Think ‘Great Gatsby’ meets ‘Gentlemen’s Club’ in the most sophisticated but relaxed way. Is that even a thing? Well, that’s what I think of Castle Street Townhouse. An authentic, beautifully animated restaurant that welcomes the bustling nature of drinks at the bar.
It was a Friday evening when we entered Castle Street Townhouse. The entrance was busy; full of after work schmoozers who were joyful and welcoming a tipple. I loved the atmosphere, and if I worked in town, I’d join then.
The bar mirrors that of an old fashioned drink up shrouded in modern clothes. It’s got character and class. We reach the middle of the room, with the place not being huge – it’s intimate and delightful.
We’re greeted by our host, Cat. She welcomes us with a smile; expecting us. I always like that, it makes it much less awkward. She leads us to our table; an emerald green booth – all of which surround the seating area. You have your own space to relax and soak up the atmosphere from the bar a few steps below.
The lights are effortlessly lighting the room, with gentlemen’s hats lining the walls at the back for effect.
We’re greeted by another friendly face; Robert. He talks so passionately about his involvement with Castle Street Townhouse, letting us know about how he was worked with other restaurants – Rosette, Red Star and Michelin Star properties may I add – but he caught the ‘Liverpool vibe’ and is now gunning for the independent breakfast, brunch and dinner killer trio.
All the staff are outstanding. Our waitress is pleasant and attentive, bringing us a bottle of wine for me and the boyfriend to share. She lets us taste is first – I’m not used to all this – but it was beautiful. We’re not really the the of couple who sits with wine and a meal, but this time was an exception. And it was such an enjoyable night.
The dinner menu included an array of alternative style choices in an upscale fashion. I was seriously looking forward to it! We ordered:
Twice Baked Soufflé with Cheddar & Wholegrain Mustard Sauce
Soup of the Day with Fresh Sourdough (Leek & Potato)
Hake fillet Spinach hash – avocado Chilli – chorizo
Rib eye – triple cooked chips, pepper corn sauce
Peanut Butter Creme Brûlée
I had the strangest but most enjoyable starter. A cheese soufflé. A SOUFFLÉ OF CHEESE. It was crunchy, and soft, and cheesy, and amazing.
This place already does well for their breakfast and brunch, but dinner is what makes Castle Street Townhouse special. If you’re looking for a beautiful surrounding, buzzing atmosphere with none of the bravado, I think I found it.
Have you visited Castle Street Townhouse?