A locals guide to Liverpool's best eats

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Foodies listen up. I've been living in the city of Liverpool, England, UK for 5 years now and I very much consider this magnetic place my home. Although, I'm not Liverpool born I definitely consider this city a part of me, as much as I am a part of it. You'll struggle to find another city in the world that supports its local businesses and restaurants like Liverpool. The Independent Liverpool project is just one of the many amazing organisations that was born right here in the city, for the city.


I've walked the streets of the city centre of Liverpool, UK a thousand times, I've eaten on Lark Lane, in Woolton Village, on Allerton Road and almost every other notable area of Liverpool. I've shopped the shops, drank the local ale and spent countless afternoons attending late summer events on Sefton Park, The Albert Dock, The Bramley Moore Dock, Pier Head, Smithdown Road and the rest. So, I thought it was about time I brought my locals knowledge of Liverpool to travelsandmore and started to feature this tourist favourite city of Liverpool, UK more often. That's why I'm introducing some of Liverpool's best restaurants. 

Here's my local's guide to Liverpool's best eats - If you're planning on spending a weekend in Liverpool here's the best restaurants in and around the city centre to grab a bite to eat


Pattersons Bar, "Chicken and Tunes"

If you like chicken and you love tunes then Pattersons Bar Liverpool was a restaurant created for. If you don't care about the chicken or the tunes but you love comfort food then this one is absolutely for you too. Pattersons is the ultimate comfort food joint, one of the best restaurants in Liverpool for pigging out on food that probably isn't all that great for you but tastes delicious.

Pattersons Bar makes the list because the friendly, fun-loving atmosphere is unrivaled the tunes are always banging and the food is terrible for your health but so tasty. Almost everything on the menu is deep fried and comes with a sweet or spicy sauce. Pattersons Bar ranks number one for Liverpool's comfort food hot spot on the list of Liverpool's best eats. As a local I can't stop going back to this restaurant! Veggie options are limited but not non existent. The 'not-chicken' burger is Halloumi goodness with sweet chill sauce and homemade coleslaw. P.S Get a side of 'some more' curly fries. 

Ropewalks Lounge 

If you like large delicious gin based drinks as much as you like tasty food then you should seriously check out the Ropewalks Lounge when in Liverpool. I recently spotted The Gin Club menu which proudly promotes 'Drink Well, Travel Often' and that's certainly a philosophy I'm happy to live by. For me a good restaurant has a solid drinks menu and Ropewalks lounge certainly offers good food and a great well-priced drinks menu making it one of Liverpool's best restaurants.

Ropewalks Lounge makes this list for many reasons but the main one being the epic weekly promos expect promos for annual events such as National Rum day and my personal fave National Prosecco day. Does any other restaurant in Liverpool celebrate national drink days as well as Ropewalk Lounge?

With the many food and drink promos, friendly staff and plenty of veggie options on the menu this Hanover Street haunt is the go-to place for a mid-week evening experience - try the burgers! If you're looking for a traditional English High Tea why not book in for the afternoon tea.


Portland Street 358

I love Portland Street 358 on the top of Smithdown Road (Sandwiched between Allterton Road and Penny Lane) because Pizza Fries. You may be thinking 'because pizza fries' isn't an acceptable reason to love a restaurant, but it is. Along with all the additional foodie delights that can be sampled at Portland Street. The restaurant is fairly small and I can imagine it gets pretty packed for breakfast but on a week day night you can almost guarantee a seat and exceptionally friendly service. For your sweet tooth why not try out one of the ice cream dishes, sandwiched between two hot deep friend doughnuts or Belgian waffles.

For my fellow savory food lovers why not check out the fusion dishes that always feature on the specials board. Thai? Go on then. Along with the delicious loaded pizza fries Portland street also offers a range of unique and tasty dishes. Including Bunny Chow - South Africa's answer to fast food.


Lucha Libre

Mexican food lovers I've added this to my list just for you, my favoruite and Liverpool's best Mexican Restaurant, with all the authenticity of Mexico itself. Lucha Libre is the only Mexican you need to know in Liverpool where the margaritas are frozen and fruity and the jalapeño poppers run free. Whether you're looking for tacos, chilaquiles, a tasty burrito or bigger plates Lucha Libre has portion sizes to feed any appetite.  As a local I've been visiting Lucha Libre for the last three years and loving it more and more every time.

Lucha Libre is not only one of Liverpool's best restaurants but it is possibly Liverpool's best Mexican restaurant.

For lunch order a few small plates and enjoy Mexico's version of tapas,. For dinner try the sharing platters or large plates. There's enough meat, fish and veggie options to keep you returning time and time again. If you're feeling saucy and adventurous then try some of the Psycho Juice picante sauces available. The atmosphere in Lucha Libre is always fun and lively as are the staff, the casual setting is perfect for a chilled Friday or a mid-week treat.


Mowgli Street Food

Described always as Liverpool's best Indian Restaurant Mowgli was such a hit on Liverpool's popular Bold Street they opened a second one on Water Street, off Castle Street. If you're a fan of Indian cuisine with a twist then make sure Mowgli is at the very top of your culinary bucket list. Mowgli offers small plates, sharing options and a lot for veggies, vegans and even the famous Tiffin Boxes have a gluten free option. The friendly, modern restaurant on Bold Street is usually always packed so make sure you get in there early as you can't book.

If you're spending some time in Liverpool you may even consider visiting both of Mowgli's restaurants. The nautical theme, impeccable service and great vibes on offer in the Water Street restaurant certainly live up to expectations for one of Liverpool's best restaurants and by far Liverpool's best Indian street food restaurant. 

With Indian treats to die for and very reasonable prices the sky's the limit for Mowgli try the Dhal and the Potato Curry for veggies. Fish lovers try the Prawn Curry and Goan Fish Curry and meat eaters - I've heard the Ginger Chicken is delicious. Mowgli is so popular that there's now even a Mowgli in Manchester with two others set to open up this year in Leeds and Birmingham - I guess this Liverpool local favourite is going global, kind of.


Where to find Liverpool's best eats 


Many of the featured best restaurants can be found in Liverpool city centre. But that's not to say there aren't other top eats to be explored in and around the suburbs of Liverpool. Lark Lane is a popular spot with locals and the delicious food options shouldn't be ignored by tourists. Check out Lark Lane Guide for more information. As a local in Liverpool I also still use trip advisor because it's hard to keep on top of all the new and fabulous food joint springing up all over the thriving city. 

Whether you're looking for the best Indian restaurant in Liverpool, or the most popular Mexican these are five of the best independent and truly tasty must try restaurants in Liverpool. Check out their instagram pages for foodspiration and make sure you check them out during your time in the city of Liverpool. 


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4 comments

  1. I've been to Liverpool awhile back and can attest to the delicious food at lunch libre. I'll have to let my friends know of your post so they can check out the other spots as well...it's making me hungry!

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    1. Ah I'm so glad you can vouch for me here. Lucha is one of my faves I would eat there twice a week if I could. Hope you get to head back to Liverpool soon.

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  2. Wish I had this guide when I was in England a year ago! Love the variety in eats and drinks. And yes, pizza fries are definitely an acceptable reason to love a resto! Sounds de-lish

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    1. I'm glad you agree! Thanks for commenting. Hopefully on your next trip to the UK you can visit Liverpool and test a couple of these Restaurants for yourself.

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