Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Merseyside
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Merseyside restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 163 restaurants in Merseyside and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Merseyside restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Lawns Restaurant, Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa International restaurant in Thornton Hough Neston Rd - CH63
The restaurant of this lush Wirral country pile is “a little hidden gem”, delivering some “unbelievable” food (including a “quite affordable” prix fixe at lunch); fans say that it’s the “best on the Wirral (since Fraiche is always full up)”. (This was the location, in October 2019, of the crunch Brexit talks between Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar).
2. 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”.
3. Salt House Spanish restaurant in Liverpool 1 Hanover Street - L1
A stylish tapas joint just round the corner from John Lewis (should you be hungry after shopping for a washing machine) – “very busy, lively and fun, with interesting dishes that are reasonably priced”. Top Tip – “a very good value set lunch”.
4. Panoramic 34 French restaurant in Liverpool Brook Street - L3
“The views are just to die for” at the West Tower’s 34th floor restaurant – a “great place to bring people”, particularly if you opt for the afternoon tea – but it’s no one-trick pony, and also pumps out some “gorgeous”, more serious cooking. Even the least enthusiastic report (which finds it “overpriced and way too pretentious”) says “it has the most amazing setting, and the food’s good”.
5. Bistrot Vérité French restaurant in Southport 7 Liverpool Road - PR8
“Cosy Birkdale bistro” – “low-ceilinged, but that’s French bistros for you” – “whose menu offers plenty of tempting choices”, whose food is “fabulous” and where the service is “professional and efficient”. “It’s always busy, so early booking is essential.”
6. 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.
7. Roski British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 16 Rodney Street - L1
This city-centre two-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”.
8. Lino’s Italian restaurant in Hoylake 122 Market Street - CH47
“Always reliable and enjoyable”, this veteran family-run Italian (est. 1983) has recently passed to the next generation, with Enrico Galantini taking over the reins from his parents, Lino & Barbara. It has always “deserved its mention” but such feedback as we have on the generational shift says the cooking has “improved considerably”.
9. Burnt Truffle British, Modern restaurant in Heswall 104-106 Telegraph Road - CH60
“A very reliable destination on the Wirral that usually delivers the goods” – Gary Usher’s cosy bistro was the first of his crowdfunded sequels to Chester’s Sticky Walnut and continues to inspire very high all-round satisfaction with its “consistently wonderful and reasonably priced” cooking, and service that’s “cheerful and makes you feel at home”.
10. Mowgli Indian restaurant in Liverpool 69 Bold St - L1
“Liverpool’s answer to London’s Dishoom” – Nisha Katona’s Indian street-food concept, “in the heart of the city”, has really nailed it, delivering “small sharing helpings of Mumbai-style street food”, alongside “yumblelicious” cocktails, served “by welcoming and knowledgeable staff” in a “modern and individual setting” (albeit one now being replicated around the country). Top Tip – “the always-good tiffin box option is the best”.
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