Monday - Sunday: 12pm - Till late
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- 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.
We had afternoon tea for my mother’s 60th birthday. I liaised with Louise throughout the organisation of the event and I have to say that she was fantastic and is a real asset to your team. Nothing was any trouble and I found both Louise and the chef very accommodating to our needs. On the day, it ran smoothly and everyone said that they enjoyed the food and service. My only reason for not giving five stars for everything is the following Whilst Louise was fantastic both before the event and during, unfortunately as the afternoon progressed, the bar became very busy and it was clear to see that staff were struggling. Drinks became inconsistent and service was slightly abrupt. A member of staff cleared away drinks and when I mentioned this, the staff argued with me instead of apologising and then brought me a drink that resembled nothing like what it should have. Because there was another booking after ours and they had arrived early, staff were hurridly trying to set up and we were made to feel that we were in the way. Despite this, I do want to stress that we didn’t let this spoilt our event and on the whole it was great and we would be back. Again I’d like to make a special mention to Louise and thank her for all her help and for making my mums afternoon special!
A current favourite for us, good food, fab atmosphere and super service x
Fantastic place to have a reception. We had a meal after or wedding . Food drink was top quality. Staff are a total credit to you.we really enjoyed our meal. Not one bad comment only good. Would recommend to all.👍
The food here is absolutely lovely, unfortunately the slightly slow service and noisy bar area let it down a little. If you can be seated in their 'more private area' the acoustics are better. Also be aware to explicitly specify, if you're ordering Tapas, whether you're sharing a choice as a starter or require one each as a main. I fell foul of this thinking I had made it clear - ended up with only one main dish being served and my husband having to wait nearly 10mins while the kitchen prepared another. They did compensate this with a free drink however.
Great night, lovely place great cocktails and food. Second visit in 4 weeks and will be back soon
I love the food
Food was lovely, service was perfect, very friendly staff - Arnie.
Really enjoyable experience. Am local so will definitely be back 👍🏻
Enjoyed the food, especially the Katzu chicken
Went on a Saturday night and the food was delicious. The service however wasn't great. We were forgotten about despite one of my friends trying to attract the attention of a waiter. We were sat for 30 minutes before a waiter came to take our order and to be fair to him he was very apologetic. It was yet another half hour before our food arrived. So to sum it up, the food was fab but the service was not !!
Lovely food, impressed by a fresh kind of menu in the city and great value for money.
Brilliant food and service our 4th visit since march every time has been great
Had a lovely evening , excellent food, cocktails and service . Will be back .. 😊
Good food and drinks brilliant atmosphere
Fantastic food with first class service, will definitely be back
My husband and I took the family ranging from 18 to 9 years old. We had such a lovely meal and they were so good catering for all the ages especially the youngest in our party. The food was excellent we all enjoyed greatly and the staff couldn’t have been nicer. It had a lovely chilled atmosphere too. We will definitely be back and I would certainly recommend to friends and family - thank you penny blue! You really made our birthday and anniversary meal special.
Great, service, great food, good value for money. Great atmosphere. Will definitely recommend and will return for a repeat visit 😄
As a restaurant the menu is fairly limited, it would be good to offer daily specials (especially fish)
Excellent service in a stunning setting with well priced, top quality food on offer, the best of the many restaurants in Carlisle we have tried, will be back soon.
Fantastic food and service. Would highly recommend
Great food and service!
Brilliant food and service
The staff were very helpful and the food was delicious however as a group booking we would have preferred to be seated in the other side of the restaurant as it was very noisy and we struggled to hear each other from one end of the table to the other.
So easy to book online. Lovely food and atmosphere Couldn’t fault it