When talking about the city of Liverpool, the discussion usually centres on how it is the hometown of the Beatles, The La’s, and Echo and the Bunnymen. There is equally talk about how much the locals love their football and how this port city has a vibrant art scene. However, the city is fast morphing into one of the best foodie scenes in the UK.
Liverpool was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2004 and since then, it has grown to become one of the top cultural and dining destinations in the UK where you can expect to find everything from traditional British favourites to Oriental and European cuisine.
Areas of Liverpool dense with great restaurants
Great restaurants dot the Liverpool cityscape. From Liverpool James Street to Moorfields, down to the World Museum, you won’t have to search very hard for a quality place—there’s always a great restaurant around the corner.
Aside from the three locations mentioned above, L4 has a good selection of fine dining spots, partly because of the crowds in this area every week during the English and European football seasons.
If you are looking for the Liverpool dining strip there is only one candidate: Victoria Street. It’s here where you will find nearly a dozen restaurants offering everything from picnic treats to high quality Chinese specials. The adjacent streets add a few more restaurants to the mix, creating a mouth-watering melting pot.
Salt House Charcuteria & Tapas Bar
Head chef Martin Renshaw has transformed Salt House Charcuteria & Tapas Bar into one of the most talked about restaurants in Liverpool. The bar was featured in the Sunday Times Magazine Food List in 2013 and also made it into the 2014 Good Food Guide.
Renshaw’s experience in Australia and France is apparent throughout the menu. Some choice selections include deep-fried monte enebro cheese with tomato chutney and honey; fennel and a sherry jus; roasted hake fillet with serrano ham; Iberico ham croquettes; and more. This is the place to be for Spanish charcuterie and a classic tapas menu.
This urban restaurant is the heart and soul of Malmaison Liverpool, priding itself on serving iconic dishes with a modern twist. This shines through in the menu, which features the Malburger, plenty of blackboard specials, and sublime steaks. The wine list is equally mouth-watering. The exquisite menu is complemented by truly gorgeous décor, and an ambiance to match. It is a perfect location for private parties or intimate dinners.
Hanover Street Social
Hanover Street Social — renowned for award winning cocktails and a lively atmosphere — got a recommendation in the 2014 Michelin Guide. The menu here is a la carte and features dishes such as chilli and lemon risotto; poached egg and mustard sauce; pan-fried sea bass with crab; and Stornoway black pudding with a hash brown.
Located on the 34th floor of the West Tower skyscraper, the Panoramic 34 restaurant is the UK’s tallest. Guests are served contemporary European cuisine in magnificent surroundings. The windows are floor to ceiling and the property is located close to the bustling waterfront, all adding to the experience.
The menu here features pan fried halibut with curried cauliflower; raisin puree; buttered potato; rabbit and black pudding with potato; and so much more. You can also enjoy afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and a selection of pastries. Yummy!
Puschka was voted the Favourite Restaurant at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival of 2011. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength in the delivery of exceptional contemporary European cuisine. The atmosphere is vibrant and every inch bohemian. The menu here includes specials such as oatmeal-crusted mackerel; celeriac and horseradish; juniper and Dauphinoise potato gratin; slow-braised venison daube with red wine; and more.
Alma De Cuba
Located in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool, Alma De Cuba offers a unique restaurant experience. The restaurant’s architecture still retains its roots as a remodelled structure from 1788. This is best exemplified by the stained glass windows, airy lighting and exposed bricks. The menu contains a heavy dose of South American and Caribbean influence, so expect lots of cilantro and coconut rice.
Hopskotch Street Kitchen & Bar
Situated within Hoax Liverpool, this is an urban, stylish eatery. The menu in Hopskotch features both international and fusion street cuisine that are known for being inventive. Hopskotch equally has a good selection of impressive wines and beers sourced from all around the world.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Liverpool
Marco Pierre White is the first British chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. His restaurant is located within Hotel Indigo. As you would expect with MPW, there’s a warm atmosphere that is airy, light, and distinctly modern. It has all the standard steakhouse fayre you would expect, but with the Marco Pierre twist.
Located in Liverpool ONE, the entertainment complex, this is a delicatessen restaurant and bar located in a beautifully renovated 18th century warehouse. Lunya is the biggest Spanish deli in the UK, and, thus, guests can expect a truly Catalan cuisine experience, made with the most authentic Spanish ingredients and local produce. The menu here is a perfect example of how to blend traditional dishes into something modern.
The Liverpool food scene is buzzing. This list could have contained another 30 establishments. If you are a foodie and find yourself in Liverpool, you will be in heaven!