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Hidden River Cafe, Carlisle, Cumbria

Hidden River Cafe

4.5
4.5
512 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

Please note that all bookings made will be located in our Oak Framed Restaurant at the entrance of the site, instead of the Hidden River Barn (unless stated otherwise). Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more information on when the Barn will open to the public. We are dog friendly and also have an outdoor sitting area.

If you would like to book a taxi to and/or from Hidden River Cafe please call Lee Taxi Service on 07739082259 at a price of just £25, any additional drop offs/stops would be for an extra charged on the meter.
Please contact the restaurant if you have any questions

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Booked 10 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Carlisle

  • Parking Details

    There is parking available right outside the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

£3

  • Garlic Flat Bread

    • Mozzarella Dippers

      with a rustic tomato sauce

      • Hummus

        with Crudities & Bread

        Main Courses

        £6

        • Breaded Chicken Goujons

          with chips and Ketchup

          • Buttermilk Chicken Sliders

            chips and tomato sauce

            • Hot Dog

              Chips & Ketchup

              • Margherita Pizza

                Puddings

                £3

                • Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream Sundae

                  • Sticky Toffee Pudding

                    Butterscotch Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream

                    Last updated: 2 April 2022

                    What 512 people are saying

                    Overall ratings and reviews

                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                    4.5
                    4.5 based on recent ratings
                    • 4.5Food
                    • 4.5Service
                    • 4.6Ambience
                    • 4.4Value

                    NoiseModerate

                    Loved For

                    • Cumbria

                      Best Overall

                    • Cumbria

                      Best Food

                    • Cumbria

                      Best Service

                    • Cumbria

                      Best Ambience

                    • Cumbria

                      Best Value

                    • Cumbria

                      Fit for Foodies

                    • Cumbria

                      Group Bookings

                    • Cumbria

                      Lunch

                    • Cumbria

                      Special Occasions

                    • Cumbria

                      British

                    • Cumbria

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                    1. JC

                      JenC

                      Edinburgh

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 2 days ago

                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                      Lovely food in nice surroundings , would definitely visit again

                    2. i

                      ianb

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 2 days ago

                      overall4food5service4ambience5

                      a very good place to meet up with friends and excellent lunch menu.

                    3. SB

                      SimonB

                      Devon

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined 2 days ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Fabulous evening out with the mrs lovely food nice location! We will go back!

                    4. AB

                      AlbertB

                      1 review

                      2.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 5 days ago

                      overall2food3service3ambience2

                      Food was OK, the lamb rump was tasteless, not a lot for the price.

                    5. GG

                      GenevieveG

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 14 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We will be back. Nothing else to say. It was Amazing!!

                    6. BI

                      BassemI

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 14 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Just a beautiful place with fresh food. Friendly staff

                    7. JJ

                      JanisJ

                      Cumbria

                      10 reviews

                      5.0

                      10 reviews

                      Dined on 14 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Lovely setting and nice food . Nice menu and great service.

                    8. C

                      Cliff

                      London

                      11 reviews

                      5.0

                      11 reviews

                      Dined on 13 May 2022

                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                      Hard to find - but worth the effort. The pricing for "3 small plates" is cost-effective but the three of us who chose the option failed to eat everything.

                    9. SB

                      SuzanneB

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 10 May 2022

                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                      Nice food, good gluten free options, lovely service - just nothing really special. I'd recommend if you were in the area but not a journey specifically to it.

                    10. AP

                      AnnieP

                      Cumbria

                      2 reviews

                      4.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 8 May 2022

                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                      Good range of dishes, though not many vegetarian ones on the full menu.

                    11. DJ

                      DavidJ

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 7 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Excellent venue, great food and choice of menu. Excellent service

                    12. SH

                      ShannonH

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 6 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The two waitresses working were absolutely amazing with us!! Lovely girls!!!

                    13. RB

                      RainbowBailey

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 5 May 2022

                      overall4food5service3ambience5

                      Overall we had an excellent lunch at Hidden River. They were very accommodating of us having a small baby (7months). The setting, ambiance, and food were outstanding. The only couple of comments we would make were that some of the staff seemed new to the job and didn’t haven’t the answers to the questions we had obviously we have all been there but perhaps getting them to say “I’m sorry I’ve just started let me check that for you” rather than pausing and shrugging shoulders then walking off would be better. Similarly the service to take order, and make payment at the end of the meal was slow. We had to ask twice to pay the bill. The food was exquisite exactly what we wanted from the meal, fresh, full of flavour, well presented and kept you wanting to try more (we had tapas style). We will certainly visit again very soon!

                    14. JL

                      JohnL

                      London

                      1 review

                      3.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 2 May 2022

                      overall3food5service2ambience5

                      Under staffed, food took quite a long time. Menu choices differed from served food ie back bacon not streaky. Wife’s plate came without eggs. Had to ask and wait for salt and pepper as there was non provided. Saying that , it was clean and the food we got did taste and look good. Just a bit disappointed though.

                    15. MR

                      MarkR

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 1 May 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      An adventure to find this terrific restaurant. Every course was fantastic. Terrific service and value.

                    16. EH

                      EmmaH

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 30 April 2022

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      Lovely food, great service. It was busy but didn’t feel chaotic which created a nice atmosphere.

                    17. C

                      Catwoman

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 29 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Wonderful place! Glad we chanced on it with a last minute booking. Delicious food beautifully presented. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

                    18. PH

                      PeterH

                      London

                      4 reviews

                      5.0

                      4 reviews

                      Dined on 28 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We enjoyed a lovely meal in an excellent location - really creative menu that delivered well. Friendly, helpful staff

                    19. AP

                      AnnieP

                      Cumbria

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 26 April 2022

                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                      The two dishes we chose were beautifully cooked and flavourful. Cold plates can often bring a good dish down but these were hot.

                    20. TJ

                      TraceyJ

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 26 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The food was amazing. It was my second visit in 3 days - that’s how good it was!

                    21. CP

                      CarolynnP

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 24 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Excellent 3 course Sunday lunch enjoyed by 4 people. Stunning barn location and fairly busy even though we ate well past lunchtime. Lovely staff. Will definitely be back and can highly recommend. It would be nice to see a veggie Sunday lunch on the menu too but I settled for the cod and chips which were delicious!

                    22. GW

                      GeorgeW

                      1 review

                      3.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 23 April 2022

                      overall3food2service3ambience3

                      Disappointed. I chose streaky bacon with eggs, the bacon was back not streaky and it was tasteless and the sourdough toast was barely toasted. My husband had the full breakfast and his toast was basic brown sliced. We sat outside at the barn cafe (it was too warm inside and no windows open and because there was a wedding in the restaurant there was a constant flow of traffic and a lot of dust from the track. The plus is that the setting is pretty but I was disappointed, no ‘wow’ factor, very ordinary.

                    23. JP

                      JaniceP

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                      overall4food5service3ambience2

                      Food was very good. The staff were very attentive and proficiant however, the restaurant could do with some personality to create a more hospitable experience.

                    24. AG

                      AlanG

                      Manchester

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 22 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      A lovely place to spend time in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying some great food. Would highly recommend and will definitely be visiting again.

                    25. S

                      Stephen

                      London

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 19 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Lovely Venue, great view, fantastic food. Staff are really friendly too.

                    26. M

                      Mpotts

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      I never leave feedback but credit where credits due. Absolutely fantastic! Petty the barn isn't open all the time.

                    27. B

                      Booby

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 17 April 2022

                      overall4food3service3ambience3

                      This is the second time I’ve taken my family - niece, sister, elderly mother and auntie- to HR. Both times I was assured we would be in the cafe .... both times we’ve been redirected to the barn. We wrote on our booking that we would like to be away from the door as our 2 elderly members feel draughts very easily ... we were directed to the only table next to the door!?!?! It was set for 6 but our booking was for 7 (only 6 could make it, and I did explain that our booking was for 7 a couple of times) and there was only one table set for 7 in a much better position... it was given to us eventually but we were told we could only have it for 2 hours. We were given the drinks menus quickly, but had to ask for food menus when we realised that they weren’t forthcoming. Our time slot was for 12.30, and we were at the cafe at 12.15 ... but getting 2 elderly people back into the car and back out at the barn made us 5 minutes late. Then we had to push for our real table, then wait for the food menus... we got our main meal at 1.25pm .... remember we were told we could only spend 2 hours at the table, and 1 hour was nearly over. Also, both the staff and customers struggled to hear each other due to the volume of the music. HR is designed for all ages, but the music hadn’t taken that into account. When we asked why it was so loud, we were told that the manager liked it that way!?!? Food okay and good value for money ... but a meal out on a special occasion is about the whole package and, having tried twice to book somewhere specific, for the venue to have changed both times, ( both have a different ambiance ) just isn’t helpful . I really wanted to have positive things to say about HR, being local and easy to please, but when you are dealing with mixed generations, you have many things to consider, and if the very venue changes, things can go wrong quickly.

                    28. AE

                      AlisonE

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Excellent well prepared delicious food. Great service. Beautiful restaurant and surroundings.

                    29. JJ

                      JudithJ

                      Lancashire

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 16 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Absutly wonderful food and views . Staff are all friendly and can't do enough for you. Brilliant

                    30. K

                      Karly

                      Newcastle

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 13 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Great service and superb food. My partner had the duck which was nice and soft - cooked to perfection and I had the steak burger which was super tasty. For dessert we both had the brownie, it was lovely and warm and the ice-cream with small soft pieces of fudge inside was delicious. Would highly recommend this private little cafe.

                    31. w

                      wendyc

                      London

                      2 reviews

                      3.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 13 April 2022

                      overall3food2service4ambience4

                      I have been to the Hidden River cafe before at night. We were in the Bigger venue which is used for weddings. I had to say that night I couldn’t fault the whole evening. Today the food was very average. I really like the idea of tapas but it really fell short. Sorry!!!!” We love the staff and the cafe has lovely ambience.

                    32. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Cumbria

                      3 reviews

                      4.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on 10 April 2022

                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                      Went with a friend at Sunday lunchtime and the food was lovely. We had one of the vegetarian options but it was only after we left that we realised that we didn’t get the full order with the dips and samosas included. A bit disappointed about that to be honest as it wasn’t cheap but I will definitely go back and take my husband for Sunday lunch because the Sunday roast looked lovely.

                    33. GA

                      GeogfA

                      Leicestershire

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 9 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Friendly and welcoming restaurant with excellent food.

                    34. JS

                      JackieS

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 5 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Lovely evening meal for 4 adults and 2 children. Not an extensive menu but I like the idea of tapas style eating. The garlic prawns were excellent and also the chicken sliders. All food eaten up and friendly staff serving. Will.defk return to Hidden River Cabins and to the cafe!!

                    35. DB

                      DanielB

                      London

                      1 review

                      2.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 4 April 2022

                      overall2food1service1ambience3

                      Really disappointed, came for the last one and that was much better. The service was appalling waitresses only seemed interested in the bigger tables. We were asked 4 times what pizza would we like, 4 times we had said the same kind and only as we were leaving did we actually get that pizza. The same type of pizza came round 4 times in a row. I had 6 slices in total and waited a good 10 minutes in between some. I pointed out to the staff that all the food was going over the other side to be told that yer well they have just came in. Was asked on 3 occasions if we had finished think because we looked bored and fed up waiting for more food. As mentioned was really disappointed and won’t be rushing back.

                    36. EC

                      ElizabethC

                      Edinburgh

                      4 reviews

                      5.0

                      4 reviews

                      Dined on 4 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      First time at the pizza night. Very nice lots of different pizzas to try. Would recommend a lovely change.

                    37. LT

                      LindsayT

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 4 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The staff were exceptional. They moved our table due to one of our party being deaf. They were cheerful and kind. We arrived on a bottomless pizza day. Wonderful pizzas, great variety and they kept on coming! Highly recommend.

                    38. PM

                      PhillipM

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 4 April 2022

                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                      First time we had been in the barn and first time trying the pizza lunch. Would definitely recommend and we will certainly be back.

                    39. B

                      Bramble22

                      Cumbria

                      2 reviews

                      4.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on 3 April 2022

                      overall4food3service4ambience4

                      The Sunday lunch, lamb was absolutely delicious, piping hot, lovely veg and Yorkshire pudding. The only comment I have is the Prosecco mousse with strawberries was very disappointing, not what was described on the menu. Nevertheless we will be back. The staff were helpful and attentive, albeit they were wanting to close as were the last in the restaurant.

                    40. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Cumbria

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on 3 April 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Food was lovely

                    Safety precautions

                    • Cleaning & sanitising

                      • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                      • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                      • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                      • Contactless payment available
                    • Physical distancing

                      • Distancing maintained in common areas
                      • Extra space between tables
                    • Protective equipment

                      • Waiting staff wear masks
                      • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                    • Screening

                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                    FAQs

                    Hidden River Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01228 792489.

                    Hidden River Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 512 OpenTable diners.

                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                    Booked 10 times today
                    Google Map for Hidden River Cafe

                    Brackenhill Longtown Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 5TU

                    Dining areas

                    Additional information

                    • Area

                      Carlisle

                    • Hours of Operation

                      Breakfast Daily 09:00–11:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 17:00–20:30

                    • Cuisines

                      British

                    • Dining style

                      Casual Dining

                    • Dress Code

                      Casual Dress

                    • Parking Details

                      There is parking available right outside the restaurant.

                    • Executive Chef

                      Thomas Towle

                    • Additional

                      Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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