The Lawns restaurant at Thornton Hall is fast earning a reputation in the North West and beyond. Executive chef Matt Worswick freely acknowledges his Michelin ambitions and has already earned the restaurant 3 AA Rosettes - the first hotel restaurant in Merseyside to achieve this distinction. Found in the picturesque village of Thornton Hough, just 20 minutes from Liverpool, the hotel and restaurant is perfect for a city break. The hotel itself has a range of eating options, including a brasserie and a bar serving snacks, although The Lawns restaurant is undoubtedly the star culinary attraction.
Worswick strongly believes that a restaurant's food should reflect the chef's personality, ‘I’m masculine, big and Northern, and I think that comes through in my style of food’. Diners can therefore expect big, bold flavours as Worswick delivers accessible, unpretentious food prepared using the latest cookery techniques. Whilst the menu features many familiar British flavours and the finest North West produce the chef can find, the food also draws on a variety of international influences, as seen with dishes such as Foie gras parfait with apricot and chamomile granola, or the more traditional Roast wood pigeon with black pudding and baby beets.
Guests may choose between the à la carte menu or Worswick’s signature tasting menu, designed to deliver a delicately balanced journey through a range of flavour profiles and refined tastes. The à la carte menu regularly changes in line with the seasons and offers good value for the high standard of food offered. This may in-part explain why the restaurant has developed a local and frequent customer base while also attracting food lovers from across the region.
Besides the food, guests can look forward to an extensive wine selection and a beautifully decorated and highly refined dining room. The main dining areas feature decorative dark wooden panelling, as well as a classical-themed frieze and a mother-of-pearl-inlaid ceiling. Crisp white linen and minimal touches accentuate the room inside, while large windows offer an airy feel, opening out to view the stunning grounds and, of course, the glorious lawns.