Albert’s Schenke, 16 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 4AA – Visit Now
Review by Stephanie Heneghan
Albert’s Schenke is the latest addition to Liverpool’s restaurant scene, occupying the prime position on Hanover Street that was previously home to The Hub. Sister (or should that be Schwester?) to Manchester’s Albert’s Schloss, it’s billed as a German-style Bier Halle and Cook Haus.
Thankfully the novelty aspect is not as overwhelming as that description might suggest. Yes, there is a variety of beer (bier) for those want it and schnitzel and bratwurst have a leading role on the menu but they are not the sole occupants.
Huge windows facing out onto Hanover St which is perfect for people-watching
We paid a visit on literally the hottest day of all time – no hyperbole, straight Met Office facts – and the idea of traditional Bavarian fare was bringing out the meat sweats in anticipation. We opted for the spiced cauliflower to start – light, crisp, with vegan aioli, and the pan-fried sea bass for main – presented on a bed of orzo and seasoned well.
Apple strudel for dessert felt very fitting and was lovely and cinnamon-y with a choice of dairy or vegan ice cream a nice touch.
The venue itself is open and light, there are huge windows facing out onto Hanover St which is perfect for people-watching, and they do a great salted caramel schnapps which is dangerously delicious. Staff are lovely and friendly, and there is a cracking cocktail menu so don’t think it’s for beer drinkers only.