Lunch at The Shabby Scholar, Carlisle

I went to Carlysles Court to take just a couple of images for a student area guide as The Shabby Scholar, an award-winning boutique-style tapas bar that is located there, was recommended as one of the best and amiable places for students.  An urban gem situated in a cosy courtyard in the very centre of Carlisle, the Shabby Scholar is popular with students for its casually stylish and comfortable decor, tasty cocktails mixed to perfection and a great atmosphere to share tapas with the group of friends (that is, if you book in advance). You can enjoy the sunshine while having a cup of coffee at one of the outdoor tables or have a selection of high quality imaginative tapas bites in a delightfully quirky indoor setting. Indeed, it has been nominated for the Best Casual Dining award for the second year running.

True to its name, the bar embodies the shabby chic aesthetic and boasts a well thought out combo of vintage decor pieces, mismatched tables and chairs, rustic citrus fruit displays and vintage-style cushions with embroidered sayings. It was such a treat to my photographer’s eye that I stopped for a late lunch, a cheese toasty imaginatively served on a heart-shaped board, with hand-cut chips and salsa on the side and my cutlery unusually presented in a mini bucket.

As  there was a lull before the cocktail hour I took some additional editorial lifestyle photographs of the Shabby Scholar’s attentive and amiable stuff and its quirky interior. On my train journey back to Dumfries I caught myself recommending the place left and right to my travel companions.

The Shabby Scholar sign

The Shabby Scholar sign

Outdoor tables of the Shabby Scholar bar

Outdoor tables in the secluded Carlysle Court allow the patrons to enjoy the weather

Making coffee

Making coffee

Friendly stuff member of the Shabby Scholar

Friendly stuff member

Vintage decor details

Vintage decor details

Award-winning and nominated for the second time

Award-winning and nominated for the second time

Distinctive home-made lemonade maker

Distinctive home-made lemonade maker

Another room

Another room

Rustic citrus fruit display

Rustic citrus fruit display

Quicky cushions

Quicky cushions

Imaginative presentation of my tasty cheese toastie

Imaginative presentation of my tasty cheese toastie

Cutlery served in a mini bucket

Cutlery served in a mini bucket

If you want to see more images from this photo session please visit my Shabby Scholar editorial photography Flickr gallery.