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If you’re ever stumped for somewhere to eat in Liverpool and you ask a mate for recommendations, they will probs reel of a long list of restaurants and bars to visit. Whether it’s date night, getting lunch in town while shopping or just want to see where’s the latest go-to; there’s a mass of eateries in and around the city centre.
George’s Great British Kitchen however, has been on my must-visit list for a while. Darren’s a high school teacher meaning impromptu date nights during term-time are a no-go zone. But when a v lovely email landed from the George’s PR team at the start of the summer hols, it was a sign.
We were finally going to try the latest addition to the food scene. And we were not disappointed.
Handily located near John Lewis, I met Darren off the 82 bus and we headed on in. Initially we were struck by the decor. I didn’t actually know the restaurant specialised in fish and seafood so that was a pleasant surprise.
Shown to our seats inside one of the v cute and #Instagrammable beach huts, names after local beaches (we were sat in Southport) we took a look at the drinks and food menu.
Our fab waitress for the evening guided us through the cocktail menu with some recommendations. George’s has a variety of weird and wonderful cocktails so I took a punt on the Boozy Peach Floss £7.95 and Darren went with That Can’t Be A Cocktail £9.95.
Mine had a side of candyfloss whilst the Mr went for the drink that combined bourbon whisky, lemon juice, bacon, peas and a side of gin marinated tomato salsa.
Yeah. A mix of flavour culminated in a v strong drink. The flavours worked but he did comment he felt slightly tipsy after finishing it…
As soon as we spotted squid on the menu, Darren was sold. Anywhere that has squid or calamari on the menu, his starter is boxed off immediately. He was very impressed with the portion size too. A nod in George’s GBK favour..
I went for the cod pakoras – bite size pieces of cod in onion bhaji batter with a coriander and mint dip. Delish. I defo won that round.
As we waited for our mains to be served, we ordered a couple of G&T’s to enjoy whilst making room for the epic main courses to arrive.
Impressed by the variety of gins in house, we opted for –
Let’s talk main courses.
Sticking with the fish theme; I went for the Ultimate BBQ Cod Sub £11.50. A fillet of cod served in a BBQ rub on a toasted brioche roll with homemade slaw and a pot of spicy smoked chilli dressing. I had it with chippy twice cooked chips. Once drenched in vinegar, it really fit the spot and tasted like something I ate at Blackpool as a kid.
Darren opted for the Wild Ocean Cod with Base Option 1 – bubble and squeak mash with a tomato and tarragon butter sauce. This. Was. Incredible. I did get food envy.
He swapped his chips for onion rings so it was a potato overload and we were convinced to get a side of stilton chips. All I need to say is, I’ll return for a vat of silton alone. Melty, garlicy, gooey naughtiness right there. Amaazing.
Yeah, I have no idea how we managed to fit dessert in either, but after being so impressed with the first two courses, we kinda just wanted to see if George’s had a weak spot.
Spoiler alert; they don’t.
I had the Cherry Bakewell, which is served with ice cream and custard. It was a huge slab as well. No tiny portions here, so thank you.
Him indoors opted for doughnuts. Yep, another seaside classic. Resembling churros slightly., the ultra sugary doughnuts were served with a raspberry and dark chocolate dip. So moreish, so naughty, but v v nice.
Thank you SO much for the George’s GBK team for inviting us along for a complimentary meal in return for the truth written above. Rolling home on the 82 bus, we were so impressed and defo want to return to work our way through more of the menu!