Good pub grub is hard to come by these days. You have your a la carte pubs like Miller & Carter, modern pubs similar to those in Woolton Village and country pubs including our fave in Hale Village, all tick the boxes but it’s hard to come by decent pub food in the city centre. Well until now…
Last weekend my mum and I spent a Sunday in town moseying round the shops and then made a pit stop at The Shakespeare. Tucked away in Williamson Square, it’s not the first location on the map that springs to mind, but with a lunch menu that includes three courses for less than £14, I’m sold.
I’d describe The Shakespeare as a Wetherspoons vibe but better. With the tagline, Scouse and Proud the eatery knows they’re onto a good thing. With a revamped upstairs dining room and extensive gin selection, it has all the makings of a good pub indeed.
The lunch menu offers two courses for £12.95 or three courses for £13.95.
To start we both chose the halloumi fries. Served on a millennial plate of choice, a slate, the perfect stack of squeaky cheese and side of a pit of siracha mayo disappeared very quickly indeed. Not too salty or greasy and good portion size.
Onto the mains;
Topside of beef roast dinner for me
The Shakespeare Burger for mum
It’s rude not to have a roast on a Sunday and after being strictly veggie since October, I do have meat every now and again and with a roast on the cards, it was happening.
My plate arrived piled with four rosemary roasties, two Yorkshire puds, tenderstem broccoli and carrot and swede mash. The beef was a bit tough but very delicious and lashings of gravy too – always an essential. I polished the lot off and was very satisfied indeed.
My mum chose the burger – brioche bun? Tick. Maple cured bacon? Tick. Huge beef burger? Tick. Homemade slaw, relish and hand cut chunky chips? Yaaaaas.
I had it in good authority is was moreish, tasty and v filling.
Excellent pub grub, in the heart of the city centre and gentle on the purse strings too. I’m inclined to return sooner rather than later and see how the rest of the menu fairs!
*Our meals were complimentary in exchange for this very honest review