A Postcard From Liverpool

Saturday, September 18

As far as destinations for city breaks go Liverpool was chosen pretty much at random. We could fly from Aberdeen to Manchester and it wasn't that far on the train so we decided to split our holiday with 2 nights in Liverpool and 2 nights in Manchester. 

You might have already caught some of our trip on Insta stories, however, if you don't follow me over there I also wanted to write a blog post too. We picked the StayBridge Suites in the waterfront area of the city. They are really great hotels because you have a little kitchen in your room and breakfast is included (it really prevents hangry arguments). 

We really lucked out with the weather when we arrived so before we could check into the hotel we found a Weather Spoons with a rooftop area and enjoyed a pint or two outside in the sunshine. Once we'd dropped off our bags we went for a wander in the sunshine around the docks and watched a cruise ship leaving which was pretty cool. 

Our big failing when it comes to city breaks is being overwhelmed by the food choice and ultimately not making a decision until it's too late to get in anywhere (will we ever learn) but in the end we went to All Bar One and really enjoyed their tapas food selection. I don't know what type of tortillas they used for their nachos but I still think about them!

There aren't any photos from our second day in the city because we got up early and headed to Chester Zoo. It was a dream come true to visit the location where Secret Life of the Zoo is filmed but I'll save that for another post because I took so many photos!

After a recommendation from one of my Instagram followers, Olivia Mulhearn, we chose Chamber Thirty Six for dinner on our second night and I'm so glad we did. It serves contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine with the finest dishes from East Asia in a modern tapas style and it's located right next to Europe's oldest China Town.

We both chose their signature Bruce Lee - Chini cocktail (which are two for £12 during the week - bonus!) and a main dish each. I had the Nasi Goreng which was so tasty I'd love to recreate it and I also tried my boyfriends Thai Red Chicken which was really good too. 

If your looking for Asian food in Liverpool I'd recommend Chamber Thirty Six. The food was really good, the decor in the restaurant fun and the atmosphere nice and relaxing. 

We walked back to the hotel as it was getting dark through Liverpools China Town. It was only when I read about it afterwards but the traditional Chinese arch was imported from Shanghai and constructed by the expert Chinese craftsmen.

There was also an art installation called Cowherd and Weaver Girl based on a Chinese folk tale which I loved - especially with all the magpies flying overhead. 
On our final morning in the city we walked towards Liverpool Cathedral - I'd hoped we could go to the roof and have the view across the city but it turns out we would have been better booking our tickets in advance and in the end didn't leave enough time to enjoy the experience. 
However, their was a beautiful art installation in the centre of the Cathedral that if it wasn't for Covid we would never have seen because it was originally planned for 2020. Peace Doves features around 18,000 paper doves suspended on 15.5 miles of ribbon from the ceiling of the Cathedral. It is a beautiful building and well worth a visit if you have time. 

And just like that it was time to head for the train to Manchester and the second half of our holiday. 

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