The London Carriage Works
Hope Street Hotel, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9DA
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, People watching, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Romance - Expert review of The London Carriage Works
Attached to the Hope Street Hotel, The London Carriage Works has long led the charge when it comes to good food in Liverpool. I know that chef-proprietor Paul Askew is genuinely passionate about local produce, and the dining room, with its distinctive shards of scuptural glass, has a lovely low hum of satisfaction in the middle of service.
Paul Askew's impulse is to take local ingredients and apply refined international influences, but he never loses sight of the fact that flavour is king and Scousers want feeding properly.
Fish and chips are a perennial favourite, but game in season, or duck with caramelised figs and a citrus jus are good choices.
I like the atmosphere in established, confident restaurants and at its best this is what The London Carriage Works is all about.
Some staff are old hands with easy confidence and charm, some are more awkard. It depends who you get.
The air always feels rarefied on Hope Street - it's the architecture that does it, despite the proximity of studentville. As part of one of the best hotels in the city, The London Carriage Works enjoys a great spot.
At £20 for three courses, it's worth checking if the prix fixe is available when you visit.
Table 3 is by the window in the corner, with great views over the street and inside. I once saw TV antiques king David Dickinson sitting there, but don't let that put you off.
More information on The London Carriage Works:
- Price guide:
- Hope Street Hotel, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9DA
- +44 151 705 2222
- Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 7am-10am and noon-10pm, Sat 8am-11am and noon-10pm, Sun 8am-11am and noon-9pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- local produce