John Watt

Coffee Shops in Carlisle

Bank Street

Our original coffee shop and the heart of John Watt & Son

Our coffee shop in Bank Street is the oldest of our coffee shops in Carlisle. It has been home to John Watt and Son since the first coffee shop was demolished in 1897, and is still a major part of the business today. The shop has undergone several major changes since the move over 120 years ago, not least the move from being a traditional grocer’s shop to becoming a tea and coffee specialist with a thriving café on-site.

Today we focus on evolution not revolution at Bank Street, and believe that it is important to remember the history of John Watt and Son and celebrate it in this wonderful building whilst providing excellent service and a good brew!

Our menu provides a range of light snacks cakes and our freshly baked scones served with Claire’s Handmade Jams. Our food is prepared fresh and is, where possible, all sourced from suppliers from within a 50-mile radius of the shop and we are proud to utilise the following local suppliers:-

Claire’s Handmade Jams, Cranston’s, McCalls Bakery, Co Co Co Chocolates, Pioneer Food Service, Interfresh.

Coffee Shops Carlisle - John Watt and Son, Bank Street.


Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Café closes at 4.30 pm

Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Café closes at 4.30 pm

Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, Café closes at 3.30 pm

Blackfriars Street – The Youngest of our Coffee Shops in Carlisle

The next great step in the long history of John Watt and Son. The Blackfriars Street Coffee Shop may possibly be the biggest leap forward for John Watt since the shop on Bank Street transformed from a traditional grocer’s shop to becoming a tea and coffee specialist with a thriving cafe on-site.

With the wholesale side of our business growing significantly in just two years under the new owners, it became apparent that a 2 kg capacity roaster was going to struggle to meet the increased demand. With no room for a bigger roaster in Bank Street we were faced with a choice. Either be logical and take a sensible, large unit on an industrial estate…. or take over a rundown and quirky shop 5 minutes’ walk away from Bank Street. Therefore we decided on the latter course, and so was born JW at Blackfriars.

At Blackfriars Street we have the room to service our wholesale customers properly with a larger roaster with a 15 Kg capacity per roast, and an organised packing area.

Upstairs we have our offices, hold coffee cupping sessions, tea tastings (for quality control) and have yet more packing facilities. Watch this space as we develop the building further!

Coffee Roasters and Tea Blenders, UK. John Watt & Son.

Please come and enjoy coffee and cake, whilst enjoying the smell of coffee being roasted!

The Blackfriars Street shop is also open for takeaway, the purchase of loose coffee and tea, and for the collection of web orders!


Monday – Friday 9 am – 2.00 pm

Tullie House Café

A partnership we are proud of.

Located inside the City’s local museum – Tullie House, we are delighted to be able to offer locally sourced food on the menu. Couple this with our freshly roasted coffee and selected leaf-teas, our staff will be only too pleased to welcome you during your visit to the Museum.

Hire the Café

The Cafe at Tullie House can be booked in the evening for private dinners, celebrations and special occasions.

Hire the venue

Tullie House Membership

Become a member of Tullie House and enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including:

  • Two free John Watts, hot drinks (tea or filter coffee) per month
  • Free annual admission to the galleries and exhibitions
  • Opportunity to attend specially curated members’ events
  • 10% discount on purchases in the shop
  • Discounted event tickets
  • Members’ e-newsletter

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Monday – Saturday 10 am – 3.30 pm

JW at the Museum

Café at Cumbria Museum of Military Life.

A partnership of two of Carlisle’s oldest institutions in the iconic Carlisle Castle home to our local regiment which has seen action across the globe. We are delighted to be able to offer the great taste of John Watt’s to visitors to the Cumbria Museum of Military Life. Our small café serves our award winning espresso, a range of cakes, snacks and ice creams for you to enjoy on your tour of the Castle and the story of our local regiment.


Museum is open (see their website for details) but café is currently CLOSED for winter.