Castle Street Townhouse
Castle Street, Liverpool
Review by Lydia Connolly
Castle Street Townhouse has all the makings of an early 19th Century members-only club with its dark green walls and leather upholstery; a perfect fit for the commercial district.
However the restaurant is not without its modern quirks, with free cocktails offered to those who post about their visit on social media and, of course, a menu based entirely around ‘brunch’.
I must admit that, although a huge lover of breakfast foods, the concept of an all-day brunch initially did not appeal to me. However, a glance at the menu quickly changed any preconceptions.
The menu blends popular brunch components to create dishes that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Both small and large plates are on offer with the option of combining the two to create a starter and main course. My dinner date and I decided to forego a starter and instead shared a side of olives (£3) as we considered our options.
With a quick look at the cocktail menu I ordered the ‘Free as a Bird’ (£8.50) – a refreshing blend of Hendrick’s Gin, St Germain, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, elderflower cordial and cucumber.
My date also made a great cocktail choice with the ‘Hit the Road’ (£8.50) a rich combination of Havana 3, Disaronno Amaretto, ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice and egg white.
For my main, I finally settled on the hake fillet with spinach hash, avocado chilli and chorizo (£13) after much encouragement from our waiter who assured me this was his favourite dish. It proved a good decision – this was one of the best dishes I have tried in a long time. The presentation was a delight to the eye and the serving was much bigger than expected.
The hake was cooked and flavoured to perfection with the avocado chilli providing a welcome kick. The spinach hash was crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and what I can only describe as a vegetarian take on a fishcake.
My dining partner was also impressed by his choice of pan-fried salmon and beetroot hummus with spiced lentil dahl and cauliflower (£15).
We shared sides of seasonal veg (£3) and spinach (£3), both of which were seasoned well and gave our meal some added greenery.
While my date decided to pass on dessert I couldn’t resist the sticky date pudding (£5.50). This was Castle Street Townhouse’s version of a sticky toffee pudding using dates, banana, toffee and honeycomb served with ice cream. It was a perfect end to a perfect meal with the twist on the classic British pudding truly paying off.
I will definitely be returning to Castle Street Townhouse to make the most of the extensive cocktail menu and, of course, its delicious food offering. The eatery will no doubt stand out from the crowd as the commercial district’s restaurant boom continues.