A Liverpool restaurant that’s been open for 10 years is still being labelled a “must” by diners – so we went to put it to the test.
Hanover Street Social opened in the city centre a decade ago and continues to impress people who try it, with reviewers recently claiming the restaurant is “not to be missed”.
After spotting some intriguing reviews online for Hanover Street Social, I made the trip this week – and it didn’t disappoint.
The small venue is tucked away amid the hustle and bustle of the city centre, just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool ONE, but you’d never guess it once you’re inside.
The restaurant feels calm, cosy and surprisingly peaceful for somewhere that has buses and cars rushing past its enormous windows.
We’d booked ahead and were welcomed quickly upon arrival, being shown our table and given menus before being left to talk among ourselves – but mostly struggle to decide what to eat.
Since we’d ventured out for an early evening meal, we were given two different menu options, a la carte or express lunch.
We opted for the express lunch menu, which offers two courses for £15.95 or three for £19.95 and is available Monday – Friday between 12pm- 6pm, on 12pm – 4pm on Saturdays.
There are a number of options to choose from for starters, mains and desserts and I won’t lie, it was a hard decision to make.
Here’s what we went for:
Goats cheese mousse on toasted brioche with pear and chicory salad & honey walnut dressing
Crispy calamari with sweet chilli, caper and parsley dressing
Pan roast chicken breast with champ mash, buttered spring greens & chasseur sauce
4oz minute steak, served with fries and peppercorn sauce
The starters were second to none, with the pear and honey walnut dressing complimenting the smooth goats cheese brilliantly and the calamari arriving perfectly crispy – but not too crunchy.
The 4oz steak was cooked to perfection – medium as requested – and arrived still very hot, alongside crispy fries and a delightfully smooth peppercorn sauce.
The only dish that was slightly disappointing was the pan roast chicken, which arrived topped with mushrooms, which wasn’t advertised, and overcooked.
If I wasn’t quite such a picky eater the mushrooms probably wouldn’t be a problem, but I often scour menus to double check that they’re not present in my chosen dish.
The chicken itself, however, proved quite dry and rubbery, so I couldn’t quite finish it. The mash and vegetables alongside the chicken were delicious.
The sticky toffee pudding was rich and moreish, brilliantly offset by the vanilla ice cream served along with it.
The triple chocolate brownie was more of a cake than a brownie, to be honest. It was surprisingly soft and spongy, which was welcomed after a large main meal.
But it was the honeycomb ice cream that really stole the show. Filled with flavour and a real palate cleanser, the brownie and ice cream was the perfect way to end the day.
We’ll definitely be visiting again.
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