A familiar favourite that previously operated out of Carlisle's Tribe development is now up and running in the city centre. 

Beirut Bites, a modern Lebanese cafe, opened its doors two weeks ago in Carlisle's Greenmarket, marking the end of a three-month closure after no longer operating out of the site in Bitts Park. 

"We see people coming down more and more," owner Andrei Tuiu said. 

"Obviously, it will take some time to get back to where we were but people are liking it, and we've had some good feedback so far.

"People seem to like the cafe-style setting."

The cafe, which was formerly home to La Baguette Bar, offers a mix of takeaway and sit-in options, with a menu boasting everything from shawarmas to lamb chops straight from the grill - Lebanese coffee, teas, wines and beers are also imported directly from Lebanon. 

In Cumbria: Beirut Bites' new modern-style cafe interior shot.Beirut Bites' new modern-style cafe interior shot. (Image: Supplied)

Andrei emphasised the authenticity of the menu, with 90 per cent of the produce being made from scratch on-site including hummus and falafel.

With Lebanese food touted as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, Andrei hopes they are bringing 'something new to Carlisle'.

"We're trying to keep it as affordable as possible. We've seen a lot of footfall at lunchtimes and we're hoping to start delivery service soon as well," he said. 

Beirut Bites' decision to open up a restaurant was brought forward after Tribe CIC entered voluntary liquidation barely a year after opening.

"Tribe was a good stepping stone for us but with the uncertainty, it was the right time to call it," Andrei said. 

"We always wanted to move, so when the problems started, we thought this was the time to move on. We're happy we're here finally." 

The cafe is open six days a week. 

Beirut Bites is actively recruiting front-of-house and kitchen staff, get in touch if you are interested. 

You can find Beirut Bites on Facebook.