Alice Burns

6 Must-Visit Restaurants in Liverpool

Hanover St Social:

High-quality bistro cuisine without the pomp. Together with its open kitchen and large bar, the brasserie creates a lively atmosphere without being overwhelming. Its classic-style menu offers a wide range of British and French inspired dishes, with a friendly but professional service. The Social offers an excellent express lunch menu, with 2 courses for £11.95. The perfect place to bring the parents when they come to visit, but it’s often busy so it’s best to pre-book if you want any chance of getting a table for dinner on the weekend! Reservations:

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Hope Street’s neighbourhood kitchen and American-style bar with private function room. An atmospheric venue perfect for drinks or a pre-theatre meal, an ideal two-minute walk from some of Liverpool’s most iconic theatres. They offer a generous evening and pre-theatre special menu with 2 courses for £13.50. On my most recent visit, a mad dash for dinner before a trip to the everyman; we were served within 10 minutes with an impressive course of salmon and sweet potato fishcakes with a bright salad and tangy chilli mayo, totalling around £20 for two. Overall, impressive service and tasty food with £5 cocktails every Friday at 5pm! Bookings:

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A popular destination for brunch, Leaf offers an extensive vegan and gluten free menu for breakfast, brunch and evening dining. Together with its eclectic decoration and innovative food, this bustling eatery proves to be another great edition to the thriving restaurant community on Bold Street. Throughout the day, they offer a reasonable 3 small plates for £12, as well as an extensive variety of teas and freshly made cakes to satisfy the sweetest tooth. Reservations:

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Authentic Indian street food that arrives as soon as it’s ready, fresh out the kitchen. Elegant surroundings of exposed wood, fairy lights covering every surface together with their warm hospitality, Mowgli is the perfect place for lovers of Indian food. For lovers of chilli explosions and mild butter sauces alike, the extensive menu caters for every taste pallet. For the more daring food lover, Mowgli offers their Food Roulette- 4 randomly selected dishes off the menu chosen by chef that day, their ‘carb and veg delight’ for just £14, or you can add a meat of your choice for just £2 extra. Enquiries:

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Salt House Tapas:

Airy, contemporary surroundings filled with light from the many widows which surround this round, red-brick building. Salt House provides a bright, convivial atmosphere without feeling communal. Though, if community dining is your thing, the restaurant offers its quirky ‘Table 14’ experience, which encourages solo diners to eat together on one large table and share dishes as well as conversation. Main tapas dishes start from around £4.50. Tapas works equally well for a lunchtime treat, with the House’s lunch menu offering a tasty deal of 3 tapas plates and crusty bread for just £12.95. Enquiries:

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The Quarter:

Homemade Italian fare, no fuss. Tucked away just off Hope Street, the outdoor terrace provides a relaxed sun-trap in warmer weather, perfect for relaxed drinks or a simple evening meal with friends. However, the Quarter also offers an impressive deli selection of tasty takeaway lunches for those sick of the same old lunch-break sandwiches and bland meal-deals. Their ‘Savouries’ option is perfect for groups, offering a foodie platter for 6 people for just £18. Diners can choose three options from the freshly made selection each day, from quirky salads, to homemade quiches, tarts and tortillas. Enquiries:

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