This past weekend I decided to ignore all of my responsibilities and uni deadlines and head on a roadtrip to Liverpool with the BF. I’ve never been before and didn’t really know what to expect after hearing mixed reviews, but have always been intrigued to see for myself and especially to explore the city’s music roots.
Where we ate
On Saturday night we walked past a Thai restaurant and it dawned on us that neither of us have ever tried Thai cuisine. Basuba is an up and coming chain with a sleek interior and vast menu of traditional dishes, as well as seasonal options and plenty of vegetarian choices. My chosen dish was the Bangkok king prawn stir fry served with Jasmine rice, a delicious and slightly spicy curry-like sauce with spring onion and garlic. My only qualm is the portion size as I didn’t have enough stir fry to go with my rice. I compared Basuba to Wagamamas, but with a much broader selection and the addition of tangy cocktails (I tried the Red Mule: ginger spiced vodka and raspberry liqueur) and way cooler presentation. The meal definitely left me with a great impression of Thai food, which I can’t wait to try more of.
The Egg Cafe
This fab little vegan / vegetarian cafe was only a short distance from our hotel and an awesome find. Situated in the loft space of an old Victorian warehouse, its cute and quirky layout wooed us straight away, and the food was no different. They offer breakfasts, soups, Sunday roasts and a variety of daily specials that are all meat-free (Jack is strongly against vegetarianism but even he was impressed). We came here for an early lunch on Sunday and I tried the spicy bean burger which came with a pitta, relish and salad (I also opted for some hummus) and thoroughly enjoyed. The decor made me happy too – purple paint, exposed beams and lots of plants.
The Crafty Chandler
Before we headed home on Sunday afternoon we were desperately searching for some cheap food to prep us before the journey and were pleasantly surprised by the menu in this modern pub on Bold Street. The prices were reasonable for such lovely food – I went for the filo pastry filled with mushroom, spinach and cheese and savoured every bite (despite the fact we had to wolf it down and run back to the car park before our ticket ran out).
Where we drank
We found this gem when walking through Chavasse Park (while exploring the Winter Wonderland, of course) and thought it would be rude not to have a drink. The fire heaters meant we could sit by the outside bar and there was an acoustic set to add to the chilled, festive vibes. Highly recommend although a little pricey, hence why we only stayed for one.
The Pump House
Right by Albert Docks, this pub is literally a converted pump house which was built in 1870. I liked the raw brickwork and the cosy atmosphere; we sat by a window and could see out across the docks without actually having to brace the cold.
What we saw
After an unsurprisingly messy night on Saturday that ended with dancing in the street and the miracle that is cheesy chips (the less said about that the better) we started our Sunday with a stroll around Albert Docks to clear the cobwebs. We checked out the Tate Liverpool (what would a city trip be without an obligatory visit to an art gallery?) where Jack spent most of the time looking a bit confused.
The Cavern Club
The biggest cliche of them all, but one that must be done. The Cavern Club is an underground snazz fest for music lovers and the coolest place to have a pint in the day. Live music is pretty much constant and the memorabilia is worth taking a look at, with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Pink Floyd and Jake Bugg having played here and dedicating signed guitars. There’s a LOT of tribute to the Beatles, obviously, but if you ignore the major tourist side it’s a pretty funky bar.
Liverpool has way too much to fit in just a quick one night stop, so I know I’ll definitely be visiting again to soak up some more of the city’s edgy style and music heritage.