If you have been reading this blog for a while you might remember that last year I took a trip over/down to Liverpool, but as I was only there for the day didn’t get chance to explore much – I always said I wanted to go back for a weekend. Luckily at the beginning of this month I got to venture there again, this time taking my mum for a little break away.
After a traffic filled journey down, on which I am pretty sure we pulled 3 times #StillGotIt we arrived on the Friday and immediately got ready to go in search of cocktails, because PRIORITIES. Luckily we were staying in a central Liverpool hotel so didn’t have far to wander in our quest for gin – The Travelodge Liverpool Central Exchange Street Hotel is perfectly positioned for all the main bits of the city.
We ended up on Castle Street to have a few drinks then went in search of food; as it was a Friday night most places had stopped serving food at 9pm or were full of party goers. We ended up finding a little hidden gem on North John St called Shiraz, a Turkish BBQ. The food was incredible, I mean it was perfect and the prices were so cheap. We got a sharing platter of beautifully baked flat breads with vegetarian dips, which was so filling, so much so that I reluctantly ended up leaving a lot of my Chicken Shish Kebab. Seriously, if you are ever in Liverpool you need to check this place out, the staff were so lovely, the food was huge and so good and there is not a bad thing I can say about it – even my mum who is a veggie was more than happy. After stuffing our faces we headed off out like the party animals that we are… And by out I mean we headed to a local shop for wine to drink in bed whilst having a gossip.
Waking up refreshed and ready to go the next day (by the way, the rooms are bloody massive, bigger than my living room at home) we went for breakfast in the hotel and headed off for the day. Apparently, Liverpool doesn’t understand that October is meant to be bloody cold and they had glorious sunshine – which is all well and good but I had packed massive boots and knitted cardigans. So after a walk up past the Liver building, along the dock front and around Albert Docks I was bloody boiling – so I headed off to buy some shoes to replace my boots (any excuse). We then took in the usual sights of The Cavern, the little surrounding streets and trinket shops before heading off for some GIN IN GIANT BOWL GLASSES.
We ended up in Thomas Rigby’s bar most of the afternoon and then all evening as it’s such a friendly atmosphere and has a giant beer garden. We came back in the evening to watch the last of the Chelsea game (Newcastle were robbed) and then our first ever foray into a rugby game… Wales vs England had us hooked as did the GIANT GIN BOWLS. I had no idea what was happening on the pitch, but I did notice that both teams number 10 players were HAWT – I still don’t have much of an idea after watching loads more games, I just like looking at their legs and arms and tiny shorts. The evening was so much fun, the locals were so lovely and freidnly, despite one guy coming up to me at the bar, rubbing my new House of Fraser Suedette Dress (£30.00)*and saying it felt like a shammy leather – cheers mate. Despite it being a dress I much preferred it as a kind of duster jacket and had a few compliments on it – I am not sure whether the shammy leather one was a compliment.
All in all I had such a lovely time in Liverpool, and there is so much I didn’t get to do; we ended up having a kind of relaxed sightseeing and heavy gin weekend, which is always good by me – good job the hotel was like 1 minute walk from the bars.
What would you recommend I do in Liverpool next time? I want to do the local art tour walk thing I think.
* Hotel provided by Travelodge (FANKS)