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FUNCTIONS AT Griffin

1 Court Square, Carlisle, CA1 1QX
Call: 01228 598941
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The Griffin is a large and lovely pub located right at the heart of Carlisle, just next door to the city’s listed railway station. Occupying a huge Victorian building, the pub spreads across two floors and during summer, the fun spills out onto the street, when the pavement outside is lined with tables for guests to enjoy the buzz of our historical neighbourhood, Botchergate. 

The Griffin is a grand listed building, which has been carefully restored to maintain its charm while adding a modern fresh look. It was first converted into a pub in 1999, but traces of its former life as Cumberland Union Bank can be found in the high ceilings, wooden panelling and striking wooden staircase. It also has big windows with gold etching that overlook Court Square and allow light to pour into the pub.

During the week, the venue has a relaxed atmosphere which is warm and welcoming, before stepping it up on weekends. The Griffin is perfect for sports fans with big screens regularly showing live matches in numerous areas within the pub. Due to its close location to the railway station which offers travel from big cities, Griffin is popular with commuters looking to explore the historic city. 

The Griffin’s charm continues as you climb the wooden staircase and step upstairs. It has all the same features of the ground floor, including TVs and a big screen, its own bar and wooden tables with leather-topped benches. The only difference is that parts of this cosy upper floor can be sectioned off and used for private parties and celebrations.

The larger side of the mezzanine, which can seat 46 guests and hold a further 15 standing, is perfect for events such as birthdays, big family parties and corporate functions. Or, for smaller and more relaxed gatherings, the other side of the bar can be booked.

Carlisle is a historic place where shadows of the past can be found alongside modern shopping, stylish restaurants and wine bars. This is a city that has always been in high demand. It was founded by the Romans but taken by the Celts, then the Vikings and later the Saxons. Its location made it strategically valuable throughout the ages and it passed hands from the Scots to the English many times. One of our city’s greatest must-sees, the grand Carlisle Castle, has been besieged more times than any other place in the British Isles. Of all Carlisle’s pubs, the Griffin is one of the most special, with its historic character providing insight into the city’s past.

You’ll find our pub right at the heart of the city, just a minute’s walk from the Carlisle Citadel train station.Carlisle is a historic place where shadows of the past can be found alongside modern shopping, stylish restaurants and wine bars. This is a city that has always been in high demand. It was founded by the Romans but taken by the Celts, then the Vikings and later the Saxons. Its location made it strategically valuable throughout the ages and it passed hands from the Scots to the English many times. One of our city’s greatest must-sees, the grand Carlisle Castle, has been besieged more times than any other place in the British Isles. Of all Carlisle’s pubs, the Griffin is one of the most special, with its historic character providing insight into the city’s past.

You’ll find our pub right at the heart of the city, just a minute’s walk from the Carlisle Citadel train station.

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