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Sunday, 22 August 2010


Panchos, a mexican style restaurant very close to Carlisle Station in Court Square.

Parking, if you are very lucky, can be found right outside. We were not so lucky and had to park behind the Gala Bingo on Botchergate and walk up.

Inside it is very 'rustic' style with painted tables and wooden chairs. The atmosphere is fast paced, a little noisy, but welcoming. Tables were a little sticky and menus a little tatty. Food & service more than made up for it though.
It has an open kitchen, so you can watch the food being prepared.

It has some lovely options on the menu, a couple of Veggie choices to start, and three in the main meal section, although it seems like everything is cooked to order so I imagine most things could be adapted to suit.

I started with Brie, with a Plum Salad. (The request for no onions or peppers was noted and carried out :) )

A gorgeous array of flavours, the plums were marinated in Vinegarette, which worked really well. A nice size tasty piece of Brie which was complimented perfectly by the plums.

Hubby had Cheesy Garlic Bread - and they weren't shy with the Garlic !!

For mains, I had "Enchiladas Espinacas" which was Spinach, Potatoes, Garlic, Chilli and Cream in a tortilla, topped with cheese and grilled. This was served with boiled rice and a dressed salad.

It was delicious, although very rich. The boiled rice was a welcome accompaniment to mop up the creamy sauce.

Hubby had Chicken, Garlic & Sweetcorn Pizza, and again they were not shy with the garlic, to be honest he said there was a bit much and next time he will ask for less - he LOVES garlic, so there must have been loads.

No room for pudding, although we did have a peep at the menu, they did look quite nice so perhaps next time.
The bill, not including a tip, was £38. This was for two starters, two mains, two large wines and two soft drinks.
Will definately be back, there is another dish I have my eye on to try :)

Cannot find a website, but here are the contact details.

Hallmark Hotel
Court Square,
Town Centre,
01228 515 379

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