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The food and drink round-up

Staple diets, dirty linen and the "best" cappuccino

Published on January 14th 2010.

The food and drink round-up

You never give me your money
Putting the mop back into mop-top, Hard Day's Night Hotel's cleaning contractors are claiming £87,000 from the year-old business for work undertaken.

But could it be a case of “I should have known better” for the when it hired cleaning staff in the first place?

Did they miss a trick? Surely no real Beatles hotel experience is complete without inviting customers to check into their very own “bed in”, a la John and Yoko at the Amsterdam Hilton in 1969.

Rumpled sheets, crumpled clothes, eating chips propped up on a pillow, Bag One shrieking and a bit of blow costs nothing. Not in this town.

Now the hotel says the housekeeping services will be done by them, which presumably means when the Andrex runs out, guests can shout “roll over,” down the phone to reception and they won't even have to add “Beethoven”.

The company WGC, insist “I'll get you in the end.”.

But we all love a musical about hotels around here. And songs in the North John Street sequel to the Adelphi show are to include:

*While my guitar gently sweeps
*Lovely Rita chambermaid
*Give Bleach a Chance
*Mean Mr Muscle
*She's cleaning chrome
*(Guest entry) Thank u very much for the Aintree ironing
*Oh You are a Mucky Kid, performed by Cillit Black.
*Duvet know it's Xmas?

(That's enough, ed.)

It's what's on the inside
For a long time it was the weakest looking link in the striking Radisson hotel, but perhaps egged on by the new kid on the block, the Panoramic next door, Filini had a makeover last year. Now it has been nominated for best restaurant interior at the Restaurant Bar and Design Awards.

It is up against the also-newish Oddfellows in Chester, a stunning destination restaurant if ever there was one, and which appears in several categories including best bar and best exterior. The winner will be announced on April 27.

Shocking pink
It's not Herbert's Champu, but there is bubbly, and it is pink.

To get people singing in March, the Vocal Rooms, the private karaoke suite above the Rat and Parrot in Queen Square, is offering parties a 50% off room hire if you all turn up in an item of pink clothing. You have to book online here: A bottle of bubbly will thrown in for the party on each night that is deemed to be the "Prettiest in pink".

They are also mounting a 24-hour karaoke challenge for Red Nose Day this Friday, if you like.

There ain't half been some clever baristas
“Contrary to popular belief, all coffee is not the same, according to the leading independent research company specialising in taste comparison tests.”

So runs the intro on a Costa Coffee press release this week, revealing findings of a blind taste-testing of Starbucks, Caffe Nero and its own cappuccino.

“A staggering 7 out of 10 – more than two thirds – of people who defined themselves as “coffee lovers” preferred Costa cappuccino to that of its leading competitors in comprehensive blind taste tests across a number of British cities,” it announced breathlessly.


Even the people who did the tests were flabbergasted.

The frothy cup ranneth over: “The margin of preference over Costa’s competitors astounded Sean Chamberlain, MD of Tangible Branding, who has 10 years of experience running scientific taste test comparisons. He commented: 'Costa is the most successful winning product of any direct product test we have ever run across like-for-like food and drink products. We have never seen such a substantial win.'”


Further inquiries revealed that Costa had, in fact, commissioned Tangible Branding to run the tests. Happy trials!

So long, Longridge
And so, farewell then Longridge Heathcotes, one-time Michelin starred flagship of the 12-restaurant group, now put up for sale by the canny celebrity chef and champion of the Bury black pudding.

The restaurant, just outside Preston, “needs a new Paul Heathcote”, says its owner.

Is there a spare one in the drawer?

You never know. Only last week, PH told how his company, which includes long time Liverpool favourites Simply Heathcotes and The Olive Press, was tightening up its act in challenging times.

“If I would give advice, it would be to get into your cellars and drawers...see what you’ve got and ask yourself if you need one of those elsewhere.”

For example?

“I found three brand new staplers in a filing cabinet and I took them out of there. The next time someone orders a stapler, I’ll send them one of these.”

Food fads aside, surely it hasn't come to this on the menu. We've heard of a staple diet but this is ridiculous.

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

Mike HomfrayMarch 10th 2009.

I think what Filini needs is a make-over with regard to the food. Quite the worst and most inauthentic 'Tiramisu' I have had to endure was presented to me there - basically a runny glassful of whipped cream with some indistinguishable other bits floating in it. When it first opened it was very good - sadly, the last visit proved the road downhill is steep indeed....

Pearl necklaceMarch 10th 2009.

What about Good day Shoeshine?

Gagging for itMarch 10th 2009.

I don't care what you say about them, Starbucks gets my vote for the best capucino. I can't afford one these days.

Liverpool wagMarch 10th 2009.

Speaking of sausages, anyone off to Wirral Farmers Market today? I thought I might.

Le Knotter de saucisseMarch 10th 2009.


Liverpool WagMarch 10th 2009.

I've changed my mind now. Afternoon in Calderstones Park instead.

Liverpool WagMarch 10th 2009.

The food is awful in Filini. I totally agree.

DigMarch 10th 2009.

Could you pick me up a couple of samples from Betwixt please Liverpool Wag? I'll get you a couple in return next time I see you. Thanks.

Adolphe DiglereMarch 10th 2009.

N'insultez pas ma ville. Je vous tuerai Le Knotter de saucisse. Paris est un belle ville. Il est simplement plein des personnes cette puanteur.

DigMarch 10th 2009.

So Filini takes the prize for the worst food served in the best surroundings. Who wins the award for the best food served in the worst surroundings?

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