If you’re looking for the very finest of dining experiences after a day’s golf on one of our selction of courses, look no further. We have selected three of the very best restaurants in the North-West of England. If the short reviews below have you licking your lips, make a reservation well ahead of your visit, before word gets around!
Over the last few years, Röski has become quite a landmark in the culinary geography of the North West. Michelin star chef, Anton Piotrowski became a TV star in 2014 by winning that year’s MasterChef: The Professionals. Soon after, he took the plunge and opened his restaurant, located on Rodney street, one of Liverpool's best-known. It’s not a big place - Röski can sit 28 - but the flavours he creates are very big, and his technical innovation and inventive techniques have become bywords for a very special eating experience.
Anton has developed seemingly outlandish creations like chocolate soil, and tree trunk plates, but it’s certainly not just for show. Dishes like roast wagyu steak with blue cheese hollandaise deliver a combination of flavours that remind you why you eat out in the first place. Even the open-crumb sourdough bread on your side plate is accompanied by that most incongruous of combinations - butter blended with Marmite, that most British of condiments. Even the side dishes, such as Lincolnshire Poacher triple cooked chips, are carefully crafted. If you try Anton’s taster menu, you’ll be looking forward to the likes of red cabbage bolognese, smoked eel with garlic and chilli and Yorkshire forced rhubarb. ‘Röski’s Gone Carrot’ was the dessert dish on MasterChef with which he first made an impact. We could tell you what it is, but then you’d miss out on the surprise! The interior of Röski is decorated with understated shades of grey, with striped banquettes and dotted around, exquisite wild flower arrangements. You’ll also admire the beautiful (and highly desirable) Japanese ceramic pieces on show. The overall effect is both calming and intriguing.
The exotic foreign name has a simple explanation; it’s a combination of his name, Piotrowski, and his partner Rose’s. The umlaut, according to Anton, was simply added for good measure. The food critic of The Guardian newspaper said it in a short sentence: “Use any excuse to eat here”. Tempted?
Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor
The elegant Chester Grosvenor Hotel cosies up to the Eastgate Clock in Chester city centre and Simon places his reputation for fine dining squarely on the line by putting his name out there. He doesn’t disappoint. On the contrary, the emphasis is placed on a superb experience in all senses, from start to finish. The emphasis is on great service here, starting with the polite offer of a choice from the extensive gin list tasting menu for aperitifs. You can choose from the taster menu or a la carte and the former offers you very short names, some straightforward (Oysters), and others rather more oblique (what’s ‘King Yellow’? Wait and see!)
The a la carte menu boasts superb dishes like asparagus cake, beetroot and goats curd and a lip-smacking apricot and prosecco pre-dessert. Visitors have lyricised about the seared yellowfin tuna with coconut miso sauce, the Jamaica cake and a chocolate mousse to melt in the mouth. You get nine different bread choices (count them!), an example of the perfectionist attitude to the occasion. All in all, this is a prime example of the highest quality in contemporary cooking.
Derek is the sommelier with a true passion for his profession, marshalling 700 bins stored in 'The Riedel Cellar'. You’re sure to taste the most exquisite of wine pairings at Simon’s place.
This is another small restaurant (with only three to four tables), giving it a certain sense of exclusivity. It’s worth booking ahead, though, because the food is quite stunning. Situated in a suburban street in the pretty conservation village of Oxton, a stone’s throw from The Wirral Golf Club, chef and owner Marc Wilkinson has developed a welcoming environment with visual displays with music and lighting designed for the restaurant’s theme - nature and the ever-changing seasons. Dinner promises “a culinary and visual journey” and you duly set off with a treeful of mini-treats. You’re then taken on a ride through sensational dishes like scallop and avocado and superb creations using the very best and locally sourced chicken, salmon and turbot. Reviews are unanimous about the lamb dishes - perfection. An outstanding piece of cooking. Desserts include a strawberry ensemble which provides a fitting destination to this journey. Fraiche has a wonderfully varied wine menu and the enthusiastic sommelier will gladly pair your dishes with just the right choices.
Without a doubt, Liverpool, its surroundings and the North West in general have some of the best restaurants in the UK. Try one of the three above and the experience will give you fond memories for a very long time.