At House of Coco we love a good adventure and it doesn’t take much persuading to get us out and about doing something spontaneous. We know that you lovely millennials crave a good adventure too and sometimes that doesn’t have to mean booking a flight and hopping overseas, you can have a lot of fun in the UK too.
This week our Editor-in-Chief Laura Bartlett has teamed up with Vauxhall to go on a 5 day UK tour where she plans to showcase all of the fun you can have in Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, London and Leeds. She is going to be enjoying the ride in the brand new Vauxhall Adam, sightseeing in each city for 24 hours, showcasing where to eat, sleep and basically proving that there is a lot of fun to be had on your doorstep. Here, she tells us more…
Day 3 : Liverpool
If I start each city description by saying I have had many nights out in it, then I may start to sound a little bit like I have a drink problem. That aside, I have had many nights out in Liverpool and they are always so fun. Having this city as part of the tour was a no brainer and it also meant that I didn’t have too far to drive from Manchester.
I arrived late afternoon and checked in to my hotel for the night, the Best Western Feathers hotel where I was given the warmest welcome. I was shown to my room and it was STUNNING! It had a four poster bed with a huge selection of welcome chocolates laid out on the table for me. But the best bit, Prosecco! The manager kindly had an ice cold glass of my favourite liquid delivered to my room as I was settling in. This worries me slightly as it seems my addiction to the sparkly stuff is spreading but I still drank every drop nonetheless.
Best Western The Feathers Hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant city centre, surrounded by bars, restaurants, theatres and tourist hotspots. It’s the perfect situation for shoppers, culture vultures and sports fans, with some of the country’s finest boutiques and entertainment venues on their doorstep. I loved pulling up in the Adam and seeing the hotel in all of it’s glory, the sun was setting and the flags outside were all blowing proudly in the wind. The hotel offer a secure car park around the back so I knew that the car was going to be safe overnight whilst I ventured out in to the city.
I was meeting up with more #TeamCoco writers and we decided to have a meat feast at the nearby Fazenda restaurant. I have dined at their Leeds spot a long time ago and I vaguely remember needing to sleep for days after consuming so much meat. Regardless of past experiences, I was raring to go back for another roasting. If you haven’t dined here before you are seriously missing out.
The Fazenda journey starts at the salad bar, which is unlike any other salad bar you will have ever eaten at. I was dining with #TeamCoco’s Vanessa and it was her first time at the restaurant and she was instantly impressed. You can choose from traditional Brazilian dishes, fresh vegetables, cured meats, hot dishes, condiments and several other options to accompany the meal. Our waiter had warned us not to overdo it on the salad bar and to make sure we saved enough room for our main, obviously we totally ignored this and piled everything on our plate.
When we got back to our table we were soon ready for the meat, so we flipped over our card from red to green and that signalled to their Passadores (Meat Chefs) that we were ready for some freshly-grilled meat which they then carved right on our plates.
As if that wasn’t enough, the meal was also accompanied by some traditional Brazilian nibbles (pão de queijo and beef empanadas) and freshly-made chips. This is definitely one of those restaurants where you need to leave the diet at the door. The atmosphere is just as good as the perfectly cooked meats and the whole place had an opulent feel. They had a great wine list too (I recommend the Lorosco Sauvignon Blanc, Chile).
The time passed so quickly as we chatted our way through all 15 meats on offer before rolling back to the hotel.
I slept like a log all night long, in the comfiest bed ever before having breakfast from the buffet style restaurant in the basement of the hotel. Then, it was time to get on the road for day 4 of the road trip.
Top 3 Instagrammers to follow
@scousebarbiex – This is purely for the banter but beware, you may end up scrolling for hours.
@ScouseScene – They post breathtaking pictures of the city from people that live there.
@visitliverpool_ – This is the official Instagram for the city so it makes sense to follow them for your Liverpool fix.
Top 3 Things To Do In Liverpool This Spring
Liverpool Food and Drink Festival – Food and drink, my two favourite things…
Summers Art Market – A huge arts and craft weekend showcasing over 100 of the finest artists, designers and makers in the North West.
Liverpool Central Library – I am the biggest book worm and I love to read. This library looks like something that belongs in New York so it’s a must see.
Total miles : 33