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Wirral’s first Sri Lankan restaurant The Hut has opened in Hoylake

The Hut has received numerous 5-star reviews since opening on Market Street in August, serving mouth-watering authentic dishes that locals rave about, and diners have loved sampling flavoursome and unique Sri Lankan dishes for the first time.

Gayan and Shanika, a husband and wife team who moved to Wirral with their three children in 2021, created The Hut with the goal of introducing the people of Wirral to the best cuisine Sri Lanka has to offer. The family has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback and warm welcome from locals since the intimate little gem opened.

Wirral’s first Sri Lankan restaurant The Hut has opened in Hoylake

Shanika’s father ships spices from the fields of Sri Lanka for use in her cooking, and she follows recipes passed down from her late mother. The dishes are intriguing and creative, ranging from Devilled Corner (a devilishly delicious dish that packs a punch of flavour) to Beach Combo (casava wrapped and baked in banana leaf with coconut) to Mutton Curry.

The restaurant is also the first to bring ‘Hoppers’ to Wirral, a type of rice flour pancake filled with curry and topped with sambol and chutney. The Hut’s glowing reviews have been pouring in thick and fast, with customers quoting things such as “amazing food, lovely people”“gorgeous meal with lovely friendly service” and “fantastic, authentic, awesome, tasty food.”

Wirral’s first Sri Lankan restaurant The Hut has opened in Hoylake

One customer said: “Great meal at The Hut last night. First time for both of us trying Ceylon/Sri Lankan cuisine. Gayan explained the menu to us and explained how it was all cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients and the difference between Sri Lankan and Indian food! What we had was amazing and we will definitely be back to explore the menu further. Would highly recommend a visit.”

Gayan explained: 

“Ever since moving to Wirral from London, we’ve been so happy. The people here are very friendly and to have all these 5 star reviews already fills us with joy. When people come into our restaurant, for us it is like them coming into our home so we put all our love into every dish and treat our customers like family.”

Shanika’s Sri Lankan cuisine became a big hit in London, first for event catering at home and then for high-end millionaire clients in Bishops Avenue, Finchley. Gayan and Shanika fell in love with the Wirral after discovering it through friends and decided to pursue their dream of opening their own restaurant.

Shanika said: 

“It is a dream for us to open our first restaurant and Wirral’s first Sri Lankan restaurant here in Hoylake. It is particularly special for me as I feel like my mother is still at work — to see people enjoying the recipes she taught me is so lovely and to have Sri Lankan spices sent from my father in our dishes is also magical. It feels great to provide the people of Wirral with the best flavours from our country.”

With the help of their best friend ‘Eddie,’ the family’s new find has quickly become the talk of the seaside town, and they are frequently fully booked on weekends. The Hut brings something truly unique to Hoylake High Street, inviting diners to immerse themselves in a fusion of flavours, aromas, spices, and colours.

Gayan summarised: 

“It’s great to offer something different to the people of Wirral and show them the delights from our country. We’re big on spices, many of which have healing properties, and all our dishes pack lots of flavour. So far the feedback has been amazing and we want to introduce as many people as possible to Sri Lankan food.”

The Hut, located at 88 Market Street in Hoylake, offers authentic Sri Lankan dishes cooked fresh from scratch using authentic recipes and spices shipped from Sri Lanka.

The restaurant is open Tues-Thurs 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm and Sun 5pm-9pm.



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