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The Griffin, Carlisle

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Court Square
Phone: 01228598941
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John Barras (Spirit Pubs)

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Old Boots left this review about The Griffin

Large Greene King pub on a corner just outside the Citadel and railway station. Fair bit of dark wood and bench seating. White tiled bar back, four pulls lurk on the front corner of the L shaped counter, Abbott, IPA and Golden Griffin from the local Carlisle brewery, presumably some badge engineering going on there. Looks like it’s had a massive refurbishment in the recent past, which possibly added the mezzanine floor. Usual screens and machines with constant but not too intrusive background music. My IPA was as good as it is likely to get but I drank it fast and had jaded taste buds from the previous days excesses. On the ball with their anti plague procedures and reasonably quick service, although it was a quiet time of day while I waited for a train.

On 20th September 2020 - no rating submitted
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Will Larter left this review about The Griffin

I've passed this one many times when changing trains in Carlisle - it's only a stone's throw from the station - but never felt the need to investigate further. On this occasion, a lousy beer in another pub required expunging, so I popped in for a swift half before my train. It's a large building, a former bank, and has been given the treatment. It appears to be quite popular but I entered without too much enthusiasm. The bar features four hand pumps, with Ruddles Best, Greene King IPA and Abbot supporting the very welcome Black Sheep Best Bitter. One of my favourite beers when well kept, and this one was just about spot on. I don't think I'll be making a habit of coming here, but on this occasion it really hit the spot.

On 5th August 2019 - rating: 6
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Gill Smith left this review about The Griffin

This pub is in the 2010 Good Beer Guide, but is a large barn of a place with little atmosphere. Had Geltsdale Brampton bitter which was the only guest available. The other beer was Greene King IPA so I was disappointed with the choice in such a big place. Asked for soup of the day and was told it was pea and spinach, but when it came it was orange, more like a spicy carrot. Nice enough and the food menu was reasonably priced too. TV screens showing artists playing their music at a reasonable level allowing conversation.

On 26th August 2010 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
Carlisle, 0.12 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Wetheral, 4.9 miles, 1 hr 34 min walk (show)
Dalston (Cumbria), 4.95 miles, 1 hr 35 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Griffin, Carlisle
20th Sep 2020, 11:01
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20th Sep 2020, 11:01
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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 22 November 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 05 August 2019 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 05 August 2019 by Will Larter
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 05 March 2012 by Dave McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 05 August 2019 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 June 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 August 2019 by Will Larter
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