Located on the banks of the River Mersey, Widnes isn't as well-known as its near neighbour Liverpool, but it has no lack of first-rate attractions, including a good selection of shops and a thriving culinary scene. Most of Widnes' restaurants are congregated in the town centre, so it's easy to enjoy a meal while also making the most of what the area has to offer, be it the well-appointed parks and leisure centres or a rugby match featuring famed local team the Vikings. Simply book ahead with Quandoo to grab yourself a table.
Among Widnes' restaurants are several stylish modern curry houses. Desii on Alforde Street is a case in point. After grazing through plates of chicken fritters and other toothsome snacks, be sure to try the light, aromatic saagwala curry. There are also lots of other places near Widnes to check out, like Bombay Quay on London Road, Northwich, with its extensive selection of curries ranging from dopiaza (a thick, spicy Afghan recipe) to crowd-pleasing vindaloo.
When it comes to British food, restaurants in and around Widnes offer a variety of approaches. Venues like The Blundell Arms on Hale Road dish up fish and chips, pies, pasties, Sunday roasts and other traditional pub grub classics, all cooked to perfection and presented with live music, real ale and other creature comforts. By contrast, George's on Barton Road in the village of Worsley delivers contemporary British fine dining in an idyllic rural setting, where you can feast on the likes of venison and suckling pig with delicious trimmings, or sip a cocktail while you peruse the menu.
Nor will anyone with a fondness for pan-Asian flavours be disappointed by the restaurants in the Widnes area. Arroy Thai on Widnes Road makes a bold statement with its funky décor, and this is reflected in the punchy flavours coming from its kitchen. Specials include crispy bean curd, salmon curry, fish cakes steeped in lime and chilli and stir-fried duck in oyster sauce, but no doubt you'll discover your own favourites. Or for Japanese cuisine, places such as Miyagi on Bold Street in Ropewalks can always be relied upon for steaming bowls of ramen, tasty platters of yakitori (bamboo chicken skewers) and crispy tempura prawns.