British, Modern Restaurants in Merseyside
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. 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”.
4. 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…”)
5. 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”.
6. The Vincent Hotel V-Cafe British, Modern restaurant in Southport 98 Lord Street - PR8
A cool, contemporary boutique hotel whose “pleasingly modern” brasserie has a “buzzy atmosphere and an all-round good vibe”. Not many establishments feature as much choice as the all-day menu here: an eclectic selection ranging from British classics through modern European and other dishes, alongside the products of their sushi bar, providing fresh, hand-made sushi and sashimi. All this plus breakfast and afternoon tea!
7. The Red Fox British, Modern restaurant in Thornton Hough Liverpool Road - CH64
A link in the ever-expanding Brunning & Price chain embodying their eye for gorgeous properties – like this former country club overlooking landscaped lawns – offering solid grub and quaffable booze (they’ve won CAMRA and GPG awards for their cider and whisky respectively). This year it attracted plaudits for its “good value afternoon tea”, and approachable style with kids (and there’s also an appealing beer garden).
8. 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”.
9. 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.
10. 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”.
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