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A FOODIE RETURN TO LIVERPOOL

August 29, 2015

Since the first time we visited two years ago we now regularly return to Liverpool for events in the City. It’s a unique place – situated on the river front it has a feel of a coastal city. The Mersey is so wide and so accessible to walk it opens up the area as a perfect location to hold major events.

We’ve just had a couple of days back in the city – this time no major event along the docks and waterfront – I was invited to meet up with a group of like minded foodie people by Will Lyons from The Munro on Duke Street and the lovely Mr W suggested we book a hotel and visit the Mayan exhibition at the World Museum at the same time.

Once again I turned to Twitter for advice – ideas for breakfast, brunch, cake – good coffee, good wine – my notebook poised at the ready! We booked a budget hotel this time but a chain we’ve used a number of times with consistency for cleanliness and quality so far – this Premier Inn in the City Centre did not disappoint – large, clean room with air conditioning, car parking nearby – this all we needed as we planned to be out all day and eat out too.

We arrived early and left our luggage with reception before crossing the road straight into Liverpool One and following my map to Rococo Coffee House . We must have walked past here a number of times before but being up above shops we’d just not noticed. Certainly worth a return visit it is quirky and has a really interesting history as a building in its own right.

Rococo Coffee House

Rococo Coffee House

Rococo

Rococo

We really enjoyed our BLT’s – Mr W said the coffee was good too and I had a pot of English Breakfast Tea. The atmosphere is laid back and no pressure to rush you out so we browsed the newspapers before we left.

Tasty BLT's

Tasty BLT’s

We plan to re-visit the waterfront museums another time – you never see everything – but this time we wanted to see the visiting Mayan Exhibition at the World Museum. We have a particular soft spot for Mexico and the Mexican people – my son got married in Mexico and we’ve returned since then and are planning to return in 2016.

It was a large, informative display and the museum also has an aquarium and planetarium amongst other permanent displays so was busy with families as school holidays. It’s behind the city centre so took us through areas we’ve not seen before.

We returned via a different route – older buildings and cobbled streets a surprise after the modern lines of Liverpool One. The sun was shining and after a mile or two of tourist walking we headed to the rooftop bar of 30 James Street.

30 James Street roof terrace

30 James Street roof terrace

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Here we indulged in a very nice bottle of Californian Rose – basking in the sun and enjoying the view across the Albert Dock.

We returned to the hotel to get changed etc and I headed to The Munro for our gathering – just minutes from Liverpool One and lots of the City hotels.

The Munro

The Munro

It was a pleasure to meet the other guests – as interested in where the food comes from and encouraging recipe development for truly tasty food as I am myself. I had the opportunity to have a good chat about food elimination and food for health with Kathryn Whitehill – a Masterchef 2015 contestant undergoing food challenges similar to me.

Owner Will is rightly proud of his young kitchen team – led by aspiring Head Chef Alex – who has already gained experience at the highly regarded Northcote.

Our seven course tasting menu took some of the guests by surprise – eating things they felt they would never have chosen off a menu – beetroot consommé, pigeon (I love game), razor clams, lamb rump, a gin and tonic palette cleanser, blue cheese beignet and finished with a perfect raspberry panna cotta.

Gin and tonic palette cleanser

Gin and tonic palette cleanser

I’m certainly not a chef, I’m a home cook and baker but I couldn’t find fault with anything on the menu. I didn’t know a beignet should be more doughnutty – it was a luscious blue cheese croquette with a green apple purée.

Blue Cheese Beignet

Blue Cheese Beignet

My personal favourites of the meal were the lamb rump, black olive caramel, butternut squash puree, spiralised potato and feta – cooked perfectly it was so tender – I could have eaten a plateful of the feta wrapped and cooked in spiralised potato on its own!

Lamb rump

Lamb rump

I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the evening – I wish I’d had more time to talk with some of the other guests but a big thank you to Will for the invitation and Alex for the food, the wonderful, knowledgeable Lucy Antal from @grabyourspoon for including me and all the other guests for being so friendly.

I’ll definitely return to The Munro with Mr W on our next visit to this lovely city.

Evening on the waterfront - picture courtesy of the lovely Mr W

Evening on the waterfront – picture courtesy of the lovely Mr W

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