The Wirral peninsula, which is part of the county of Merseyside and situated just 5 miles across the river from Liverpool city Centre, has a large number of restaurants and eateries. The following list showcases our top ten favorite ones:
1. Si Senor [Café/Tapas], Noctorum
Si Senor is an authentic Spanish café on Noctorum high street specializing in traditional tapas dishes such as croquetas de Pollo (chicken croquettes) and Jamon serrano (Spanish ham). We highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys some tasty Spanish cuisine! With main courses starting at around £6, we think that it offers exceptional value for money and has earned itself our prestigious number one spot.
2. The Bombay Lounge, Birkenhead
The Bombay lounge is a very popular Indian restaurant on Hamilton Square in Birkenhead, featuring traditional dishes such as chicken tikka masala and lamb pasanda korai. It also offers an extensive buffet menu at lunchtime for just £8.95 per person. All of the food is cooked with high-quality ingredients offering exceptional taste without breaking the bank, making it number two in our top five.
3. Seabreeze Fish Restaurant [Seafood], Heswall (Closed)
When you ask someone where they would like to go for seafood, they might reply Brighton Pier or The Deep in Hull. However, we believe that Seabreeque in Heswall is far superior. It offers sea-fresh seafood, cooked to perfection in a stunning panoramic setting overlooking the Dee Estuary, meaning that you can enjoy your delicious lobster or crab whilst watching boats go by. We have even heard of other people who have ordered it for delivery!
4. The Fish & Chip Shop [Traditional British], Neston (Closed)
The fish and chip shop on Parkgate high street is an all-around favourite amongst Wirral residents; it has won many awards for its food over the years, including best takeaway several times in local newspaper “The Globe”. They offer traditional cod or haddock options alongside more adventurous dishes ranging from Goan King Prawn Curry to the mouth-watering Ostrich Fillet Steak.
5. The Mad Hatter [English/Italian], Prenton (Closed)
For those of you who prefer a change from the traditional fish and chips, we recommend The Mad Hatter pub in Prenton which serves up some fantastic English and Italian dishes to eat in or take away. We recommend the steak fajita for around £8 which comes with 2 tortillas, chilli, onion rings and mushrooms served with salsa dips as well as an unusual but delicious breaded camembert burger for 4-6 people costing just £25! We also like to order their mixed kebab platter – chicken tikka & donner.
6. Zucchini [Modern European], Oxton
Zucchini, located on Eastway in Oxton, is a modern French-style restaurant offering an extensive range of exquisite dishes involving various combinations of the freshest ingredients sourced mainly locally. You can expect to pay around £20 per person for a three-course meal here – it’s one of the more expensive options out there but definitely worth every penny! Amongst the favourite choices are the pan-fried sea bream fillet with saffron fennel risotto and braised pak choi, along with the oven-baked duck breast served with dauphin.
7. Lazy Lounge [Caribbean], Prenton
If you ever feel like some West Indian food, the place to go is the Lazy Lounge on Prenton high street for a full three-course meal including delicious starters such as curry goat stew, oxtail and jerk chicken wings, followed by main courses of crispy fried or steamed snapper fish with garlic butter or vegetable pattie with rice & peas (a traditional Jamaican dish), accompanied by tasty sides of corn on the cob and macaroni cheese. We think that its great value for money also makes it worthy of second place in this list!
8. Cibo Wine Bar [Italian/Tapas], Liverpool city centre
The Cibo Wine Bar has a selection of over 200 wines and its menu offers an array of delicious dishes such as fritto misto (lightly battered and crispy fried vegetables), grilled artichokes and beef carpaccio. It is popular for those who enjoy European cuisine, especially Italian, so we placed it in third place for this reason. We recommend that you book a table in advance if you wish to dine here as it can get pretty busy!
9. Ilgiorno [Italian], Birkenhead
Situated on the corner of Claughton Village, the Ilgiorno restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes including antipasti (such as prosciutto ham and mixed olives) to start off with, followed by main courses of spaghetti carbonara, stuffed artichokes and roasted peppers with polenta. The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere created by the dim lighting and sofas to relax on after your meal. We think that its location makes it perfect for those working or shopping in the centre of Birkenhead town itself.
10. Pandora’s Box [British], Heswall
Last but not least is Pandora’s Box which serves delicious British dishes such as fish & chips, gammon steak, pork belly and leg of lamb dinner to name just a few! It was recently refurbished this year after being taken over by new owners who have worked hard to improve both the food quality and service while still keeping the same welcoming atmosphere that it had before. We think that this makes it a great place to dine whether you’re having a family meal out or a romantic dinner for two!
We hope that our top five list has given you some inspiration on where to go next time you fancy eating out in Wirral’s many restaurants and eateries!
All of these Wirral restaurants are easily accessible from the Merseyrail train network which operates service on the Wirral Line between Liverpool city centre and West Kirby station. This line also connects with services from Liverpool city centre to Chester via Ellesmere Port in the north of Wirral. There are also additional services during peak hours to both Liverpool city centre and West Kirby on weekdays.