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Dazzling whites and brights no summer wardrobe should be without


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FASHION 06-07 SHOPPING FOR HER Pure brilliant whites and acid brights 08-09 SHOPPING FOR HIM Look shipshape this summer



HEALTH & BEAUTY 10 SALON SPOTLIGHT Peachy perfect make-up 12 FITNESS Boot camps to get your body beach-ready Suzanne’s marathon diary

ENTERTAINMENT 13 BRAZILICA & BROUHAHA Your guide to vibrant city festivals 14 WHAT’S ON Unmissable July events, festivals and performances 16-17 HOMEGROWN TALENT Tina Malone talks weddings, weight loss and upcoming theatre roles Simone Reeves sambas her way to success Ones to watch

CHILDREN 18 CULTURED KIDS Days out to inspire young minds 20 CHILDREN’S TOYS Everything you need to keep kids happy on your holidays

FOOD & DRINK 22 TASTE TEST Viva Brazil review Liverpool Food & Drink Festival news Flaming good BBQ recipe Deli delights and summer pud recipe 24 FOODIE NEWS AND REVIEWS We put 60 Hope Street to the test

06 Editor’s letter WELCOME to the July edition of Best of Liverpool! We’ve got a cracking mag for you this month – from celebrity interviews to fabulous fashion, foodie news and reviews, festivals, essential events and much, much more. Never one to miss out on the chance to hobnob with Liverpool’s great and good, on pages 4 and 5 we bring you news, gossip and photos from all the events and launches in the city this month, whilst, on page 16, I catch up with a true Liverpool legend – Tina Malone. Best known for playing a Scouse battle-axe on Shameless, the talented Toxteth actress reveals all about her upcoming Merseyside theatre roles, her gastric band and how she’s finding married life. On page 17 we meet Simone Reeves, a lead dancer with the Liverpool Carnival Company who’ll play a key role in this month’s Brazilica Festival. The UK’s largest samba carnival event, Brazilica looks set to transform the city on July 15 to 17 with a Rio-style street party, samba dancing and a dazzling parade of colourful costumes and extravagant floats. Inspired by this month’s Brazilica and Brouhaha festivals, on page 25 we find carnival-coloured homewares to brighten

up your décor and, on page 22, we sample some South American cuisine at Viva Brazil. Of course, Latin flavours aren’t to everyone’s tastes, so, on page 24, we review 60 Hope Street’s Best of British menu. As well as sampling fine food, this month we also managed to escape from Best of Liverpool Towers for a men’s fashion shoot on board Zebu, one of the ships taking part in this month’s Pirate Festival at the Albert Dock. Inspired by the event and our impressive ship location, we fell hook, line and sinker for the nautical trend and on pages 8 and 9 we have some shipshape looks for men this summer. There’s plenty happening in the city in July and, on page 14, we bring you our shortlist of essential events for day and night, whilst on page 18 we find cultural places to visit to ensure your little ones’ minds don’t turn to mush during the school holidays. If that wasn’t enough, we discover what Southport and Formby have to offer on page 28 and take a luxurious trip to the Lake District on page 30. Enjoy!

Katie McLoughlin

HOMES & GARDENS 25 INTERIORS Add some carnival colour to your décor 26 GARDENS Southport Flower Show Gardening accessories

OUT & ABOUT 28 HEADING OVER TO Southport & Formby Hidden gems 30 TRAVEL Luxury Lake District retreat


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BIRTHDAY BASH CUSTOMERS and local residents came out in force on Sunday, June 12, to help celebrate Delifonseca’s fifth birthday. To mark the occasion, the deli created its very own pop-up garden in the middle of Stanley Street, complete with turf, BBQ, deckchairs and live entertainment! A hugelypopular baking competition was also held to find the 2011 Delifonseca honorary cake-maker. Proprietor Candice Fonseca says: “We’ve had a great five years and wanted to celebrate by putting on a series of events for the local community. The event was all about bringing local residents together and we plan to reinforce that message by also introducing a Residents’ Club on the back of the birthday events.”

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giving them some top tips on life in the big wide world. One of the key skills to be acquired is the big cat equivalent of the Green Cross Code, which is how to safely negotiate the hundreds of visitors’ cars that pass through the park each day.

A PRESCOT mother-ofthree has been taking real pride in teaching her youngsters about keeping safe on the ‘mane’ road recently. Scooter, Mojo and Sky, 13-week-old cubs, have been released into the lion enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park for the first time, and mum Masai has been busy

Katie McLoughlin takes a look at what’s been happening in the city... SURF’S UP BUDDING surfers can catch a wave in the heart of Liverpool this summer as the City Central Business Improvement District (BID) will be transforming Williamson Square into a Surfer’s Paradise! During July, August and September, Williamson Square will be home to a CityWave surfing simulator so that children and adults can experience the thrill of surfing and wakeboarding, whilst staying perfectly dry! Photo: James Maloney


THE Brazilica Festival is set to bring some carnival atmosphere to the streets of Liverpool this month and, ahead of the July 1517 festival, a glittering VIP launch was held at Bem Brasil on Thursday, June 16. The programme of events for Brazilica – which is the UK’s largest samba carnival event – was announced during the launch event and excitment is now building as the festival draws near. Roger and Maeve Morris, festival producers at Liverpool Carnival Company, say: “Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed a taste of what Brazilica will be when it takes over the city next month. The festival is going to be immense and we hope that the people of Liverpool will come along and join in – it’s going to be sambatastic!”



LIVERPOOL’S four-star Hard Days Night Hotel is celebrating World Beatles Day on July 10 by giving away free accommodation to members of the public with the same names as the Beatles. George Harrisons, Paul McCartneys, John Lennons and Ringo Starrs will be given the chance to stay in one of the hotel’s 110 luxury bedrooms in honour of the big day, which celebrates the Fab Four’s musical success worldwide. General manager Mike Dewey says: “We’re looking forward to seeing how many of the Beatles' namesakes come forward and stay with us. Although we’re aware of quite a few Paul McCartneys and George Harrisons, we doubt there will be many Ringo Starrs!” To claim their free night's stay, Beatles namesakes must register their details at, along with proof of ID. Upon receipt of the requested information, a voucher will be sent to them for use between July 9 and September 30, 2011. Visit for more information about the Beatles giveaway.


NEW Orlean’s Dixieland landed at the Albert Dock on Thursday, June 30, with the launch of Revolution’s new weekly Jazz night, Sunset Swing. Sunset Swing will take place every Thursday evening throughout the summer months and, during the launch event, guests enjoyed the superb sounds of Schwing, one of the finest live swing bands of their kind in Europe. For more information call 0151 9092777 or email

LA CUBANITA’S NEW MENU INSPIRED by the imminent arrival of the Brazilica festival, we’ve come over all Latin this month and can’t get enough of the mouth-watering new menu at Campbell Square restaurant La Cubanita. Featuring a whole host of our favourite Cuban flavours, the menu includes dishes like mojo chicken with sweetcorn salsa and plaintain fritter; coconut cod; Havana eggs and mojito granita – guaranteed to make your tastebuds samba! Visit La Cubanita, 2 Campbell Square, Liverpool, L1 5AX or call 0151 709 5335 for reservations.


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STARS from hit reality show The Only Way Is Essex made a splash when they visited Liverpool recently as they took in the sights at the Albert Dock from the water. Visiting the city on June 14, Mark Wright, James Argent, Jessica Wright, Lucy Mecklemburgh, Maria Fowler and Lydia Bright enjoyed an afternoon on board the Yellow Duckmarine. After their boat made a splashdown in Salthouse Dock, the Essex stars treated themselves to some post-tour cocktails in PanAm Bar and Restaurant, before enjoying a night out with some of the Hollyoaks’ cast. LUSTROUS LOCKS BEST of Liverpool has long been a fan of Ojon haircare products and we’re loving the cult brand’s latest product range, which hit counters on June 9. Available in John Lewis’ Liverpool ONE store, the range – which includes Damage Reverse, Dry Recovery, Volume Advance, Color Sustain and Full Detox products – is packed with naturallyderived ingredients to make your barnet beautiful.

CHILL OUT SPA SCOOPS TOP AWARD EXCLUSIVE Knowsley day retreat Chill Out Spa has fought off stiff competition from over 500 UK spas to be crowned Spa of the Year by French professional beauty and skincare specialist, Thalgo UK. The prestigious industry awards evening was held in

the Metropolitan Hotel in Mayfair, London, and the award was presented by England cricket star Freddie Flintoff and his wife, Rachel. Chill Out Spa managing director Sharon Carroll says: “We had no idea we had even been nominated for this award, so to walk away with the title of Spa of the Year was amazing!”

BRICK UP THE MERSEY TUNNELS IF you’ve not yet seen the Photo: Gareth Jones latest production of Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels by Merseyside writers Dave Kirby and Nicky Allt, get yourself down to the Royal Court pronto! Starring Roy Brandon, Eithne Browne, Suzanne Collins and Andrew Schofield, the smashhit Scouse comedy is on at the Roe Street theatre until July 30. A must-see, the cult Liverpool play promises to deliver plenty of laughs as it tells the tale of three Liverpudlians who are fed up of being looked down on by the self-proclaimed upper classes from Wirral. For tickets visit or call the ticket hotline on 0870 787 1866.





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SINCE it opened its doors three years ago, The Beauty and Holistic Lounge has been a hit with Liverpool’s well-groomed ladies. Now, to meet increasing customer demand, the salon has expanded and added a third floor to its Fenwick Street premises. The move has allowed owners Karen

and Lisa Graham to introduce a whole host of new treatments and facilities to the city-centre salon, including a dedicated manicure and pedicure area complete with fish spa; a double treatment room; themed waxing rooms where clients can enjoy chocolate or coconut waxes; sunbeds and an i.Fit room with three state-of-the-art i.Fit toning machines. To celebrate the expansion, the salon held a launch event from June 28 until July 1, with customers getting the chance to try out the new facilities and treatments. Visit or call 0151 227 4727 for more details.

IT was an all-star line-up at the tenth Liverpool International Tennis Tournament last month at Calderstones Park. Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis graced the Centre Court more than once over the four-day event, and with a staggering 23 Grand Slam singles titles between them, it was always going to be a spectacular prospect. The event, again brilliantly organised by Northern Vision and backed by Liverpool City Council, also featured British greats Virginia Wade, former British number one Greg Rusedski and Ormskirk’s very own Barry Cowan. Tennis fans are already getting excited for next year’s event!

ON Friday, June 17, Sk:n Clinic on Bold Street hosted a product launch for an exciting new range of its own-brand skincare products. Designed to work in harmony with Sk:n’s in-clinic treatments, the range of 22 products is packed with dermatologistbacked, clinicallyproven active ingredients like glycolic acid, Vitamin A, peptides, antiinflamatory magnolia bark and anti-oxidant alpine rose to name just a few. The range will be available in Sk:n’s clinics and in selected Boots stores, including the Clayton Square shop, from July 4.

Guests at the launch had the chance to talk to Sk:n experts about the cutting-edge product formulations and enjoyed in-depth skin assessments with one of Sk:n’s highly trained practitioners. As well as launching its innovative skincare range, Sk:n has recently announced a new partnership with Spire Cosmetic Surgery and plans to hold open evenings on July 28 and August 16 offering free mini consultations for cosmetic surgery.


launch on June 2. The traditional shisha is used for smoking flavoured tobaccos and works by cooling and filtering smoke through a water pipe. In comparison, the halooka uses an electronic atomisation process mechanism which produces a water-based vapour, instead of smoke, making it legal to consume indoors.


A HUGE 15ft statue of Queen legend Freddie Mercury was installed in the centre of Paradise Street last month to celebrate the hit Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You, arriving at the Liverpool Empire in September. The statue, which took a crane and a strong workforce to install on June 2, was in the centre of Paradise Street until the end of


MORE than 200 guests enjoyed a fundraising first birthday party at Matou pan Asian restaurant recently. Celebrations at the Pier Head venue featured entertainment from singer Zara and clown Simon, a delicious buffet and compering by Radio City presenter Rick Vaughn. The event marked the end of a successful first year for the restaurant and helped to raise more than £2,000

for Radio City’s charity Cash for Kids. Matou co-owner Billy Riley says: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in our first year – it’s been an amazing time for all of us in Matou. I’d also like to thank everyone involved in our birthday celebrations, for helping us to raise money for a wonderful local charity.”

June. General manager at the Empire, Andrew Rawlinson says: “We can’t wait for We Will Rock You to arrive at the Empire – the show has audiences rocking wherever it goes and I’m sure Liverpool will be no exception. “Our city is often referred to as the World Capital of Pop so I think the bustling streets of Liverpool ONE made a very fitting spot for Freddie and the We Will Rock You cast and crew will be right at home at the Empire.”


THIS month Best of Liverpool has an exclusive prize for one lucky winner and three friends! We’re all looking forward to Liverpool’s massive three-day samba carnival, Brazilica, on July 15-17, bringing Latin beats and extravagant costumes. The winner and three lucky friends will get free entry to the VIP Brazilica after party at Nation, Wolstenholme Square on Saturday, July 16. Rub shoulders with the stars of the carnival and carry on the fiesta until the early hours where performers and musicians from Brazilica will entertain with a fantastic mix of Brazilian singers, dancers and bands, who will perform a plethora of traditional and new Brazilian tunes, sure to get you dancing!

To be in with a chance of winning free entry to the Brazilica after party for you and three friends, simply answer the following question: Q: Which of these is a city in Brazil – Sao Paulo, Argentina or Madrid? Email your answer, name and daytime phone number to: Closing date: July 12. Maximum one entry per person. Photo: Kap'n'Kaos


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A NEW craze has blown into Liverpool as the city’s first dedicated electronic shisha bar opened last month. Situated in the basement of The Noble House on Brunswick Street, The Halooka Lounge invited Liverpool’s cosmopolitan party-goers to experience the delights of the halooka, a healthier redefinition of the shisha pipe, at its glam

MERSEYSIDE has a new beauty queen after a panel of celebrity judges crowned Sarah Fairley Miss Liverpool 2011. The pageant at the Olympia saw 37 stunners from the region battle it out to be named the best-looking Liver Bird in the city. Judges and sponsors at the event included Amanda Harrington, Danielle Lloyd, Jennifer Ellison, Kate Henshaw and Rossi from Radio City amongst others. Over 300 spectators watched the girls go head-tohead and brunette Sarah scooped the prestigious title of Miss Liverpool. Sarah, who’ll now be entered into the Miss England competition later in the year, won prizes including a modelling contract, teeth whitening treatment and a party at city nightclub, Kingdom.


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BEYOND the pale

STEAL HER STYLE EMMA Watson has gone from scary-haired Hermione to a darling of the fashion pack, modelling campaigns for Burberry and gracing the cover of fashion bible Vogue. The 21-year-old’s enviable wardrobe is nothing short of magical and her sense of style has cast a spell on fashionistas the world over. So, with the final Harry Potter film due to be released later this month, Katie McLoughlin shows you how to steal Emma Watson's style... Photo: PA Wire

Brighten up your summer wardrobe with dazzling whites, understated nudes and acid-brights for a splash of colour, says Katie McLoughlin…

White knot front vest, £10, from Topshop Lola fuschia wedge sandals by Terry De Havilland, £195, from Boudoir Boutique in Cavern Walks

Planet lime pleated clutch handbag, £59, from John Lewis

Jovonna nude pleated maxi skirt, £65, from Boudoir Boutique in Cavern Walks

Heiress of Pearl earrings, £14, from

White sleeveless scallop shirt, £24, from Topshop

Nude beaded shift dress, £150, from Miss Selfridge

Silver dolly shoe, £29.50, from Marks & Spencer



Luxe open-back wide leg jumpsuit, £160, from Warehouse

Izzah shoulder bag by Zandra Rhodes, £45, from Boudoir Boutique in Cavern Walks

JULY 11 NW3 trapeze top, £69; NW3 howden bag, £179; NW3 crochet socks, £5; NW3 wyldes hiking wooden sandals, £110; and NW3 flag tie skirt, £89, all from Hobbs

Ava dress by Darling, £45, from Boudoir Boutique in Cavern Walks

Nude sleeveless tuck detail dress, £46, from Topshop

Pair acid brights with whites for an on-trend summer style, clothing from Republic

Keagan bright blue canvas mix heels, £48, from Miss Selfridge Yellow suede wedges, £65, from White Stuff

Carvela Kob sandals in orange, £85, from John Lewis



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LOOK ONE Norse Projects Elka rain coat, £139; Suit Denmark Bud T-shirt, £25; Edwin Japan Ed55 jeans, £140; Folk Alaric shoes in tan suede, £125 – all from Weaver's Door in Cavern Walks

Ahoy-there, maties! Climb aboard ship and enjoy Best of Liverpool’s sensational nautical shoot... WITH the Albert Dock’s Pirate Weekend happening this month, our fashion pages have come over all sea-faring and sailor-like. The nautical look has been gracing catwalks, top boutiques and the high street this summer and it’s a look that you have to get on-board

with. So make sure your fashion sense is shipshape by checking out these hot threads from our nautical shoot. Deck yourself out with Gallic striped shirts, a jaunty hat and fitted jeans – just right for your own pirate booty!

Photographer: Karl Axon – Impact Models; Models: Carl Finley – Impact Models Hair & Make-up Artist: Ruth Marcella using Dermalogica – Impact Models Stylist: Louise Dalrymple – Impact Models



JULY 11 LOOK THREE YMC X Gloverall fisherman's rain jacket, £235; Norse Projects Anton Selvedge long-sleeved shirt, £120; Suit Denmark toft shorts, £45; Sandqvist Roald backpack, £125 – all from Weaver's Door in Cavern Walks; T-shirt is from Nauticalia on the Albert Dock; shoes from John Lewis, Liverpool ONE

LOOK TWO Chambray Hyde jacket by Universal Works, £140; Folk knitwear undergarm £110; Carhartt chino pants, £69.99; Grenson William brogues, £155 – all from Weaver's Door in Cavern Walks; satchel from Bullet, Hardman Street.


Health & beauty SIX OF THE BEST EVERYONE knows the dangers of skin exposure to sunlight so make sure that you protect your skin by switching to a foundation which has a built-in SPF. Here’s our pick of six of the best...


BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Sue Kelbrick goes back to school with a fabulous lesson in make-up from the experts

Clinique moisture surge foundation with SPF 15, £21

Marks and Spencer natural finish long lasting foundation with SPF 20, £7.50

Estee Lauder Resilience lift extreme lifting foundation with SPF 15, £28.50

The Body Shop moisture foundation with SPF 15, £15

Bobbi Brown skin foundation with SPF 15, £29

Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser with SPF 15, £27



LIKE many ladies out there, I stand accused of being in a make-up rut. It’s official – I have entered a cosmetic one-way street. But, just when I thought there was no way out, the girls from Peaches and Cream rescued me. Having just launched Liverpool’s first official make-up club, Peaches and Cream is on a mission to educate the ladies of Liverpool in the art of applying make-up. And having worn the same make-up for longer than I care to remember, I thought that it was about time I brushed up on my make-up skills. And so, it was with some trepidation that I enrolled in the ‘university’ of Peaches and Cream, a fortnightly make-up lesson held at the stylish salon on Dale Street in Liverpool city centre. I needn’t have worried though. I was given a very warm welcome by Kate and Nicola, who immediately made me feel relaxed and very well looked after. The interior of Peaches and Cream’s city centre salon is something else, with the funky décor really helping to create a fun and friendly atmosphere. I met my fellow ‘students’ and we sat down ready for our first ‘lesson’ from our expert teachers, Kate and Nicola.

The two girls met at college and it was their shared passion for old school theatrical make-up that inspired them to set up Peaches and Cream. Six years on and business is booming for the girls, who encapsulate Liverpool ladies’ love of the dramatic to a tee. And their passion for make-up is certainly infectious, as myself and my fellow recruits all threw ourselves wholeheartedly into our first session. The aim of this make-up lesson is to create a signature look of brown smokey eyes with soft peachy cheeks and glossy lips. First of all, we are shown how the experts do it, with Nicola giving clear step-by-step instructions as she goes along. Next, we have to try and re-create the look for ourselves, with both Kate and Nicola going round the room giving help and guidance. I managed to keep up with the other girls pretty well despite my lack of experience, but when it came to applying the false eyelashes I had to get some help from Kate! I was really pleased with the result and it was refreshing to try a different look for a change. We were all given a helpful step-by-step guide to take home with us,

which proved indispensable when I tried to re-create the look again at home. Even though I must admit to slipping back into my bad make-up ways (old habits die hard), it’s really nice to know that any time I feel like giving myself a bit of a make-over, the girls at Peaches and Cream are on-hand.

Where is it? Peaches and Cream is on Dale Street in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

What does it do? A beauty and make-up salon, Peaches and Cream offers a range of makeovers for all occasions and ages.

Contact: Peaches and Cream, 8(b) Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 4TQ, telephone 0151 227 1669, website:, email:





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FALL-IN FOR FITNESS Paul Baker hits the park and takes a closer look at Liverpool’s latest exercise craze – fitness boot camps...

SUZANNE COLLINS’ MARATHON JOURNEY... IT’S been a funny month since my last diary update, with some big achievements tinged with sadness. My Nan passed away this month – she was 93 and my inspiration – we were very close and she was one of my biggest supporters. I loved visiting her and telling her what I was up to. Earlier in the year, when I was toying with running the marathon, she told me that I should grasp every opportunity and you know what? She was right. Training for the marathon is my chance not only to get fit and achieve personal goals but also to help people by raising money for my charity, Diabetes UK. As part of my marathon training, I completed the Tunnel 10k – the race is one of the first fitness assessments for all coached runners in October’s Marathon. Photo: James Stratford

THESE days there’s a boot camp for everything! Even the X Factor contestants are put through their paces with a military style grilling from the judges. But it’s fitness boot camps that are all the rage right now in Liverpool, with parks across the city increasingly becoming the stages for these intensive courses in total fitness. The name itself comes from basic training for the armed forces, but don’t worry, in Liverpool’s fitness boot camps you won’t be screamed at like an extra in Full Metal Jacket. What you can expect is for a professional fitness coach to take you and a group of others through a reasonably intensive programme of exercise and training to help you achieve your goals – such as weight loss or improving general fitness. Paul Hughes recently set up one such boot camp at Croxteth Country Park. Paul decided to leave his office job and become a personal trainer after successfully beating skin cancer. “Everybody was telling me how taking redundancy in the current credit crunch was crazy!” says Paul. “Since becoming a personal trainer and working in the fitness industry, I haven’t looked back.” To this end, Paul set up Park-Fit, his take on the fitness boot camp. He’s aiming it at both men and women who want to get fit, but don’t know where to start, as well as those who want to improve their fitness quickly. One of the reasons why boot camps have become so popular is that people like to get motivation from others getting fit alongside them. Paul believes that the sort of people who enjoy Park-Fit are those who prefer to work as part of a team rather than having one-to-one training. Another recent boot camp venture in the city is Fitness Junkies, started in 2009 by business partners Chris Kiernan and John McAndrew. Both experienced gym instructors, Chris and John

Fitness Junkies

decided to start running non-military fitness boot camps in Stanley Park. Fitness Junkies trains around 200 people each week, with clients ranging from their early 20s through to 50-somethings. “We run the boot camps for men, women and soon for children, aimed at helping people achieve their goals of losing weight, gaining weight, general conditioning, or for the social side and, in some cases, to overcome some of their fears,” says Chris. Members are weighed and measured by clothes size on a monthly basis to see how much weight they’re shedding and Chris gives everyone personal updates by email or text. There are fitness boot camps in parks throughout Merseyside. Park-Fit sessions take place at Croxteth Country Park, while Fitness Junkies use Sefton Park. Check out or for more details.


“WE all dream of a team of Carraghers!” So goes the Kop anthem, but Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher’s own charity, the 23 Foundation, is looking to put together a team of its own – to run the Liverpool Marathon. The charity aims to offers the youth of Merseyside with the chance to make a difference in society by giving them an outlet through football and sport. You’d be running through local communities and the money raised will be directly helping those communities too. Sound good? If you would like to take one of the 23 Foundation’s guaranteed places for the marathon on October 9, 2011, just email the team: or give them a call on 0151 232 2417. You’ll get immediate entry into the event and, in return, you’ll be asked to fundraise a minimum amount of £500. The team have plenty of fundraising ideas to help you achieve this, or go to the following link to find out more or apply online:



I was a little apprehensive as it’s the furthest I’ve run since the London Marathon in 2002. I also wasn’t looking forward to taking on the incline as you come out of the Wallasey Tunnel on the Wirral side of the Mersey but, in the end, it wasn’t too bad. Richard, the marathon training co-ordinator ran alongside me, as well as one of my best friends, Amy Corris, who has also enrolled for the marathon. I got into my stride pretty quickly and, as I crossed the finish on New Brighton Promenade, I felt like I could have gone on and on – I was so happy! You know, I’m really benefitting from having that personal input and don’t think I could attempt the marathon without Richard’s training programme. My strength and stamina have improved but also my mental attitude has too – I’m believing more in my ability, pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and I’m planning to go along to the monthly marathon workshops he’s running at LJMU – one of the guest speakers is Prof Greg Whyte who trained Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow when they climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief. Looks like I’m in good company. The other big challenge I’ve faced is trying to find time to run, with a crazy work schedule. I’m currently on stage at The Royal Court in Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels and the 12-hour rehearsal days have made training tricky. Late nights and early mornings have really taken their toll on Richard’s programme, but now the play has opened it frees me up in the daytime to run before heading to the theatre in the afternoon. My dressing room is at the very top of the theatre so I’m even making the most of running up and down all those stairs! As you can see, all in all, it’s been quite a month – let’s see what August has in store!

Suzanne x Suzanne Collins is an ambassador for the RunLiverpool Marathon, which takes place in the city on October 9, and will be running for her chosen charity, Diabetes UK, in memory of her mother. For more information on the available marathon training programmes and workshops please visit


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COMBINING musicians, circus performers, stilt walkers and dancers, the Brouhaha festival is a spectacular cultural celebration across the city. This carnival of diversity has become hugely popular, and 2011 sees the opening ceremony start the celebrations on July 17 for the Brouhaha International Street Festival. Sunday evening in the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre will be packed with local and international talent, creating a fabulous, diverse atmosphere from 5pm to 9pm. On Tuesday, July 19, Brouhaha performers will help in the opening of the city’s new Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head, where there’ll be performances from noon until 4pm, as part of a cultural parade to mark the opening of this world-class attraction.

Spirit Emma Thompson joins in the festival fun of Brazilica.

demonstrations and workshops in Williamson Square from noon until 6pm, with Brazilian food, drink and fun for all the family available throughout the day. The carnival steps up a gear in the evening as Liverpool’s streets are set ablaze with colour and the carnival parade of over 1,000 people makes its way to the festival site, winding through the city centre streets, whilst the Brazilian bands and DJs take to the stage for the party to begin. Around 500 beautiful, bejewelled samba dancers, Brazilian-style drummers and spectacular floats will journey through Liverpool from 8.30pm. Starting at Abercrombie Square the parade will lead down Mount Pleasant, turning onto Hope Street, then Hardman Street before passing St Luke’s bombed-out church. The parade will make its way down Bold Street, then stomp its way through Church Street, to the main stage at Williamson Square performing until 11pm. Festivities will continue well into the night, finishing with an exciting after-party at Nation. Sunday, July 17, gives you a chance to wind down your weekend with Samba Sunday, as the carnival gets cultural with sports, film and artistic events taking place across the city. And, if you want to make the most of those sexy samba dance moves you’ve picked up over the weekend, you can join in with one of the largest Zumba events at Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE. Running from 2pm-5pm, the three hour Zumbathon has been organised by Orb Events, Liverpool ONE and Ritmo Fitness, and the £5 ticket fee will raise funds for the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton and Liverpool Carnival Company. Log on to for details and tickets.

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GET ready to feel those samba beats and let your body move to the music as Brazilica is set to transform the city into a Rio-style carnival on July 15-17. A samba-tastic fiesta of Latin dance, carnival atmosphere and Brazilian beats, the massive three-day festival has something for everyone – from colossal floats to sparkling dancers in extravagant costumes ablaze with colour, events, workshops and, of course, plenty of irresistible beats. Organised by Liverpool Carnival Company and Orb Events, Brazilica began from the hugely successful carnival parade in 2008, and last year attracted over 30,000 spectators. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 15, when city centre shops and bars will play host to the Samba in the City event – a colourful taster of the carnival, to get Liverpool in the mood to party. With the city in the Latin spirit, a glamorous masked ball will mark the opening of what promises to be the UK’s biggest Brazilian Samba Festival of 2011. Traditional samba drumming starts off the evening at Ropewalks Square then the celebrations move to Leaf on Bold Street, which will be transformed from 8pm into an energetic Brazilica Carnival Ball. Everyone is invited to join the party and sample the fantastic Brazilian entertainment on offer. Entry is just £3 and there’s no dress code for the ball – masks will be handed out or you can arrive in your own carnival costume! Saturday, July 16, will see the city come to life Latin-style with Brazilian and South American inspired activities taking place around Liverpool throughout the day, including a free all-day South American street party. The street party will see open dance classes, music sessions, street football

Following the performances on the Pier Head, there will be a Diversity in Dance show at Unity Theatre. Starting at 7.30pm, the Brouhaha Diversity in Dance show features an eclectic selection of dance groups, including Tabanka Crew, who perform a mixture of African, Caribbean and African-American dances; contemporary ballet and urban dancers, Got Skills from Rotterdam, plus Ballet Entredanzas from Murcia in Spain. On Thursday, July 21, the city centre is set to come alive as Brouhaha International artists bring funky street theatre, exciting dance and great beats with music and drummers to Clayton Square, Queen Square, Williamson Square, Metquarter and Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park. Brouhaha’s International Carnival brings together a stunning array of performers on Saturday, July 23, from noon to 2pm, beginning in Mulberry Street and finishing in Princes Park. Combined arts come to life with music, dance and lively coloured costumes, focusing on the cultural diversity of Liverpool. The Liverpool International Mela will also be in Princes Park on Saturday, July 23. Featuring electrifying performances that celebrate Liverpool’s multicultural communities, Liverpool International Mela is in the Park from noon until 7pm. Log on to for more information.



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COME on me hearties and get yerselves over to the Pirate Weekend at the Albert Dock. Saturday, July 30, marks the start of a two-day pirate experience which even features a real pirate ship, oo-arr! For that weekend, the Albert Dock will be taken over by piratical sorts, entertaining visitors with an array of hair-raising yarns about notorious captains, famed privateers, treasure hunters and more. Visit to join in the fun.

ON Sunday, July 10, the Albert Dock will be celebrating all things Fab Four as it plays host to the 2011 Beatles Day. Currently in its fourth year, Beatles Day is the annual celebration of Liverpool’s favourite sons, their music and the city of Liverpool. Fun for all the family, Beatles-inspired bands will be performing throughout the day across the Dock, bringing music to every corner. A specially-created, Beatles-themed treasure hunt will take you on a Long and Winding Road around the Dock and through its many venues, so make sure you grab a clue sheet either online from or the Albert Dock Visitor Information Centre on the day. And make sure you head down dressed to impress in your 60s finery – there will be a fancy dress competition judged at 3pm in Anchor Courtyard, with prizes available for the best 60s costume. Visit or for more information.

it promises to be a scorcher. The likes of Radio Slave, John Tejada and Steve Bug, plus seminal London parties Secretsundaze and Mulletover, inspired Maya’s own take on grooveladen house. Now she’s the toast of the electronic scene, so roll up, roll up, to Circus at The Hold for a hot platter of meticulously-honed house music. Club architect Yousef and resident Lewis Boardman will be in attendance too. Tickets are £10 from or 3B records on 0151 353 7027.

PORT SUNLIGHT SUMMER FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE a festival with a difference in Port Sunlight Village this month. The annual festival, organised by Port Sunlight Village Trust, will feature a full programme of activities and showcase all that Wirral has to offer. Don’t miss this day of fun for all the family. The activities cater for all ages and feature everything from a traditional fairground carousel to live entertainment and the very best in local food and drink. Now in its eighth year, the Port Sunlight Summer Festival takes place on Sunday, July 24, between 11am and 5pm. With a range of activities to look forward to and free entry to the festival, Port Sunlight is set to attract over 15,000 visitors from across the region.


BEST of Liverpool, in collaboration with Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village, is giving one lucky reader the chance to take home a summer hamper filled with everything they’ll need to enjoy the perfect July day. Filled to the brim with oodles of summer nibbles and tempting treats from Port Sunlight Summer Festival producers Liverpool Cheese Company and The Chocolate Cellar (to name just a couple), as well as a family ticket to Port Sunlight Museum and a voucher for lunch or tea at the Village’s freshly-brewed tearoom – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the following question: Q. Which philanthropist built Port Sunlight Village as a home for his soap factory workers?

IT’S taken Broadway and the West End by storm and it picked up the Best New Musical gong in this year’s Olivier Awards, and now it’s about to hit Liverpool. Legally Blonde The Musical begins its nationwide tour at the Liverpool Empire from July 8-16. Starring Liverpool’s Liz McClarnon, the show is based on the movie of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon, and has been put together by a top-class creative team. This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy will be the must-see theatrical event in Liverpool this summer and the most fashionable ticket in town. This much fun shouldn’t be legal! Show times are 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £18.50 to £49.50 and are available from the Liverpool Empire box office, by calling 0844 871 3017 or by booking online at

LIVERPOOL ARABIC FILM FESTIVAL FACT is the place to go this month to experience the best of Arabic cinema. The first-ever Liverpool Arabic Film Festival is running at FACT until Sunday, July 10, in collaboration with the city’s long-standing Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival. With Arabic directors making some of the most important cinema of recent times and being recognised around the world for their artistic vision, Liverpool now has the chance to see work examining the history and politics of the Arabic-speaking world. With special screenings of both new films and re-mastered classics, the programme also includes discussions with significant Arab filmmakers. Visit for more information.


Send your answer on a postcard with your name and daytime phone number to Best of Liverpool, Liverpool Daily Post & Echo, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. Closing date for entries: July 15. The prize must be claimed at the Port Sunlight Summer Festival, on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Maximum one entry per person.

CIRCUS may have moved from The Masque for the summer session, but the beat goes on, this month served up from the intimate environs of basement venue The Hold within Slater Street’s cool The Shipping Forecast. On Saturday, July 30, super starlet Maya Jane Coles makes her Circus debut, and

MUST DO THE Hub Alehouse & Kitchen which offers a cool mix of city centre bar and gastropub. The welcoming Grade II listed pub is a hub for the local community and visitors alike. It’s close to Liverpool ONE and the city centre shops, so it’s good for a snack, lunch or a hearty evening meal. Of course, it’s also great for a quiet pint, with real ale fans well catered for. The Hub Alehouse and Kitchen, 12 Hanover Street, Liverpool, 0151 709 2401.



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TO wash the kids’ hands before they sample Magic Choc. That’s because this chocolate doesn’t melt. Instead it squishes up in your hands like Plasticine and then you can model it into fun shapes and show off your arty side – before scoffing it of course! Great fun for the young and the young at heart, Magic Choc may just be the next confectionery craze. We at Best of Liverpool have been trying it out all week. Buy it online from

TJ & Murphy when they launch their new album at The Zanzibar Club, on Seel Street this month. After forming in 2008, the local lads have been busy honing their blend of acoustic folk and breathtaking harmonies, touring England and the continent. To celebrate the release of their second studio album, Hurricanes, they’re playing a special gig at The Zanzibar on Saturday, July 16. This looks like being a must-see gig, with the lads on top form and a full band in tow. Tickets £5 in advance from The Zanzibar Club, 0151 707 0633.

THE old grey matter a favour and expand your mind with a visit to the brand new Museum of Liverpool. Situated at Mann Island, it’s all set to open on Tuesday, July 19. You may think you already know everything there is to know about your city, but this museum is ready to make you think again. Visit and discover Liverpool’s truly unique contribution to the world. Log onto for more information.

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off to a conventional start. “I hated him for the first four days – I was like ‘listen, I’m a celebrity, paid to be here, I don’t have to do the fell walking’ and he was having none of it!” The couple soon fell in love and have been inseparable ever-since. “We moved in together after 13 days and we haven’t had a night apart in two and a half years – except the night before we got married,” smiles Tina. “Even then, he was ringing me at two in the morning, going ‘you are coming tomorrow?’ And I went ‘we’ve taken over the Hilton, we’ve got 550 guests, 9,500 red roses and 60

"I’m still a total ardent Liverpool fan and always have been. I have to fight my corner regularly, as you can imagine, being surrounded by Man U and Man City fans on Shameless." celebrities – you bet your sweet life I’ll be there!’” Married life obviously suits Tina, who beamed: “I’m in a really good place mentally and physically. I’m in the best relationship I’ve ever been in – we still feel like a couple of kids courting. I’m still incredibly happy and I kinda think, when’s my bubble gonna burst?” Never one to rest on her laurels, Tina is a selfconfessed workaholic and, as well as filming series nine of Shameless, she’s also busy writing her book, and preparing to tackle two Merseyside stage roles. In October, she will appear alongside daughter Danielle, 30, in Rita, Sue and Bob Too at St Helens Theatre Royal and, in December, Tina will star in Snow White at the Royal Court – the only theatre in the whole of Liverpool where she’s never performed. “I’ve never, ever been on that stage,” admits Tina. “There’s not a theatre in this city that I haven’t done except the Royal Court.” Having the chance to work with some of Liverpool’s

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FAMED for playing matriarchal battle-axes like Shameless’ Mimi McGuire and Brookside’s Mo McGee, Tina Malone is not one to mince her words. The talented Toxteth actress is known for her straighttalking nature and larger-than-life personality but, as I discovered when interviewing her recently, she’s also ferociously funny, warm, friendly and incredibly hardworking. Tina’s strong opinions have made her a formidable character during her illustrious career and, while her no-nonsense nature has not diminished, the woman herself has significantly slimmed down. “I’ve lost 7st 4lbs in the last 12-months with my gastric band,” explains Tina. The newly-svelte Shameless star returns to our screens next month as the second half of series eight airs on Channel 4. Now busy filming series nine of Shameless, Tina looks amazing. However, such a dramatic weight-loss couldn’t go unexplained on-screen. “The producers have had to include it in the show because it was getting so ridiculous that you could notice the weight loss anyway,” says the 48-year-old. “They’ve written it in with a different storyline, as opposed to Tina having a gastric band; it’s about Mimi losing weight in another way.” There are also wedding bells in store for Chatsworth’s Mimi McGuire in the coming series, as Tina reveals: “You see Mimi get married, which I’m allowed to say now. I can’t say who to, but she has this big gypsy wedding with the pumpkin [carriage], the horses and the big huge dress. It was funny to do because I only got married myself last August – we’ve literally just got back from honeymoon in the Dominican.” Tina met husband Paul Chase – a personal trainer 19 years her junior – whilst doing a celebrity boot camp. “I went to celebrity fat camp and he was one of the trainers, so I always say ‘I lost five inches from around my waist, an inch and a half from my bust and an inch from my hips, but I went home with eight inches!’” laughs Tina, although the romance didn’t exactly get

iconic female directors also attracted Tina to the roles, saying: “Having Sylvia Gatrill direct, who’s an old friend and a Liverpool ‘leg-end’ as I say, and Jane Joseph, whose pantos are legendary, really attracted me.” So how does she feel about being back on stage after a two year hiatus? “It’s just amazing to be doing two plays almost back-to-back,” says Tina. “I’m doing Rita, Sue and Bob Too – a great, well-written, politically-driven comedy, a tragic drama comedy, I think. But then doing a panto, which is something that is fiercely traditional.” She continues: “I’m not one of those actors who says ‘I’d rather tread the boards.’ I love filming, I enjoy television and film. I love both, which I’m lucky enough and privileged enough to have done a lot of. But, I like to get on stage every two years because I think, as an actor, it knocks the cobwebs off.” Originally set in Bradford during the 1980s, Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a timely choice given the current climate, as Tina explains: “Rita, Sue and Bob Too was written and placed in Thatcher’s Britain, we’re now talking Cameron’s Britain aren’t we? It’s been updated to coincide with the credit crunch and the recession. “With the panto, we can play around with that. It’s also working alongside Pete Price, who I’ve known for many years, and Mickey Finn, who’s an amazing comic who I used to go and see with my Dad, many years ago. Those opportunities don’t come along all the time and I’m very flattered to have been asked to do them.” Tina adds: “The other beauty of doing the Royal Court is the fact that I’m going to be in my city. I live in Manchester now, I have done for five years. I love Manchester but I’m still a total ardent Liverpool fan and always have been. I have to fight my corner regularly, as you can imagine, being surrounded by Man U and Man City fans on Shameless. It will be lovely to be in my city, which is the greatest city in the world, it’s the most beautiful city, with the most wonderful people.” Whatever she’s doing, Tina prides herself on having a strong work ethic, saying: “My work ethic is second to none. I’m a consummate professional. I know my lines, I’m never late, I’m the only actress who’s never had a day off that I know. I am a workaholic and I will give the same to a panto and Rita, Sue and Bob Too as I do to Shameless.” Tina recognises that “in this business you can have everything one day and nothing the next” and believes her hard-working approach is down to her roots, adding: “I think it’s my Celtic roots and I do think it’s a Scouse thing. I think it comes from your parents as well. “I also think that you only get out of something what you put in. And, whatever job you do, whether you're a plumber, a hairdresser or an actor – if you work furiously, fervently and you have tenacity about you – talent will out as someone once told me. I’ve worked my a*se off to get where I am and so I feel I deserve and more than appreciate it.” With such a down-to-earth attitude and strong work ethic, it’s no surprise that Toxteth’s talented Tina Malone is now one of the most recognisable faces on TV.



Emma Thompson catches up with Simone Reeves, as she prepares to shake her tail feather through the city for this month's Brazilica Festival... the striking bold colours, sparkling costumes full of sequins and feathers, plus shimmering vivid make-up that stirs the party mood in everyone who sees the glamorous samba dancers. And it’s this reason why Simone spends so much time perfecting and handmaking her own spectacular costumes. “My first costume was made for me by the Liverpool Samba School, but I wanted to try more colours and different shapes, as that’s part of what really makes the carnival. So I started making my own costumes and now, as the Brazilica samba queen, my outfit has to be different from all of the others, so it can take up to four months to make. “The feathers on the costumes are a huge importance – one year I had to get pheasant feathers from America as well as feathers from Brazil. My husband’s so

supportive, he helps me too, he’s an engineer so he welds and solders items onto the costume. I love thinking of new styles and colours, and now I also make most of the costumes for the dancers at Viva Brasil Dance School.” The glamour of the samba dancers takes time to perfect, so Simone’s students are shown how to apply their own glam make-up using plenty of glitter and sequins, as well as a few tricks of the trade. “Liverpool girls get very much into the carnival spirit, samba dance is a fabulous way to really express yourself. “Sometimes people are so shy when they start and can hold back a bit, but their confidence builds in each of the classes,” says Simone. Join in the festival fun with Simone and the other beautiful, bejewelled samba dancers at Brazilica, July 15-17, or test your dancing feet at Photo: Mark McNulty

THE spirit of samba is something that Brazilian, Simone Reeves, is passionate about, but it wasn’t until she came to the UK that she really felt the rhythm of those Latin beats. Sexy hip shaking, sparkles and stunning costumes all come naturally to Simone, who’s now the Brazilica samba queen, although she admits she didn't start dancing until five years ago – once she had left her home of Santa Catarina. “I came to England around six years ago to be with Philip, who’s now my husband. When he went to work in Germany, I met a Brazilian woman who asked me to work on a tour of samba dance, and that’s what really sparked my interest in samba,” says Simone. She continues: “Once I arrived back in Liverpool I didn’t know anyone so I tried to find a samba class and came across the Liverpool Samba School. I didn’t dance when I first joined, I just played the drums, but after a while Maeve Morris, who runs the samba school, got me dancing and I got more confident.” Simone then strutted her stuff at the Lord Mayor’s Parade during the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations, which was her first public appearance. “There was such a huge turn out for the parade,” beams Simone. “I was so inspired by all of the carnival dancers and the fabulous atmosphere that I decided to open my own company, Viva Brasil Dance. “I was very scared at first. Opening my own business was never something I aspired to do, but it’s wonderful. It includes samba dancing, costume making and classes, and I even perform each week at Alma De Cuba and Bem Brazil.” It’s clear to see how enthusiastic Simone is about samba, and in February, she even went to Rio with Philip to dance on a float for Mangueira Samba School as part of the fabulous Rio Carnival. “It was one of the most exhilarating experiences and I can’t wait to do it again next year. It was amazing and it gave me great new ideas for this year’s Liverpool Brazilica carnival,” says Simone with excitement. As the Brazilica samba queen it’s Simone’s job to keep the carnival spirit pumping through the streets of Liverpool as the parade runs through Mount Pleasant, Bold Street and Williamson Square. “I need to keep the beat, keep smiling and motivate all the dancers, as well as the crowd,” says Simone. As well as following the exciting, fast-paced beats, it’s

“Liverpool girls get very much into the carnival spirit, samba dance is a fabulous way to really express yourself."



RISING star Neil Toon takes to the Liverpool Empire stage this month in the camp-tastic production of Legally Blonde. Playing the role of Warner alongside former Atomic Kitten singer Liz McClarnon, the young thesp is set to wow audiences with his versatile acting skills. Neil is best known for playing bad boy Kyle Ryder in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, for which he was nominated for a gong at the 2011 British Soap Awards. And his CV goes further than that. The young Brit has got his acting chops around meaty roles in the likes of BBC2 drama Worried About The Boy, a biopic about 80s pop sensation Boy George — as well as the West End production of New Boy. He’s also strutted his stuff in the theatrical adaptations of Footloose, Les Miserables, Fender and Hairspray. Plus, as an alumni of the prestigious Arts Educational School in London, Neil has travelled the globe in the international tour of Romeo and Juliet. For more information on Neil, visit

LIVERPOOL’S legendary ‘lost’ band, The Wild Swans, are back with a new album, The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years, after a 22 year hiatus. Originally formed by singer and songwriter Paul Simpson in 1981, the band was tipped for greatness by the music press. Alas they split up before the promise could be fulfilled, leaving the single, Revolutionary Spirit, as their sole legacy. The band reformed in 1987, signed to Sire records and released two acclaimed albums, before splitting for a second time in 1989. The third incarnation of The Wild Swans is the completion of unfinished business for Paul Simpson, seeking to finally realise the great album that the band never achieved with a major label. The band's new line up features Simpson, Les Pattinson (ex Bunnymen), Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mike Mooney (ex Spiritualised), Richard Turvey and Steve Beswick. Candie Payne and Will Sergeant (Bunnymen) also make guest appearances. The new album, The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years, is now available from Occultation Records ( and, if the buzz from the recent UK tour and early reviews of the album are anything to go by, Simpson appears to have finally achieved his dream.

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Cultured kids

With the school holidays looming, Sue Kelbrick checks out what’s on offer at Liverpool’s museums and finds some great ways to keep the kids entertained...

LIVERPOOL has got more museums and art galleries than you can shake a stick at, so you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do over the summer holidays. And, even better, if the British weather remains true to form, you don’t need to worry about whether it’s raining or not! The city has a number of national museums including the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House, and, last but certainly not least, the eagerly anticipated Museum of Liverpool, due to open in just a few weeks. In addition, there are a number of other hidden gems throughout the city, so why not immerse yourself in some real culture this summer?


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TATE Liverpool at the Albert Dock is a good place to start as there are always loads of family friendly events going on. To celebrate the keenly awaited Magritte exhibition (on until October 16), the Tate is holding a ‘Month of Magritte’ throughout August, a month of child-friendly activities. With fantastic views over the Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool Café serves refreshments and hot and cold food throughout the day. And want to know the best bit? Kids eat free! When an adult orders a main course from the delicious seasonal menu, youngsters can choose a free main course from the children’s menu. For more information visit or telephone 0151 702 7400.



MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL THE opening of the new Museum of Liverpool will take place on July 19 and promises to tell the fascinating story of the city of Liverpool in an interesting and illuminating way. It is worth a visit just to see the splendour of the stunning building, which showcases the best of cutting-edge design and technology. The museum has various galleries including Wondrous Place, which celebrates the city’s amazing roll-call of writers, entertainers, poets, performers, musicians, artists, comedians and sports people, and the People’s Republic gallery examining the essence of life in Liverpool and what it means to be a Liverpudlian. Visit for more information. Photo: Gavin Trafford

WESTERN APPROACHES A HIDDEN gem in the heart of Liverpool is the Western Approaches on Rumford Street, which was home to the Western Approaches Command during the Second World War; after German attacks on ships travelling to Britain from France, led to naval routes being redirected around the north of Ireland. The complex, known locally as the Citadel or Fortress, was designed to be bomb-proof and gas-proof and has 100 rooms covering an area of 50,000 square feet. A visit to the Western Approaches recreates the experience to a tee and offers a fascinating insight into one of the most important military operations of the Second World War. Visit for further details or telephone 0151 227 2008.

TRAVEL just a little way out of the city centre and check out the delightful Sudley House, in the leafy south Liverpool suburb of Aigburth. The house was built in the early 19th century for a rich corn merchant and is thought to have the only surviving Victorian merchant art collection in Britain still hanging in its original location. There’s plenty to keep the children entertained with interactive activities to enjoy, a dressing up box, drawing and colouring and it even has its own very own Victorian dolls’ house, a winner with kids every time. Enjoy some lunch, morning coffee or afternoon tea at Sudley’s warm and welcoming café and, if the weather allows, you can enjoy your refreshments al fresco in the beautiful courtyard and have a wander around the idyllic grounds. For further information, visit or telephone 0151 724 3245.



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JULY 11 SEARCH FOR CITY’S MOST EXPERIMENTAL FOODIE... DO you think you could create the Liverpool skyline entirely out of multi-flavoured jelly, or a life-sized sculpture that bubbles and churns when brought to the dinner table? Ahead of the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival in September, organisers SK Events are searching the region for a 'new Heston Blumenthal'. Photo: Jason Roberts

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HEAVEN You can bank on a good meal at Viva Brazil, says Katie McLoughlin, as she treats her tastebuds to a taste of Brazil...

THE Brazilica Festival sambas its way into Liverpool this month so, ahead of the July 15-17 event, I headed to Viva Brazil Churrascaria on Castle Street to get into the Latin spirit. Housed within a former bank, the restaurant offers an authentic Brazilian steakhouse experience with a whole menagerie of meats marinated in the traditional Brazilian way, slow-roasted on a charcoal barbecue and paraded through the restaurant by an army of passadors (carvers) who carve the meat at your table. There are 15 varieties of meat to try and Viva Brazil’s traffic-light system is simple – just turn your coaster to green when you want the passadors to stop at your table, or red to pause or stop. After welcoming us and explaining the concept, the attentive staff showed my boyfriend and I to a plush booth, one of many in the restaurant, which is decorated in swathes of deep red with dark wooden tables, sleek light fittings and a huge charcoal barbecue taking centre stage. Settling into our sumptuous surroundings, we prepared to embrace Viva Brazil’s fun dining concept but, when it came to choosing drinks, we were overwhelmed by the sheer range on offer. The restaurant has one of the most extensive wine lists I’ve come across, including plenty of Brazilian, Italian and Chilean options. Plus, there’s a lengthy cocktail list to peruse so, after deliberating between a South American plonk and a caiprinha, we sought the advice of manager, Sadie, who recommended a crisp, mediumbodied Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Armed with our coloured coasters, we started our culinary journey to South America with a trip to the extensive salad bar. In fact, to call it a salad bar is something of a disservice as there are over 20 cold side-dishes, salads, meats, cheeses,



vegetables, fruits, sauces and breads and eight hot Brazilian dishes to choose between. Having been warned not to fill up on the salad bar, we both sampled five or six dishes, as well as the Brazilian parmesan bread rolls, which were delicious. With our coasters firmly on green, we began our carnivores’ feast with parmesan pork – moist, tender pork with the piquant taste of a salty parmesan rub on the outside. No sooner had we bitten into it though, when another passador came to the table, this time with a succulent sirloin. After more meats were brought over in quick succession and our plates were laden with chilli chicken, beef ribs, chicken in bacon and garlic rump steak; we turned our coasters to red before any more was brought over, as even my meat-loving boyfriend was struggling to keep up with the pace! Devouring our meaty feast, we found most of the meats to be delicious, the pork and beef sirloin in particular were beautiful. Full and content, we kept our coasters on red and took a little break. However, when

my dining companion spotted the lamb from the other side of the restaurant, he swiftly flipped them to green so that we didn’t miss out! Marinated in red and white wine, garlic, sea salt and bay leaves, the lamb was packed with flavour. After sampling no fewer than seven different meats, we finally admitted defeat and enjoyed another glass of Sauvignon Blanc whilst our meal settled. With our bellies fit to bursting, we audibly groaned as a plate of pineapple arrived at our table. The prospect of more food – even if it was just fruit – was daunting after such a meat-laden meal. However Sadie explained that the pineapple aids digestion and helps to break down all that protein. Cooked on the barbecue and coated with caramelised cinnamon sugar, the juicy fruit was a refreshing palate cleanser. Following the pineapple, a trio of desserts was brought over for us to sample. The passionfruit mousse was uber-sweet and creamy, while the Brigadeirao – a Brazilian chocolate mousse cake – was rich, velvety and indulgent. Out of the three puds, our favourite by-far was the traditional Brazilian caramel pudding, a cross between a cake and a crème caramel. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our Brazilian culinary adventure; the food was good, the atmosphere fun and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. Viva Brazil offers great value too as you can eat as much or as little as you like for a set price of £13.95 for lunch or £23.95 for dinner for the full rodizio. Take my advice though and don’t eat anything for lunch if you’re going here – it’s carnivore heaven! Visit Viva Brazil, 36 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 0NR, tel: 0151 236 8080 or go to

The competition – which is open until Tuesday, July 18 – is a chance for experimental local foodies, chefs and cookery students to delight diners with their weird and wonderful creations by combining inspirational ideas, unusual ingredients and irregular apparatus. The top-10 most-innovative entries and the overall winner will be judged by leading food experimentalists and culinary event curators Bompas and Parr, who’re famed for their extravagant chocolate waterfalls, jelly airports, cocktail lakes and even inhalable gin clouds. The most innovative entries will also be showcased in the new Food Lab at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival’s official launch event later this year.

ADD SOME SPICE TO YOUR DINNER... Frango com Pimenta (Chilli Chicken) Ingredients: • 5kg chicken thighs (Oyster cut) • 500ml water • 70g sea salt • 1 tablespoon ground paprika • 1 heaped teaspoon chilli flakes • 100ml white wine • Juice of two lemons • 5 garlic cloves • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped Method: 1. Wash chicken and trim excess fat and skin. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together thoroughly. Add the chicken and rub the marinade into each cut. Leave to marinate in a fridge for at least 12 hours.

2. To cook, place on a high fire BBQ or grill to create a crust with a light yellow appearance. Then hold on medium fire for 12-15 mins until the chicken is a deep orange colour, and cooked through, with no blood inside.

Director of SK Events Denise Harris says: “Gastronomy is all about the art and science of good eating and we’re looking for all types of weird and wonderful food creations, in any shape or size. Competition entrants will be whittled down to a shortlist of 10 who’ll showcase their designs at the festival’s official launch and at the festival awards on September 12.” For details on how to enter, and a full calendar of events and activities taking place during the festival, visit

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Opening Times Bar Italia is open six days of the week: Monday-Friday: 11.30am to 3.00pm Tuesday-Saturday: 5.30pm to 11.00pm Party Bookings Bar Italia also offers the option of booking tables for parties from 10 up to 50 people. If you are interested in booking a party then please contact:

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DELI DELIGHTS.. LAST month, Delifonseca celebrated its fifth birthday by hosting a pop-up garden on Stanley Street where guests enjoyed live music, games, food stalls and an alfresco licensed bar. Photo: Andy Teebay


Katie McLoughlin enjoys a taste of modern Britain at 60 Hope Street… TRADITIONAL British fayre is often dismissed as unimaginative and, at times, somewhat bland. After all, there’s nothing particularly exciting about bangers and mash or jam roly poly is there? But at 60 Hope Street, British cuisine has had a bit of a makeover. Indeed, British food is far from boring at this acclaimed city restaurant as it prides itself on giving traditional dishes a contemporary twist and uses locally-sourced ingredients to create exciting, seasonal menus. Visiting 60 Hope Street recently, I dined from the Best of British menu, which celebrates all things good about our national cuisine – from beautifully fresh, quality ingredients to contemporary takes on traditional dishes, such as Pimm’s served as a sorbet; Formby asparagus with poached egg and soldiers; or apricot Bakewell tart. Situated in a Georgian townhouse with a crisp, modern interior, 60 Hope Street is an elegant setting to enjoy a spot of fine dining and, as we took our seats, I was pleased to see our table had great views of the city’s Georgian quarter, as well as the restaurant’s Superlambanana, which takes pride of place near the entrance. Like all of 60 Hope Street’s specials, the Best of British menu offered a good choice of dishes, with something to please most palates and, after enjoying a selection of fresh breads, my dining companion and I both opted to start with the duck roulade. Served with a delicately-spiced plum chutney, crisp bread and a salad garnish, the well-presented duck was moist and flavoursome. For mains, my dining companion enjoyed a deliciously tender cut of beef, served rare, with crisp roast potatoes. I opted for the Goosnargh chicken, a succulent roast chicken breast with perfectly-seasoned crispy skin, the chicken was served on top of a bed of buttery spring greens with a fondant potato, flavourpacked chestnut mushrooms and a rich jus – it was mouthwateringly good. When it came to dessert, my companion indulged with a creamy panna cotta served with fresh berries, while I plumped

for an orange tart. A twist on a classic British custard tart, the tart was served with a refreshing vanilla sorbet and the combination of light, crumbly pastry; creamy-yet-citrusy tart filling and palate-cleaning sorbet was simply scrumptious. Throughout our meal the service was attentive without being obtrusive and, despite taking our time with our contemporary British feast (I’m a notoriously slow eater), we never felt hurried or rushed. The Best of British menu offers great value too, with a three course dinner and a glass of wine costing just £20 per person. Better hurry if you want to take advantage of this special deal though, as it’s only available until July 10. To book, visit 60 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BZ, call 0151 707 6060 or log onto for more details.

Following on from the success of its birthday bash, the acclaimed delicatessen and restaurant has a whole series of foodie events and talks lined up. The next event, taking place on Tuesday, July 12, will see Delifonseca welcome Tony Brough from Brough’s Butchers to talk about all things meat while chomping through some of their quality products. Brough’s Butchers focuses on origin, traceability, welfare and quality. The local butchers has won an array of accolades including Fine Foods Awards and Great Taste Awards and Delifonseca is proud to have landed a Brough’s concession at its Dockside site. Tickets for the event – Brough’s Butchers: Quality Meat from Field to Fork – are priced at £23 per person. For more information follow Delifonseca on Twitter or Facebook, or visit

COFFEE AND GINGER CHEESECAKE RECIPE Preparation time: 30 minutes Setting time: Two hours Serves: Six to eight people Ingredients: 200g ginger snap biscuit crumbs 80g melted butter 8g Douwe Egberts Instant coffee, diluted with 2tbsp hot water 300g cream cheese 370ml whipped cream 60g caster sugar 5 lumps stem ginger 4 leaves gelatine 8-inch round, loose-bottomed tin or 6 small individual food rings Method: 1. Mix together the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter. Press the crumbs into the base of your tin or food rings and keep in the fridge. 2. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until the



sugar has dissolved. Add in the Douwe Egberts coffee mixture and mix until well blended. In another bowl, whisk the cream until it thickens. 3. Cut your gelatine leaves into smaller pieces and place in a small bowl with 2tbsp of cold water. Leave for a few minutes until soft, then put the bowl over a pan of hot water and whisk until dissolved. 4. Mix the gelatine into the coffee mixture, then gently fold the coffee mixture into the whipped cream along with three of the lumps of stem ginger, finely chopped. Pour this mixture over the biscuit base and place back in the fridge to set. 5. Decorate the top of your cheesecake by cutting the remaining two lumps of stem ginger into small wedges and arranging on top.

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WHETHER you’ve been inspired by the scantily-clad samba dancers of Brazilica or the bright colours of Brouhaha International Street Festival, it’s time to take the carnival atmosphere home! Already taking the interior décor world by storm, the carnival look is perfect for the summer months. The trend is all about

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JULY 11 TOOLS FOR THE TRADE IF you’re getting inspired by your blossoming garden or all this talk of the Southport Flower Show, there are a few essentials you need to get you started. Whether you’re thinking of keeping a few simple herbs on your window sill or you need to spruce up your family garden, some planters and secateurs are your must-have items. Your local garden centre will have everything you need to keep your outdoor space pruned to perfection, but here’s a small selection to keep your green fingers in check...

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SHOWCASING so much more than bulbs and begonias, Southport Flower Show combines all we love about the outdoors with delicious food stalls and famous faces. This year, the annual show, which is in Victoria Park from August 18-21, aims to be bigger and better with a glamorous vintage theme. Former Atomic Kitten, Liz McClarnon and TV chef Simon Rimmer are just two of the celebrities who will be showing their support for the four-day event and making appearances at this year’s Southport Flower Show. Liz, who’s also starring in Legally Blonde at the Liverpool Empire on July 816, will be at the show on the Thursday, presenting prizes and trophies to flourishing Flower Show winners as well as meeting visitors and enjoying some of the tasty treats in the Food Village. With over 200 trade stands and a programme of events for all the family, from dog display teams and Caribbean bands to jousting and even a luxury cinema in a 1960s bus, the show is set to be a hive of activity. Well-known as a glorious celebration of Britain’s obsession with gardening, the Photo: Gavin Trafford



Southport Flower Show now also has a growing reputation as a festival for foodies! Which is why Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, known for her retro fashion and Beehive bakery, along with Simon Rimmer, will be wowing the crowds with demonstrations in the extended Food Village. Simon, who has run his acclaimed Manchester vegetarian restaurant, Greens, for over 20 years, will cook up a treat on Saturday, August 20. In keeping with this year’s vintage theme, Stacie will bring a dash of her distinctive retro-style to the show by serving delicious handmade cakes. These celebrity chefs will be joining garden experts among the buzzing crowds and the million blooms on display. Set to outshine all the famous faces are the spectacular show gardens. Created by a host of innovative designers and landscapers using their horticultural talents to turn simple plots into dazzling showcases, the show gardens will leave you bursting with ideas about how to transform your own garden! Of course, the Grand Floral Marquee is not to be missed, it features stunning floral displays on a massive scale with over a million blooms, from chrysanthemums to bonsai. A Lancashire gardener and one of the country’s leading tree experts, Tony Kirkham will be on-hand on Thursday, August 18 to reveal the exotic secrets of Britain’s flowerbeds. Other star names at the show include author and broadcaster Matthew Wilson. Known as the Mr Darcy of Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time, Matthew will be speaking about Making a Garden and will talk about his work on the Olympic Garden, which is taking shape in Stratford, London, ahead of the 2012 games. Show patrons Professor David Bellamy OBE, Professor Stefan Buczacki and Sir Roddy Llewellyn will also be on hand with a warm welcome and advice on making the most of your garden.

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Fabulous food, flora and famous faces, it has to be Southport Flower Show. Emma Thompson finds out more...

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Those who want to celebrate the show in glamorous style, can take their pick from the Gala Preview evening on August 17, which includes a VIP preview of the Grand Floral Marquee, or Ladies’ Day on Friday, August 19. For further information and to order tickets visit or call 0844 847 1555. Advance tickets £16, children under 16 go free.

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WITH floral displays that are nationally applauded, Southport Botanic Gardens is the feather in the town's cap. Situated in the suburban village of Churchtown, the gardens have been wowing locals and visitors alike since their creation in 1874. The look of the place might have changed since then but its dedication to bringing a rich experience to nature-lovers hasn’t. The gardens are home to a huge variety of flowers and trees, as well as a lake, fernery, aviary and a family-run café serving homemade fresh food. On-site there is also a mini-golf and play area, making it the perfect setting for a family day out. Botanic Gardens, Bankfield Lane, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 7NB, 01704 214 164.

CHINA BUTTERFLY CRAFT CENTRE AS the summer holidays are fast approaching, Formby’s China Butterfly craft centre is the ideal place to while away a few hours with the kids. It has a wide variety of activities available including a pottery painting studio, potter’s wheel, jewellery making and card making. But as you can imagine it gets very busy during the school break so it might be wise to call ahead and book a slot. China Butterfly is based on Altcar Road and is easily accessible from the Formby bypass (A565), opposite Formby football club. Oh, and things can get a little messy, so make sure you don’t wear your Sunday bests! China Butterfly, Unit 1, 105 Altcar Rd, Formby, L37 8DL, 01704 831 709.


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For those among you who like to get close to nature, a trip down the coast to fabulous Formby is a must. In the summer, the beach is heaving with tourists, which is no surprise. With miles of golden sands, dunes and pinewoods, Formby’s coastline is both beautiful and varied.

And that’s without even mentioning the area's rich wildlife. Mention the word Formby to any nature-lover and you can guarantee they will say one of two things – the Natterjack toad or the red squirrel. Formby is one of only a few sites in the country that boasts the Natterjack toad – and if you take a walk through the dunes you may see one. Alternatively, if squirrels are more your thing, then the Pinewoods at the end of elegant Victoria Road is the place to be. Designated a National Trust reserve for the furry-creature, the woods are a wonderful place to while away an afternoon with the family. In fact, you could say you’d be ‘nuts’ not to pay a visit! Formby village is the perfect place to do a spot of leisurely shopping, with its great selection of stylish shops, or dip your toe into the café culture in one of the many bars, cafés and restaurants – especially if the sun is cracking the flags. If a pub lunch with pals is more your thing, the town boasts nine boozers, as well as a number of bars for the night-owls among you. They may be on the doorstep, but you will be amazed at what Southport and Formby have to offer. Photo: Gareth Jones

DEFINITELY not hidden but certainly a gem, Formby Golf Club is not only steeped in history, but a course fit for the modern-day golfer. This splendid and beautiful course was founded in 1884, and is both enjoyable and challenging. Accuracy will pay off when you navigate the sand dunes and pine trees. Heather protects much of the rough and caution is required whether playing off the tee or in approaching the well-protected greens. Of course, the clubhouse is a welcome oasis and offers comfort and relaxation following a difficult round. The Pro’s shop caters for all your golfing needs and the brand new indoor teaching area is the perfect way to step up your game. Golf Road, Freshfield, L37 1LQ, 01704 872 164,

FACING out to the Irish Sea stands elegant Southport – a modern seaside town that has managed to maintain its Victorian charm. It’s fair to say that the place is the oasis in an urban sprawl – with people from neighbouring Liverpool, Manchester and Preston making trips to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in favour of some fresh sea air and a more laid back approach to life. But that’s not to say Southport sits on its laurels. The town is forward-thinking and ever-evolving and offers the millennial traveller an exciting range of attractions and facilities. Lord Street is arguably one of the area’s top shopping destinations. For a start, the street is a delight simply to look at – with its mix of water features, gardens and elegant buildings said to be the inspiration behind the tree-lined boulevards of Paris (Napoleon III is said to have lived on the street in 1846 and took the Lord Street concept back home with him!) On further investigation you soon realise that its mile of shops and restaurants are more than fit for a king – or a lord for that matter! Head down to the coast and you will be greeted by Southport’s gleaming promenade and sea wall, which offer the perfect chance for a seaside stroll. Southport Pier – the second longest in the British Isles, measuring 3,650 feet (1,112m) – is a must-see, and a walk down to the pier head or a ride on the Pier Tramway is highly recommended. Waiting at the end is the Pavilion, which houses a cafeteria and a collection of vintage amusement machines – which you can still play! Set slightly back inland lies Southport’s major new £23m entertainment and retail extravaganza – Ocean Plaza – which boasts a sevenscreen cinema, 10-pin bowling, popular retail outlets and fast-food restaurants.

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RETREAT Katie McLoughlin discovers the Lake District isn’t just for outdoorsy types... WITH a majestic landscape that’s inspired everyone from William Wordsworth to Beatrix Potter and an abundance of outdoor pursuits on offer, it’s easy to see why the Lake District is one of the country’s most popular destinations. Millions of tourists flock here each year to soak up the scenery, hike up the mountains, sail on one of the many lakes and explore the myriad of quirky shops and tea rooms in the region. Yet, despite this picturesque gem being just down the road – I’ve never been. Partly that’s down to the fact I hate all forms of outdoor activities. Sporty I am not and spending my holidays walking up a hill is not my idea of fun. But, with time short and a mother and daughter weekend away to be fitted in between other commitments, the proximity of the Lake District appealed. With some much-needed pampering planned for our weekend away, mum and I chose to stay in Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, a luxurious four-star hotel nestled in 400 acres of secluded splendour near Bassenthwaite Lake. Armathwaite Hall is an historic stately home, and, as we approached the imposing building via a long and winding driveway, it was hard not to be impressed by the grandeur and beauty of the place. Indeed, with its wood panelling, open fireplaces and period detailing, Armathwaite Hall looks as if it has been plucked straight from the pages of a Jane Austen novel. Staying in one of the suites, our room was the height of stately home luxury and, as well as a lavish bathroom with a huge roll-top bath and even an integrated TV in the wall, it had a view over the gardens and woodland to Bassenthwaite Lake. After familiarising ourselves with the suite’s facilities, we headed to the hotel’s lounge, where we indulged with a cream tea at a table looking over rolling lawns down to Bassenthwaite Lake. With home-made fruit scones served warm with lashings of clotted cream, butter and jam, it was an afternoon tea befitting our elegant surroundings. Refreshed and with a mountain of scones to work off, we spent the afternoon strolling through Armathwaite’s extensive grounds, which include formal gardens, woodland and deer park. Returning to our suite full of country air, we quickly changed before heading to the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail.



The award-winning hotel has garnered much acclaim for its food and, after dining in Armathwaite’s Lake View restaurant, it’s not hard to see why. The sommelier helped us to select a crisp, French white to accompany our five-course-feast and, from the moment we arrived until the moment we left, the service was nothing short of exemplary. Our gastronomic treat began with an amuse bouche of sweet potato and coconut soup served in dainty cups and saucers with an array of freshly baked bread rolls. With our palates suitably warmed up, we moved on to starters. I opted for a ham hock terrine, which was wonderfully rich in flavour and came with peas, salad garnish, toasted sourdough bread and a tangy mustard vinaigrette.

Mum chose a smoked salmon panna cotta, which was a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. Served in a cup, the smoked salmon panna cotta came with a refreshing cucumber gazpacho in a shot glass. A strawberry sorbet followed the starters, which was refreshing but perhaps a tad too sweet to work as a palate cleanser. For mains I enjoyed cod loin with a scallop adorning the top, all nestled on a bed of fresh peas, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, anchovies and plump gnocchi. It was divine and, despite not being a lover of anchovies, they lent a saltiness to the dish which perfectly balanced all the flavours. Mum, meanwhile, had a beautifully creamy seafood dish which was packed with meaty

scallops, juicy king prawns and other seafood. For dessert, the choice was excellent and, after much deliberating, we both plumped for chocolate fondant, which was baked to perfection – crisp on the outside and gorgeously gooey inside. The next day we decided to check out the spa and, after hitting the state-of-the-art gym for an hour or two (have to work off all that delicious but very calorific food somehow!), I enjoyed a Comfort Touch Full Body Massage. Designed to re-energise the body and alleviate stress and tension, the top-to-toe massage featured warm, lemon-scented oil and lasted for an entire blissful hour. The luxurious massage left me with a deep sense of relaxation, a sense which only heightened when I was led to the post-treatment tranquility room, where the therapist tucked me into a day-bed, wrapped me in a duvet and, with a glass of water and a mountain of magazines at my side, I was happily cocooned for over an hour. Pampered to our hearts’ content after a morning in the spa, that afternoon we ventured out to explore nearby Keswick. Later we went on a long, leisurely walk through the pretty countryside to a charming country pub in Bassenthwaite village, where we sampled some tasty pub grub and soaked up the relaxed, friendly atmosphere before heading back to our hotel for the night. The next day, we breakfasted in the Lake View Restaurant then hit the spa for a full day of mother-anddaughter pampering before we had to check out. Mum indulged with a facial, which left her skin glowing, and we both made the most of the spa’s extensive facilities, which include a fantastic outdoor hot tub, a 16m indoor infinity pool, hydrotherapy pool with swan-neck shower, sauna, steam room, heat experience showers and an aroma room. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend break and, with its award-winning combination of stately home opulence, gourmet food and sumptuous spa facilities, Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel & Spa is a haven of indulgence in the heart of the picturesque Lake District. Visit Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RE, call 017687 76551 or log onto for more information.

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