An aspiring writer studying in the city of Liverpool
Published October 25th 2016
Don't tell Mum - this is the best roast you'll ever have
Usually the title of 'gastropub' sends shivers down the spine, bringing back unwanted memories of undercooked cruciferous vegetables and quinoa thrown on every dish. Liverpool's The Monro however, not only challenges this preconception but offers impeccable food and fine dining in the buzz of Liverpool's thriving city centre.
This charming eatery lies on Duke Street, just a short walk from the Liverpool ONE shopping centre. The menu is exploratory and inventive, but still offers some classic pub favourites such as the well-loved gammon, egg and pineapple. However, The Monro's real glory is its delicious Sunday lunches. Pick from a wide range of starters, mains and puddings sure to please every taste. There are a selection of meats available such as beef or lamb, or alternatively choose a fish option when the British classic just won't hit the spot. Sickly sweet puddings feature such as a chocolate and salted caramel brownie, as well as the option of cheese and biscuits to satisfy the palette. The Sunday menu changes regularly, so come prepared to be surprised. As one would expect from any good gastropub, the vegetarian options are plentiful and won't leave you sheepishly munching on a bland salad as is often the case for the vegetarian in the party.
Service is generally attentive and quick. Waiters and bar staff are friendly and approachable, and don't grumble when you put in special requests. At peak times you can see a bit of a wait, but no more than you'd expect from any other pub on a Sunday lunchtime. The atmosphere is calm and comfortable, so you won't find yourself shouting across the table to ask if your partner's enjoying their food. It is most definitely an 'adult' restaurant, with very few children. In the summer months (few though they are) enjoy food in the beautiful beer garden.
The Monro cannot be considered 'cheap' but does offer a variety of 2 and 3 course deals as well as online discounts that will make your lunch or evening meal very reasonable indeed. Be sure to go on a Sunday lunchtime to make the most of their 2 courses for £16.50, or 3 courses for £19.95. The starters can be on the smaller side and serve to take the edge off your appetite rather than leave you forcing room for your main course but the main dishes are more than generous to make up for it. For the lovers of vino, Monday night is Wine Club with 2 courses and a bottle of wine per person for £20. Not a deal to be sniffed at. Plus, head to their website for a free starter!
Be sure to book in advance as peak times can leave you waiting for an empty table. Book quickly and easily online and see how busy it's going to be. Or, for the old-fashioned amongst us, just give them a ring. The Monro is most definitely a gastropub worthy of the name.