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The London Carriage Works

Author: Mārtiņš Rītiņš0 COMMENTS

The London Carriage Works

The best restaurant in Liverpool! Its location - the first boutique hotel in the city - is quite impressive, too. The building, erected in the 1860s in the style of a grand Venetian Palazzo, was once a home of coach and carriage builders. It is located on the main and one of the busiest streets of the city that just some ten years ago seemed more like a slum. Now Hope Street is a part of Liverpool's cultural quarter - the Royal Philharmonic and Paul McCartney's first school is located there as well. Now the former school building houses The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
A perfect match for this elegant company is also The London Carriage Works. A modern interior, featuring lots of glass decorations, some of them remaining a wall of falling water, and a photo of cheese texture opposite the tables. Opened in 2003, it is full of guests - on Friday and Saturday nights no free tables can be found. Traffic streams behind big windows but in comfortable lounge sofas are sinking those, who, in stead of a hearty meal, prefer sandwiches (yes, served here, too) and wine. Just sit there and enjoy!
Liverpool is not a tourism mecca and guests from outside do not frequent The London Carriage Works either. Just lucky ones have caught a glimpse of some stars, having performed in the Philharmonic across the street, or even Mrs. Blair.
Ask whomever you want - any self-respecting Liverpulian would tell that The London Carriage Works chef is the most respected culinary master in the city. Mainly because Paul Askew has remained faithful to locally produced products. Appearance of the best French and Italian culinary masterpieces in the menu is quite rare. The restaurant features the best selected cuisine, providing also a breed and a place of origin of particular beef, pork or poultry in the menu. And surprises won't keep you waiting - Barkham blue cheese with fresh roasted walnuts, chicory and apples are purely divine. The same way as scallops with cauliflower purée and raisin sauce. Yummy...Autumn fish assiette (trio) combines the best and the freshest ones - a fantastic frogfish placed on lentils, fresh calamari on corn purée and a delicious piece of barbe to go with the Jerusalem artichoke. Excellent!
By all means, be sure to taste also durock, filled with roasted potatoes, caramelized apples and young beetroots. Durock is one of the oldest breeds of pigs, with taste of meat, surpassing any supermarket production. Moreover, according to restaurant's policy, it is exclusively locally produced. Durock ribs at The London Carriage Works, so aromatic and savoury, are true gourmets delight. The menu suggests also the best beverage to go with it - Weston's biological cider. It's quite possible that the chef himself will inquire as to your enjoyment of the meal. Paul Askew does not serve meals, however, a spare minute for a friendly communication he may find.
A special advice to vegetarians or cheese fanciers - 21 sort of cheese are available and most of them are locally produced! Also a vegetarian meal does not confine itself to usual tomato and mozzarella cheese. Traditionally minded guests will enjoy fish&chips, yet, as a special surprise comes a day's catch - for a market price! And what is more - you never know what exactly had gotten caughed on a particular day!
Although there are more than 100 seats at The London Carriage Works, including the lounge, a table for a weekend should be better booked in advance. Prices of snacks are from GBP 8.50 to GBP 22. On the basement there is also a bar.

Hope Street Hotel
40 Hope Street
Liverpool, L1 9DA
Phone: 0151 705 2222
Fax: 0151 707 9292

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