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Eat, Drink, Sleep & Football: Liverpool

Liverpool's Albert Dock
I will always have a soft spot for Liverpool.  My family moved from there to London when I was a toddler, so although I don't have the accent I like to think I'm still a Liverpudlian at heart and love this city.  So, forget the negative stereotypes about Scousers being a bunch of scallies and  a city of WAG wannabees.  If you love live music, great food and football Liverpool is a must visit.

There’s a range of accommodation available in Liverpool to suit all budgets, but for short stays and you can’t go wrong with the Hard Days Night Hotel. 

If you thought themed hotel were naff, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  This isn't a shrine to the Fab Four more of a homage.  The band’s memorabilia is confined to the ground level, and the winding staircase which is adorned with black and white canvases of the band..

The biggest selling point for Beatles aficionados is that it is located in the Cavern Quarter; and for general visitors that means it’s in the heart of the city.  A stone’s throw from Liverpool One and walking distance to all the city’s key sights makes it an ideal base for a visit to the city. 

We stayed in a luxury room – the standard room.  It was a lot bigger than I expected and also came with terrace – great if it wasn’t winter.  The only con is there’s no fridge or mini bar.   Prices start from £95 for the luxury room.

Top tip:  For a good night’s sleep, ask for a room away from Mathew’s Street.  

After a hard day’s night on the town, skip breakfast for brunch at Leaf on Bold Street.  This independent tea shop cum bar and art space is the place to be morning, day and night.  

Full of creative types, young families and friends it’s understated and low key, and the perfect place to grab something to set you up before the day.  

Go the whole hog and order the Full English Breakfast (£6.25) and you won’t be disappointed.  All the elements of this fried breakfast are cooked to perfection and of good quality.

And if it makes you feel less guilty, order an oj (£2.20) – it’s freshly squeezed and don’t forget a pot of tea (£1.90 for Assam)

Top tip:  If you can’t get a table at this popular cafe and bar, check out the Soul Cafe two minutes down the road where they serve a cheap and cheerful cooked breakfast for £4.40, and if you have room make sure you try out one of their Soul Specials - my particular fave is the chicken goujon salad which comes with a mean potato salad.

Located in the award-winning design hotel Hope Street Hotel this is pared down dining at its best.  Good quality ingredients cooked expertly.  

All the food is seasonal so changes according to what’s available and we were lucky enough to enjoy the deliciously sweet king scallop with braised pork cheek and slices of delicious morcilla – served with a light  and mellow cauliflower puree and a golden raisin dressing and jus (£12.50).

A standard on the menu and one that you’re hear critics rave about is Mr Reeves’ fish chips.  Beautifully cooked piece of beer battered cod with chunky chips and fresh tartare sauce (£10.50 / £15.50) lived up to the hype. The service here is a bit leisurely so our only disappointment was that it took so long for the condiments to arrive.  Go for the large and ask for some extra tartare sauce. 

Top tip:  Start your evening with some pre-drinks in the Hope Street Hotel bar

Catch the Magical Mystery Tour bus for a fascinating tour of all the areas in Liverpool associated with the city’s fab four (£15.95 per person) including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.

No visit to the city would be complete without a trip to Anfield, and if you can it’s go to the be in the KOP.  

Nothing can compare you for the atmosphere which can only be described as electric.   I will never forget what it’s like to hear and witness the thousands of fans sing in unison, hold their heads in their hands and cheer collectively – it was definitely one of the greatest experiences in my life.

Verdict: One fab city with lots to see and do.  Will be definitely making a trip back home again soon.
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Fun and Holidays said...

Great post! Liverpool is a wonderful city and I recommend a visit, most specially if you are a music lover... you can't go wrong... So many things to see and do, you will be surprised!

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