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By Chris Grundy/ Liverpool Foodie
As a viral sensation once said “times are ‘ard…”, so I’d been thinking with friends about something we could do that helps twofold. Firstly as a consumer what’s the best way to get the most value for your money and have a boss day out, and secondly support our city’s independents.
We came up with the idea of showcasing an entire day out “on the cheap” as a way for it to be something for everyone. Sometimes, well let’s be honest here… most of the time, Instagram and Tiktok can show you all the bougie places, but this just isn’t accessible for everyone, especially these days.
Let’s walk you through it. We set ourselves a budget for £30, that’s right £15 each we decided to order tap water to drink.
First up was Carlisi, these guys have a great offer for £5.00 for a sandwich and a coffee, and the butties are huge. Packed with your choice of Italian meats, cheese, salad, and veggies – it’s perfect for lunch. I had the coffee as my friend had already had her caffeine fix that morning.
Now for a glorious walk down to the Pier Head to appreciate the beauty of the Three Graces, before heading over to the Museum of Liverpool. Our museums are fun for all the family, and they’re free entry. We had a little nosey around the Wondrous Place exhibition, this is BOSS! You can explore Liverpool’s internationally recognised talent across music, sport, cinema and TV.
The Maritime Museum was next on our list. It tells the story of Liverpool’s seafaring heritage and the merchant navy, as well as having the International Slavery Museum upstairs too. It is full of really interesting stories of the city’s history… and again… its free!
By this point I was feeling a little bit peckish, so, on our way back through Liverpool ONE we noticed this little stall sat outside The Hilton. MB’s Cupcakes & Bakery do these fit deep dish cookies for £3.00 – decadent is the only word to describe it – we opted for an Oreo one and she couldn’t even finish “would you like chocolate sauce on it” before I was basically screaming YES!
It was a beautiful sunny day, and the top of Chavasse Park is a proper little sun trap, so we stopped at The Bus Yard for a quick cider and to listen to some live music. Two ciders for a fiver – be mindful – Bus Yard don’t have these deals on all the time so just check the little board outside.
If you don’t drink, you could order an extra sandwich at carlisi or get an extra cookie from MB’s instead of sharing and you will still be within budget.
Whether you call it dinner or tea, we ended at Buyers Club for ours. We shared the Pork Shoulder Ragu Pappardelle for £14. Buyers club is a firm favourite of mine, the pasta is some of the best I’ve had outside of Italy, like serious – it is insanely good.
So there you have it, a full day out for two people for £27 – you could have rounded that up to a perfect £30 if you get an extra cookie or a coffee – we just didn’t want it at the time.
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