Located near Liverpool on Merseyside, St Helens has a long tradition of going out and having a good time. As an old industrial hub it was packed with people looking to spend their wages on a Friday and Saturday night, and blow off some steam after the working week. The town's changed somewhat of late, and so has the culture. Where in the past people would go to that old staple of the British night out, the pub, in recent years the popularity of dining out has increased, and with it the amount and variety of restaurants in St Helens.
In the past, eating out was dominated not so much by as by pubs, and there are echoes of that in the dining scene today, with a number of pubs knocking out highly regarded modern British cuisine, with English favourites such as roast beef, fish and chips or ploughman's platters. The Colliers Arms is noted for its Lamb Henry, and the Griffin justly well regarded for its Sticky Toffee pudding. If traditional fare, well cooked and professionally presented is what you're after, there's a restaurant for you in St Helens.
But for those whose tastes range further afield there are any number of choices. There are several highly regarded Turkish and Greek restaurants in St Helens preparing wonderful fresh dishes traditionally. The scent of meat grilling mingling with aromas of garlic, served with fresh salads and perfect rice, who could resist? There are also a number of excellent Indian restaurants in St Helens where the diner can be delighted with authentic Indian cuisine a far cry from the sticky, messy takeaway of the past. Think traditional dishes beautifully presented in coolly contemporary surroundings at Ba'Bursi.
There are restaurants in St Helens for all wallet sizes. The town centre in particular is notable for a number of great cafes that will fill you up without breaking the bank, where you can get local staples like pies and buttys, and experience that most traditional facet of eating out in the North, a warm welcome and a friendly chat. So, with the variety of restaurants in St Helens extending to Chinese, Spanish, even Brazilian, and with vegan and vegetarian options widely available, there truly is something for everyone.