Franco’s is an independent Italian restaurant located in the medieval Guildhall building in Carlisle city centre. They serve traditional Italian cuisine using local ingredients and ingredients imported straight from Italy. Franco’s has a proud reputation of providing high quality meals and excellent service to their customers. You can dine on a range of dishes from pizzas, to chicken, fish, and pastas. They also have specially designed gluten-free, and vegetarian menus to cater to all of their customers. Other dietary requirements are catered for. A children’s menu is also available. As well as food, their bar also serves a selection of cocktails.

When you dine at Franco’s you are immersed in the medieval structure of The Guildhall. Dating from the early 1400s, the building was extensively renovated but much of the original timber frame remains. You can dine indoors in their restaurant that is handsomely decorated with Venetian paintings. Alternatively, you can sit outside and enjoy the views across the main square. Furthermore, the upper floors of The Guildhall houses a museum that is maintained by Cumberland County Council and Tullie Museum and Art Gallery.

Franco’s is centrally located in Carlisle can be reached by foot. There is street parking located nearby as well as a variety of car parks. The bus station and train station are each about fifteen minutes walk away.


Due to the historic nature of the building, Franco’s is largely inaccessible inside. Stairs are required to reach the indoor seating and bar. Servers can come outside to you and there is ample outdoor seating that is lovely in summer months.

Inside, the lighting is low and music is often played.

There is no accessible bathroom inside Franco’s.

To see their menus and find out more, click here.

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Q What time is happy hour?

Usually, around 5-6:30pm, their website will have updated times.

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