The weather was dreadful, so having dashed through the pouring rain under an umbrella which was determined to turn inside out in the gale force winds, I was delighted to finally reach the sanctuary of the restaurant.
Inside, the large bar area was full of people sipping delicious looking cocktails. The decor is all candlelit tables, leather booth seats, exposed brickwork and vaguely industrial style metal light fittings. The whole interior design aesthetic creates a cosy ambience which reminds me of Pastis in New York or a bistro in Montmartre. We were warmly welcomed with chilled Prosecco and the biggest olives I have ever seen, which were wonderfully sharp and salty. The welcome drinks were a nice aperitif and we were soon drooling over the menu.
We were welcomed with Prosecco and olives.
I opted to start the meal with chargrilled flatbreads which were served with an amazing rustic style red pepper hummus topped with pomegranate seeds, as well as harissa salsa and guacamole. My partner meanwhile had grilled goats cheese on toasted brioche with tomato and apple chutney. Delicious!
Chargrilled flatbreads with red pepper hummus, guacamole and harissa salsa.
Goats cheese on toasted brioche with tomato and apple chutney.
For the main course, I felt in the mood for some classic and traditional comfort food. What better meal for this mood than good old fish and chips? So I just had to choose the fish and chips with pea puree and homemade tartar sauce. The fish was perfectly cooked, white and flaky. The batter was crisp and golden and the peas were deliciously minted. Extra bonus points for the chunky chips and the homemade tartar sauce which was tangy with piquant capers. What a feast! My partner meanwhile had the 28 day aged 8oz rib eye steak with fries, grilled tomato and peppercorn sauce. He devoured it quickly, commenting on the perfectly cooked steak, wonderfully crispy fries and delicious peppercorn sauce between mouthfuls!
Fish and chips with pea puree and homemade tartar sauce.
8 oz rib eye steak with fries and peppercorn sauce.
Dessert time, and you all know the drill. We were feeling too full, blah blah...but suddenly we decided we could just about force ourselves to order dessert in the name of a thorough review. Ahem. Sticky toffee pudding and Knickerbocker glory were duly ordered and we felt truly shamefaced...but still excited to eat the dessert of course! The sundae was ridiculously good, with layers of ice cream, honeycomb, Chantilly cream and homemade brownie pieces. My oh my. The sticky toffee pudding was equally amazing, dense sponge studded with juicy dates and a rich drizzle of toffee sauce. Pudding perfection!
Knickerbocker Glory . Wow, just wow.
Sticky toffee pudding and Knickerbocker Glory.
We chose an excellent Shiraz from the wine list, Cullinan View of South Africa which was spicy, with notes of plum and vanilla. We decided to round of the meal with espresso (him) and espresso martini (me). The martini was delicious, I have always loved espresso martini and I have ordered it for years at various bars and restaurants, so it holds fond memories for me.
So that was the end of our lovely evening at Hanover Street Social. It was a wonderful meal and the service was polite and friendly. We will definitely be returning soon! What do you all think, would you like to pull up a chair and feast on a Knickerbocker Glory here? I hope that you all had a good weekend and thank you so much for reading this post!
Hanover Street Social
16-20 Hanover Street,
Liverpool, L1 4AA
0151 709 8784
Until next time,