Lawns Restaurant at Thornton Hall is no ordinary dining experience. With three AA Rosettes for fine dining under its belt, the restaurant is the perfect spot for a special occasion or if you feel like treating yourself to an impressive three-course dinner.
Located at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in Wirral, this four star venue is surrounded by beautiful gardens in the quaint village of Thornton Hough.
At the helm is Liverpool-born Matt Worswick, who you may have seen grace the small screen this September when he appeared on BBC’s Great British Menu representing the North West. Described as a special dining experience, Matt’s menu uses the finest ingredients – local and British where possible – to create bold flavour combinations.
The À la Carte menu we tasted was priced at £39 for three courses, and for the quality and standard of service you definitely get your money’s worth.
To start, a selection of warm breads were delivered to the table, followed by our starters. My dining partner decided on the chicken and ham hock terrine, which at first looked like quite a large portion for a starter but my guest was surprised by the lightness of the dish. I opted for the poached smoked haddock linguine, a creamy pasta dish with fish cooked to perfection. Served with a parmesan foam, this gave the dish an added interest and creativity which is evident throughout the entire menu.
For my main, I chose the rump of lamb with BBQ aubergine and pomme dauphine. The lamb, cooked two ways and served with mushrooms and broccoli, was a delight and reminded me of home cooked roast dinners. My guest selected the stone bass, which was served with carrot cooked in a variety of ways and with one other unusual but tasty ingredient; granola (surprisingly tasty!).
Every thought had been put in to the presentation of the food and this, alongside the service, made for a great evening.
To finish, my dining partner decided on the banana mousse; which came with caramelised banana, chocolate shards and muscovado and liquorice ice cream. Although a delicious dessert, my guest felt like the banana overpowered the liquorice flavour, but loved the originality and look of the dish.
For my dessert, I selected the raspberry cheesecake with elderflower sorbet. The tart raspberries and smooth, creamy filling created a good balance of flavours and the elderflower sorbet gave the dish a fruity twist.
The presentation of all the dishes was creative and refined, so much so; we felt like we were ruining a piece of art work by digging in to our food! The quality and taste, however, did match the presentation and it’s easy to see why the restaurant boasts itself as a ‘fine dining experience’.
Whether you’re looking to book somewhere for a special occasion or are keen to try a menu from a chef with a Michelin star, Lawns Restaurant at Thornton Hall is well worth a trip over the water.