About us

Whatever the season it is impossible not to be seduced by the spectacular views across the Dee Estuary and the Welsh mountains, whilst the breathtaking sunsets will both amaze and mesmerise.

Sheldrakes offers al fresco to a la carte dining, a traditional Sunday lunch, exclusive private function facilities and bespoke wedding packages, the perfect location for a wedding venue on the Wirral. With an assortment of different events, from live music evenings to high tide lunches and spectacular local walks followed by afternoon tea on the terrace, Sheldrakes truly has something special for everyone.

The recent addition of a £1 million viewing gallery, boasting panoramic views on the first floor is now open for private dining and functions.

Full disabled access to all facilities.


Lower Heswall was originally a small fishing hamlet on the river Dee, one of the busiest waterways in Britain. At this time Sheldrakes was the home of the Dee sailing club until the silting of the river in the early 1980’s caused the club to relocate and it became a restaurant for the first time. Once fondly nicknamed ‘shack on the beach’ it has been tenderly restored over the last seven years to it’s current proud position as a quality tourist asset on the coastline of the Wirral.

The name ‘Sheldrake’ was a common term for a Shelduck. Sheldrakes borders one of the most important areas in Europe for wintering and migrating bird populations. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) the area is rich in nutrients and provides a valuable feeding ground for vast numbers of plants and animals. During March and April the equinox tides flood the marshes, marking the transition between the departure of wintering birds and the arrival of spring visitors.


  • Investors in People 2009/2010/2011 & 2012 – The only sole independent in the North West, recognised for its staff training
  • Local Awards Taste Liverpool Restaurant Accreditation – Quality Assured 2008/2009 & 2010
  • Local Awards Taste Liverpool Restaurant Accreditation – Made in North West 2008/2009 & 2010
  • Finalist in the Taste of Merseyside 2008
  • Finalist two years running in Wirral Chef Shine 2008 and 2009
  • Finalist of the New Dish for Liverpool 08 – the only Wirral restaurant to be nominated

Local information

Sheldrakes is located in Lower Heswall, nestled on the banks of the River Dee. View interactive Google map

Heswall Upper Village is a bustling west wirral hub by day and a draw for diners by night. In contrast, the original Lower Village has managed to retain much of its rustic charm.

Spend a delightful afternoon in and around Heswall, and enjoy the interesting architecture and countryside walks.

Walking – West Wirral Walks
Sailing – Dee Sailing Club
Birdwatching – Our RSPB Nature Reserve
Golfing – Heswall Golf Club

Reach us by foot, car, bus, train or taxi.


As a Greek Cypriot myself I am both passionate about food but also about atmosphere and hospitality. There can be no greater satisfaction than hearing the sound of laughter and seeing a warm glow emanating from a tavern with quality local foods, fine wines and breathtaking scenery, which ensures that you feel the Mediterranean is never very far away. Sheldrakes is proud to support local producers and suppliers, from fresh organic local produce to guest ales from local breweries. Sheldrakes is committed to utilising and promoting the best that the area has to offer and is recognised for its staff development and training through the investors in people program.”



CharityRaised £72,000 and counting.

Here at Sheldrakes we like to help both the local and extended community, some of the charities we support include:-

Help for Heroes, Claire House, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Sundowns, Alder hey Children’s Hospital, Blue Cross, Helplink Community Support, Wirral Heart Beat, Wirral Society for the Blind and partial sighted, Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Wirral Play Council, Heswall Horticultural Society, St Peters School, St Peters Choir, Greenbank Boys School, Christ the King Youth Club, Liverpool Greek Society, Mountains for Mia

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