Wow. I’ve just got home from a superb dinner at the newest restaurant in West Kirby. Its official name is Cafe At Nancie (CAN) and its the newest addition to the designer fashion store Nancie Henry.
I was planning on taking a trip here this month to write a blog about it. Jen and I have been dying to try their great food. We’d heard so much about it already but due to work schedules, we just haven’t had the opportunity to pay them a visit. So you can imagine my surprise when, out of the blue, Dan (the owner of Nancie Henry and CAN) contacted me direct on Instagram to invite me and Jen in for dinner. We booked a table for the next available night.
If you don’t know (if you’ve been living under a rock) Nancie Henry is a high end clothes shop in West Kirby stocking some of the best men’s and women’s designer brands. A hidden gem, the building is actually an old Bank. It still contains the original vault that now houses some of their most premium clothing pieces. Customers travel from all over to visit the store and even Kelly Osbourne once tweeted her admiration for Nancie Henry.
Cafe at Nancie is situated in the loft space of the store. The walk from the store up the ultra modern staircase sets the scene right away and you can tell that attention to detail is something that the owner takes pride in.
When you reach the top of the staircase there is a big glass window where you can see the chef busy at work. This was something that really impressed me. The kitchen was spotless and seemed chaos free.
When I walked into the actual cafe/restraunt area I just wanted to take everything in. The decor is brilliant and no expense has been spared. I’m a sucker for open brick and the two main side walls of the room are stripped right back to bare brick. In the centre of the room, a palm tree grows from the ground floor of the clothes store, through the restaurant and blooms in the centre of the impressive glass roof. Slate tiles, with the individual letters that spell Cafe @ Nancie, stretch the width of the room. The decor creates a great atmosphere and I was instantly transformed to somewhere else. I could have been in an exclusive bar or restaurant in Ibiza or a cool hidden loft eatery in New York. First impressions were obviously great!
We were shown to our table by the waiter and passed the drinks list and menu with that days date on it. The menu changes often so you’re guaranteed a different experience with every visit. It was a week night but I’m never one to turn down a glass of wine so we went for a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The wine menu was vast and eclectic which would please anyone.
The food was a 3 course set menu and it was difficult to choose as everything sounded so good. After a long day behind the barber chair I am always starving by the time I get home so decided to go for something meaty and filling. It was a nice surprise to see that most of the meat on the menu was sourced from Rhug farm. I did a blog featuring the Rhug Estate a few weeks back (view vlog) and their meat especially is the best quality, so I knew the food here was going to be spot on!
The waiter brought us over an Amuse-Bouche. Yeah, I didn’t know either!!
This was something I’ve never had before but would definitely enjoy again. Ours was mushroom, chestnut, garlic, olive oil, truffle, truffle oil and chopped chestnuts made into a small soup with some really nice homemade sourdough bread. Served in a espresso cup it was no more than a couple of mouthfuls but it awakened our taste buds before the actual meal came out.
For my starter I had Rhug Estate Crispy Belly Pork and Jen went for the pressed Rhug estate organic chicken. There was so much flavour on each plate. We were both made up with our choices. We swapped half way through so we could taste each others.
Beef cheek with potatoes and parsnips was my main of choice. It was cooked to perfection and definitely hit the spot. I tasted some of Jen’s lamb and that was just as tasty!
For desert I had ordered the creme brûlée. I’ve never had this before so thought id give it a go and I wasn’t disappointed. Its definitely set the tone high for the next time i have one. Me and Jen swapped deserts half way through and her Chocolate mousse was unreal. It was served with gold flakes on top!!
After finishing the bottle of wine and waiting for everybody else in the restaurant to leave I managed to grab a few snaps of the interior. I had a good chat with Dan afterwards and he was telling me some of the exciting plans he has for spring/summer at Cafe at Nancy. They have some great things in the pipeline and I’m really looking forward them.
The restaurant has a great outdoor part to it too. The bi folding doors, that stretch the entirety of the front, open out onto a gorgeous decking area. The palm trees continue outside with the chilled ibiza vibe music continuing onto the deck. You get the same great atmosphere outside as you would experience in. I am definitely going to book again to experience the restaurant in the summer. I might even book an earlier table next time as the restaurant is open for brunch/lunch also.
I highly recommend a visit as the whole atmosphere can’t be appreciated through the pictures. Next time you’re in the area or looking for somewhere special to treat someone, pay it a visit. Book a table here