Carlisle Beer Guide: Your Carlisle guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Carlisle

10 /100 5 DEVONSHIRE STREET
“Closed“
Wirralbeerveg 22 days ago
72 /100 48 BOTCHERGATE
“A fairly large selection (12) of different ales in this Wetherspoon pub.“
Jerseyislandbeer 312 days ago
62 /100 107 LOWTHER STREET
“Decent pub with a small range of ales“
Jerseyislandbeer 312 days ago
68 /100 FISHER STREET
“Decent city centre pub with a good range of changing ales“
Jerseyislandbeer 312 days ago
56 /100 36-38 BOTCHERGATE
“Hobbled in here after walking Hadrian's Wall from Newcastle. Typical Brewdog interior, the room heads deep into the back into some darkness with pool tables. Flights were on offer, with a sort of online ordering thing and it wasn't entirely clear if they preferred you to order from the table or go to the bar. Service was a little slow, which seems to be the norm these days. Otherwise I found some good beers here, standard Brewdog stuff but also some hyper obscure local things so it was worth a visit.“
DeanF 314 days ago
72 /100 36-38 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited Sept 2020. A long rectangular bar decked out in Brewdog's usual industrial style. Around 15 to 20 taps, mostly the brewery's own own with a smattering of guest beers“
Cheeseboard 661 days ago
74 /100
Last Zebra (Restaurant)
6 LOWTHER STREET
“Visited July 2018.“
fonefan 747 days ago
62 /100 48 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited July 2018.“
fonefan 747 days ago
52 /100
Griffin (Bar)
COURT SQUARE
“Visited July 2018.“
fonefan 747 days ago
64 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“Visited July 2018.“
fonefan 747 days ago
76 /100 36-38 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited 29/8/2019. Typical BrewDog really, but for this part of Carlisle it’s something of an up market enigma when compared to its neighbours. BrewDog beers of course dominate the taps, and whilst there’s a few guests I’ve seen better at others. 25ish cans/bottles. Very helpful service. Thursday in Carlisle appears to be party night but the place was much quieter than others nearby (though didn’t stop them cranking music volume up to the max!).“
Grumbo 1126 days ago
72 /100 48 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited 29/8/2019. Ahead of visiting Carlisle I did wonder how the town sustained 2 JDW’s so close to one another. Having just visited both tonight I now get it - they couldn’t be much more different and are catering for very different clientele. This one had 10 cask ales available, of which 6 were from Cumbria. 3 Corby, 2 Hawkshead and Carlisle Flaxen. Nice vibe to it, no bouncers needed on the door (the crowd here being very different), and the service was great. Well above average ‘spoons experience. “
Grumbo 1126 days ago
46 /100 10-16 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited 29/8/2019. Typically busy ‘spoons, not a lot to offer. Heavy muscle on the door. Not the best ‘spoons in town.“
Grumbo 1126 days ago
38 /100
Griffin (Bar)
COURT SQUARE
“Visited 29/8/2019. Has a ‘spoons feel to it except with sports on big TV. 4 cask pumps but only one on from Greene King as were the bottles. Greene King Pub now it appears. Didn’t stay long.“
Grumbo 1126 days ago
34 /100 17 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited 29/8/2019. Locals sports bar. Nothing to be had here beer wise.“
Grumbo 1126 days ago
74 /100 11 DEVONSHIRE STREET
“Visited 28/8/2019. Unlike some of the places nearby, this is worthy of a place on RateBeer. Only place in Carlisle I’ve seen a Carlisle brewery beer (though sadly I’d had it already) and their other tap was Cumbrian too (ditto) but they also have a fridge with 7-8 Hawkshead beers. The highest number of Cumbrian beers I’ve seen in one place. Very good service and good food too. Liked it here.“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
54 /100
Eaten By Monsters (Restaurant)
9 DEVONSHIRE STREET
“Visited 28/8/2019. 2 cask and 8 taps. Took a half of one of the cask ales (another dimpled mug) but had to return it - turned out it had been on at least 6 days and was not right at all. To be fair they immediately (after tasting it for themselves) offered a refund or replacement. Another Carlisle enigma this place.“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
52 /100
Last Zebra (Restaurant)
6 LOWTHER STREET
“Visited 28/8/2019. I’m not a fan of the animal skin decor but the one cask (of 4 pumps) they had on was from Cumbria (a new brewery for me), so I averted my eyes and got my rate. Otherwise I’d have left as the 11 other taps and bottles they have are all very commercial. It’s an eclectic place, part wine bar, part restaurant, part animal mortuary, putting on a vibe music wise, but it’s not a beer destination (the one cask exception aside). Good service though - and I got my half in a dimpled mug without asking!“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
80 /100 5 DEVONSHIRE STREET
“Visited 28/8/2019. Best place in Carlisle (so far). Has been open a couple of years. Good range of local beers on cask and keg supplemented by some other decent stuff on tap and a fridge with 20+ craft beers from UK/Belgium etc. Good service. Thirds available. Keen prices (£3.55 for 3 cask thirds). Nice friendly crowd. Very much enjoyed this visit. Playing good music too (Echo & The Bunnymen, Placebo, Fleetwood Mac, Floyd etc).“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
64 /100 FISHER STREET
“Visited 28/8/2019. Nice old pub from 1700 something. 5 cask pumps, 4 in use, 2 from Cumbrian Legendary Ales (yeah!) and 2 from further afield. Crap kegs and bottles, commercial lagers and Guinness. Decent service and best prices seen so far.“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
62 /100 107 LOWTHER STREET
“Visited 28/8/2019. Nice pub, good service, 2 Theakstons, a Sharps and 1 other casks, but nothing local available. Four cask pumps, and a few uninteresting kegs. To be fair the Theakstons was served very well but wasn’t what I was looking for.“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
52 /100
Local (Beer Store)
108 ENGLISH STREET
“Visited 28/8/2019. Only local beers was they had Hesket Newmarket beers (5 in total), nothing else of interest. But seems to be the best selection in town! When I was last in Carlisle about 7 years ago there was a really good place for local bottles but that seems long gone.“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
66 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“Visited 28/8/2019. 5 casks, 9 uninspiring kegs and a smattering of cans/bottles. Nothing Cumbrian on offer which was disappointing (Manchester/Yorkshire/Cheshire featured). Friendly service. Every station should have a place like this, it’s good but due to some high scoring reviews from 2017 it’s overrated and is not the best place in Carlisle imo.“
Grumbo 1127 days ago
62 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“A railway pub, located inside the station building. Seven handpumps, but only two operative at our stay. Craft beers on cans and bottles in the fridge. A medium-sized room, airy with high ceiling. Friendly service.(Visited with Finn 08.02.2019).“
Rune 1318 days ago
40 /100
Local (Beer Store)
108 ENGLISH STREET
“Not much to choose from on a few shelves with bottled beers. We found only a couple of beers from regional breweries. Central location and polite service. (Visited with Finn 08.02.2019).“
Rune 1318 days ago
56 /100 10-16 BOTCHERGATE
“A spacious L shaped room, and long bar to the left. Bear garden at the rear of room. Around the corner when walking out of the train station. Eight cask ales. Good valued and tasty traditional English breakfast after a long train journey. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 08.02.2019).“
Rune 1318 days ago
44 /100
Local (Beer Store)
108 ENGLISH STREET
“Tiny shop with limited beer selection.“
Finn 1328 days ago
66 /100 11 DEVONSHIRE STREET
“Visited July 2018. Last stop on the Carlisle tour. Smaller gastro pub, not the biggest selection of beers. Seatings both inside as outside.. They do food but we didn't have any.. worth a go to visit this place being in Carlisle..“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
68 /100
Eaten By Monsters (Restaurant)
9 DEVONSHIRE STREET
“Visited July 2018.. another short walk to this place from previous stop.. smaller, cosy place.. a bit of a confusing experience when ordering at the bar, since other staff had to walk there as well as being served.. They could use a bit larger area in front of the bar..“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
58 /100 17 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited July 2018.. Traditionel old style town pub.. seemed like a place locals seniors shows up this Tuesday noon we had a look. Not the largest selection of beers..“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
74 /100
Last Zebra (Restaurant)
6 LOWTHER STREET
“Visited July 2018. Spacy one room gastro pub.. Easy to find, short walk from the station.. Friendly service and beers served in good condition.. They do food but we didn't have any.. Free WiFi“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
60 /100 10-16 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited July 2018. Spacy JDW with a good number of tables.. Clean and with a welcoming atmosphere.. Friendly service. Not the biggest selection of beers when we visited..“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
62 /100 48 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited July 2018. Large JDW, lots of seating.. with ok space in between the tables. Clean and a welcoming atmosphere.. Modern style bar area. Ok selection of beers.. Friendly service..“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
66 /100
Griffin (Bar)
COURT SQUARE
“Visited July 2018. Placed just outside the train station, easy to find. Huge spacious pub, 2 levels.. Nice welcoming atmosphere.. Lots of seatings, nice and clean.. They do breakfast. Friendly service..“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
68 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“Visited July 2018.. just got of the train.. and time for the first stop.. easy to find being on the platform.. small selection on tap and a fridge with bottle / can.. Friendly service - worth a stop if travelling by train...“
Brugmansia 1527 days ago
72 /100
Last Zebra (Restaurant)
6 LOWTHER STREET
“A nice bog open plan bar and restraunt..with 4 hp on and 16 taps .“
Wirralbeerveg 1539 days ago
74 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“Stopped for a pint while changing trains. Wasn't here last time we came through Carlisle Big room with lots of old wood décor, and an impressive vaulted ceiling. solid mixture of cask and keg, cheery and helpful staff.. Better than just a well stocked station bar.“
Martin243 1634 days ago
82 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“A former waiting hall, with a big old fireplace, ornamented mantelpiece, high ceiling, feels like an old church, 7 HP, 8 kegs and a lot of different bottles in the fridge. Recommended“
gunnar 1726 days ago
68 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“Visisted on trip to 24 Northern Counties with OGJ 06.01.18. Eight ales on cask, five served with sparkler. Nice railway pub by platform 4. Impressive wooden ceiling. Unfortunately the pub was uncomfortably cold at our visit.“
Holmen2 1726 days ago
84 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“This is a new place on Carlisle Station...well worth missing a train for...“
Wirralbeerveg 1855 days ago
86 /100 PLATFORM 4, CARLISLE CITADEL STATION, COURT SQUARE
“Up and coming bar on the real ale/craft keg scene. Very pleasant“
Craftbeerninja 1868 days ago
54 /100
Griffin (Bar)
COURT SQUARE
“Visited on 18th February 2017. Last stop on my whistle stop tour of Carlisle, pub on the corner of the main road on the square outside the station. It’s a huge sports bar type affair, décor is decent enough. Greene King supply the beers, prices OK, service OK. Better places close by. Don’t bother“
WingmanWillis 2043 days ago
66 /100 10-16 BOTCHERGATE
“Visited on 18th February 2017. Lloyds version of Spoons a couple of doors down from the other Spoons and a little closer to the station. Vast single roomed venue, standard Spoons décor, packed with local drinkers but surprisingly efficient service. Had a cracking pint of Windermere Pale on cask, a reasonable range of other beers on, prices good. Decent Spoons.“
WingmanWillis 2043 days ago