The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool
“Confident modernist cooking in a new city-centre venue” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Local food hero Paul Askew has brought thoroughgoing British culinary modernism to Liverpool, in the stunning Victorian setting of the light-filled lantern room of what was once the Home for Destitute Children. Dishes are carefully composed, full of imaginative juxtapositions, and confidently rendered.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 48
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 5
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 20
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 16
- Cuisine style: Modern International
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
A metropolitan county on the River Mersey, with Liverpool as its administrative centre, Merseyside incorporates the towns of Bootle, Birkenhead, St Helena, Wallasey, and Southport. In the 19th century, Liverpool was England’s second greatest port, and the area has been affected by urban deprivation and unemployment.
When the port of Chester silted up in medieval times, Liverpool took up the slack. The first dock was built in 1715 and the port came to prominence with the slave trade. Following abolition, the port grew to a seven-mile stretch of docks, busy with cargoes of cotton, tobacco and sugar and the huge wave of emigration from Europe to the New World in the 19th and 20th centuries. In its turn, immigration brought an influx of people to Merseyside to join its expanding population, including many from Ireland fleeing the potato famines. In the second half of the 20th century, accessible air travel brought an end to the era of the ocean-going liners. Meanwhile, trade with Europe was picked up by the southeastern ports. Merseyside’s population dwindled, but it remains one of Britain’s most vibrant and interesting areas.
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