But if you fancy yourself as a’ foodie’ or simply like your ‘jus’ – just the way you like it, there is an ever-growing selection of ‘fancy’ fine dining options both in the city and beyond.
Don’t worry – it’s not all starched linen and fine wines, the new wave of fine dining is cool, contemporary and most of all helping put our region firmly at the heart of the UK food map.
Merseyside’s only Michelin star restaurant, this bijou dining mecca is foodie heaven. Nestled in the heart of Oxton village, Chef Patron Mark Wilkinson is creating culinary magic in his own unique style. Critically acclaimed and with a waiting list to match, you need to book early if you want to add this exceptional experience to your foodie bucket list. Check out their website here.
If you prefer your fine dining with an added bit of Flamenco, this tapas heaven takes Spanish classics to a whole new level. Not your traditional take on a fine-dining establishment but the quality, authentic ingredients and clever use of local produce has seen this Hardman Street favourite make it into the Michelin Guide as one to watch this year.
Don’t miss the Truffle Whipped Goats Cheese and Salt Cod Croquettas – and with 2 tapas for £12 Mon-Fro from 12-5pm, what can we say other than Ole! To book a table, visit their website here.
Set 300 feet above sea level on the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic 34 is one of the UK’s highest restaurants. This celebrated fine dining restaurant offers breath-taking 360° views of the iconic River Mersey, and beyond. And if that wasn’t enough, the food is pretty spectacular too. The ever-changing menu changes daily based on what ingredients are in season and the clever, European inspired dishes taste every bit as good as they look. For the full fine dining hit, check out the epic tasting menu. Seven incredible courses from £79 pp or £120 if you go for matched wines. Check out their website here.
One of Chester’s finest, this split-level Manhattan style steak house offers hearty fine dining New York style. A Michelin Guide regular, think unusual cuts of prime meat served with the most incredible sides, clever starters and to die-for-desserts. Check out the upstairs bar for the city’s finest cocktails and enjoy some of the home-brewed mixes or a tipple from the impressive wine list. If you need a shopping refuel, the daily lunch is a great shout with two delicious courses for just £16 or three for £19. More info here.
If you like your fine dining a bit on the edge, Wreckfish is the place for you. Billed as a neighbourhood bistro serving up simple, great quality dishes – this place really delivers on flavour and innovation
Part of ‘bad-boy’ chef and social media supremo Gary Usher’s growing portfolio, Wreckfish is the perfect mix of sublime fine dining and city centre swag with a super-cool vibe and modern clever dishes to match. We absolutely love the Sunday Lunch here too. An amazing twist on a traditional roast. The communal table and private dining room is a great shout if you are meeting friends and at just £21 for 2 courses or £25 for three it is worth every penny. Find out more info here.
The 2 Michelin starred Moor Hall Restaurant in Aughton near Ormskirk is a stunning grade II* listed building that is steeped in history dating back to the thirteenth century. Chef Patron Mark Birchall and his team have been making massive waves in the UK dining scene with their stunning produce driven take on exceptional fine dining. A true ‘restaurant with rooms’ you can dine, dream and truly indulge your senses with an unforgettable foodie break at this intoxicating retreat. Have a look at their website here.
Don’t be fooled by the look of this little place just off the main drag in Heswall. It might look quite unremarkable but the food here is anything but. Acclaimed chef Moyo has worked in some of the UK’s finest restaurants and 5 star hotels and his unique approach to fine dining has won foodie fans from far and wide. The early dining menu is a great way to give this place a try (Tues & Thurs available all evening; Wed & Fri from 6pm – 7pm) Two courses are just £17.50, three £19.50 and the menu is bursting with clever dishes, interesting flavours and plenty of fresh local produce. More info here.
Probably the city’s most acclaimed restaurant – Paul Askew and his super-talented team have helped put Liverpool back on the fine dining map. Incredible dishes, stunning surroundings, exceptional service, the very finest quality ingrediants and a wine list to die for – have we convinced you yet? Lunch, dinner, drinks in the Cellar with a bit of charcuterie and a cocktail or two; this place has nailed it. And if all that wasn’t enough, super-affable Chef Patron Porky is usually on hand for a quick natter to make your visit even more memorable. Art School – we love you! To book a table, see here.
Set in rolling countryside in the village of Frankby near West Kirby on the Wirral, Hillbark is Merseyside’s only 5 Star hotel. Forget stuffy pretention though, this place is a super relaxed haven with wonderful staff and gorgeous dining options. The wonderful Riviera restaurant is inspired by the classic dishes of the Med – think delicious small plates, served when they are ready and bursting with the intoxicating flavours of the Mediterranean coast. Fine dining with a twist, the stunning surroundings and magnificent attention to detail mean that this is a foodie journey you won’t forget in a hurry. Check out their website here.
New kid on the fine dining block, Simon Wood, is opening his second Wood Restaurant in Chester this week.
Simon, who won Masterchef back in 2015 has been wowing diners at his Manchester restaurant with his super-relaxed an unintimidating take on classic fine dining. The restaurant which is housed in the new Hotel indigo in the city centre promises to be a superb addition to Chester’s already vibrant dining scene. Fans of MasterChef can now try Simon’s signature mushroom raviolo, anjou squab pigeon, and citrus tutti frutti for themselves as part of the Wood Chester A La Carte menu.
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