Sophisticated dining, big flavours, and sumptuous settings aren’t all about being seen in the city. Take a seat and bring your appetite, as we prepare a side-order of seriously special, suburban eateries.
Spire – Penny Lane
There’s a distinctly European flavour to be found at this contemporary favourite. From an invigorating buzz of conversation, to evocative dishes such as slow-cooked squid, chorizo and tomato, served with sweet polenta fritter, this two-floor restaurant – divided by its name-sake spiral staircase – proves there’s no need to look to the city centre, let alone Andalusia, to navigate your way around a plate.
Almond Bar & Eatery – West Derby
Almond offers small but perfectly formed, Bistro-style dining. Ideal for cosy catch-ups with friends, or delicious family feasts with an emphasis on lean re-workings, of traditional dishes. Order from the grill, or try to resist the wonderfully named quinoa dish, the Rainbow Buddha Bowl. Meanwhile, American-style Pancakes are an indulgent alternative to keep the kids happy.
This elegant French restaurant named after the small, Gallic cellars which house only the finest wines, serves an array of suitably exquisite dishes, hot from la République! Dine on fresh lobster ravioli in creamy lobster sauce, or Portabello mushroom served with spinach & parmesan cream. The intimate setting offers stylish simplicity, which gets food talking the language of love.
Recently featured in a Channel 4 documentary charting the success of this crowd-funded, a là carte eaterie, Pinion brings sheer indulgence to the suburbs. Try pan-roasted cod fillet with Vadouvan spiced butter, parsnip puree and baby gem lettuce. Or, perhaps it’s about time you let warm banana loaf, whipped cream, with toasted peanuts and butterscotch sauce into your life. We think so.
Located within Hillbark Hotel & Spa, Riviera offers an eclectic menu of French, Mediterranean, Ligurian and Nicoise options, set to live piano accompaniment. If all that sounds a little formal for your tastebuds, this is where Riviera defies formal dining. In a brilliantly creative twist, guests savour a more sensory experience, with an array of Riviera produce, encouraging plate-sharing at its finest.
Chy has become synonymous with traditional Chinese cuisine set within a striking, Fine Dining experience. While you’ll find all your favourite dishes, from appetisers, to soups and noodle bowls, Chy specialities such as fillet of steak served in a traditional Cantonese sauce, or wok-fried fillet of sea bass on a bed of pak choi, bring a new era of expectation to what it means to go for a Chinese.
Set in five sprawling acres of woodland, within a charming, renovated country property. You’ll find an extensive, rustic-flavoured menu here. Quaint additions such as Elevenses, featuring granary breads with all the toppings, and hearty main dishes, including braised feather of beef in red wine, make this the kind of setting, which makes us wish for winter! The perfect excuse for a ‘run-out’ to Formby for Sunday lunch, The Sparrowhawk is a real bodice-ripper of a restaurant.
This is a residence where contemporary kitchen innovation comes served with quietly-confident finesse. Caramelised cauliflower, charred mackerel, truffle and parmesan chips; be seated for à la carte, browse the bistro menu, or make a group booking for a real Foodie experience. Add devilish desserts, including ginger parkin, or tonka bean semifreddo, and with a monthly-changing menu, we’re ready to let curiosity get the better of our taste-buds.
From breakfast to late, this popular location offers sophisticated dining, with live music set to an Internationally-inspired menu. For a more casual option, nibble at leisure, with small plates and shared platters in the bar area. The eye-catching canopied-facade of the Pioneer reveals a vibrant coterie of diners, drinks and celebration, with an inviting, warmly-lit ambience, you’ll soon take to heart.
Serving an all-day-seasonal-menu from 7am, you’ll find British, European and International cuisine, along with the Vincent’s popular rendition of Afternoon tea. Asian cuisine is a speciality here, with handmade sushi, and sashimi – thinly-cut meat served without rice – expertly prepared on-site. Set within the eponymous hotel, the Vincent has the kind of bustling occupancy its elegant, carousel doors suggest.
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