The London Carriage Works

Silver Award
3 Reviews
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Modern European

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Silver Award

Since consolidating and dove-tailing its fine-dining restaurant and brasserie, the smart-casual London Carriage Works feels like a more focused operation. The pared-back interior has an easy-going, contemporary feel with its sweeping glass frontage, exposed brickwork, chunky oak flooring and well-spaced tables. This resolutely understated approach carries through to the pleasant but laid-back service and the modern Euro-accented menu. Well-judged dishes might range from king scallops with braised pork cheek, morcilla and cauliflower purée to thyme-scented sirloin of aged Lakeland beef with carrot purée and baby leeks or a "rich, comforting and cuddly" smoked haddock risotto. Otherwise, sharing platters and deli sandwiches suit lighter appetites. In all, this is a confident operation, prices are very reasonable for this level of cooking (set lunches are "really good value"), and the spacious room works well for larger groups.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Modern European

Location for The London Carriage Works

Hope Street Hotel, 40 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9DA

0151 705 2222

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Opening Times of The London Carriage Works

Mon-Sun 7-10am 12N-3pm 5.30-9.30pm (Sun no dinner)

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Ms/Mrs. Niamh H

24 April 2012  
My husband and I had lunch here on Saturday afternoon. It was fairly quiet in the dining room but the kitchen was clearly on top form. The set lunch here is really good value. Usually a set lunch means smaller portions of the a la carte menu for a pro-rata price, not here. Grilled Hallomi, tomatoes and tapenade – a really lovely warm slad to start proceddings. Loin of pork was delightful – handsome portions of meat and veg – so no sides required. The smoked haddock risotto from the a la carte was rich, comforting and cuddly – like a good risotto should. We ordered a bottle of pink fizz and when the waiter didnt return after 10 minutes we began to worry. He emerged from the bar apologising profusely – he had gone to the cellar convinced there was more pink fizz when he finished his shift yesterday. ‘Must be a few hens staying in the hotel’ he said 'we've no rose left'. He promptly produced a cold bottle of the brut and all was forgotten. Panacotta to finish a really good dining experience and so pleased to see local staff being employeed. Toilets were clean and well kept. Staff were friendly and helpful. Bill was very good. £80 including tip for champagne lunch for two, or perhaps I've been in London too long?
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Mr. Guilherme B

11 October 2010  
My wife and I shared three meals here, Friday night dinner and two breakfasts. The refurbishment of the fabric of the building has worked very well indeed (we liked our room too, for that reason), there is bare brick and there is exposed wood, but there is also a likeable openness and vibrancy about the place which is pleasing. By comparison with London, the food prices are very fair though the margin on the wines offered must (in my view) be large – which is not to decry the wines, rather the prices at which they are sold. We had a beetroot carpacio which my wife enjoyed, though she found it slightly sweeter than she would have preferred, followed by a risotto which she really did enjoy. I had started to wonder when our food would come after we'd been sitting for 45 minutes, at which point the two starters arrived with the explanation that the chef did not like the seared tuna nicoise he had first produced (as he felt he had overdone the tuna) and had started again, hence the delay plus apologies. It was worth the wait, as the version produced to me at the table was just right, both in cooking and flavour. Well done, chef ! The Tuna was was not only perfectly seared, but the portion was generous. This was followed in my case by a delicious piece of haddock, fresh and neither too small nor too generous, in the most delicicously light batter. The chunky chips were SUPER, crunchy outside, soft and melt in your mouth inside. Where this restaurant, like the Hotel, lets itself down is attention to detail. In the hotel, that meant me reporting a non-funtioning blind and that receiving no atendion at all, an the towels in the bathroom being badly (BADLY) frayed. In the restaurant, both breakfasts were horribly understaffed, which led to tables being left dirty and unmade for new guests, unacceptable waits and every single cup I saw coming out of the washer with coffee grounds visible inside. The buffet was really quite sad -and expensive – so we gave that a miss. My wife asked for the multi-grain toast on the menu, but was given sad, standard brown toast. When she pointed out that there had been available the previous evening a wonderful, chewy, seed bread, our server immediately obtained a slice of that and toasted it – again, well done. Both mornings, I ordered a wonderful eggs florentine which was served hot, with eggs that retained runny yolks and which at £6.50 represented outstanding value. One other piece of praise, the young male manager in the evening showed genuine good will and enthusiasm, and was therefore a good person to have front of house. So there you have it, great setting, good food, expensive wine and a bit chaotic !
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Ms/Mrs. Brenda K

09 February 2009  
When dining at a £50 per head restaurant one does not expect several things. High amongst theses things is paying £3.50 for “seasonal vegetables” which consist of a floret or two of broccolli, ditto sugarsnaps & the remainder of the dish being made up of starch viz. POTATOES and dried BUTTERBEANS. What one really expects is to speak to the manager on a Saturday night when resisting the attempts of the staff to shift you from your booked table after 1 1/2 hours. One wonders when the manager does work in this restaurant if not on a busy Saturday night. No mention was made of this double booking policy when the table was being booked nor on the second telephone call when trying to reschedule the booking. When we pointed this out our waitress said we were not told because we “didn't ask”. A novel approach to blame shifting. The food was unexceptional for the price range. Customer service was non-existant.
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