The Art School Restaurant

Afternoon tea, Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Art School Restaurant

Silver Award

Housed in the former Home for Destitute Children (circa 1888), this beautifully appointed restaurant pays homage to the building’s more recent role as an art school, with commissioned works by former students covering the walls.

It’s the food that has readers (and ourselves) reaching for the superlatives, though. Much of the credit must go to chef patron Paul Askew, who arrived here following an 11-year stint at the nearby London Carriage Works and possesses an unmatched level of commitment in developing the next generation of culinary talent. A well-known face from television cookery shows such as Saturday Kitchen and Celebrity Masterchef, Paul champions seasonal and local ingredients to ensure each dish tastes as good as it looks.

Seasonal canapés and a glass of Heidsieck Champagne kick off the ‘menu excellence’, before a procession of dishes notable for their robust and often challenging flavours: corn fed Goosnargh duck with foie gras, rhubarb, peas, baby gem lettuce, beetroot and burnt orange purees; halibut with Claremont Farm asparagus, crust of Filey crab and sauce vierge; salted caramel mille feuille with popcorn ice cream, and coconut parfait with rum roasted pineapple and Pina Colada gel. There are fine British cheeses too, served with quince and truffle-scented Two Liverpool Cathedral’s honey, if you have room. Locals looking for a bit of variety ought to keep an eye out for guest chef dinners, which come up fairly regularly.

Afternoon tea in the cellars is another draw. Gourmet sandwiches, such as roast Southport smokehouse pork with mustard mayonnaise and fresh apple on pain cereal, are served alongside a selection of beautiful desserts including Baileys cream chouquette and gateau opera, and cherry scones served with clotted cream and strawberry and Tahitian vanilla jam. Vegetarians get their own menus, and there are pescatarian and vegan menus too. An authoritative list of international wines completes the experience which is, forgive us, artfully done.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Modern European
Glamorous, Lively, Quirky, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Special occasions


The Art School is located within Liverpool's Georgian Quarter, based inside the beautiful lantern room of a Victorian 1888 building, allowing plenty of light to flood in through the large windows. In the main dining room, there are 48 red chairs, along with a Champagne cellar bar that serves afternoon tea and the addition of a private wine tasting space. If you're looking for something special in the area, you may enjoy booking the Moriarty room, which was named after chef Askew's late mother, in recognition of their shared love of Sherlock Holmes. Paul Askew is regarded as one of the UK's pioneering figures in hospitality, and has been the chef patron and owner of The Art School for over nine years. Here, along with his team, Paul creates a classic yet innovative fine dining experience, whilst focusing on bringing the highest standard of gastronomy to Liverpool.

The tasting menu begins with a glass of Charles Heidsieck champagne with a selection of the chef’s snacks, before amuse bouche served with Art School breads and kombu and oak-smoked raw milk butter, and a trio of marinated Hooton beetroot with pickled golden saffron, blackberry and candy carpaccio with plant based soft cheese and winter leaves. Main dishes include the pan-seared Loch Fyne King and Queen scallops served in the half shell with buttered leeks and langoustine bisque, along with a roast breast of salt aged duck and miso spiced croquette of confit leg with braised mooli, sautéed January King cabbage, toasted sesame and red onion puree. Then, enjoy the butter poached lobster tail and sirloin of Longhorn dry aged beef with cordyceps, charred baby gem lettuce, romanesco, Ratté potato and cauliflower purée, before the optional course of cheeses, and lastly, textures and flavours of Valrhona ‘Manjari’ chocolate, and a dish combining the flavours of clementine, pine and cranberry.


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Is it child friendly?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome

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1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 7EB

0151 230 8600 0151 230 8600


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-21:15
Wed 17:00-21:15
Thu 17:00-21:15
Fri 17:00-21:15
Sat 17:00-21:15
Sun Closed


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Graham N

29 March 2019  
The early bird menu is excellent value. Great service.
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