Review on The Art School Restaurant
The Art School Restaurant opened its doors in September 2013, the latest venture from critically acclaimed chef, Paul Askew of the London Carriage Works Restaurant set within the Hope Street Hotel, which has been the recipient of a plethora of awards and commendations since its launch in 2003. Handily placed near the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Victorian building, a former art school, is located in the original lantern room of the 1888 Home for Destitute children. It has undergone a stunning makeover, retaining many of the original features and now showcases a stylish décor with contemporary lipstick red chairs making a striking contrast against the crisp white linen laid tables, set on a modern wood flooring. There's a viewing window to watch all the action of the chefs at work and the pièce de résistance is the fabulous beamed atrium that floods the restaurant with natural light.
Paul places great emphasis on high quality seasonal ingredients and has built up a special relationship with local suppliers he can trust to provide only the freshest produce for his menus. Kick off with local duck salad with roast figs, squash, chicory and ginger or grilled Razor Shell clam with Filey crab, fennel and Nasturtium salad. Main courses pick up the theme with cutlet of Willaston organic Old Spot pork with lemon thyme, Chanterelles and puy lentils or fish lovers can choose the fish market dish of the day. Indulgent desserts close the show with pear, apricot and frangipane tart with Limoncello syrup and white chocolate mascarpone or baked vanilla cheesecake with Italian meringue, mango and almonds.
The wine list is a cracker, running to nearly 250-bins, knowledgeably garnered from all corners of the world.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.15pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 5.00 - 9.30pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card