With its stunning exterior and a real sense of grandeur as you walk through the door, there’s always been a ‘special occasion’ feel about The Quadrant Hoylake.
But, as its owner David Williams makes clear, it’s as much a friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar, where every day can be a special occasion.
“Our customers are fantastic and very loyal, but part of our challenge is showing people that we’re more than just a birthday and anniversary restaurant,” says co-owner David Williams.
“Over time I think people are realising that they can pop in for a drink or a few small plates – it doesn’t have to be a full on formal meal.”
Previously The Portrait House, this listed building has been beautifully refurbished while retaining its original features. Situated just round the corner from Hoylake station, this corner site now radiates hospitality and charm. Sharing is the order of the day with tapas style dishes such as chorizo, honey and sesame seeds (£4.95) and homemade Thai crab cakes, which come with a slick of sweet chilli dipping sauce and fresh lime wedges (£6.45).
David and wife Amy met working together in the restaurant’s previous incarnation, before taking over two years ago.
They now work with partner Adam Bowers on the restaurant, who has taken the reins as head chef.
“Adam was my sous chef then when I left he became head chef, when the opportunity to buy the restaurant came up we both jumped at the chance,” says David.
“We both have a huge passion for cooking and having worked with each other for 12 years a great understanding of where we want the restaurant to aim towards.
“It was always our idea that we would slowly start to put our own stamp on what we were doing here. We’ve added small plates to our options and we receive amazing feedback from that every time new customers come in and try the menu.”
They are keen to make the restaurant as accessible as possible, offering 3 for 2 deals on small plates until 6pm every day. The a la carte menu also offers two courses for £16.95 available all week and up until 6pm Fridays and Saturdays. They’ve also launched a membership scheme where Qcard members can can receive vouchers to use on their next visit, which includes 50% off the food bill.
There’s a real emphasis on fresh local produce.
“We are a fully-fresh restaurant and we have a team of chefs that enjoy working with the finest ingredients available to us to create new and exciting dishes,” says David.
“We change the menus seasonally in order to help us achieve this. With a separate bar area we have the ability to offer a full experience, dinner through in the restaurant followed by cocktails in the bar or vice versa.
“We also have an outside dining area where customers can sit and watch the world go by, or enjoy the famous Wirral sunsets.”