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Liverpool Echo
Ellen Kirwin

New diner Rooneys brings American sports bar and grill to Walton Vale

Walton Vale has a new addition in the form of Rooneys Sports Bar and Grill.

Over the last few years, the area has welcomed a wealth of new businesses, from dessert restaurants to micropubs. Now the stretch of road has an American-themed restaurant and bar providing a surprising slice of the states in the former HSBC building.

Walton Vale and the surrounding area already has well established cafes, pubs and bars with a winning formula that doesn’t need to be changed to attract regulars.

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But for those that fancy something different, Rooneys can offer Buffalo wings, “thicc burgers” and “dirty dogs” among other decadent meals. As well as serving brunch, the venue also screens sports and the bar is open until late on the weekend.

Nowadays people are known to travel far, or at least jump the train into town, for an indulgent meal. Across Liverpool we're spoilt for choice in the city centre, or even on popular south Liverpool haunts such as Lark Lane and Smithdown Road.

Rooneys Sports Bar and Grill (Liverpool ECHO)

But in north Liverpool there is somewhat less choice, making Rooneys a refreshing opening offering something different. So, what's on offer? We went along to find out.

From 9am to 1pm daily, brunch is served with American style pancakes at the top of the menu. Blueberry, chocolate chunk Nutella, strawberries, streaky bacon and maple syrup are among the toppings that can be chosen.

However if pancakes isn't your breakfast of choice, the traditional full English, eggs benedict, bagel and vegetarian options are also available. For the late riser, subs can be ordered over dinner time with a Philly cheese steak, Koran chicken, grilled cheese with BBQ pulled pork and more on offer.

Rooneys Sports Bar and Grill (Liverpool ECHO)

There are also a number of "snacks and light bites" on the menu though they're anything but nibbles. For £7 you can get your hands on BBQ pulled pork chili nachos with all the extras of avocado, sour cream, cheese and more.

These starters, or light bites, could easily be a meal within themselves, with £7.50 buffalo wings also enough to be shared between two people. Other offerings include a large stack of fried mozzarella sticks, buttermilk chicken tenders and mac and cheese fritters.

Rooneys Sports Bar and Grill (Liverpool ECHO)

For those of you that will turn straight to the burger and hot dog section, there's plenty to choose from. Being an American-themed restaurant, there's no surprise that the burgers require two hands to eat.

Customers can choose between two 4oz ground chuck steak burgers or buttermilk fried chicken, and all burgers come with fries. All burgers are priced at £11.50 and come so stacked with toppings that you'll need a knife and fork to finish them off.

The "original gangster" is lathered with melted cheddar and swiss cheese, onion rings and salad. But if you fancy something a bit more extravagant, you can pick the Uncle Jacks BBQ, topped with crispy streaky bacon and caramelised onions, or the bacon man 'n' cheese topped burger.

Rooneys Sports Bar and Grill (Liverpool ECHO)

Lastly the Bada Bing is packed with streaky bacon, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce as well as classic burger extras. The "dirty dogs" are similarly packed with extras such as cilantro, chilli, bacon bits and salt and pepper veggies.

Surf and turf and a "big a** lasagne" also finish off the main meals. The menu comes to an end at the desserts, with cheese cake of the week, fudge brownie stack and a warm skillet chocolate chip cookie.

Rooneys Sports Bar and Grill serves food daily from 10am to 9pm. It is open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday 10am to 12am. Find out more information and view more meals here.

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