We made it through the first full week of 2019: 10 things to do this weekend in Liverpool
By Jay Hynd
It’s time to celebrate getting through the first full week of 2019.
Well, you can celebrate; I’m stuck doing Dry January. To be fair I’m now ten days in and avoiding the booze hasn’t bothered me too much. Although looking at what’s on this weekend might just change that.
Ma Boyle’s, Tower Gardens
In between Chapel & Water St you’ll find one of the city’s oldest and best loved ale houses and eateries, Ma Boyle’s. It’s the perfect place for a winter warmer and also serves up delicious breakfast dishes until late into the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Ma’s Breakfast Burrito is a popular choice (Huevos Rancheros with mixed peppers, potato, onions and chillies wrapped in a toasted tortilla and served with sour cream). Go for your traditional omelettes, Eggs Benedict, pancakes or the good old full English (or full veggie) brekky!
Crust, Woolton Village
I over indulged in this place with some mates over Christmas and can’t wait to go back for round two. The laid back atmosphere and extensive menu makes this the perfect lunch spot in Liverpool. There are nearly 30 different pizza choices including the pizza wraps – which are a must-try – as well as classic pastas, calzones, signature dishes and a choice of pizza bases. Best of all, for those not sticking to Dry Jan, there’s an amazing bar menu too. Open late across the weekend right in the centre of Woolton Village.
For a posh tea…
Caveau Restaurant Français, Woolton Village
Staying in Woolton Village, have you heard of Caveau? I went for the first time last weekend and will certainly be returning. It’s a small, intimate restaurant that serves up authentic French Cuisine, and the food really is up there with some of the best I’ve had in the city. Go for the Filet Moutarde (pan fried fillet of steak in red wine sauce) and top it off with the home made White Chocolate Cheesecake! Wine lovers will be happy too as Head Chef Dave Roberts and owner has chosen the perfect selection of accompanying wines for his delicious menu.
Revolucion De Cuba, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Have I mentioned I’m doing Dry January? But if I wasn’t then the Mahou beer on draft would be luring me in to Rev De Cuba this weekend. Based at our beautiful Albert Dock, this venue brings the spirit of Havana to Liverpool by serving up incredible hand crafted cocktails and mouth-watering Latin inspired flavours. The atmosphere will take you straight to the heart of Cuba.
For 50% off on Sunday…
The Alchemist, Brunswick Street
It’s not only the now famous bubbling cocktails available at The Alchemist, the food menu is just as dazzling. Everything from fajitas to fish & chips and lamb kebabs to katsu curry are served up 7 days a week. Throughout January you can enjoy 50% off your total food bill, Sunday to Friday. Vegan and veggie options available too and the sticky toffee pudding is a must try.
Late Wake Club, Camp & Furnace
I can’t believe it has been three years since we lost David Bowie, but what a legacy he has left behind. This weekend the monthly Late Wake Club returns to Camp & Furnace and of course this time it’s the sounds of Bowie that will fill the dance floor. Camp’s resident band and DJ will be on hand providing those iconic tracks. There’ll be themed cocktails, real roses and even a Bowie makeover station.
For the kids…
Peter Pan, St Helens Theatre Royal
You thought Crimbo was all over? Oh no it’s not! Not at St. Helens Theatre Royal anyway as Peter Pan continues to wow audiences and spread some extra Never Never Land magic into the new year. Our mate Louis Emerick takes the lead as Captain Hook with Strictly’s Kristina Rihanoff giving the perfect Tinkerbell performance. There are two shows a day this Saturday and Sunday; go see!
For a walk…
Allerton Towers, Woolton Road
Didn’t even know this place existed 🌲🌳 pic.twitter.com/JbO78BUOsX
— Jay Hynd (@JayHynd) 6 January 2019
I got told off last week for tweeting about this and letting people into the secret that is Allerton Towers. But it’s that much of gem that I can’t not mention it. This 35 acre park in South Liverpool that dates back to 1849. The original Tower Mansion was demolished in 1937 but the former laundry, stables and lodge still remain, creating a real secret garden feel. Complete with an orangery, rose garden and stunning views, this park is well worth checking out on a crisp winter’s afternoon, just be careful you don’t bump into The Grey Lady!
For music and footy…
Bands F.C & Bowie, The British Music Experience, Cunard Building
Bands FC are a social media sensation that combine football and music whilst raising money for charity in the process. The idea is simple: combine football team badges with band logos. Or, in the words of Bands FC: ‘Bands as football teams/Football teams as bands’. It’s one of those that you need to check out for yourself to understand properly and you can do just that, for free, until Sunday at The BME. When you are there get a glimpse of the Ziggy Stardust costumes too, as worn by David Bowie.
This week’s shout out has to go to everyone who works for our Royal Liverpool Hospital. If you haven’t watched the BBC Two documentary ‘Hospital’ then get it on IPlayer here as soon as you can. As you may know I have spent many months in wards at the Royal as a patient and I will never stop thanking the staff for not only looking after me so well, but also for saving my life. As seen on screen in the TV show you’ll see they work under really difficult conditions, and they do it with a smile.
I must also mention little Charlie who was a patient at Alder Hey. A rare brain tumour meant he needed life-saving surgery which was performed by surgeon Connor Malluci at the hospital. He is now on the road to recovery.
The documentary continues next week and we will see The Walton Centre, Liverpool Women’s, Aintree Hospital and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital during the series which really does prove that angels exist. The show continues next Thursday at 9pm on BBC Two.
If you haven’t already then get planning your 2019 in Liverpool with our Events Calendar here and keep up to date by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where you can tag us into your pictures too.
Keep me in your thoughts as Dry January continues (I’ll let you know Monday how I get on) and have an amazing weekend in our city.