Restaurant review: The Lemon Tree Bistro, Crosby

Acclaimed Crosby restaurant justified the rave reviews

AS WORKING journalists, it’s our job to cut through the PR speak and be wary of anything that seems to be a bit over-hyped.

When it comes to eating out, though, you can’t beat a bit of critical acclaim – which is why I pricked up my ears when I heard that Crosby’s Lemon Tree restaurant had been voted the town’s most popular dining experience on the Trip Adviser website.

How this place had passed me by for so long was a question still on my lips when I left after enjoying one of the best meals I’d had in a long time.

Standing on an unpretentious Crosby back street, the Lemon Tree is warm, cosy and very welcoming – with staff to match.

A friendly waitress was immediately cooing over my six-month-old daughter, while quickly taking us through the set menu which seemed great value at £12.50 for two courses with plenty of scope to mix and match.

I plumped for the green lipped mussels in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce. The sauce was a delight and the generous grouping of mussels were cooked perfectly.

The wife chose a classic vegetarian dish, goats cheese and onion marmalade which drew admiring noises as she battled with a boisterous baby.

My main of pesto and walnut crusted salmon served on a bed of tagliatelle was even better.

The thick bands of pasta tasted fresh and home made, while the salmon had that longed-for combination of flakiness and moistness.

Only the rather generic pesto was a slight disappointment.

Mrs B’s roasted butternut squash, filled with mild spicy lentil, chickpea and sultanas was another success from a restaurant that clearly knows its vegetables.

A shared chocolate torte continued the fresh, home-made theme and a changing menu means we will certainly be back.

I’m glad we believed the hype. JAMIE BOWMAN

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