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Hidden River Cafe, Carlisle, Cumbria

Hidden River Cafe

4.5
4.5
543 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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2 people

20:00


Booked 2 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

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What 543 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cumbria

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Cumbria

    Best Ambience

  • Cumbria

    Best Value

  • Cumbria

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cumbria

    Lunch

  • Cumbria

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Cumbria

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  1. s

    susiem

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Due to mixup in directions we were running late. The staff kept the kitchen open so we could still have our dinner. The staff were friendly and the food was delicious. Would recommend
  2. ES

    ElizabethS

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was really good. We were never left waiting and always had what we needed or could grab the attention of a staff member who were always visible. The food was really good and we were left for the right amount of time between courses. The place was spotless and the setting amazing. It was really warm but not much you can do about that as both doors were open. We would return.
  3. LB

    LocalBorderReiver

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food .Lovely ambiance. It was my eldest sons birthday and he received a voucher for his next visit. Excellent. The only complaint is the driveway down to the restaurant. It is definitely needing attention , either resurfaced or pot holes filled in.
  4. DR

    DianeR

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is literally a hidden gem, food was different but beautiful and we can't wait to go back
  5. EJ

    EmilyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, friendly and attentive staff. All diners in our party were very happy
  6. JI

    JoyI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Barn was a fabulous place for our combined family birthday and Father’s Day breakfast treat. The staff were lovely and our breakfast was delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.
  7. M

    Moira

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Fantastic food but as we were the last table to order ….we were very rushed, as soon as our pre lunch drinks arrived so did our starters and so it went on. It wasn’t the waitress’s fault she was very pleasant she was only carry out instructions from management to get us done and dusted as soon as possible. We are actually quick eaters so weren’t planning to lounge around ….so for us to notice shows how rushed it was. We will be back though …..food was delicious
  8. AM

    AliM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service from lovely staff and a wonderful setting. We'll be back!
  9. MS

    MiarinS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We went for the first time, everything was great! The food was amazing, only thing was it’s quite confusing to find but maybe that’s why it’s the Hidden River Cafe. We’ll definitely be back now that we know how to get there!
  10. B

    Breck

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all round... Set in a Beutiful area.. Book yourself a table you wont be disappointed. 5*****
  11. L

    Larry

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous first visit to Hidden River and would def go again. Venue for all occasions
  12. m

    marje

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Liked the menu and the price Bit noisy in confined space Staff very pleasant and helpful Service quick enough
  13. a

    andrewh

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found while searching online for somewhere, and took a punt based on the reviews posted by others Excellent quality & value in a lovely location. Maybe difficult to access if you have a car with low ground clearance as the approach to the site is down a rutted track. Once on site it's no problem at all.
  14. AW

    AnneW

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I'm more than impressed with my first visit to The Barn. Was concerned it would be a cavernous space with no soul but that couldn't be further from the truth. The staff were very professional and helpful, food was delicious and the view overlooking the river was sublime. Thank you!
  15. GB

    GailB

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely food - went for the small plate menu but not as much choice as the last visit. Very tasty.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful find right in the countryside.Delicious food, we had 6 small plates to share and indulgent pudding. Staff really helpful and happy. Went the extra mile for mums birthday. Made the meal a memory. Will be back and stay in their cabins next time.
  17. C

    Crowbar

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful setting. The food was excellent. A lovely place for a birthday lunch.
  18. L

    Longboy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous setting and food was out of this world. Served efficiently and lovely cocktails to finish. Thank you.
  19. DS

    DanS

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Worth the journey! A very special setting if a bit tricky to find. The food was all cooked to order but worth the wait as everything was well judged and cooked to perfection. We will be back!
  20. b

    brown

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food great service and fabulous peaceful views
  21. GB

    GBYorkshire

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting,, staff, food and service
  22. AT

    AnitaT

    Cumbria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. Good to see plenty of veggie options in the small plates
  23. B

    Budge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well out of the way but worth the effort to seek out.
  24. EC

    ElizabethC

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Lovely meal, service very slow and a bit disorganised.
  25. SH

    SadieH

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, beef was perfect, gorgeous atmosphere thank you
  26. AF

    AndrewF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Managed to book on a night the barn was open and the weather was good. So had a table outside. Beautiful setting. Food was excellent and staff very attentive and polite. Highly recommended
  27. BH

    BenH

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal out we have ever had!! Excellent service, food was epic. We came for a wedding show around and will 100% be booking in for our wedding in 2024. Beautiful place 😍
  28. MM

    MMmm

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Lovely atmosphere. Very relaxing. Excellent friendly unfussy service.
  29. DB

    DBooth

    Cumbria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Location is fantastic. Service was a little slow despite being nowhere near capacity but the waitresses were polite. The food looked delicious and tasted great, later that evening my stomach started gurgling and sadly I spent all the next day with a dodgy stomach. I wouldn't say something was wrong with the food just that something didn't agree with me. Food is well priced, drinks are maybe a bit on the heavy side. But I guess that's the way of it these days.
  30. J

    Jude

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would certainly visit again, we had fish tapas and Tuscan fish all beautiful presented and extremely yummy😋 Staff were polite helpful and attentive, nothing too much trouble. Beautiful setting
  31. JC

    JenC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely food in nice surroundings , would definitely visit again
  32. i

    ianb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    a very good place to meet up with friends and excellent lunch menu.
  33. SB

    SimonB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening out with the mrs lovely food nice location! We will go back!
  34. AB

    AlbertB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Food was OK, the lamb rump was tasteless, not a lot for the price.
  35. 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!!
  36. BI

    BassemI

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a beautiful place with fresh food. Friendly staff
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 543 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

20:00


Booked 2 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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