It is always interesting to have the opportunity to try somewhere completely new when it comes to dining out and this week I did exactly that when I went to dine at The Old Stables*. The newly opened restaurant is situated at Allerton Manor Golf Club a short distance from Liverpool city centre and we drove up the sweeping driveway to see trees adorned with fairy lights twinkling outside. The design aesthetic within is cool and contemporary, with a stylish green tiled bar area and there is a large outdoor terrace too. We were seated at a table by the window where we consulted the menu, which has a good balance of classic comfort food and sophisticated dishes including steaks, seafood, burgers and pasta as well as sharing platters which are a nice option if you feel like trying a few things. I had a good catch up with talented Head Chef Paul Feery, who is skilled at creating satisfying dishes with elegant flavours.
We started the meal with a board of farmhouse and seeded bread served with oil, which was enjoyable as we awaited our starters.
My starter of pan fried tandoori spiced scallops was excellent, with perfectly seasoned tender scallops served with pickled carrot and orange purée, fennel tips and sesame seeds. This dish showed flair worthy of a fine dining tasting menu, with a tangy smoothness delivered by the purée which complemented the juicy scallops and aromatic tandoori spice.
My dining companion had the soup of the day, a hearty and rustic winter vegetable soup with a mild, creamy flavour ideal for this time of year.
For the main course, my dining companion chose the 12oz sirloin steak, cooked to his preference of medium rare. The steak was succulent with an irresistible flame grilled, slightly smoky taste and the accompaniments of grilled tomato, mushrooms and watercress complemented the steak. The hand cut chips were crisp and chunky, while the blue cheese sauce was rich in flavour.
For the main course I selected the house curry, which was available with either chicken or vegetables. I went for the vegetable option and it was just the kind of curry I like, fragrant, creamy and mild at first but with a fiery finish which really woke up the palate. The accompaniments of Basmati rice and grilled naan bread were both pleasant and the strips of pepper in the sauce gave the curry added texture, this reminded me of a street food style of curry with a simplicity which allowed the individual flavours to shine.
A Cambio 7 Chilean Merlot was a good wine pairing for the meal, with notes of plum and black cherry as well as a slight spiciness. There was a varied choice of wines including sparkling on offer and a well-rounded cocktail list too
On to dessert and who could resist classic sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce, which was so indulgent with a light sponge and rich butterscotch.
Our second dessert of warm chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream was another hit, this was one of the best brownies I have tasted in some time, with a chewy freshly baked texture and a rich chocolate flavour.
I enjoyed a liqueur coffee and we settled back to enjoy the relaxed ambience of The Old Stables, which is a perfect place to unwind for casual dining or a Sunday Roast.
The Old Stables
Allerton Manor Golf Club
0151 428 7490
What do you all think, do you like the idea of a restaurant which offers a selection of classic and refined main courses and which of these dishes would you like to try? As always I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post.
Until next time,
*I was invited to dine at The Old Stables, this meal was complimentary. Opinions are my own and honest.