Sunday Lunch On Merseyside (2007)

Sunday Lunch On Merseyside (2007)

Sundays are meant to be a day of rest so no slaving over a hot stove, people. Put on your Sunday best and get down to one of the many pubs, restaurants and other eateries serving top Sunday lunches, most at excellent value. The city centre is eager for your business and the choice is endless. For a quality pub lunch, The Monro is probably your best bet, recently recommended by the Sunday Times. It was the first proper gastropub to open its doors in Liverpool and has successfully wooed the stomachs of many. Here, Sunday lunch includes the option of traditional roast fell lamb, chicken or Lake District beef served with organic vegetables. As you might expect, it's more restaurant than pub prices with two courses setting you back £12.50 or £14.95 for three courses but the quality of food more than justifies the cost. For a classy if expensive modern British Sunday lunch try the London Carriage Works brasserie (the fine dining restaurant is closed on Sundays). Their menu includes loin of saddleback pork served with clapshot potatoes, honey roast parsnips and pommery mustard cream, and rump of Lakeland lamb with a ragout of puy lentils, winter vegetables and cocotte potatoes plus a whole lot more.

For nautical undertones, visit Seven Seas at the Liner Hotel next to Lime Street station where a special Sunday menu is served. Starters include soup of the day, deep fried honeydew melon (interesting) and chicken liver parfait. Mains include roast topside of beef served with Yorkshire pudding and red wine jus, and seared troncon of salmon served with wilted greens and a tomato buerre blanc. There is also a pleasant range of desserts. Here a main course will set you back £8.95, 2 courses £10.95 and 3 courses £12.95. The benefit here is that you can book a hotel room for a kip after your meal.

Break with the traditional British theme and visit the Olive Press for an Italian Sunday feast. This is a great place to go with kids who are welcomed with open arms on a Sunday. The menu includes a choice of three starters (including tagliatelle with peas, broad beans, mint and mascarpone), three mains (such as baked chicken with ricotta, roasted butternut squash and sage sauce) and three desserts (such as vanilla pannacotta with caramelised oranges and biscotti). The full three courses are charged at £15.50 or £7.50 for kiddies. Alternatively, the main menu is also available on Sundays and the children can opt for a meal from the Little Olives menu. Paul Heathcote, owner of the Olive Press, also runs Simply Heathcotes where an equally child-friendly approach can be enjoyed. Their Sunday Classics menu is a firm favourite with many families and presents a good choice of modern British dishes.

One of the city's most popular restaurants for Sunday lunch is Tai Pan . Things get busy with many Merseyside families flocking here for fresh dim sum by the plateful whilst French flavours can be enjoyed on Sunday lunchtimes at Bistro Pierre in the Cavern Quarter which sometimes includes live Gallic tunes.

South of the city L18 on Rose Lane has a Sunday lunch menu available between 1pm and 3pm (breakfasts until 1pm). Enjoy two courses for £12.95 which might include a starter of warm chorizo, black pudding and red onion and a main of rib eye beef with Yorkshire pud. Desserts available as an extra. In quaintly middle-class Woolton village, you can enjoy a traditional British Sunday lunch at La Bistro Pepperpot with its warm, Mediterranean interior. And in Stockton Heath, Tom at 101 Restaurant and Bar serves excellent quality Sunday roasts right up until 9.30 in the evening for £9.99 including roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables (£4.99 for a child's portion). If you fancy something different there's also a wide range of starters including oysters, Thai fishcake, and wild mushroom and gruyere tart plus a selection of mains including steak, chunky fish pie, and pea and mint risotto.

The Farmers Arms at Burscough, near Ormskirk, serves traditional Sunday roasts between 12 noon and 8pm for a measly £5. The choice includes roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast pork with apple sauce and stuffing, and roast lamb with mint sauce, all served with new and roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy. The setting here is beautiful - alongside a canal with fantastic views and the pub has stacks of traditional charm.

Sundays at Sheldrakes on the Wirral (pictured above) are events in themselves. A four-course carvery (£13.95 for adults, £8.95 for children under 10) is served all afternoon including homemade soup and crusty bread, a selection from the cold salad bar, traditional Sunday roast dinner, and cake. Sheldrakes is worth a visit for its awesome location alone, overlooking the Dee Estuary. An added bonus is live music after 4pm on Sundays.

Finally, north of the city, La Bohem and El Gecko are two examples of eateries providing good Sunday lunch deals. At La Bohem, a popular French restaurant with a baroque style interior, Sunday roasts are served at £8.95 between 12 and 5pm. At Mediterranean-style El Gecko, a traditional roast dinner is served between 1 and 6pm: three courses for £9.95.

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