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The Monro

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About The Monro

A historic site in an historic part of central Liverpool, The Monro is a gastropub right in the heart of Ropewalks known for its use of locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients. There are plenty of restaurants touting such an approach, but when The Monro was founded in 2003, this was a pioneering claim. Ever popular, The Monro’s singular charm is underlined by the beautiful heritage building down Duke Street in which the restaurant is housed and the kitchen’s considered offering, with tasting and weekend menus, a core selection of fresh favourites, and a superlative Sunday roast. Be sure to book to discover one of central Liverpool’s best places for refined and relaxed pub grub.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:45, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:45, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
The Monro, 92 Duke Street, L15AG Liverpool

Further Information

The Monro offers food people want to eat, with its Fresh Favourites menu doing just that, every day of the week. But another reason people head to The Monro is to dine in an environment steeped in history – the building was originally owned by John Bolton, a famous merchant who raised his own private army to fight the French, before it became a beer house around 1815. Also adding to its appeal, this vintage gastropub is located along Duke Street, in the midst of Liverpool’s bustling Ropewalks precinct. The Monro is named for the first merchant ship that made scheduled trips over the Atlantic to New York, but the building itself is a 17th-century edifice that once housed merchants, keeping home close to the docklands. Bear this in mind when you tuck into pub classics like small plates of homemade pork and black pudding sausage rolls with apple puree or The Monro’s famous haddock and chips with marrowfat mushy peas.

Come the weekend, diners can indulge in The Monro’s showcase menu, where the talented chefs pull out all the stops to impress you with their culinary flair. Typical dishes here might include a starter of goats’ cheese mousse, Claremont farm asparagus, and pigeon puree with pickled heritage carrots, brioche crumb and a micro salad of watercress. True to the purity of the ingredients, largely sourced from local producers and suppliers, main courses cover wild Morecambe Bay sea bass, pork chops, ribeye steaks, and lamb rump. For a really indulgent gastropub experience without peer in the Ropewalks, The Monro offers an opulent seven-course tasting menu for a fixed price per head, consisting of a bespoke selection of dishes dreamt up the very same day. Bringing all the upscale culinary palaver back down to earth, The Monro’s Sunday roast is a perennial favourite among Liverpool’s lovers of a solid Sabbath repast. However you want to dine, be sure to book – berths on The Monro are reliably limited!

CHEF'S CHOICE

351 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 351 Reviews
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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Debbie J.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 19:32

The staff were very friendly and helpful, the restaurant cosy and well decorated. The food was amazing ,with plenty of choice and reasonably priced,would recommend the monro

Lyn B.
1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 18:26

we recently enjoyed the winter warmers menu at the Monro, it was just what you need on a very cold winters night, it was very good, good value for money , very tasty and well presented, looking forward to going there again

Janet l.
1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 19:02

very good value for money. food delicious. staff attentive and pleasant. surroundings and ambience good.i would definitely recommend this restaurant with no hesitation at all.

John D.
1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 17:49

Lovely Food, Friendly staff, good atmosphere, will definitely be eating there again. polished off everything on my plate, maybe next time i'll make sure i have more time to stay longer and try all the gins

Caroline S.
3 reviews so far 5
19.08.2016 03:11

Lovely friendly service and atmosphere. We went for the Monday wine club which is two courses plus a bottle of wine per person at £20 per head. We were also offered a pudding at no extra charge but we were stuffed! Really good value, no 'sniffiness' about taking home any wine you might not have managed and good quality ingredients. 'Textured beetroot with whipped goats cheese' was delightful, different tastes with each bite and gin cured salmon re-ignited my taste for cured fish (which I had gone off) lovely soft slices,and plenty of them, were set off by a fantastic 'blood orange ketchup'. Haven't been to The Monro for a while but booked in for their Gin Lovers' Garden party whilst there. My only disappointment was that the dish I particularly fancied for my main had sold out.

Patsy R.
1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 03:33

Met with a friend from out of town for lunch today, so decided to book for the Monro. As always the staff were so polite and attentive, the food delicious. We had a sharing platter to start which had ham hock terrine, scotch eggs (monro style), delicious dip and home made piccilli and an array of cheeses and breads. We had the Monro burger with hand cut chips and salad and a butternut risotto. Both were beautiful. We decided although we were full it would be rude not to have a dessert lol. Eton mess was our choice, all we could say is nom, nom, nom lol. I would have no resitation recommending the Monro to any diners, my friend was very impressed. Thanks again the Monro.

John M.
1 review so far 5
27.05.2016 17:16

We visited the Monro with friends on a Saturday night in May 2016. The place was very busy but the atmosphere was welcoming and service at the bar was quick and friendly. At our booking time we moved into the restaurant and were greeted by the friendly serving staff. we found the menu and food to be good restaurant standard and the wine list is good but perhaps a little overpriced. We ordered, between us, 3 starters, 4 mains, 2 deserts, 1 bottle of wine, and 2 G&Ts and the very reasonable final bill was about £150. It is rare to find a treat like this in a city centre location and the relaxed dining was more reminiscent of a country pub. All our party enjoyed the experience and we look forward to re-visiting. Be sure to book especially at weekends. Central Station is only about 10 minutes easy walk.

Simon H.
1 review so far 4
30.01.2017 18:35

The Monro's website has a good section on dietary needs, catering for customers with Coeliac Disease, which was why we chose it. When we asked for the Gluten free menu, it was basically the same items from the Sunday lunch menu but without the Gluten products. So, a roast beef and Yorkshire pudding meal was served without the Yorkshire pudding. It looked a bit sparse ! I would have expected there to be Gluten free meal options, rather than the same courses minus certain items. Quality of the food cannot be faulted

Alan B.
1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 17:51

The Monro is an excellent gastro pub. We went for Sunday lunch. Doesn't try to do too much so 6 starters and 6 mains - 3 of which were variations on a roast. Good veggie options as well - at least two of the starters and I think two mains(?). Friendly but not intrusive staff. Nice wine by glass - we had a sauvignon blanc and a pinot grigio.

Yvonne L.
1 review so far 5
20.10.2015 16:39

Excellent food and service but disappointing on two counts. Firstly they had run out of scallops even though scallops featured in both starters and mains on the menu and no warning had been given by the waitress that they were running low. Secondly there were two errors on the bill. We were charged for scallops that had been ordered but turned out not to be available and after this error was corrected we spotted that another main, the hake, was over £4 more on the bill than the price on the menu. This error could easily not have been spotted and since both the menu and the bill were printed there was clearly something wrong with the restaurants billing system or an error on the menu.

Craig L.
1 review so far 5
07.01.2016 00:46

We really enjoyed our meal at The Monro - our first time eating in there and were very impressed. The food was very tasty and of a high quality and sldo besutifulky presented. Very good wine list too, & reasonably priced. We all enjoyed our meals & would definitely go back. Have already suggested it to friends as somewhere they would enjoy.

Alison D.
1 review so far 3
12.11.2015 15:05

Booked the Monro for a special family get together after online research, but was disappointed if I'm honest. Our table felt like an extra one fitted in by the kitchen door, so our surroundings did not feel very grand, and it was really noisy, and I couldn't really hear much that my son was saying opposite me. 3 of us had starters which were just average. 2 of us had the fillet steak main, which I have to say was lovely and everything I had hoped for as I don't order it very often. The lamb was enjoyed by the other 2, but it was very pink and very 'nouvelle' on the plate so not for someone expecting a huge lamb dinner. 3 of us had puddings, 2 sticky toffee, which again was very average, not as nice as the cartmel ones in foil trays that I sometimes buy. Overall sorry to say, we were disappointed, as it was an expensive meal for us £146 for 4, (including drinks, but only 1 glass of wine, 2 people on cokes only!) and I have had much better value delicious food elsewhere. I won't be going back. Sorry to be negative but this was our honest experience.

Sharon D.
3 reviews so far 6
25.11.2015 03:47

Booked for lunch at the Monro, the food was excellent and reasonably priced and the staff are friendly and efficient We chose to move into the bar area after we finished our meal and sat by a lovely open fire. The Monro is a real gem and I will definitely return.

Colin G.
1 review so far 6
09.02.2016 19:21

A quick weekend visit to Liverpool to take my daughter to see Carmina Burana at the philharmonic hall. The Monro has a warm relaxing, atmosphere, attentive service and food to savour. We both left the restaurant happy and satisfied with our choice of eating houses. We would both recomend without question.

Shirley C.
1 review so far 6
29.04.2016 03:36

Absolutely delicious! The service was excellent, served by Ellie. We had been there the week before so had the 3 course mini lunch again! My husband and I had the pork and fish and chips. Had the tomato soup and the salmon for starters and finally the Sticky Toffee pudding and the lemon posset! All nicely presented and right amount, couldn't eat any dinner in the evening! Lovely roaring hot fire too as it was a rainy cold day! Will definitely come again as the mini lunch 3 course meal was well worth it for £15.95! 👍👏👏👏

Sarah M.
2 reviews so far 4
22.08.2016 03:08

This is only my second time eating here. The food is good but there is a couple of areas they could improve. Our table felt a bit sticky so I politely asked if it could be wiped down. I work in retail so know how annoying customers can be. The server wiped the table with a cloth that was black with dirt. No attempt was made to give it a spray with the table cleaner she was holding in her hand. So after the table was still sticky plus she looked annoyed at me asking her to do so. The food was good apart from the black hair that was on the edge of one of the starter plates . So i recommend having a clean cloth the beginning of every service and checking the plates before they leave the kitchen .

Brian T.
1 review so far 5
07.02.2016 21:56

Saturday night table for 4 at 8pm, restaurant was about 80% full plus a few at the bar. Seated within a few minutes. The menus were in avreally small font size, struggled to read them. Food however was delicious, for starters we had curried cauliflower soup, scallops, black pudding scotch egg. Mains of fish & chips, lamb and stone bass. The fish in a very thin beer batter was tremendous. Puds were also very good, though the guideline of 15 mins for the chocolate fondant turned out to be more like 25. Some may have thought the service a little slow, but I much prefer that to being rushed. Well worth a visit.

Michael D.
1 review so far 6
18.04.2016 17:36

Sunday roast at The Monroe is exceptional. Quality of food is great and the staff are brilliant. All three courses are plentiful and its hot. Great food and service with a smile and it wont break the bank. The chef and his teram have got it right.

Alison B.
1 review so far 6
01.07.2016 17:49

Lovely food and great friendly service. Visiting Liverpool and I wish we had a place like this near to home. Will certainly go back we're ever in the area. The Monday night offer we had was excellent value for money. Normal prices were still good though given the quality of the food etc and I would be happy to pay the extra for the premium times. Well done to them! Oh and what a joy to have a Server who actually put the word 'enjoy' into a sentence!

tom c.
1 review so far 5
19.11.2015 07:38

All the good stuff first. Setting. Service. Menu. Ambience. Our waitress hit the spot. She was friendly, efficient and always knew when to disappear and reappear. The scallops were few but delicious. The accompanying pea brûlée and raisins were a bonus. The hake was okay but the accompanying veg and chorizo added a blast of taste to that main course. The goat cheese was a very good starter. The partridge was tasty, too. There was room for one sticky toffee pudding. We shared it and, again, it was spot on. Nice ice cream on top. Putting everything together, it was a fine meal wel served.

Pauline H.
1 review so far 6
04.11.2015 02:39

Been to The Monro many times and We can always rely on them to serve excellent grub . More than satisfied with the service and food we ordered. Will be going back for extra helpings of the same very soon. Would highly recommend

nick b.
1 review so far 6
16.04.2016 19:00

Fantastic food , staff were very professional and polite .. One of the best places I have had ameal at. I liked the relaxed atmosphere , wernt pestered throughout by the staff .. At one point s member of staff were walking towards the kitchen , I asked for more drinks when he were ready , and he done a u turn and got our drinks . Now that shows me customer service is second to none . I would recommend this place ..

Patricia L.
1 review so far 6
27.01.2016 02:54

Our party of 6 adults and a baby were warmly welcomed, and seated where the baby's buggy would not cause any obstruction. One of our party is coeliac, and was supplied with an individual menu offering plenty of choice. None of us had starters, as it was early lunchtime- 12.30, but all our mains were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The desserts were wonderful, the service impeccable, the atmosphere congenial and all very reasonably priced. Would recommend highly.

Helen C.
1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 19:00

An unassuming place with no bells and whistles. Really wonderful staff, ambience and food. Greeted by the manager on arrival who sat us down and discussed the menu and also wine list (he recommended a great Albarino). Food was gastropub with a rocket up it's backside. Scotch egg was to die for and the fillet of beef was melt in your mouth good- could have cut it with a spoon. Booked again for next week. Can't wait.

louise M.
1 review so far 5
04.10.2016 17:38

Booked The Monro for Saturday night dinner with friends...it was fab! Staff were lovely and attentive and the food was delicious, even for a fussy vegetarian! The only slight negative was that we were a wee bit chilly being against the window. Will definitely be back

michael s.
1 review so far 6
26.10.2016 22:31

My wife and I dined early evening on Saturday 22nd October, and as usual the food, wine and service were excellent. Our starters arrived promptly, and the monkfish scampi which we both selected for main course was tasty, substantial and well-cooked. Although the restaurant and bar were busy, we were under no pressure to vacate the table, having asked when it was required,and we both really enjoyed the occasion, and will be returning.

Dom B.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2015 08:57

Had a a cheese soufflé starter followed by fish and chips .The starter was more flaccid than pert however the fish tasted really fresh and the tartare sauce with mushy peas enhanced it nicely .For six diners the bill was £160 and this included two bottles of wine and a few beers and bacardis .More than reasonable price in a great pub environment .Great experience look forward to dining there again .

Jane T.
1 review so far 6
20.03.2016 19:47

Excellent food. First class friendly service without being in any way intrusive. Acceptably varied & priced wine list. Staff had the common sense to kindly let us know that they were about to deal with a party of 41 in the upstairs room so suggested that we might care to order 15 minutes earlier than the 8 p.m. time we were booked. Good initiative ensured that our evening ran like clockwork.

Kelly E.
1 review so far 6
16.03.2016 15:41

Food is out of this world taste buds experience quality from start to finish! We got lost in ambiance of Monroe our night was just perfect. Staff were just as delightful and keen knowledge of wines and menu which was lovely when being served ! Must go to restaurant we will defiantly be booking again ! What amazing place for our first date ... Very special night

David J.
1 review so far 6
09.04.2016 00:40

Food was excellent. Fresh and attractively presented. Scotch egg with black pudding - warm and tasty. Fish moist and tender. Dark chocolate mousse to die for. Companion enjoyed the soup, fell on the battered fish and chunky chips and devoured the assorted ice cream. Bottle of Pinot Grigio crisp and refreshing. Server Niahm was friendly, chatty and attentive. A great way to spend a lingering lunch.

Jeremy S.
1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 07:13

great place - wonderful log fire on a freezing night, with a warm welcome from staff and an excellent dinner. We had lamb and duck, both full of taste and cooked perfectly. Lemon posset for desert, light and delicious. We recommend the Rioja. Good to be able to choose wine by glass, carafe (500 mls) or whole bottle, rather than having to have a full bottle.

Patricia N.
2 reviews so far 5
01.11.2015 20:34

We had a very pleasant late afternoon / early evening meal at the Monro on Thursday 29th October. We were impressed that the waitress let us go "off menu" for a shared starter - and we had a delicious platter of olives, bread, oil and balsamic vinegar. We then both had fish and chips which we thoroughly enjoyed. The staff were very friendly and made us feel welcome. We will certainly come again. Thanks again - Patricia.

Colin G.
1 review so far 6
09.09.2016 16:08

Been before and will go again. Excellent food, lovely staff.the evening was a little bit spoiled by a group of very loud ladies, but that is not the fault of The Monro.

Helen G.
2 reviews so far 4
23.12.2015 18:44

There was a bit of a wait before someone came for the drinks order My main was tiny. I think my reaction was 'is that it?'. This was the stone bass. Inch by three inches. There was only a garnish size worth of spinach too. I asked for a side order of mixed veg otherwise I would have been starving - which were lovely. My friend had the turkey dinner. That was stunning and beautifully cooked. The staff made amends by providing free sweets. I would have preferred more dinner though as it was tasty.

Rachael L.
1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 01:36

Staff great, attentive but not in your face. Food really nice, we all got different versions of the Roast dinner, mine was Beef which was really tasty. 1 person didn't get a Roast and chose the Hake which he wasn't mad on but that was personal choice and nothing to do with the food itself. Had a very nice afternoon, thanks very much

Jane T.
1 review so far 4
12.05.2016 17:27

The setting was pleasant and the service was good, with a longish wait for the second round of drinks. The reviews I had read were very positive regarding the food quality but I found the Roast not up to standard. I had the veggie option as did my husband and the nut roast was beautiful but the vegetables were not good. Roast potatoes were very hard and dry and the parsnips were tough. I will visit again but not for the Sunday menu. Thank you for your time and for this opportunity to feedback.

Gareth R.
1 review so far 4
01.02.2016 16:37

Ordered off menu. Great tasty dishes but attention to detail was lacking for some. Scallops starter had two perfectly cooked scallops, but came with too much pea puree and too little black pudding. While for lamb main the menu listed feta wrapped in potato, however the dish came with one while the rest of the feta came unwrapped. On a plus note desserts were divine - as standard for the Monro. We haven't visited the Monro for a while, although not disappointed we weren't overwhelmed, just need to finesse petitioning.

Pauline M.
4 reviews so far 6
25.10.2015 23:33

Saturday night in lively Liverpool entertaining friends from Cardiff. Make sure you book this restaurant in advance as full to the brim. The food was all truly lovely. I had the hake and I couldn't have chosen better. Great taste and great flavours. The atmosphere was enhanced by the bustling customers But the service didn't suffer one bit. Will return.

Jess C.
1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 22:03

Went with friends for a catch up. Had the house white wine which was lovely, and at less than £5 for a 175ml glass I wasn't expecting anything amazing, but was pleasantly surprised! I had the Fish Sharing Platter as my main, which was lovely and super tasty. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely go here again.

Sally M.
1 review so far 5
14.04.2016 14:51

An excellent Sunday Lunch at The Monro. Superb chicken liver pâté, great roast beef and an excellent sticky toffee pudding. Husband had the cod, which looked fab and he really enjoyed. The service was good too!

david m.
1 review so far 5
07.08.2016 19:54

overall very good. Staff very pleasant and portions ample and well cooked. Only criticism is that the prices charged for some of the items on the menu ,in my case mushroom tagliatelle, at £11.50 were slightly more than one might expect. The pint of real ale which I ordered was definitely not good but no doubt they would have changed it if I had asked. I certainly intend to go again!

Phil M.
1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 02:36

Delicious food and plenty of it. 2 course Sunday lunch for £16.50 loads of beef and freshly roasted vegetables. We were seated as soon as we arrived (booked for 3.30 got there 10 mins early). Would recommend that you book 'cos it was very busy but this didn't detract from the excellent service that we received. A1 all round

Jeanette L.
1 review so far 5
04.04.2016 03:27

Staff very friendly. Ambience friendly. Meal very good and well proportioned apart from a rather small raspberry Eton mess. Vegetables cooked perfectly and given the choice of how pink we wanted our meat cooked. Only complaints were small but easy enough to have been corrected by staff, flowers on tables were dead and the toilets were in need of cleaning. Will certainly go again for there excellent Sunday roast.

Susan R.
1 review so far 4
10.08.2016 15:32

We love going to The Munro and you can always guarantee that the food is really good and it was - the only let down where the drinks - the 2 for £10.00 cocktails were in a wine glass and looked as though they had made them on the 'cheap'.........really disappointed and again the Gin and Tonic I had was just 'plain' - could have been a glass of lemonade with a straw and considering the price we paid disappointing... :( put us off going now...

Alan J.
1 review so far 4
17.10.2016 21:51

The food was good, the environment was also very good, the only issue was the situation of our table, too near the bar and therefore noisy. As there was only two of us it was difficult to talk, if we had been a larger group the noise level may not have mattered as much. Would prefer to sit it the other room next time, but will be back on the 12th November with some family members - looking forward to that.

Linda R.
1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 03:06

We spent a lovely evening celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary , the food was fantastic and the staff were so attentive and friendly. We had had our engagement party there 44 yrs ago , what a difference in surroundings , it is now a beautiful gastro pub not your old fashioned pub anymore.

Paul E.
1 review so far 6
02.04.2016 08:20

Very welcoming lovely atmosphere very friendly staff so helpful really can't say enough good thing about The Monro and will definitely be going back there again

Sharon D.
3 reviews so far 5
25.10.2016 04:22

We recently visited the Munro for lunch and had a lovely afternoon. The food was good, the staff were friendly and the place has a lovely atmosphere. They did need us to vacate our table for early evening diners but we were not made to feel rushed and we moved into the bar and stayed for another drink. We will be returning.

Peter J.
1 review so far 6
20.01.2016 18:58

Really excellent food. We were welcomed by the manager who sat us and discussed the menu and the new dishes. Food was great. The recommended scotch egg was to die for. Best thing about this place? The service. Hands down best service in Liverpool city centre. We will be back soon!!!

Heather F.
1 review so far 6
14.11.2015 02:54

Excellent food and service. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our meals were well cooked and beautifully presented. We would definitely recommend The Monro.