Review on The Viking Pub & Bakehouse
Following on from the success of The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse in the village of Woolton, Channel 4's Sunday Brunch chef Simon Rimmer has opened a sibling pub called The Viking Pub & Bakehouse with his partners Roy Ellis, Charlotte Kemp and Neil Macleod under their Flying Pig & Lobster company.
Inspired by the Wirral's culture and heritage to the Vikings, the pub opened in the summer of 2016 after an extensive refurbishment. Set on Black Horse Hill in a residential area of West Kirby, it's light and airy with a cosy and welcoming ambience. Exposed brickwork is decorated with artwork, pale wooden tables and blue leather banquette seating in booths on wooden flooring, gives the space a Scandinavian vibe.
The Viking offers a crowd-pleasing menu designed around fresh local sourced ingredients, with an industrious kitchen that makes everything in-house including the bread and pastries. Starters offer an enticing mix of flavours with Korean spiced chicken, red chilli, gochujang sauce and sesame seeds or pickled herring pot, house pickle, rye bread, dill, chive and chilli crème fraîche. There's a good selection of pizzas on offer or you might opt for Cheshire lamb rump with fondant potato, roasted heritage carrots, carrot puree and rosemary gravy. Fish fans will enjoy the Viking hotpot with cod salmon, potato, chargrilled prawns, white wine, Dijon and honey mustard cream. Racking up the comfort factor are desserts such as double chocolate brownie paired with hot chocolate sauce and malted milk ice cream or sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and milk ice cream. Children are made welcome and have their own menu.
Backing up the food is a well-priced wine list, zingy cocktails, tank beer from Budweiss in the Czech Republic, gin balloons, smoothies and milkshakes.
Gastro pub / British
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 9.00am Sat & Sun
Lunch: 11.30am through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card