Summer? It’s so last season. We didn’t like alfresco dining, beer gardens or holidays anyway. Tis the season for roaring fires, comfort food and cosy Scandinavian words to obsess over (hygge’s idea was that anyway?) And there’s no better place to find all that than Liverpool… well apart from the Scandi words, but in lieu of that you can rely on a scouse grandad calling you queen to thoroughly warm the cockles. Here’s 5 places guaranteed to hit the autumn sweet spot:
The Belvedere (5 Sugnall St, Liverpool L7 7EB)
The Belvedere is the stuff of autumn dreams. A dream where you escape the pissing rain to pull up a comfy chair next to a roaring fire in a small, but beautifully formed, Georgian House. A dream where you’re welcomed into someone’s front room but there’s a real life ‘GinNasium’ (well this is Liverpool Gin’s spiritual home), beers to cobble dogs with and the odd flautist from the Philharmonic propping the bar up. You’ll leave feeling more autumny than Craig Revel Horwood dancing through a sea of leaves wearing a cable-knit sweater.
Delifonseca Dockside (Brunswick Way, Liverpool L3 4BN)
Autumn produce cries out to be used in big hearty dishes. It’s a time to revel in root vegetables, cauliflower, kale, purple sprouting broccoli and big hunks of meat. Delifonseca has been celebrating seasonal ingredients for over a decade – formerly at Dockside’s little brother Fonsecas on Stanley Street and latterly here. On the ever-changing menu you’ll find treats like Welsh black beef, roast sea bass, sweet potato wellington, splendid soups and puddings you’ll loosen a belt for. Plus you can pick up some quality supplies to hibernate with from the enormous adjoining deli on your way out.
Roscoe Head (24 Roscoe St, Liverpool L1 2SX)
What do American tourists, nans and UKIP leaders have in common? Well probably quite a lot actually, but the correct answer is a love of the quintessential British pub – and they don’t come any better than the Roscoe Head. Flouting the demise of the traditional boozer this Liverpool institution has been in every edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide (45 and counting…) and it’s easy to see why. Excellent real ales, cosy, hospitable and offering decent pub grub – it’s somewhere you’ll pop into for an afternoon pint and leave at closing with a couple of new mates.
Pen Factory (13 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BQ)
The old Everyman Bistro was my go to autumn hang out. So the food wasn’t Michelin star, but it was tasty and plentiful and eaten on communal tables in what felt like a cosy underground bunker filled with the best people in city. I mourned its loss, heavily… until the good people behind it opened an underground bunker in the building next door. Hallelujah. It’s not quite as cosy, but there are more tables, there is a roaring fire and the food is better, actually the food is really great. Plus there’s the same unpretentious, convivial vibe to the place, so grab a bottle of red, hunker down and soak it all in.
The Monro (92 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AG)
The Monro is Liverpool’s original gastropub (we need more, can someone please open more). It’s the former home of wealthy Liverpool merchant John Bolton, and a splendid place, the kind of gaff you’d take the in-laws for a classy Sunday lunch. But the Monro is for all week, not just for Sundays. Particularly in autumn, because let’s face it, the season of comfort food calls for three courses of modern pub classics, small plates just don’t cut it. Surely someone has proven the correlation between the night’s drawing in and waistbands expanding? We all need an extra layer of winter insulation and there’s no better way to achieve this than through generous portions of roasted rump of lamb, outstanding fish and chips and heavenly sticky toffee pudding.
It’s autumn where you are and there is surely a place you love to visit? If so, why not get in touch and tell us about it. Email our editor (he’s honestly very nice) and get your work featured!