A trip to Liverpool

Whilst Dan was banged up in the Clink last weekend, I took a trip to Liverpool to take in the sights and flavours of a former capital of culture! I’ve visited the city a number of times, never had the chance to really take in what it has to offer – here are a few highlights about the city on the Mersey…

1. Liverpool makes great cocktails
We spent a small fortune on cocktails across the city, here are some of our highlights

dinner at the manor liverpool cocktails

Clockwise from top: Jamtini & Tommy’s Margherita, Salthouse Tapas. Breakfast Martini & Royal Gingersnap, Hanover Street Social. Hendrick’s Riff & Luvly-Rita, Hard Day’s Night Hotel

2. For fantastic tapas, visit Salthouse Tapas on Hanover Street.
It may have been cold, dreary and wet at the weekend, but the Salthouse Tapas brought us some Spanish sunshine! After sipping a couple of their fine cocktails we perused the menu and plumped for the very reasonable lunchtime offer – £9.95 for 3 dishes and local sourdough bread.

We were advised that the dishes would arrive at the table whenever they were ready, rather than all at once, which we were more than happy with. First up was our calamari – coated in batter spiked with paprika and served with aioli. Hot, smokey and delicious! swiftly followed by our favourite padron peppers – we even got an elusive hot one! Next up was a fillet of sea bass with fennel, olives and orange. I was dubious about the combination of orange and fish but I need not have worried.

Some tender slow cooked pork cheeks with peaches came after which were a delight – the peaches cut through the soft meat delicately and warmed us through a treat. This was followed by a plate of chorizo and a charcuteria board of mixed meats. Although delicious, we were slightly disappointed by the chorizo as we assumed this would be cooked chunks of sausage. Even more thinly sliced shavings of the chorizo featured on the charcuteria board so we felt rather overloaded! Having said that, they were not a chore to eat!

Although not a huge menu, the quality of the food was excellent and we will definitely go again when we’re in the area. A special mention goes to our waiter, who was so warm and welcoming and loved tequila as much as I do! He gave us some great bar recommendations.

3. Moose Coffee provide the best hangover breakfasts
Finally, I do need to mention Moose Coffee, a small cafe on Dale street that specialise in Canadian and American breakfasts – perfect for that deadly hangover and they certainly helped us on Sunday and Monday morning! Their fried potato hash, full of onion, garlic and mustard was a real pick me up!

Moose Coffee Liverpool

Top right – Lone Star Moose, consisting of steak, sausage, egg and hash potatoes.
Bottom right – Mighty Moose breakfast

All in all we had a great weekend, well you would after drinking your own body weight in cocktails! Liverpool is a friendly, thriving city and definitely somewhere to visit. Have you visited the city? What are your recommendations? We’d love to know!

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