Come and relax in our welcoming Café, run by locally renowned John Watt & Sons it’s a hidden gem providing a delightful spot to take a break. This relaxing corner of historic Carlisle has an outdoor sun terrace overlooking a beautiful Jacobean-style courtyard garden, ideal for alfresco dinning.

Our comfy sofas, contemporary colours and pieces from the collection in glass topped coffee tables provide a warm and cosy atmosphere. We’ve even showcased historic prints of Carlisle from the museum’s 125-year archive.

It’s easy for every visitor to find something tasty to enjoy in the varied menu, offering a great selection of coffees, teas, light snacks and hot lunches.

  • Self-serve salad bar
  • Daily hotplate special (including Cranston’s Cumberland sausages and roasts)
  • A variety of breads (from McCall’s bakery) and fillings
  • Homemade cakes, scones (served with Claire’s Handmade jams) and traybakes

All dietary requirements are catered for and the beverage selection includes John Watt roasted coffee, loose teas, Eva’s Organics Apple Juice and Molly Rose Drinks’ lemonade. We’re passionate about showcasing the incredible local produce we have in this area of the country.

Entertaining the little ones at mealtimes can be tough. So, following customer feedback, the family-friendly Café provides a host of new features: more space between tables for buggy access, easier to use high chairs, a fresh children’s activity corner and the very practical baby food warmers. The kids’ lunchtime grab bag is excellent value and gives parents every excuse to take a break from cooking and enjoy that family fun filled day out!

Takeaway options are now available at the Café in Vegware containers, which are fully compostable and therefore help to reduce our environmental impact.


Opening Times

For graduation week 2022 (25 - 29 April) the café is opening 9.30am - 4pm.

Monday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Tuesday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Wednesday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Thursday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Saturday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Sunday - Closed


John Watt

John Watt & Son have roasted Coffee in Carlisle since their original shop opened in Glovers Row in 1865. Our blending recipes are closely guarded secrets which have evolved and been handed down over the past 150 years.

Hire the Café

The Café at Tullie House can be booked in the evening for private dinners, celebrations and special occasions. To find out more click here or contact Katie Mitchell.  Telephone 01228 618701 or email