Food and drink
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.
Tables to book
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.
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