British, Modern Restaurants in Liverpool
1. Maray British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 91 Bold Street - L1
“Fabulous Maray never disappoints” – whether you head to this “packed” and “buzzing” outpost (est. 2014), or the equally popular offshoots in Allerton and the Royal Albert Dock. Inspired by the kind of food found in the Marais in Paris, it serves “interesting and inspiring” Middle Eastern small plates (“with a focus on vegetarian dishes”), and the end result is “a great experience” according to its army of fans.
2. Roski British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 16 Rodney Street - L1
This city-centre three-year-old from “incredibly talented chef” Anton Piotrowski, a BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner, “is really getting it right now – great to see such a risky enterprise doing so well”. “What an unexpected delight – just another bistro from the outside, but inside it’s quickly clear it’s so much more”. “The tasting menu includes some very adventurous offerings” and on all accounts the food is “beautifully plated and tastes gorgeous”.
3. Wreckfish British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 60 Seel Street - L1
“Another of Gary Usher’s fabulous bistros” is a typical take on this “great addition to the city-centre”: a stylishly refurbished three-year-old (formerly a derelict workshop), in the city’s merchant quarter, that’s nowadays the city’s most-mentioned eatery. Its gutsy, affordable fare is generally well-rated, but ratings sipped a notch this year on some more middling reports (“good in parts…”, “good but expected more…”, “prices are slightly high even if everything they do, they do well…”)
4. Belzan British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 371 Smithdown Road - L15
A “great small spot in resurgent Smithdown Road”, which opened in December 2017, and combines “good-quality small plates, and an excellent list of wines from small independent producers, with a sommelier who knows his stuff”. “Lovely atmosphere”, too – “only issue is that it can be crowded” so you’ll “need to book”.
5. Hanover Street Social British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 16-20 Hanover St - L1
“Consistently good food at a competitive price” plus a “useful central location and a great choice of gins” means this modern brasserie from Merseyside’s Red & Blue Restaurants group is “worth a visit”.
6. 60 Hope Street British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 60 Hope St - L1
This well-established (est. 1999) and “ever-reliable” contemporary restaurant, in a Grade II-listed house near the Anglican cathedral, still provides a “wide-ranging” and “interesting” menu of modern brasserie fare delivered by “young and friendly” staff.
7. Spire British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 1 Church Road - L15
“Consistently good cooking and attentive service” has built a loyal local following over 12 years for brothers Matt & Adam Locke’s “great neighbourhood restaurant”, around the corner from Penny Lane. Its modern British food is “up there with the best” and the “good-value deals” ensure that it’s “busy every day with the local ladies who lunch”.
8. The London Carriage Works, Hope Street Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 40 Hope Street - L1
2019 Review: For a “really good breakfast” or “fab afternoon tea”, this boutique hotel dining room does still win recommendations. Feedback is much more limited nowadays, though, compared with the heady days of its opening in 2003, when it was the hottest ticket in town.
9. The Monro British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 92-94 Duke St - L1
2017 Review: “A pleasant surprise” – a “relaxing, welcoming” gastroboozer whose “sound pub menu” earns its popularity.
10. Fonseca's British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 12 Stanley St - L1
2019 Review: The original Delifonseca (re-named to avoid confusion with its spin-off), now with vintage cocktail bar, wins praise for its “really good food and interesting choices” from a daily-changing blackboard menu. Change may be afoot, however, with the owner eyeing a vast, Kickstarter-funded expansion of its dockside spin-off (home to a famed market hall), with plans to eventually operate from one base.
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