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The Charcoal Grill

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86 Claughton Street, St Helens WA10 1SN, England
+44 1744 28426
17:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 13:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Durham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't been to the Charcoal since the early 90s, but going in earlier this week was like stepping back in time. Everything (possibly including the menu!) was just the same. This made for a slightly odd dining experience. The interior of the restaurant is looking decidedly tired, and there's a slightly sad, neglected feeling to it which dampens the... More 

Thank SWSt61
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Haven't been here for years. Has to be one of the oldest, yet still going strong restaurants in St.Helens. Food was really nice. Great choice of food and very reasonably priced, even the steaks. Still do some old fashioned food like Prawn Cocktail for starters and proper Jam Rolly Polly made with suet pastry. Cona Coffees with crean floating on... More 

Thank Sugarpuff1961
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Recently ate here for my nan's birthday with 17 family members. We had the table booked for 5.30 but sat in the bar for around 5 minutes beforehand (which is more like an old pub). Drinks are reasonably priced and cheaper than most restaurants. We were called through to eat and the dishes came out fast so everyone ate at... More 

1 Thank Shell Q
St Helens, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Very scruffy and decor depressing. Im not sure how people think this is any kind of quality. On entering the restaurant there were metal long 'planks' or whatever lining the stairs which made you feel as though you were entering a builders yard. The staff were polite and somewhat friendly, but like the place came across as given up, As... More 

1 Thank Bettythecat
Widnes, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

I've not been here in years but I went for an early dine before the theatre. It has an amazing standard of food. Everything we had was cooked to perfection and I couldn't wait for the jam roly poly. The staff are very traditional with their little aprons on which is lovely to see and they are very friendly and... More 

1 Thank SusieS2012
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Went with my good lady wife Saturday last. Loved the place. Step back into the 70s with the music but the service and the food are always first class. A better steak you will struggle to find certainly at the price. This place is an Institution I would hate to lose. A credit to the current owners and staff who... More 

1 Thank Mark R
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This place is an institution in St Helens - The Charcoal has managed to adapt and invent over the years but the main thing is - The Food - it is good wholesome stuff - not fancy fare - but try and find a better steak meal around here, you won't.

2 Thank scousemouth
St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

this is my second review on this restaurant although I have been here a few times since my first review. the food and the service is still very good. the toilets still need ripping out. not very clean and needs modernising. the heating is very bad and needs modernising. they have a Calor gas fire in the bar area and... More 

Thank joec1
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful restaurant. Came here for my 21st Birthday and been quite a few times inbetween. The décor is a little tired but the food more than makes up for it!! Lots of choice and the food is beautiful.

1 Thank Gill W
Warrington, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Good food at good prices. As probably said b others, it looks very old fashioned inside and could do with bringing into 2017 in terms of decor, but the food remains good and my steak was fantastic. I would return.

Thank Slal99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86 Claughton Street, St Helens WA10 1SN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Merseyside  >  St Helens
  • Phone Number: +44 1744 28426
Traditional restaurant

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?