We’re all packing a pound or two more than we’d like and feeling the effects of the festive season: lovely food with the family, raising a glass – or several – with friends…and who left out those After Eights?!
It’s time to take stock and start the annual New Year health kick, but let’s just leave it couple of days – the diet starts Monday.
This week, make the most of all those great offers and tuck in to the amazing food to be enjoyed in Liverpool…
The city’s first ever street food market in the redeveloped Cains Brewery site is one of THE places to eat and drink.
Whether you’re a meat eater, vegan, gluten-free or never-full, there’s fantastic food from wood-fired pizzas to vegan Berliner junk food, along with great local wines, beers and specialist gins to go with it.
It’s dog and kid friendly and, this month, you can take advantage of 15% off all food served!
Current food to whet your appetite comes from the likes of Little Bao Boy (Asian with a western twist), Pattersons (fried chicken buckets, burgers and loaded chips) and Hafla Hafla (middle Eastern dishes like kebabs and falafel).
Held the second Saturday in every month from 9am to 2pm, all traders come from within a 30-mile radius so you’re supporting local businesses as well as treating yourself to first-class food.
The selection of goods available will vary with the season but you’ll find a delicious selection of vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, artisan bread and cakes, fruit juices and dairy products. Look out especially for superb cheeses, pure-bred British beef, perfect pork and wild boar!
One of the best brunches in one of the most artistic settings, surrounded by the vibrant designs of British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Brunch is served between 10am and 12 noon with a tasty menu including homemade granola with soya milk and mixed berries, smoked bacon and sausage baps – with a free range egg if you fancy it, smashed avocado with smoked salmon and free range egg on toast, a full Lancashire breakfast, and more.
When you’ve finished you can enjoy a tour of the gallery, have a potter in the Tate Liverpool shop or stroll around the Albert Dock.
Busy but relaxed, the Liverpool Road venue is open all day for breakfasts (from 9am at weekends), brunch, lunch (and dinner) which is just what you need when you’re getting ready for the game. Dishes are influenced by Britain, Europe and the rest of the world, and use the freshest ingredients.
On the breakfast menu is everything from a full English to a smoked salmon bagel; for lunch you can tuck into a belting burger made from beef, chicken, halloumi or spicy beans served on a brioche bun with homemade chunky chips and coleslaw and you can even treat yourself to afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and pastries and delicious homemade scones. Result!
For when the munchies hit late at night, you can indulge your sweet tooth with a range of to-die-for doughnuts, cookies, waffles and thick creamy shakes.
Open until 11pm most nights and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, for a small charge you can have it delivered straight to your door. It’s like getting your very own golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and you can create your own gorgeous brownies with a selection of sumptuous sauces and toppings, ask them to custom make a cookie or salivate over a Cadbury’s Flake Cheesecake Jar.
Lovely independent Italian restaurants that’s worth a trip out of town for, whether you fancy a daytime coffee with cake, a light lunch, delicious dinner or Sunday roast.
You can bank on beautiful breads, pizzas and pastas, as well as a host of fabulous fresh fish dishes from scallops in Champagne sauce to seafood in a cacciatore sauce, served with savoury rice. There are small plates and large plates, and of courses there’s a tempting dessert menu too.
Situated on the top floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Maritime Dining Room offers stunning views of the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool waterfront…so it’s a feast for the eyes before you even begin to satisfy your stomach.
This Sunday the team is hosting a special Sunday Lunch – £19.95 for adults, £9.95 for children – between 12noon and 4pm. Booking is a must to enjoy a mouth-watering two course meal from freshly carved meats like pork loin with crackling and sage and onions stuffing or wild mushroom, leek and stilton pie, served with garlic and thyme roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, Mrs Kirkham’s cauliflower cheese, roasted chantenay carrots, curly kale and smothered with traditional roast gravy. Finish with dessert, and tea and coffee.
With all of the pizzas cooked in its wood-fired handmade oven, Santa Maluco aims to roll out pizzas with Brazilian flare mixed with a topping of authentic Italian tradition.
As well as having thinner, less crispy bases, Brazilian pizzas have more distinctive and ‘out there’ toppings – and they don’t come more adventurous than the Castle Street restaurant’s Return of the Mac Pizza with mozzarella, beef mince, white onion, pickles, lettuce, and homemade Big Mac Sauce.
One of the best New Year bargains ever. Gusto’s famous January Sale has returned for 2020 with 50% off for the whole month.
It’s available between 12noon and 5pm on Saturdays and after 5pm on Sundays, and gives you half price meals from its à la carte, silver, gold, platinum and Elegantly Italian Experience menus (though not drink, takeaway or delivery). Booking must be made online to enjoy such a whopping discount – and then, enjoy amazing Italian food cooked from scratch. Mamma Mia, what’s not to love?
Inspired by the cocktail bars and delis of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s a great place to get together with friends, whether you’re stopping in for a quick bite, nipping in on your way into down, or making a night of it. There are so many street food, small plates and snacks to choose from, with signature buns, superb salads and brilliant bagels.
Want a recommendation? What about the Buddha Bowl filled with spiced sweet potato, hummus, avocado, tomato & herb salsa, grilled peppers and watercress? And if that doesn’t make your mouth water quite enough, then the Dirty French Bagel will, stacked with roast beef, red onion, marmalade, horseradish, crème fraiche, burger cheese, watercress and dipping gravy.
Remember, just this weekend then the diet starts. So, on your marks, get set, enjoy…
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