Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Gallery Restaurant and Bar, Formby

The Gallery Restaurant and Bar, Formby
On Friday we decided a little trip to the seaside was in order. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and I proper fancied a Mr Whippy ice cream. Yes, I am that refined. My mum really fancied going to Formby, so I asked Twitter for somewhere good to eat whilst we were there.

My new Twitter pal Lottie Moore (of Manchester Confidential fame...) recommended The Gallery in the town centre. She lured me in with pictures too, which is always a winner. Formby town centre is beautiful. Small, but perfectly formed. Home to some of the North West's rich and famous, we sat by a large window watching countless Bentleys and Ferraris passing. There was also a lack of young chaps with their shirts off... My mum tells me that Steven Gerrard and (wait for it...) the one and only John Parrot live there too. Contain your excitement - please.

The Gallery is a modern bistro type of place with a varied menu. There are fancy sandwiches, platters, more traditional meals and then tapas style plates to share. The staff were welcoming and attentive throughout our visit. They were enthusiastic about the food, and gave great sightseeing advice.
The Gallery Restaurant and Bar, Formby
Ploughman's Platter: This was a good mix of meat, pâté and cheese, accompanied by piccalilli, chutney, sourdough and toasted white bread. 
The Gallery, Formby - Ploughmans
The Gallery Club Sandwich: This is a monster of a sandwich, with bacon, chicken, egg, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise, nestled between three slices of toasted white bread. It also comes with some rather nice crispy fries.
The Gallery, Formby - Club Sandwich
The Gallery, Formby - Club Sandwich & Chips
Although it was hotter than the surface of the sun outside (well, 36 degrees C) we still opted for dessert because they sounded so good.

Crushed Raspberry Crème Brûlée: This was rich and smooth, and came with a topping of tangy raspberries, and fruit and nut biscotti.
The Gallery, Formby - Raspberry Creme Brulee
Baked American Cheesecake: This was an absolute dream. The flavour of the day was mulberry and lime. I've never seen that combo before, but let me tell you - it works. Good texture to the cheesecake and base, and plenty of fruit topping.
The Gallery, Formby - Cheesecake
We really enjoyed our meal at the Gallery. It's perfect for any occasion really, as it has a casual feel yet the surroundings are quite smart, and there is a varied menu suitable for all appetites. If you're planning a trip to Formby, nip in. Great recommendation.

After lunch we had a wander down to the stunning Formby Point. If you weren't already sold on the food, here's another reason to visit...
Formby Point
Formby Point
Formby Point - Ice Cream

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