Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Merseyside
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Merseyside restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 156 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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. Panoramic 34
French restaurant in Liverpool
Brook Street - L3
“On the 34th floor of West Tower, right in the heart of Liverpool – the 360 degree vista over the city’s waterfront here is simply quite stunning!” It’s “a treat on many levels”, though, generally confounding those cynical about rooms with a view, with its “amazing food” and “sharp and efficient service”. Top tip: try it for afternoon tea.
. The Art School
British, Traditional restaurant in Liverpool
Sugnall St - L7
Paul Askew’s “seriously good” open-kitchen four-year-old with large skylight (“attractive if slightly Spartan”), near the Liverpool Philharmonic – is the most commented-on European restaurant in town, and many diners consider it “the star of the Liverpool food scene” thanks to his “excellent” tasting menus (there’s quite an array, and also a cheaper lunch and earlybird prix fixe alternative); and with the sourcing of high-quality local ingredients often commended. For a minority, though, the scoff seems more middling, and service – while “top quality” to most reporters – at times comes over as “a bit stuffy” or “inflexible”.
restaurant in Liverpool
91 Bold Street - L1
This “excellent, innovative independent on trendy Bold Street” is inspired by the North African/Middle Eastern cuisine found in the Marais district of Paris and “trying hard to be trendy like Ottolenghi”. The place is “very buzzy”, with “fantastic small plates”, “great wine and cocktails” – and it’s “brilliant value”. “Good idea to book as it gets very busy”.
. Bistrot Vérité
French restaurant in Southport
7 Liverpool Road - PR8
“This cosy Birkdale French bistro is deservedly popular for its consistently very good food, much of it locally sourced” (and “very reasonably priced” to boot); add in “welcoming, timely and professional” service and locals feel “lucky to live near this gem!”
. Burnt Truffle
British, Modern restaurant in Heswall
104-106 Telegraph Road - CH60
Gary Usher’s crowdfunded follow-up to Sticky Walnut (the first of several) “describes itself as a local bistro, but it’s far better than that”, offering “novel, well-prepared and VERY tasty cooking” in a “quaint and cosy cottage” in the centre of a village on the Wirral.
Indian restaurant in Liverpool
69 Bold St - L1
“I have not met anyone who has been who hasn’t raved!” – ex-barrister, Nisha Katona’s “trendily located” street food venture is “a really good new wave Indian” and has “succeeded in spades” in ‘The Pool’, providing “fresh”, “punchy” dishes that are “incredibly varied in flavour, and variety” in an environment that’s “always full and buzzing”, alongside some “very interesting cocktails”. “No booking, so in the evenings you need to put your name on the list and go for a drink until your table is ready”. Top Tip: “take pot luck and order the tiffin box where the chef chooses what you get”. (This was her initial branch – she’s expanded her “Dishoom of the North West” to other sites and cities now).
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