Founded in 1865, John Watt & Son has been making coffee in Carlisle for over 150 years. With a range of award-winning recipes, John Watt & Son can guarantee and delicious cup of coffee every time you visit. They have a selection of cafes spread across Carlisle and each one promises a welcoming atmosphere and enjoyable visit. They strive to be as sustainable as possible from the creation process, to the packaging and sale of their coffee blends (that visitors can buy online or in store). Similarly, they partner with many local businesses and providers to provide locally sourced, fresh food everyday to their customers. Their menus are extensive and as well as coffee can supply a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and breakfasts.

As well as their café businesses, John Watt & Son also run tea and coffee subscription services and the option to buy their produce online. They are established suppliers and customers are able to purchase blends in house at their main café locations.

Their locations include:

  • Café at 11 Bank Street, Carlisle. Dine in for lunch or cake at their cosy café.
  • The Roastery at 49 Blackfriars Street, Carlisle. This location offers takeaway coffee and allows the public to see the creation process and buy blends.
  • Cakes and Ale
  • Tullie Museum and Art Gallery
  • Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life

For more information on their cafés and their menus, click here.


There is a small step into their main locations on Bank Street and Blackfriars Street, Carlisle. However, Cakes and Ale, Tullie, and Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life are wheelchair friendly. More information about their accessibility options can be found on their pages.

Cakes and Ale has the option to be outside.

If you would like to learn more about the John Watt & Son shop, see here.

Q Is the Bank Street café accessible?

The café is quite small and can get busy. There is a step up into the building.

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