Liverpool’s Top Date Spots
With its maritime heritage, waterfront architecture and the 60’s Merseybeat music scene, Liverpool is a city with a romantic history. Culture vultures, shopper’holics, foodies and sporting fans are all catered for here. Whether you live in Merseyside or are a visitor to the region, the restaurant and bar scene will delight and fascinate and you certainly won’t be short of places to visit on that special date.
The Georgian Quarter
The main thoroughfare of this beautiful area of the city is Hope Street, along which you will find two of the best fine dining restaurants Liverpool has to offer. The façade of The London Carriage Works restaurant, (part of the Hope Street Hotel), is Venetian in style but the inside is stripped back and modern industrial in feel, with huge shards of etched glass separating the tables. Its award winning menus begin with breakfast. Move on to lunch and afternoon tea and then through to the evening a la carte offering. There is a Prix Fixe menu which blows a fanfare to all the amazing produce available in the North West. The welcome here is warm, the service attentive and the atmosphere relaxed. Further along the road is 60 Hope Street, a family run restaurant cum bistro that serves a very seasonal British menu. On winter evenings you can curl up in the sofa area, in front of the log fire with a post-dinner nightcap. A little way out of the centre in Allerton you will find Spire Restaurant. A favourite with critics and diners alike.
A Room With A View
Possibly the most romantic destination for that special date is The Panoramic 34 restaurant, which as its name suggests is thirty four floors up in the exclusive West Tower development. At 300 hundred feet above sea level it is one of the highest hotels in Britain and will certainly impress your date with just the view alone. The vistas over the Liverpool skyline are stunning, both during the day and at night, when the city twinkles with lights. The West Tower complex is also home to many of the Liverpool rich and famous, so who knows who you might be dining besides.
Cultural Melting Pot
Liverpool has a long history of immigration from all over the world and this has brought with it a wealth of cuisines. A great choice for relaxed eating in quirky surroundings is the Lebanese restaurant Bakchich on the Bold Street. Always busy and bustling this would be a great place to go on a first date when you don’t want to stand on ceremony. They serve all the dishes you would associate with Middle Eastern fare and there is nothing better than dipping in and out of lots of little dishes whilst chatting to your companion. The food is halal, very reasonably priced and also a great choice for vegetarians. They don’t serve alcohol but there are plenty of bars in the area to visit before or afterwards or both. Sapporo is a Japanese restaurant where you can have your food served Teppanyaki style right in front of your eyes. An ultimately bold and exciting dining concept with shooting sauces, flaming grills and juggling chefs – diners join large hotplates whilst food is prepared fresh at the table. A fun and unique experience that will certainly give you and your date something to talk about. Probably the best Indian restaurant is hidden treasure, Holdi in leafy Woolton Village.
If picking, nibbling and sharing is your idea of food heaven then why not whisk your date along to Roja Pinchos on Berry Street. We are all familiar with glorious Spanish tapas but pinchos are from Northern Spain and take the concept to a whole new level. Everything is served on a stick. Yep, a stick. In fact, the word pincho literally means thorn or stick in Spanish. Like tapas, these are small or smallish bites of food that are anchored, usually, to a piece of bread which acts as the plate. You can while away a couple of hours here feeding each other tasty morsels, then at the end the staff will count up the number of sticks you have and charge you accordingly. At £1.50 for a short pincho or £3.00 for a long one you won’t break the bank either.
Down At The Docks
Right in the heart of the dock area you will find the recently renovated creative hub of the city, The Baltic Triangle, which is home to Camp & Furnace. A multi-sensory experience that encompasses a restaurant, bar and music venue, with spaces for indoor festivals and food pop up events. A favourite of food critic, Jay Rayner and voted 2nd in The Times Top 20 Coolest Restaurants in Britain. You and your loved one could lose an entire weekend here, eating BBQ lobster and steak in The Furnace restaurant, drinking cocktails and dancing to the coolest tunes around. Or you could chill out and watch the hipsters whilst enjoying the Scandinavian inspired dishes in The Lobby.
Stay and Dine
If you and your date are visiting from outside of the city or even if you are a resident who fancies a night or two away then The Titanic Hotel is an excellent choice for a romantic tryst. Based in the regenerated docks area and 5 minutes from the city centre, the hotel is within the walls of a 160 year old rum warehouse and the interior plays beautifully to it history. Within the hotel is the excellent Stanley Bar and Grill, serving great food both inside and weather permitting out on the dock terrace. You will also find The Rum Bar which stocks rum, obviously, from all over the Caribbean and has an extensive cocktail list and an innovative bar food menu. To complete your romantic package the Titanic also boasts a spa where you can indulge in a couples massage, laze by the pool or zone out together in the thermal suite. Bliss.
Jo Cooksey, Editor of Taste Today
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