Tucked away inside boutique hotel King Street Townhouse, all-day dining destination The Tavern is inspired by the popular tavern-style eateries dotted across New York City.
The sleek dining room’s wood-panelled walls give it a grand feeling, whilst its deep leather booths keep you nice and cosy.
It manages to be both luxurious and relaxed – no mean feat.
The menus have been given an update to welcome the flavours of spring.
There’s plenty to choose from but immediately our eyes gravitate towards the starters and small plates section, which features a mixture of steadfast starter favourites and some more challenging options.
If you want to start things off simply, there’s a range of locally baked artisan bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Bellissima!
What jumps right out is an indulgent-sounding treacle cured salmon (served with lemon crème fraîche and pickled beetroot), and white and black blood pudding fritters – which come dished up with a side of mustard mayonnaise for dipping.
Further options include a goats cheese, sweet potato and chilli jam tart; creamy beetroot hummus and warm pitta; scotch egg; onion bhaji; and chicken liver parfait with brioche bread and red onion marmalade. So no matter what you find yourself hankering after, you’re sure to find something to satisfy.
Whilst the decor at The King St Tavern is sleek and stylish, its set-up for diners is pretty laid back – and that’s just how they like it.
Geared towards those looking for a leisurely lunch or dinner, it’s popular with ladies who lunch and smart-casual professional types. But if you wanted to sit with a coffee and your laptop, and maybe enjoy a little nibble, you certainly won’t feel out of place.
Moving on to the mains, and we’re spoilt for choice.
Their famous shepherd’s pie is a comforting classic and comes with soft and sweet minted peas that set the lamb off a treat.
And the scampi and chips have us excited, too. Served with proper chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas, here the kitchen uses a light tempura batter that really shows off the delicate flavours of the freshly-sourced scampi.
Further options include crispy pork belly with celeriac puree and spring cabbage, King Street Townhouse’s signature burger, and there are some serious steaks on there too.
Choose either a fillet or ribeye cut – aged for 28 days before being cooked to your liking and served up with proper chips, roasted plum tomato and sauteed your choice of bernaise, peppercorn, red wine or blue cheese sauce.
And for those who love a little something sweet, there are some sumptuous desserts too.
The boozy pina colada cheesecake with white rum jelly, pineapple gel, coconut cheesecake and a biscuit crumb takes our fancy, as does the hazelnut sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel, candied hazelnuts and ferrero ice cream.
Using locally sourced produce wherever possible, the kitchen team works exclusively with North West suppliers to ensure that everything is super-fresh.
King Street Townhouse is hugely popular for events and they’ve also updated their private dining menus for the new season.
It’s extensive, packed with everything from pink rump of lamb to salmon cured beetroot – so if you’re looking for a venue for your next do we highly recommend giving them a look-in.
Starter highlights include a goats cheese and tomato profiterole served with caramelised walnuts, watercress and a blueberry coulis and the lobster and gnger bon-bon with lemongrass cream, salmon caviar and basil oil.
Whilst mouth-watering mains include mushroom and hazelnut stuffed guinea fowl breast with fondant sweet potato, bacon, braised leeks and savoy cabbage; and a pink duck breast with beetroot purée, roaster carrot and turnip, fondant potatoes and blackberry jus.
With stunning rooftops, spa facilities, private rooms and full venue hire available, no matter what you’re looking for you’re sure to find it here.