Liverpool’s The Art School is celebrating its 18th place ranking in the just released Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2022.
The prestigious annual guide contains over 3000 entries and is the most comprehensive and detailed look into the UK’s dining scene.
Helmed by Chef Patron Paul Askew as he celebrates his 40th anniversary in food and drink, The Art School is one of the UK’s leading fine dining experiences. Paul and his team are all absolutely overjoyed with the accolade for their independent restaurant set in the city’s Georgian Quarter, ahead of a huge year which includes recreating The Art School at Aintree for the Grand National weekend and major hospitality events in and around the city this summer.
“This accolade from Harden’s is testament to everyone who has built up The Art School over the last 7 years to the present day,” Paul says. “We have a vision and standards which we work incredibly hard to maintain and exceed, using the incredible array of produce here on the doorstep which informs our seasonal menus. I am so proud of what we have all achieved and what we have planned, because making the top 20 in Harden’s is a wonderful moment. It really is a team effort here. We strive to not only put The Art School on the map but Liverpool itself, its gastronomic scene and the wider arts, culture and music for which it is loved. We are proud to be a part of the magic that’s happening here. Peter Harden’s lovely words for us really capture what we are trying to achieve for the city and we’re humbled to be amongst such great company.”
Harden’s entry on The Art School says: “Paul Askew’s cooking continues to excel in a lovely airy room next to the Liverpool Philharmonic that really does the business. The restaurant is a cut above the rest and the menu is always interesting and beautifully presented. It’s formal but not stuffy, and a go-to for business lunch meetings as well as special-occasion dining.”
And Peter Harden, co-founder of Harden’s, commented: “It’s wonderful to see the Art School riding high. Paul Askew deserves his success because he has done so much over so many years to put Liverpool’s gastronomy on the map. Merseyside and its environs is now unquestionably one of the best areas in Britain to dine out in.”
Located on Sugnall Street, The Art School is set inside the stunning lantern room of the Victorian 1888 ‘Home for Destitute Children’ building. The restaurant’s sumptuous main dining room hosts a range of seasonal menus which celebrate the best of the region’s artisanal producers. The Art School features a sumptuous main dining room, a Champagne cellar bar with Afternoon Tea service and a stunning private wine tasting space. Paul and the team recently refurbished a new private hire space, ‘The Moriarty Room’, named after Paul’s late mother, in recognition of their shared love of Sherlock Holmes and her love for hospitality she passed on to her son.
The Art School, 1 Sugnall St, Liverpool, L7 7EB