With summer fast approaching, many of us may be looking forward to our impending holidays or city breaks planned to make the most of the guaranteed sunshine in other destinations. But, if the sometimes dull spring weather is making you feel a little grey, then there are some ways you can create the feel of being on holiday without having to spend too much money.
The Meditteranean is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and is home to some of the best food and beaches in Europe, but Liverpool has some wonderful Meditteranean restaurants where all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy some wonderful food – just imagine you are sat dining on a Mediterranean beach!
Neon Jamon is the place to visit if you are searching for tasty tapas, great atmosphere and fine Spanish wine. Just a short walk away from Penny Lane, this is the perfect Friday night restaurant and is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere to dine with friends or family. With melt-in-the-mouth Spanish meats, including their signature acorn-fed Iberico ham, fresh sardines, traditional patatas bravas and delicious créma Catalana, you’re sure to enjoy each and every one of the dishes on offer.
Othello’s is one of only a few traditional Greek restaurants which sticks to what it knows best – food. Here, you’ll find no loud music, no plate smashing and no Greek dancing, but instead, you’ll be treated to a warm and friendly atmosphere. Gerry, who is the owner, has been crowned as the Best Greek Chef in Your Move magazine, so it is safe to say he knows his stuff. The Mousakka is a popular dish here, with many customers saying it is the best they have ever had.
This Spanish and Italian inspired restaurant is well known by locals for its sharing platters and amazing Campari drinks. With an Italian-influenced drinks menu and a Spanish style a la carte food menu, the infusion of different food, drinks and cultures works well here. From a pea puree risotto with a pancetta crumb to a raspberry and limoncello semifreddo, there’s no shortage of tasty dishes. If you want to experience a true mixture of Mediterranean foods, then Salt House Bacaro is the spot for you!
If the infamous Liverpool rain ever takes you by surprise, then you should add in a stop at Fattoush until it passes. Sat just behind the World Museum and Central Library, Fattoush specialises in Mediterranean and Lebanese dishes. This dining establishment is well-known for its friendly staff and great service, so it’s a great place to relax after a busy day sightseeing or shopping. There is plenty on offer here, including tasty kebabs and chicken skewers, homemade hummus and some of the best baklava the city has to offer. Their Lebanese coffee is worth a try, as is their mint tea, but they also offer a good beer and wine menu.
If a faraway Greek beach is only but a dream this year, then you can still experience some of the greatness that Greece has to offer with a visit to Bacchus Taverna. One of Liverpool’s best-kept secrets which is hidden in plain sight, only locals and those in the know are aware of its locations. The owner once served in the Greek army and was a sailor, but he can now be found at Bacchus Taverna every night. It’s known that he often goes to the local markets at 4 in the morning to ensure he gets the freshest ingredients. The food comes from recipes passed on through generations, with moussaka, salads, taramasalata and juicy meat dishes all taking centre stage on the menu.
Author Bio: Natalie Wilson is a freelance travel writer and can provide advice on anything, from vacation destinations to hidden travel gems. When not writing, Natalie can be found reading a good book or planning her next travel destination. At the moment, she is looking at the Algarve and its appeal for holiday-makers, particularly hotel recommendations and luxury Algarve villas. You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.