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Just across the road from the Liverpool Philharmonic, Paul Askew’s year-old venture is “getting better all the time”. “It’s a beautiful, airy room with the kitchen visible through a long window”, service is “wonderful”, and there was more consistent praise this year for the “fantastic” cuisine.
Paul Askew, formerly of the Hope Street Hotel and London Carriage Works, has opened a “gorgeous” new fine dining venture in a Victorian ex-children’s home; it's certainly a “bold” venture, and while fans proclaim the experience “superb”, sceptics cite “variable” food as proof that he's “not quite pulling it off so far”.
The Art School Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A treat if you're in Liverpool. Large open space with high skylights. Local ingredients used to create elegant dishes. Both fish and meat options are deliciously cooked. Worth sampling the tasting menu first time and then on the second visit skip the small plates and go for what you really liked the best. Start with an aperitif in the small bar. Good wine list."
"Very enjoyable lunch at the Art School; cooking was tremendous, service was friendly and attentive and the room is very pleasant indeed. Lunch menu is very reasonable value indeed. Excellent bottle of wine."
"This is a pretentious establishment that really is unable to live up to its price tag. The restaurant itself is too brightly lit and bare and lacks that special something for a romantic night out. Staff try hard- too hard in fact -and come across as sycophantic. The wines we had with our tasting menu wine flight were simply cheap and dull. The Charles Heidseck champagne was the only highlight. The chef is former London Carriageworks and unfortunately he is struggling to make this work. Flavours are too overwhelming eg orange sauce with duck which was far too bitter . The venison was tough and overcooked. Very expensive for what it offers . Not in the league of its London or Cumbrian counterparts ."
Sugnall St, Liverpool, L7 7DX
Last orders: 9 pm