Food and Drink

Carlisle has many cafes to enjoy during the festival. Whether it’s a light bite, or a slice of cake, the city centre has it covered.

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Cakes and Ale

Bookcase, 17-19 Castle St, Carlisle CA3 8SY

Nestled in Bookcase bookshop, Cakes and Ale serves delicious light lunches, scones, cakes, tray bakes and hot and cold beverages. Get cosy inside the book-themed café, or enjoy a seat in the garden.

Mon - Sat: 9:30am – 4:30pmSun: 11:30am - 4:00pm

01228 544560

Tullie House Garden Restaurant

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP

Tullie House museum has an award-winning restaurant, catering for all appetites. There is a good selection of coffees, teas, light snacks and lunches. Take a stroll through Tullie House’s pleasant gardens after your visit.

Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5:00pmSun: 11:00am - 5:00pm

01228 618718

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

Bookends Cumbria County Council's Library Service Tullie House

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