Standing the test of time in Greasby

Standing the test of time in Greasby

Opened in 2006 and situated in the heart of Greasby, Wirral, Ellies is a friendly bistro and bar that has stood the test of time. An open plan venue with modern decor, Ellies has large front windows to let the light in and also a front terrace to soak up the sun. The Greasby Road venue is popular for lunch, brunch, afternoon tea, dining and drinking and there have been some recent changes as it celebrates its 10 year anniversary, including new staff and a new menu. New Manageress, Roxy, has come on board to provide a fresh approach and bring some new ideas to the table whilst new Head Chef, Jamie, finished 2nd place in Merseyside Young Chef Of The Year and has helped create an exciting new menu. With much of the produce sourced from local farms and butchers and with everything cooked fresh each day, I was looking forward to a dining experience at Ellies.

I attended on a sunny Friday evening with my friend, Joy, and brother, Alex. Our table next to the large windows overlooking the front terrace area allowed us to people watch with the sun setting and witness day turn into night and there was a real ambience about the place. Chilled music from artists such as Jack Johnson set the scene for a relaxing start to the weekend. After our dining experience we were to be treated to live acoustic music from the talented Chris Kelsey, so this evening was to provide us with a variety of sensory pleasures. The wonderfully attentive and warm Roxy gave us an open armed welcome and introduced us to our waiters for the evening, Jake and Alex. Despite the new menu being rather refined and reduced with speciality dishes, we took quite a while to decide on our dishes and I must thank Jake and Alex for their no pressure approach — they were very patient indeed!After much deliberation and enjoyment of the house rose wine, we opted for two dishes to start — Olives and Goats Cheese in breadcrumbs, to be shared between us. I love going somewhere and experiencing new tastes and as a writer for Urbanista my aim is to introduce my new experiences to readers — the starters at Ellies provided a perfect opportunity to do so. The olives were quite unique as they came with chilli, limes and feta cheese and as for the goats cheese fried in breadcrumbs — Wow! The latter consisted of two giant burger-like discs of gooey goats cheese enveloped in crispy breadcrumbs and served with a red onion marmalade and crispy bread. A cheese lovers dream, this was extremely moreish and I could quite happily have settled for this as a main course too.

Before our main courses arrived we had chance to chat more with the lovely Roxy. It became clear to me that Ellies is very much a social venue and throughout the evening we noticed Roxy taking time to chat to guests on different tables. When she joined us we talked about the new menu breathing new life into the venue and about how popular Ellies is in the daytime as a place to relax — Greasby only has a handful of eating and drinking establishments and Ellies is the only place of its type in the village.

Following our chat the main courses arrived and, although I was dreaming of more goats cheese in breadcrumbs, I was thrilled with what was produced. Alex and I opted for gourmet burgers — his being the Ellies XL Burger (a double burger with cheddar cheese and crispy bacon) and mine being the Chorizo Burger (a burger with chorizo, mozzarella and home made pesto). These burgers were how burgers should be — thick, oozing with melted cheese and well presented whilst served with hand cut chips from locally sourced potatoes and coleslaw with beetroot. Joy’s Steak and Ale Pie was full of flavour and served with the same home made, hand cut chips and peas. The new menu consists of pub classics with a unique individual spin and judging by the dishes we sampled they are indeed very refined and mastered by the talented new Head Chef.

We finished our mains just as the live entertainment started — perfect timing and what a way to conclude our evening! Chris Kelsey is certainly a young musician to watch out for as his powerful voice and masterful guitar work filled the place with an energy as the end of the night edged closer. One thing that intrigued me was the upstairs function room as I had never been up there before, so I asked Roxy for a tour. I was amazed to discover that the large space above can be hired for functions at no cost (other than the food and drinks). With a bar and wooden flooring, the room is ideal for a wedding, party or other event and very reasonable considering there is no hire cost! I had not been to Ellies for some time and it seems as though I have returned at the right time. Ellies has done well to stand the test of time in a Wirral village that people don’t usually go out of their way to visit and with the new menu and new staff on board I can see Ellies enjoying another 10 years in the heart of Greasby

Ellies is hosting a Sportsmans Evening on Friday 26th August at 7pm featuring Liverpool legend Ian St John and Everton great Ian Snodin. Tickets are only £15 each and you receive a free bowl of chilli!

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