A holiday at home
January is a dreary month after the festivities of the holiday season, so I was delighted to hear that The Club House was set to open in Liverpool One with a look inspired by the classic architecture found in the Hamptons. The imposing restaurant and bar is operated by The New World Trading Company and the beautiful building has been created with a crisp beach house style in mind, evoking sandy shores and a sense of history.
Trees twinkle with fairy lights outside whilst deck chairs and an innovative outdoor kitchen create a feeling of transatlantic cool. The architecture and interior design was undertaken by Paul Danson Imagineering, an international design company specialising in conceptual architecture and interior from inception to completion. Paul Danson explained “I wanted to develop a building firstly that would be a strong stand alone design statement and secondly a destination landmark for the city of Liverpool. Not just another chain rollout! I thought about a building which had a connection to the close proximity of the site to the sea, something romantic and themed with a great history and strong story line.’’
As you step inside a lofty ceiling opens above the grandiose staircase and a huge sparkling chandelier made of reclaimed glasses conjures up a fairytale charm. Nautical ephemera, artwork and even the odd alligator decorate the walls whilst floral patterned armchairs, bookcases and potted trees create a charming homely feel.
After a guided tour around the extensive space and the outdoor terrace we took our seats for dinner. I sipped a Pina Colada to continue that holiday feeling as we enjoyed flatbread and olives and a deli board of couscous, hummus, chorizo and coronation chicken. I chose cauliflower cheese pie for the main course which had crusty pastry and a rich cheese flavour offset by tangy gherkins and pickled onions. This was served with accompaniments of mashed potatoes, mushy peas and HP sauce to create a dish which was a pure comfort food classic.
My dining companion chose the chicken hanging kebab which tasted as good as it looked, with a large skewer of chicken and chargrilled vegetables drizzled with butter and served with crispy fries. Golden battered onion rings and cheesy chips provided the ideal finishing touches to the meal and we sipped an excellent Penzolo Trebbiano which was dry and refreshing.
We cast our eye over the dessert menu and settled on a decadent duo of sweet treats. My sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream was a classic done well, with a springy and tasty sponge topped with rivers of divine toffee sauce. My dining companion enjoyed a wedge of warm chocolate fudge cake drenched with thick chocolate sauce and served with vanilla ice cream.
Strains of soft piano music floated up to greet us as we sashayed downstairs and settled at the bar where we chatted to the friendly team and I sipped a sweet and refreshing mojito with plenty of fresh mint and a good kick of rum. We heard all about the process of creating cocktails on draught and how popular they were already proving to be.
The sweeping bar area conjures up the classic charm of a bygone era and it is the ideal place to relax over a few cocktails before or after dinner.
The Club House is a large and lofty space yet it manages to feel cosy and intimate thanks to the interior design and warm lighting. Despite the restaurant being brand new the whole place has a charming warmth which feels welcoming and homely, whilst conjuring up distant shores.
Blending a sense of escapism with casual dining, live music and a stunning interior design aesthetic The Club House certainly ticks every box.
The Club House
0151 709 5366