The PA Expo is taking place in Liverpool this week. Check out our guide on where to eat, drink and stay in the city.
Nothing beats a day out at the races; watching the horses pound down the course and fly past on their way to the finish line gets the heart racing. Experience competitive and best-of-class horse racing at Aintree Racecourse throughout the season, with special fixtures taking place in December. aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Hotel Indigo Liverpool is a good, affordable option. Located on Chapel Street, it’s within walking distance of Pier Head, the Liverpool One shopping complex and the commercial district. Interiors are simple but stylish; think wet rooms with Aveda toiletries – and big-name Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill Liverpool is the cherry on top of the cake. There’s free wifi too. hotelindigoliverpool.co.uk
The trendy Titanic Hotel Liverpool is part of the redevelopment of the historic Stanley Dock complex. Bedrooms are a staggering 56 square metres in size and the spa boasts couples’ suites, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room. Dining here is a delight, courtesy of Stanley’s Bar & Grill. They’ve got a cool banqueting space with waterfront views too. It’s just 20 minutes from Liverpool airport, a 10-minute walk from the city centre and has complimentary onsite parking. titanichotelliverpool.com
Whether you’re looking for a three-course menu or you fancy trying your own personalised tasting menu (five or seven courses), you know you’re in good hands, bearing in mind The Monro won Best Gastropub of the Year at The National Food Awards. The bar boasts real ales, cocktails and a range of 27 gins in the dedicated gin garden courtyard. themonro.com
The Art School restaurant has Chef Paul Askew at its helm and, oh my, has the North West Food Champion and Former Director of the highly acclaimed Hope Street Hotel and London Carriage Works Restaurant magicked up a delightful menu. Think fillet of Peterhead hake, breast of Goosnargh duck with roast fig and desserts of orange and dark chocolate truffle torte with roasted hazelnut meringue. The versatile wine list here shines. theartschoolrestaurant.co.uk
Jenny’s is a small, intimate, stylish 1920s-style bar serving killer cocktails. Housed in the legendary Jenny’s Seafood Restaurant on Fenwick Street, it is easy to miss. The bar boasts a wide array of spirits and the experienced bar staff will keep your very own bottle safe and sound, ready for your next visit. The cocktails are potent, and the service en pointe. facebook.com/JennysBar
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-track haunt, Ex-Directory is a savvy secret. With a secret phone number, password and hidden door, this will take a bit of work to find, but is worth it when you do. Accessed through a red telephone box, it’s hidden away in the city centre. Be sure to book in advance; without a booking you’ll be refused entry. ex-directory.co.uk