Spanish Restaurants in Liverpool
1. Salt House Spanish restaurant in Liverpool 1 Hanover Street - L1
Two-level tapas haunt opposite John Lewis that’s “still a big favourite” thanks to its “interesting” selection of dishes. “The only drawback can be the noise – it’s a high space with a mezzanine level and lots of hard surfaces, so it is difficult to talk when it's busy”.
2. Moor Hall British, Modern restaurant in Aughton Prescot Rd - L39
“What can I say that’s not already been said? Just superb!” – Mark Birchall’s converted manor house north of Liverpool is five years old now, but still has the golden glow of one of the UK’s most fast-rising culinary stars, and some fans say they “thought it had a chance of its third Michelin star this year”. That would be an achievement anywhere – never mind in a corner of West Lancashire long seen as a gastronomic wasteland. The long drive, the lake, the grounds, the cleverly refurbished medieval buildings… all create a “perfect and luxurious experience”. “The dining room and lounges are sleek and welcoming and the attention to detail from the kitchen garden to the cheese room, even to the cutlery is flawless”. “Best of all, every mouthful from its tasting menu is fresh, clean and sublime” and a clear reflection of the “dedication, high standards and clear technical expertise” in the kitchen. Fame is bringing one drawback though – even those who judge it a “fabulous” experience sometimes think it risks becoming an “outrageously expensive” one. And – amidst praise for “fun and unintimidating staff who don’t miss a beat” – there is also the odd fear of “an over-focus on creating theatre rather than making the customer totally relaxed”. Top Tip – “the food bonanza continues at breakfast so stay over if you can”.
3. Lunya Spanish restaurant in Liverpool 55 Hanover Street - L1
“This Liverpool tapas institution continues to go from strength to strength”, with a “menu heavy on Spanish classics but with a Scouse twist” – “you do feel you’re getting a genuine taste of Spain, with the fabulous paella and a great Spanish vermouth to kick things off”. It was launched in 2010 by Peter & Elaine Kinsella, who followed up with Lunyalita in the Albert Dock. Top Tip – “don’t miss the excellent Catalonian deli as well”.
4. Pilgrim Spanish restaurant in Liverpool 46 Duke Street - L1
2021 Review: BBC2’s ‘My Million Pound Menu’ winners Dave Bone (chef) Jamie Duffield (front of house), and Anthony Power opened this new venture in Duke Street Market (a revamped docklands warehouse) in spring 2019. The food offering is based on dishes found along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes in Spain, France and Portugal, and – though we received no survey feedback – it’s receiving a good rep generally (including from Michelin who awarded it a 2020 Bib Gourmand).
5. El Gato Negro Spanish restaurant in Liverpool Unit 2, Walker House, Exchange Flags - L2
2021 Review: Manchester’s tapas smash hit branched out in August 2019, with this large 250-seat opening, in the Exchange Flags development, overlooking Liverpool’s fine town hall (which formerly traded as Steven Gerrard’s ‘The Vincent’). A big and well-stocked bar is also key to the offering.
6. Lunyalita Spanish restaurant in Liverpool Unit 5, Britannia Pavilion, Royal Albert Dock - L3
Outdoor tables near the water are an option during good weather at Lunya’s little sister – a two floor operation, with terrace and upstairs bar in a fabulous setting by Albert Dock. It serves an impressive range of tapas and sharing deli platters.
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