One of my absolute favourite pass times is dining out! It’s the much nicer side of my business, and I am always grateful and flattered to receive an invitation for lunch or dinner from a well-respected Cheshire restaurant.
So when Thornton Hall Hotel, South Wirral extended a dinner invitation to me recently, I accepted without any hesitation at all!
I have known Thornton Hall Hotel virtually all of my life, as I grew up in the lovely little village of Willaston, approximately five minutes drive from the venue.
And of late, I have been very aware of their recent re-launch of The Lawns Restaurant so I was very keen to find out what was going on… and I was not at all disappointed.
To give you a bit of background, The Lawns Restaurant has been awarded an impressive three AA Rosettes for fine dining and listed in the Michelin Guide 2015, and has already earned an enviable reputation with North West food lovers. Newly appointed executive chef, Liverpool-born Matt Worswick (27), has brought his Michelin-starred experience and love of bold, simple flavours to the new Lawns’ menu.
And you really need to visit to enjoy those superb bold flavours, his style is incredibly unique and very impressive.
My guest (editor of The Cheshire Magazine) Louisa and I met early evening in the bar and took our time with the menus. This was a mid week treat for both of us, so we were excited to peruse Matt’s simple yet intriguing dish descriptions.
We eventually ordered, and after a bit of a chat with our lovely waitress were taken through to the restaurant for our Amuse Bouche. This was totally delightful; Shiitake cream, truffle foam – and was most definitely a sign of things to come.
As is the etiquette of such dining invitations, Louisa and I chose differently for all three courses (twice the taste experience!) and were both thrilled with all of our choices.
To start I opted for the Wirral Pigeon with pear, chestnut and date puree and Louisa went for Tortellini, mushroom duxelle, truffled crispy barley, the evenings vegetarian option. Both were absolutely fabulous.
Main courses were particularly exciting; Louisa had the Pork Jowl with Bury black pudding, purple kale and pickled turnip (the crackling was more than perfect) and I went for Scottish Beef, ox cheek, oxtail faggot, soy and coffee. Both again were fabulous and mine was seriously intense – definitely one for the boys!
Matt’s Michelin star reputation of big bold flavours with the most elegant looking food is well deserved. Its unique, confident and totally original.
We should have been a bit too full for dessert but we had already spied some gorgeous finishing fancies – so we went for it with Salted caramel fondant and yoghurt sorbet as well as Rapeseed oil cake with BBQ pine kernel ice cream.
We could have really finished our super-duper food experience off with a choice of over 25 local and regional cheeses, but had to decline!!
Next time maybe…
Its easy to forget your surroundings a little with this incredible dining experience, but take a moment to enjoy this lovely restaurant; its plush, traditional and decadent – a perfect environment for Matt’s wonderful dishes.
I can’t wait to return, so I booked my family in for Mothers day too!
Neston Road, Thornton Hough, Wirral