday 08:30-15:30
See below for evening and Bank Holiday opening hours.

VIEW THE CATHEDRAL CAFE MENU click here

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.

OPENING HOURS

Monday – Friday 08:30-16:30
Saturday 08:30-16:00
Sunday 08:30-15:30

Breakfast is served until 11:00 each day.
Lunches are served 11:00 to 15:30 Monday to Saturday and until 15:00 on Sundays.

EXTENDED OPENING/CLOSING HOURS

LATE OPENINGS
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.

QUIZ NIGHTS
Our new monthly Quiz Night takes place in the cafe on the last Friday each month from 7.30pm; teams of up to five people at £2 per person, with a massive cash jackpot for the winners. Booking is recommended; you can book in person at the cafe at any time or email us. Check our What’s On calendar for confirmed dates.

DOGS
Dogs (except assistance dogs) are not permitted in the ground floor café seating area, however, we usually have additional seating available in the Fratry Hall, the Undercroft or outside in the Cloister, where dogs are welcome (one per adult). If you are making a special journey to visit us please check in advance to confirm we have these additional seating areas open.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

We regret we are unable to reserve tables in the café
If you wish to contact us please telephone 01228 548151 or email cafe@carlislecathedral.org.uk

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.



Carlisle Cathedral

AFTERNOON TEA

SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA
Sunday 23 June from 1pm
Join us for a one-off Summer Afternoon Tea in the magnificent Fratry Hall, with live piano music and an unbeatable atmosphere.
Find out more and book your place HERE.

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Enjoy a Classic Afternoon Tea right here at the Cathedral Café or Fratry Hall* anytime.

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

* 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.

To book an Afternoon Tea please email cafe@carlislecathedral.org.uk or pop in and book at the cafe counter. We require 48 hours notice for bookings.

You can now buy Afternoon Tea vouchers from our new online shop. Click here for details.

TAKEAWAY

All of our food and drink is available to takeaway to enjoy on the move, or in the Cathedral grounds.
Get 10% off all hot drinks when you bring your own re-usable takeaway cup.

Grab your morning coffee for half-price – all takeaway hot drinks are half-price before 9am.