March 30th, 2012

Restaurant review: Red Door neighbourhood and kitchen, West Kirby

Emma Johnson gives the grey matter a work out while dining at West Kirby’s Red Door Neighbourhood and Kitchen

Restaurant review: Red Door neighbourhood and kitchen, West Kirby

AS a rule I am not really a board games person. I am baffled by Scrabble, a bit old for Snakes and Ladders and clueless about Cluedo. And I have never understood the big fuss about Trivial Pursuit.

The first time I played it I did so badly on my opening round I was convinced my pal had fixed the pack – it transpired he had – but it was still enough for me to give the game a wide berth ever since.

But when I spotted a little pack of blue and yellow question cards nestled in the condiments carrier during our dinner at West Kirby’s Red Door I couldn’t resist testing my general knowledge.

As a way to while away the time between courses it was a quirky little touch from the friendly eaterie. Sadly both my husband and I did woefully – I don't think we got half our questions right. Luckily we fared much better with our food choices.

Situated on West Kirby’s Grange Road, the Red Door has been open two years this month and on our visit was packed out: blokes enjoying a cheeky Saturday night pint at their local, girls night out girls, couples on dates, even what looked like a well lubricated stag do were among the well heeled clientele.

I had booked our table for 9pm but arrived early and was very impressed at the hostess’s efforts to get us seated as soon as possible despite the restaurant being fully booked. In fact we had just enough time for a glass of wine and a beer at the bar before she had us seated in a nice, cosy corner table near the back of the venue. It was a great little spot, well it was once the aforementioned stag do had moved on.

Food at the Red Door is what you might call homely. It caters well to both those out for dinner and drinkers who just want something to nibble on and, while some of the venue's tables are just for diners, you can enjoy food in the bar areas too.

The menu divided into deli boards – houmous, camembert, parma ham and the like (from £4.75-9.50), deli planks – made up of a selection of deli favourites cheeses, cured meats and so on (from £8.95), ploughman’s boards (from £8.95), nibbles, dishes from the oven, dishes from the grill kebabs, steaks etc, salads and house favourites like fish and chips (£9.95).

It is an eclectic but not overwhelming list of dishes.

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Your neighbourhood bar. Great service and extraordinary drinks to a sound track of classic tunes.