Last weekend, myself and a couple of friends headed to one of my favourite Cheshire areas – Knutsford – for a girly catch up, with lunch and cocktails of course. Knutsford is currently home to so many gorgeous eating destinations, its actually hard to choose where to go. But do to its stunning building, extensive menu, and all round excellent reputation, we made our way to Lost and Found.
Lost and Found is situated in the heart of Knutsford town centre, in a venue that was originally Knutsford’s Old Town Hall, a romantic, gothic, Grade II-listed building created by Alfred Waterhouse – designer of Manchester’s Town Hall and London’s Natural History Museum.
When you walk in and come onto the downstairs floor, you’ll notice the bar area, all glamorous and grand. Aside from this is the stairway to access the upstairs restaurant, which you approach by climbing a few flights of stairs. However, climbing aside, the stairways look so special and prestigious, with thick plush carpets and old artwork and traditional finishing’s. Think gold shimmering chandeliers too for that ‘wow’ feature!
I’d describe the vibe of the Lost and Found dining floor as a whimsical wonderland – white metal wire design chairs, shiny gold tables, plants, trees and greenery splashed around, along with thick rope detailing hanging from the walls with huge lit bulb lights.
The décor fits extremely well within the building, and makes a fantastic change from all the uber cool quirky eateries popping up at the moment. Call me old fashioned, but I love a little bit of class.
The menus were handed out via beautiful wooden cased books, with old fashioned vintage style paper work with nature illustrated and pretty type font listings. It was lovely to see the menus were very easy to read, and we were very spoilt for choice for a Sunday lunch time, shifting through the sharers, starters, mains, salads and desserts with eager eyes.
I was sort of expecting an upgraded take on pub classics, but surprisingly I found it more impressive. To begin with, cocktails are a big thing, and they are much fancier than your average bar. You can expect ‘To Betty’s For Tea’ – a take on the English Cuppa in a gin cocktail form, The Poor Man – a blend of whiskey and black pepper infusions, and Mr Black – a concoction of vodka, coffee liqueurs, caramel syrup and Frangelico.
Starters include a few standard expectations, like lightly dusted squid and a goats cheese salad, but then there were a few intriguing options.
A Ham Hock and Pea Terrine, Harissa Glazed Aubergine with garlic yoghurt, Truffle and Parmesan Arancini (one of my favourite meals, let alone starter!) and Smoked Beef Tartare graced the menu, but between the 3 of us, we shared with classic smoked salmon and cream cheese salad on a bloomer, but it also features gin and tonic cucumber!
We also added a goat’s cheese salad to nibble on too.
For our mains, I opted for another salmon dish, purely because I spotted a Cured Salmon and King Prawn Linguine, tossed with chilli, lemon and pine nuts. I love a good creamy and lemon zesty linguine which has both salon and king prawn. It’s rare you find one packed with both. It was delicious, and I was really impressed with the large portion size.
They definitely didn’t scrimp on the amount of salmon and prawn that laced the pasta, but it also felt light to eat too, no thick cream or anything added.
One of my friends ordered the Chipotle and Quinoa Chilli, which I did have a little food envy for, as I love a good vegetarian take on chilli. It was topped with a rich avocado cream and toasted pitta, and it looked so tasty. She gave it great feedback and said it was really flavorsome with the chipotle, with a rich tomato taste too and it was incredible chunky and filling!
The third girl in our party tried the Charred Half Chicken Tikka with Asian slaw and seed dressing, which she described as a yummier, healthier tasting version of a Chicken Tikka dish at an Asian restaurant. Again, portion sizes all brilliant, and we didn’t even have room for dessert!
From eyeing some dishes around the restaurant and spending way too much time analyzing the extensive menu, I’d recommend the Chicken Milanese for the chicken lovers out there, as it looked super tasty in its sourdough crumb and parsley and caper butter. I’d also want to try the pizzas, which looked insanely good. They do a butternut squash version with Kale pesto, goats cheese and mozzarella, which sound pretty much like a pizza designed just for me!
Mains average at £12-£13, and you definitely get a high quality, freshly cooked delicious meal with the added bonus of superior presentation and the perfect ambiance. We literally just stayed and chatted after our meal, embracing the gorgeous surrounding, with me sipping my non-alcoholic fruity cocktail due to too many Espresso Martinis the night before.
I can’t recommend this place enough for either a girly trip to Knutsford, a visit with a partner, or even a family Sunday lunching session…