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Cakes & Ale

The newest addition to the JW family.

Situated in the heart of Carlisle’s historic quarter within the walls of a fine Georgian house alongside one of the country’s largest (and arguably most magical!) independent bookshops, Cakes and Ale is the newest addition to the family here at John Watt & Son.

With an idyllic secret garden, homemade cakes, local ales, a delicious menu (with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options!) and of course our classic brews and blends, we’re proud to be involved with such a warm, independent cafe that has grown to be a firm favourite with many in the city!

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri

10:00AM – 4:00PM


9:30AM – 4:30PM


11:30AM – 4:00PM


Cakes and Ale
17-19 Castle Street

Hire the Café

Cakes and Ale is the perfect spot for a get together, and has been host to book clubs, poetry nights and open mic sessions. If you’re interested in booking out the cafe, just get in touch!