Post-work wind down review: The Club House
Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE, L1
Review by Matthew Smith
Enjoying a prime location in the popular shopping and foodie hotspot of Liverpool ONE, Hamptons-inspired venue The Club House boasts an impressive interior and extensive food and drinks menus.
When we arrived it was particularly busy with shoppers, city workers and families all unwinding outside and enjoying the good weather. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxing, with a beautiful aroma drifting across the park.
My dining partner and I were warmly greeted by our attentive server and shown to our table on the first floor balcony, which offered a perfect view of the greenspace surroundings.
Staff were very accommodating and allowed us to relocate indoors when the surprisingly warm British weather became too much.
At The Club House you can choose from a wide variety of cocktails, including alcohol-free options which are perfect for a mid-week work night, as well as nibbles, starters, mains, desserts, real ales and wines.
My guest chose a glass of Malbec ‘1300’ Andeluna from Mendoza, Argentina (£9.75 for 250ml) and immediately declared it “extremely smooth”.
I selected the alcohol-free Raspberry and Elderflower Cooler (£4.50) which was especially refreshing given the climate.
We then ordered from the bread and olives menu and decided on the Farmhouse Loaf and Chicken Gravy (£3.95). Granted this sounds like an unusual combination but the gravy, made inhouse from the rotisserie chicken, combined perfectly with the warm homemade loaf.
Moving onto starters my fellow diner plumped for Homemade Houmous (£5.25) which came with blackened tomato salsa, crudites and toasted flatbread. The dish was presented perfectly, with an array of colourful vegetables and warm bread stacked on the plate.
Meanwhile I ordered the Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls (£5.50) which came with peanut and chilli pickle. Although a pleasantly surprising dish, I found the look of my dining partner’s choice more appealing.
After devouring the courses, and staying true to the Hamptons’ lifestyle, my dining partner ordered one of The Club House’s famous hanging kebabs – chicken (£11.95), which came with garlic butter and seasoned chips, garnished with sweet chilli and ginger.
As I waited for my dish to arrive I watched the garlic butter slowly drip down the kebab and onto a bowl of chips and couldn’t help but wish I’d ordered the same.
Any regrets and doubts I had about my plate were immediately laid to rest as soon as it arrived though. The Beer-Battered Fish and Chips (£13.50) from the House Classics section of the menu was made with home-brewed speciality ale and served with minted peas and house tartare sauce. The portion size and taste justified the steeper price.
We also followed our server’s recommendation and ordered a side of Charred Sweetcorn (£3.95) which came sopped with garlic butter.
Despite wanting to venture into the extensive dessert menu, we found ourselves full of delicious food. However, when we return to this relaxing getaway I have my eye on the Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (£5.95), served with salted caramel ice cream and toffee sauce.
When you find yourself wanting to unwind after a long day at the office you should definitely consider heading to The Club House. Offering excellent food, great music and refreshing drinks, the all-American recreational retreat offers the perfect way to fill the hours out of the office, especially under the summer sun. The Club House could not score higher.