The Dining Room and Cellar

“A very striking black and white timbered building and fine modern British dishes.” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

FRANKBY, MERSEYSIDE

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Originally built on Bidston Hill in 1891, the splendid Tudor Revival-style mansion was dismantled and moved to its current site in 1931. The house now sits in a 250-acre woodland estate and enjoys delightful views towards the River Dee and the north Wales hills. These days Hillbark is an all-mod-cons spa hotel, and there’s a tasting menu on offer in the Dining Room and downstairs in the cosy vaulted Cellar, where two glass walls show off the wine cellar. You might find a perfectly balanced dish of oyster, shallot, dill and elderflower – delicious enough to turn any oyster 'hater', while a blue Stilton fruit loaf with honey is an unusual treat.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

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2 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Dining Room and Cellar
Hillbark Hotel & Spa, Royden Park, FRANKBY, Wirral, CH48 1NP

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 44
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 64
  • Wines over £30: 419
  • Wines by the glass: 600
  • Cuisine style: French, Mediterranean

About the area

Discover Merseyside

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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