Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Afternoon Tea at Aquitania Restaurant, Cunard Building, Liverpool

You can't actually go to this now as it was a special "pop up" restaurant operated by students from the City of Liverpool College catering school to complement the 3 Queens On the Mersey event but, as we like having afternoon tea - and, of course, LOVE telling you all about it - we just HAD to give this a mention.

Those enterprising people at the City of Liverpool College Catering Department hit upon a fantastic way of celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the first Cunard Trans-Atlantic crossing.  During the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, they took over the ground floor of the Cunard Building (see photo below) that was previously the Headquarters of the shipping line and organised carvery lunches, afternoon teas and gourmet dinners.

We went along on Tuesday, 26th May to sample the afternoon tea and it was a delightful experience - beautifully presented with a variety of sandwiches, scones, jam and cream, cakes and a syllabub with tea or coffee and all served at table by the efficient and attentive students under the watchful eye of their course supervisors.   Had we wanted it there was also an option of a champagne tea.   The room is elegant and harks back to the opulent age of sea travel and the tables were beautifully decorated with flowers or potted Rosemary (for remembrance).
We enquired as we left whether the College has a facility for refreshmnent at other times and were given a card with their 'Bread & More' at St. George's Hall address.  So why not find out what you are missing at the café in another of Liverpool's beautiful old buildings - St. George's Hall, St. George's Place, Liverpool L1 1JJ - contact phone no. 0151 707 8512

You can find out more about the College's award winning Academy Restaurant, Patisserie, Café and bakery on the website: www.liv-academy.co.uk

Cunard's Three Queens On The Mersey

This isn't really a secret but we thought we'd share our experiences of seeing the 3 cruise liners - the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 on the Mersey on Bank Holiday Monday.
One of the vantage points was the Promenade at New Brighton which leads into Magazine Brow and you can walk all the way alongside the River Mersey to Woodside.  If you look carefully at the street photograph, or click on it, you can see PREZZO right in the middle.  Prezzo is a superb Mediterranean Restaurant at  Marine Point, New Brighton.  Incidentally there are quite a few nice cafes and restaurants in New Brighton as well as lots of fun things to do and an award winning ice cream parlour/coffee shop so if you haven't been we suggest you go and have a look as soon as you can.  Further reviews to follow.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

'The Three Queens' visit to the River Mersey over the end of May Bank Holiday weekend

The Wirral Peninsula, nestling between the Rivers Dee and Mersey in the north west of England, is surely one of the UK’s best kept secrets.   Over the end of May Bank Holiday weekend 2015 the River Mersey will be host to the Cunard ships known as the ‘Three Queens’ – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.  The ships will meet up on the River Mersey near New Brighton on Monday around 10.45 am on Monday 25th May and sail together along the river to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the shipping line Cunard.  Cunard’s headquarters were originally in Liverpool.

If you are planning to visit The Wirral or indeed Liverpool to see this spectacular event, please check your travel arrangements carefully as over a million people are expected.   Special arrangements are in place which you can see on www.merseytravel.gov.uk   You can also call the Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or 0871 200 22 33 and follow @Merseytravel on Twitter.

For Merseyrail travel arrangements see www.merseyrail.org/three-queens- six trains every hour will run between 7 am and 7 pm on the New Brighton Line on Monday, 25th May.

New Brighton has been redeveloped recently and now has a beautiful Promenade with a cinema, some wonderful coffee shops and restaurants and a superb ice cream parlour called Caffe Cream.  Further along the promenade towards Seacombe you will find the pirate ship ‘The Black Pearl’ which is made out of driftwood.

Liverpool has a full programme of events planned for the summer beginning with the International Mersey River Festival.  For the latest programme of events follow @MCLpool on Twitter and One Magnificent City on Facebook or see www.onemagnificentcity.co.uk