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The Lawns Restaurant at Thornton Hall

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Grand spa hotel with grand dining setting

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

The grand spa hotel on the Wirral peninsula has an unerring sense for an occasion, whether it be one of the landmark days in the calendar or simply a sumptuous afternoon tea in sweet or savoury versions. Head to the Lawns dining room, though, for the full culinary package, where, amid a setting of teardrop chandeliers and ornate wood carvings, Ben Mounsey produces an innovative menu of modern British cuisine. Menu descriptions don't give much away, the better to surprise you when dishes arrive, but clues may be gleaned from cabbage consommé with goats' curd and a scallop to begin, or perhaps salmon with mussel, roast plum and cucumber. Ideas come thick and fast at main courses that might take in pigeon in a cocoa-tinged jus with chanterelles, or gently textured wild sea bass with potted shrimps and artichoke purée in sauce vierge. Desserts that seem to look forward to tomorrow's breakfast are a hit, as when 'rice crispies' of a sort come with milk and banana, while the more exotic chocolate offering is aromatically offset with matcha green tea, prunes and lime. The First Come First Served version of the same menu, offered between 6 and 7pm, will prove a thrifty temptation for early-birders.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Ben Mounsey

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 27
  • Wines over £30: 100
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24

Getting here

M53 junction 4 onto B5151 and B5136, follow brown tourist signs (approximately 2.5 miles) to Thornton Hall Hotel

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