The Viking

Restaurant Review by Si Hall and Nicky Rigby-Smith

The Viking Wirral

Wirral born TV Chef Simon Rimmer and his associates, Neil McCloud and Roy Ellis bring us a new exciting and quirky concept in casual drinking and dining.

The Viking Pub & Bakehouse is a Scandinavian twist on wholesome and hearty fayre, teamed with an excellent selection of beers, wines and cocktails. This is a place where enjoying a casual get together with the family or friends in a chilled, and spacious environment, is just what the original Wirral Vikings would have wanted.

Warmly welcomed by Sam (Restaurant Manager), he presented us with the menu and his recommendations. The Viking menu is creative and varied. From pizzas to summer salads there is pretty much something for everyone.

We were seated by the open French doors overlooking the brilliant all weather ping pong table. It felt like alfresco dining in arguably one of the nicest beer
gardens on the Wirral.

During our recent interview with Simon we asked whether he was a red or white wine man, and to our surprise it was a clear nod to a beautiful and somewhat familiar sounding rose, namely Rimauresq (not his own family vineyard we might add). What we got was a crisp, clean tasting quality rose wine and in our opinion is up there with the best whites. Good call Simon.

To start, we selected chargrilled halloumi with chilli, lime and coriander served on fresh flatbread, accompanied with chargrilled vegetables drizzled in a lime and chilli oil; and the classic prawn cocktail dish. Both were excellent and really substantial portions.

For our mains we ordered a chicken summer salad, bursting with colour and plenty of fresh greens including broccoli, baby spinach and broad beans. We couldn’t resist the rump steak served with Viking fries, peppercorn sauce accompanied by garden peas, pancetta and crème fraiche. Everything was cooked to perfection and really hit the spot.

Feeling somewhat full at this point, we decided to duck out of dessert and opted to taste the cocktail menu… The Viking offers a great range of cocktails and mocktails (non-alcoholic). We chose the Strawberry Fields and the Pornstar Martini. Delicious, smooth and refreshing on a warm sunny day, in fact, anytime whatsoever…

What’s not to like? Great food, great beer, great location, ping pong, free photo booth, mini cinema for the kids, 2 for 1 pizzas on Tuesdays which is also quiz night, etc. etc. The Viking has it all. A great all round family pub with hearty grub.

Well done to everyone at The Viking, your time has truly cometh. See you soon.

Booking is advisable. Call: 0151 601 1888.