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The Griffin is a great local pub in the heart of the community, with friendly service and honest pricing.


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John Harley Ellison

5 months ago

Great pint of Guinness, extra cold, young lass serving with the broken arm very friendly and went out of her way to chat about her accident. Only came to Carlisle for a day out, definitely be coming back here again.

Kyle Healy

5 months ago

Visited on Saturday 13th Jan at around 4pm. The pub was fairly busy with a good atmosphere. The staff were friendly and despite being busy the food arrived quickly. We had the chicken & ham pie with mash and steak & ale pie with chips. I ordered an extra side of mash, which I'd recommend doing as the portion served with the pie is a bit on the small side. The food was really tasty. The pastry on the pies was really nice and crisp, and they weren't lacking in filling. We would definitely return again when next in the area.

Jenny S

6 months ago

This was just what we needed. Came in on a Monday night, it was bright and airy with nice furnishings. It wasn't loud and was a great place to have a drink and a light bite with a little one after a long train ride. Staff were polite and helpful and it was clean and warm.

Willow Tkw

9 months ago

The Griffin has recently been refurbished and looked wonderful both inside and out. Being a Saturday night, the music was quite loud, so it was not ideal for conversation on this occasion. The staff were helpful. There was a good range of Gins (and other spirits) available, along with a reasonable choice of mixers. Very generous with the ice, so I made a request for less, which was actioned. As the night progressed, the patrons left more mess that was not cleared, detracting from the new image. This was disappointing. The big letdown was, unfortunately, the toilets, which, although beautiful in decoration and ample in number, were littered and with only one cubicle having any toilet paper. There's an accessible toilet in the step free downstairs of the premises. You do, however, need to request the key from staff at the bar, so if it's busy, you may need to plan for this a little more than normal. I notice they plan to screen the Rugby Autumn Internationals, so I will try a return visit to see if there's any improvement with the facilities. I finally managed to make my return visit (September 2023) for a colleagues farewell. It was difficult to converse due to the volume of the background music. This also made ordering at the bar tricky. The toilets are poorly maintained, and make sure that the toilet roll holders are actually dispensing. There were two identical menus on the table, but on closer inspection, the prices were different! The choice of mixers didn't match what was stocked, so it's easier to ignore the drinks menu and scout out the bar. The food was good and my calamari was superbly cooked. We ordered food at the bar and drinks on the Green King app. You will be enticed to use the app by the promise of a voucher for a free drink. However, it took 5 days for my voucher to arrive by email, and the alcohol free options on the offer were not available for our designated driver. The tables are still not cleared. When drinks were delivered to the table by staff, no empties were taken away. We resorted to moving the trays of empties to another table.

Veda Hardy

10 months ago

Well just popped in as England lioness were playing Australia and wow they won nice airy pub eating house friendly helpful staff I had fish freshly cooked chips and peas delicious my companion had grilled gamon egg chips and peas he was very impressed also unfortunately no coffee today a shame 😋 am only here for few hours 😋 hope one day to call again it would be a sin not to mention that this lovely place is completely dog friendly conveniently just up from Carlisle railway station 😀

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