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Food and booze round-up

Scrabble at the Italian Club, Paul Heathcote's gong, French conversation and the march of the Lobster Pot

Published on January 14th 2010.


Food and booze round-up

Scrabbled eggs, anyone?
The Italian Club is to host to a weekly Scrabble evening – every Tuesday and starting from now.

There is a prize at stake for devotees of the classic word game.
Each players pays an admission fee of £2 and the player with thehighest score wins however much is in the pot (money that is, rather than fish stew).

Drinks are available to buy during the course of the games, from 7.30pm to 10pm at the popular Bold Street café.

If, like us, you frequently find yourself missing the one letter you need for a massive score, here are a couple of tips. If it is the Fs or the Vs you are after, you will probably find them in the kitchen (you know what chefs are like), the waiters will probably be minding the Ps and Qs, and that woman sitting at the window table is tucking into a plate of M and X.

Fancy some S&M?
The Ship & Mitre's German festival starts this Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st June.

Loads of beers available behind the bar at our favourite Dale Street pub and at their stillage bar. And it's possibly even better value than three for a tenner bottles of plonk from the supermarket.

All beers are £3.30 each or £9.00 for three. Foaming steins at the ready? It's summer. What's wrong with you?

Double 07
THOSE French know how to create the right mood. And at the Gallic-inspired Cafe-Bar 07 in city centre Mount Pleasant, they have music to suit every mood.

Every other Wednesday there are authentic sounds from across the Channelto accompany lessons in conversational French from 6 to 7pm, plus cheese, and all for £6.

Then there is “Crooning with Louis Night” on Friday June 26, from 8pm. Louis, they tell us, has “the attitude, the drinking abilities and some say the looks of Deano himself!”

Confidential is assured that this does not refer to the ever-affable Jimmy Corkhill and, indeed, that Louis is no relation to that French king who went to the guillotine, so unless he's really awful he should not “be-heading” for the same fate.

Boozed Ego
There are ample opportunities to spoil the dad in your life this Father's Day – if he doesn't spoil himself first.

At Ego Mediterranean restaurant, in Hope Street, they are helping the celebrations along with free children's entertainment from midday to 5pm, and half-price wine all day for the grown-ups. Looks like the kids are in charge of getting home.

Simply the best
He may have won an MBE for services to the hospitality industry in the North West, but Paul Heathcote's Beetham Plaza gaff still ranks high in the city's Honours List for food, remaining affordable with reliably good British dishes.

The Bolton-born chef says of the gong

that he is “surprised but quietly delighted; it is like joining a club of some remarkable people”.

And he added: “I would personally like to thank all the staff who have helped to contribute towards this MBE. When I look at the high standards we set but then need maintaining by our wonderful people, I feel very proud of the achievements.”

Now there's a chance for you to join a small band of your own, if you are quick off the mark. Just the first 25 guests booking for a Monday through to Friday evening at Simply Heathcote's will, until the end of the month, be able to enjoy two courses and half a bottle of house wine for £15.50.

Simply Heathcote's Beetham Plaza, 25 The Strand, Liverpool, L2 0XL. Call 0870 6269792 and quote Liverpool Confidential.

Press gang
Meanwhile, at their sister operation, the Olive Press in Castle Street, they have extended their excellent value offer of any pizza or pasta main course for half price, up to 7pm, any night of the week. So now you know what you're doing after work...

The Olive Press has also introduced a Little Olives reward card for your little o-loves.

The card gets stamped every time the kids carry out a fun culinary task – make their own pizza, mix a fruit cocktail drink, and so on. When the card is fully stamped up, the young chefs qualify for a special gift and certificate. All the adults have to do is sit back and relax, and dream about the day the kids make the Sunday dinner all by themselves. Call 0870 6269802 to book. Mention us, if you like.

Getting Carraghered away
Meanwhile, devoted dad and Liverpool FC star Jamie Carragher is marking F-Day at his Cafe Sports England and Cafe Sports Express outlets (Stanley Street and Liverpool One) with fun for all. There are special menus for children and an appearance from their big cuddly mascot, Rafa Benitez, sorry, Sporty Star. There are also free drinks going for every adult eating there in the form of a “Pimms and Johnny Walker giveaway”.

Presumably that's a glass of one or the other, rather than both, otherwise the chaps may well find it's the start of the mother of all Father's Days.

Lobster Pot international?
Forget all those scally pigeons and seagulls hanging around outside, The Lobster Pot, opposite Central Station, is as much a Liverpool institution as the nearby Coopers Town House and dropping your chips.

And if it wasn't content with expanding the waists of its legions of customers, now The Lobster Pot is expanding its corporate fortunes with a brand new shiny shop in Whitechapel.

It's not quite Liverpool One, with its own Grosvenor litter busters to stop the pigeons, but it'll do for now. Surely Lobster Pot International can't be far away.

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

GordoJune 16th 2009.

Does the Lobster Pot actually sell Lobster?

DigJune 16th 2009.

Nope it doesn't sell lobster. It doesn't sell pot either. Good chippy though. The amount of people that stagger out with their food then use that bin as a table is horrifying. I've even seen one guy drop a sausage amongst the litter on the floor and pick it back up and throw it back on his chips. In fact he looked a bit like you Gordo. Was it you?

wonnie the wanterJune 16th 2009.

THE 'LOBSTER POT'Don't know about anyone else but it seems to me that since the lobster pot has expanded the quality of the food has got a lot worse. I for one will be going elswhere.

Stanley StreetJune 16th 2009.

Boccadillo said:- "Greggs (the most undertrained, overstaffed company in the uk.)”Surely that title belongs to that glorified sandwich bar that calls itself a restaurant on top of the old Reading Room of the British Museum. Lots of staff mincing about in pairs, avoiding eye-contact and no-one getting served. It's more like a scene in a Peter Greenaway film than a restaurant.

AnonymousJune 16th 2009.

Nothing wrong with the Lobster Pot after a skinful in the Blob Shop. And now nothing wrong with The Lobster Pot after a skinful in The Grapes.

BoccadilloJune 16th 2009.

Tip for the manager, shiny signs and new counters are fine but the staff in the new place look dead bored.Make them smile, say thank you and hello. It will double your custom - its worse than being served in Greggs (the most undertrained, overstaffed company in the uk.)

Rusty SpikeJune 16th 2009.

One is sorely tempted to go for a night on the batter at the Lobster Pot. And I'd take that charming wee chap pictured at the Olive Pess as my minder. He'd sort out any scallywags who might saunter in from n'er do well public houses, I'll wager...

Pimply redJune 16th 2009.

No. But the female customers often look like they were expecting to find a tanning parlour

dreckyJune 16th 2009.

The lobster pot. scouse cuisine at its finest. Has anyone actually ever looked at the yobs and druggies that go there?

ManxmanJune 16th 2009.

Best food in Liverpool. Really quality fish and chips and friendly, chatty staff never afraid to oblige special requests.Kids not so welcome but its really a nite eating venue not a fareground.

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