There’s a little place causing a stir on my home turf and after a couple of visits, I’ve definitely become a member of the virtual fan club. After hearing brilliant reviews of Paradox – and seeing their frequent offers on Prosecco pop up onto my Facebook timeline – I tootled down to Heswall to meet my friend Siobhan for non stop talking and some really tasty treats.
On a quiet Wednesday evening, Paradox was a relaxed and comfortable place to settle in for a good catch up but on weekends, it transforms into a busy bar with a buzzing atmosphere and delicious cocktail menu. I’d have loved a Chase the Rainbow (served with a shot of Skittles – amazing) but sticking with a soft drink, we got down to the important business of checking out the food menu.
After much deliberation, Siobhan chose the steak burger which arrived looking so juicy that my mouth instantly started watering. Served with skinny sweet potato fries, she gave the meal a resounding thumbs up after just a few bites.
The first time I visited Paradox, I shared their meat platter with friends and remembered us all fighting for scraps of a particularly delicious pie. Now, unable to see a pie on the menu, I asked our friendly waiter who told me that the kitchen had just made a fresh chicken and gammon pie and could create this into a main for me. Without any deliberation, I gratefully agreed and was thrilled when it arrived steaming and enticing, complete with chunky chips. It was just as great as my memory, with the beautiful sauce complimenting the meat flavours and I immediately wanted to ask for the recipe.
Despite our huge meals, we were still drawn to the dessert menu and decided to share a strawberry cheesecake. Not sure what to expect, we were delighted to be greeted with this stunning chalkboard of goodness.
We instantly dived for the melt-in-mouth chocolate straw before getting stuck in. The vanilla ice cream was really tasty – and that’s coming from a die hard chocolate girl – while the cheesecake struck a beautiful balance between the light fluffy texture and crumbly flavoursome base.
Honestly, I couldn’t have enjoyed my meal much more until the bill arrived. Paradox do 50% off food on Wednesdays (and also offer at 50% discount to Taste Card holders on other days) so our entire bill came to a total of £17.50. Yep, you read that correctly. So reserve that table in the corner for me Paradox, I’m becoming your newest regular.