This June marks the Titanic Hotel’s 3rd anniversary, and the minds behind the hotel’s restaurant, the popular Stanley’s Bar and Grill, are keeping us on our toes with their new Sunday Lunch Menu. Located just a 10 minute drive north of the popular Albert Dock and Echo Arena, the hotel offers a peaceful and rustic alternative to the buzzing city centre. The hotel has, fortunately, chosen to combine modern décor with the buildings original skeleton, built in 1855, and the end result is a momentous space bursting with character.
The Stanley Docks are the sole docks in Liverpool that are built inland, and this part of the UNESCO World Heritage waterfront was originally a rum warehouse back in the 19th century. Upon opening in 2014, The Titanic Hotel marked the beginning of the multi-million pound renovation of the Stanley Dock Village, which will see the north docks rejuvenated into new and exciting business, creative and leisure spaces.
The hotel has achieved rave reviews since opening, boasting rooms twice the size as the standard size in hotels across the UK. The grade-II listed building also includes a luxury bar and a stylish bar, and on Sunday, Liverpool Noise was invited to taste the new Sunday Lunch Menu at Stanley’s Bar and Grill.
The restaurant itself is grand and unique, with enormous windows stretching from the ceiling to the floor, acting as the perfect frame to look out upon The Stanley Dock, which will only become more enchanting as life is pumped back into it. In the summer months guests have the opportunity to sit outside, enjoying an afternoon tea which the restaurant has on offer.
The menu impressed us as soon as we sat down. Described as a “theatre of food where you have been given front row seats”, the concise but varied meal choices made for a difficult decision. For starters, my partner and I both went for fish; smoked salmon horseradish with dill and cucumber, and smoked haddock fritters with a red pepper and tomato salsa. The presentation was immaculate, and there was a clear amount of thought put into the dishes. The diverse flavours complimented each other perfectly, and we were left impressed and looking forward to our mains.
We both went for the roast choices, chicken for myself and beef for my partner, although there were tempting alternatives of a cod loin and vegetarian dish on the menu. Served on an interesting wooden and metal board, the roasts included a Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, and vegetables. The meat on both dishes was delicious, with the roast chicken accompanied by a lovely honey glaze, and the juicy roast beef of high quality. To finish our meals, I had a crème brulee and my partner the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and ice cream, which was tasty.
Altogether, a combination of the service, which was perfect, the surroundings and the food made for a lovely meal. I can’t help but think that one final creative kick would really help push the restaurant into a leading position in Liverpool’s restaurant frontline, with so many new competitors emerging at the moment, but I have no doubt that this space is one to watch and would recommend it to anyone either visiting or local to Liverpool.
To book a table visit the official Titanic Hotel website here.