We recently stayed at Thornton hall hotel, a gorgeous (and independent) 4* hotel in The Wirral, as treat for my OH’s 30th. The hotel is really charming and more like a 5* than 4, with a cosy atmosphere, modern spa with outdoor hot tubs (and snow cave!!) and really friendly staff. Our first room didn’t have any hot water which was a bit of a let down, but the staff were on hand to upgrade our room quickly and without any fuss.
The hotel has two restaurants – one a cafe/bar that is more moderately priced serving tapas and the other, the Lawns Restaurant which is definitely fine dining. The raving TripAdvisor reviews meant we had to try it.