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Courtyard Bar and Kitchen

Dinner with a View at Courtyard BK

I'm not quite old enough to have fully appreciated the Penny Farthing on Roe Street but when I ask my friends and family about it I get the same impression each time. A local treasure, hilariously bad in a way only Scousers can fully appreciate and home to some proper 'Old Man Pub' sticky carpets. Certainly my kind of place.

Sad is it may be to have lost a local haunt, what has replaced it is undeniably exciting and certainly a little easier on the eye. Purchased by the Royal Court Theatre, the site is now home to Courtyard Bar and Kitchen. A masterclass in modern design, it's floor to ceiling glass windows overlook the incredible imposing pillars of St George's and the buzzing chaos of Queen's Square below. How's that for a show whilst you eat?

The menu, created by head chef Simon Collard is centred around small plates and features bite-sized portions of traditional British classics with influences from around the world. 

Seated under the glittering ceiling lights, we started with a gin and prosecco cocktail for which an entire section of the drinks menu is dedicated. Ice cold, bubbly prosecco with a splash of strawberry & mint liquour at the bottom. Very refreshing. If you're more adventurous than me you can choose from other options to jazz up your bubbles including Sweet Violet or Turkish Delight. 

This is a sharing menu by design (much to my boyfriend's dismay- he hates sharing food with me) so we chose 5 plates between us- starting with Salt and Pepper chicken strips (you know I can't resist) alongside some super crunchy sweet potato fries.

We followed this up swiftly with a more sophisticated option- King Prawns and Mussels in a yellow curry sauce with sticky rice and crispy shallots. This was fairly mild as thai dishes go but had a lovely fragrant and aromatic flavour that I couldn't get enough of.

Continuing the fishy theme our next dish was a gorgeous piece of sea bass. The skin was crisped up to perfection and it was served with a soft and sweet medley of sauteed peppers and potatoes. De-licious.

The winning dish for us though was the Slow Roasted Pork Belly. An absolutely enormous piece of pork with salty black pudding mash, gravy, apple sauce and crispy sage. Like the world's best roast dinner on one (not so) little plate. Oh and it came with a masive piece of crispy crackling, too. I'm actually drooling just thinking about it!

Very satisfied by our sharing plates we ended on a high with the banana and custard cheesecake. It was so smooth it was like eating a bowl of double cream, really light and sweet and crowned with a crunchy burnt sugar top. Plus- health points because banana is one of your five a day- right?

Ultimately, Courtyard put on an excellent performance and have managed to achieve the holy trinity of good restaurants- a gorgeous interior, the loveliest staff and really good quality food. Theatre goers- fear not. No longer do you need to suffer through a Queen's Square chain for dinner- this one's a class act. 


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