Open from 6:15pm every day of the week, the Brasserie and Bar in Carlisle's Hallmark Hotel exude style and luxury whilst still keeping comfort at the forefront. Located right in the centre of Carlisle opposite the train station, the hotel is an ideal spot to relax and catch up with friends. The Hallmark Bar and Lounge's locally sourced menu is leaps and bounds ahead of most hotel offerings with the sheer diversity it offers. Warm your appetite with a plate of black pudding, crispy poached egg and streaky bacon with hollandaise, or take your taste buds further east with the confit duck salad, complete with beansprouts, peppers, cucumber, chilli and hoi sin sauce. Main courses range from modern British fare - think 8oz sirloin steak or slow cooked beef featherblade with creamy mash and root vegetables - to European favourites such as the innovative giant arancini, an Italian risotto ball, stuffed with mozzarella, coated in panko breadcrumbs and dripping with tomato and basil sauce. The Hallmark Bar and Lounge have also taken inspiration from much further afield. More vibrant highlights on the menu include the hot and spicy Goan prawn curry, served with dhal, basmati rice and traditional chapattis, and their signature dish, the spiced, slow cooked lamb shoulder, served with Moroccan couscous, harissa and tahini. Those looking to simply graze while they sip and socialise can opt for the Mediterranean mezze board, loaded with roasted pepper, mixed olives, breads and a feta dip. Sweet tooth crying out for some satisfaction? The Brasserie's desserts include Belgian chocolate cheesecake with vanilla ice cream to the Winter berry sundae. With free Wi-Fi, ample parking, seventy luxurious bedrooms and an excellent cocktail list, the Bar and Lounge at the Hallmark Hotel is the perfect spot to kick back, relax and dine after a day exploring the Scottish borders.