Rick and Colette Turnock’s Restaurant Recommendations

Locals, Rick (past BAPS President) and Colette, walk us through their favourite restaurants in Liverpool within striking distance of the ACC. This guide is reproduced with their kind permission.

What to do, and where to eat after the BAPS Reception in the Anglican Cathedral

It’s worth a wander around this area of the city – both the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals sit high on the red sandstone escarpment that rings the city centre.

Coming out of the north / west exit of the cathedral, cross over the road and look for Hope Street, keeping an eye open for LIPA – the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – founded by one Paul McCartney ! – and the stone suitcases on the left sitting forlornly on the pavement. The notice board tells all !

300 metres further along on the right is the magnificent art-deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home to the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the road is Liverpool’s most famous, and probably most crowded pub – the Philharmonic Dining Rooms – but known to EVERYONE as “The Phil”. The gents’ urinal is a tourist attraction in its own right, carved from a single block of marble! The Phil is a well preserved example of a typical Victorian pub, and well worth dropping in to sample one of the large selection of cask and real ales.

Continue along Hope Street, and on the right is the Everyman Theatre – recent winner of the RIBA Sterling Prize for architecture. Finally at the end of Hope Street is the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral – equal in magnificence to the Anglican but very very different in style.

Key:

  • Blue markers are locations of BAPS Meetings and venues
  • Purple markers are the start and end of the Turnock’s restaurant walk
  • Yellow markers are restaurant locations

And so to eat !!

60 Hope Street

On the left hand side, it seems to have been around for ever – reliable mid level dining. Modern British with a local twist, also has a bistro downstairs.

0151 707 6060

www.60hopestreet.com

The Quarter

On the corner of Falkner Street – and virtually opposite 60 Hope Street. Pizza, pasta steak etc.

0151 707 1965

http://www.thequarteruk.com

Host

Immediately adjacent to the Quarter. Excellent pan-Asian food. Very reasonable.

0151 708 5831

http://www.ho-st.co.uk

The London Carriage Works

Forms part of the prestigious Hope St Hotel – opposite the Philharmonic Hall. Top class fine dining, reservation pretty much essential.

1051 705 2222

www.thelondoncarriageworks.co.uk

The Art School Restaurant

On Sugnall Street, directly behind the Philharmonic Hall. Considered the best restaurant in the city – the chef – Paul Askew moved 3 years ago from the Carriage Works. Actually not expensive for what it is. Reservation essential.

0151 230 8600

http://www.theartschoolrestaurant.co.uk

At the traffic lights by the Phil, look down to your left – this is Hardman Street. Near the top is a new tapas type restaurant – Octopus – we have not been, but is recommended by my foodie son!

At the top of Hardman Street, on the right hand side is:

Bistro Jacques

Resplendent in pea green, cheap and cheerful with a heavy French bias. Part of a local chain, we eat there regularly. Booking advised.

0151 7091998

http://www.bistrojacques.com

Continue down Hardman Street, there are several bars you may wish to sample until you pass the bombed out church on the left. Look slightly over to your left to spot:

Italian Fish Club

Highly recommended – we love it ! Mainly fish (!!) but do Italian staples and you can get a steak (if you must). The fish is cooked freshly and well. Mid to high price range.

0151 707 2110

http://www.theitalianclubfish.co.uk

Chinese

The main left turn after the church is Berry Street which leads to Chinatown – best here are the Yuet Ben, and Ma Bo.

Ahead slightly to the left is Bold Street, and to the right is Renshaw Street.

Bold Street probably has the most restaurants per metre than anywhere else – they change regularly; probably the two best as this is being written are:

Maray

Brilliant pan European – again one of our regular haunts. Mid price

0151 709 5820

www.maray.co.uk

Mowgli

Excellent Indian – no bookings – you may have to wait a while – they will take your phone number – several good bars to have a drink in this area.

At the bottom of Bold Street, turn left into Hanover street. Again several restaurants including two Brazilian style – good if you like meat !

Bistro Franc (look for pea green exterior) – The sister restaurant of Bistro Jacques, same menu and website.

0151 708 9993

Hanover Street Social

We like this brassiere style bar / restaurant. Mid price – booking advised

http://www.hanoverstreetsocial.co.uk

The Salt House Tapas is also recommended as a tapas style bar.