Monday - Sunday: 12pm - Till late
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
About Penny Blue
Our beautiful bar & restaurant is housed within Carlisle’s historic old Post Office building. Sympathetically restored with many original features giving wonderful character and atmosphere. The Penny Blue building contains the famous stained glass window from the old Lonsdale cinema which has been restored and can be seen in our more private area.
Penny Blue will be serving a modern tapas & grill menu from our open kitchen, using local ingredients where possible and 100% Cumbrian beef. We cater for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Our drinks list includes original and classic cocktails, an extensive spirit menu, gin bar and a handpicked wine list.
If the date or time you requested is not available, please contact the restaurant on 01228210241.
We visited for Sunday lunch. Food was lovely. Only disappointment no roast chicken. Staff friendly and polite.
Lovely atmosphere in a gorgeous building. Service a bit haphazard and beef in afternoon tea sandwichs too rare for our party's taste
Excellent food and friendly attentive service, as always.
My friends, two of whom had never been before, all enjoyed their lunch and said they would be back with their family
Would highly recommend. We tried the ‘2 steaks 2 glasses wine £25 offer on a Wednesday & can honestly say it was delicious. Service & atmosphere perfect too. Extremely good value in a beautiful historic building.
Delicious food and drink as always.
Better than expected afternoon tea. Will definelty be returning.
Lovely food cocktails and service. Restaurant was rather quiet though
Not a great selection on the evening menu. We sat in the bar as restaurant was expecting a large party. It was very noisy in the bar and we felt as if we were being watched by the people who weren’t eating. The food was really good as was the service considering it was really busy.
Had afternoon tea which was really really good. The service was excellent and they even gave us boxes to take away the cakes we didn’t manage to eat! We are definitely going to book again and would highly recommend it.
Excellent evening out with friends.
Music was too loud which made conversation around the table difficult.
Went for Sunday lunch and were very impressed. The vegan burger is amazing and my other half loved the three meat Sunday dinner. There is a good choice for vegans and meat eaters for all courses. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend Penny Blue and we will definitely be back.
We had a wonderful lunch with friends, excellent food and drinks. The service in the restaurant and the surroundings were fabulous. Our only point for improvement is that the online booking service had not been communicated to the front of house and she was not aware of our booking. Perhaps this could be reviewed. Other than that all was wonderful. Thank you.
Would definitely go back.
Service was slightly slow and one of my tapas dishes had been forgotten otherwise pleasant service with a smile and delicious food
Excellent meal and service. Definitely recommend and will return.
Unfortunately none of our party enjoyed their food. The battered fish was undercooked, the batter was soggy rather than crispy. Chips were also undercooked. The bun the chicken burger came in was all soggy. This spoilt our dining experience immensely. It will be unlikely that we return.
Excellent service which was discreet & helpful. All the staff really made our visit enjoyable - from the cocktails through to the dessert. My colleague thoroughly enjoyed her retirement celebration. Thank you
Visited on Tapas Tuesday - excellent food and value for money - having previously been for 'normal' meals and very good Sunday lunches which have been equally good. Pleasant young staff. Would be nice to have a couple of (bottled?) local ales in the bar to contrast with the usual rather generic draft and bottled beers. Carlisle State Bitter from Derwent Brewery and Spun gold from Carlisle Brewing Company, perhaps
Food, venue and staff all first rate. Special mention to the two staff who waited on us, Fabricio and unfortunately did not get the name of the young girl.
Very helpful staff in booking the table as we had a very large group. Very welcoming and obviously the food was amazing!
The service could have been more attentive, not asked if we would like more drinks, we would have spent more money if we were.
Fantastic food, service great. My husband’s steak wasn’t cooked to his liking but it was changed immediately with no fuss. Staff very pleasant would certainly recommend. Food really really good.