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The food and drink round up (1 Dec, 09)

Hard day's knight, Eureka in "Pulp Fiction"-style heist, Nige at the Orchard, Buddleia blooms and a pudding feast

Published on January 14th 2010.

The food and drink round up (1 Dec, 09)

Band on the wall
Blakes, the restaurant at the Hard Day's Night hotel, had the press in last Friday for one of those rare things, these days, a freebie dinner.

To endless Beatles tracks, the hacks feasted from an opulent menu aimed at the tourist on the trail of the Fab Four.

Then it was up in the lift to be shown around the Paul McCartney suite, decorated with a suit of armour (“erm, well, he is a knight”) and to marvel at the bedroom, the walls covered in Beatles pictures and Echo headlines.

“Oh what a party!” proclaims the biggest, somewhat suggestively over the headboard.

Anyone who does fancy a joust will have to bear in mind another legend on the wall: Sir Paul himself is getting an eyeful from on high, as this rather voyeuristic snap on the right shows.

It's not called the Hard Day's Knight for nothing.

As for the next morning one can only guess what form the early alarm greeting from reception might take.

“Arise, Sir.
“Lance a lot? Or was it a restful night?”

Heavy metal
Speaking of being watched, the Noir Bar is being allowed to reopen if it installs CCTV in the toilets and a knife detecting arch outside. Like what you get at an airport to detect Al Qaeda.

The Victoria Street venue was the scene of a stabbing by a gang on two men at the start of the month, and in October a man’s jaw was badly broken in another horribly graphic attack by four men wielding a heavy iron bar.

Anyway, good news for anyone still wanting to go: the council licensing people are allowing it to reopen from this Friday if it follows strict rules.

These include closing at 3am at the weekend, rather than 5am; the knife arch; CCTV in both toilets and making door staff wear high viz jackets.

It might all sound like the new Stalag 17, but some standards of elegance remain. While bar staff must use plastic cups and bottles there is an exception – glass is still allowed if we are talking hefty bottles of champagne.

Sighs of relief for the celebrating customer - as well as any punters forced to leave their heavy iron bars at home.

Eureka moment
More stuff to keep Merseyside Police busy after a Pulp Fiction style attack on one of Liverpool Confidential's favourite Greek restaurants, the Eureka.

The attack, last Thursday (26 Nov) saw the restaurant's diners relieved of their valuables, phones and wallets by two men wielding a Gloch-style automatic handgun. They also emptied the till.

No one was injured during the incident, but streetwise punters, who immediately dived under the tables, are said to have been (understandably) distressed by their ordeal which included an agitated gunman effing and blinding and threatening to shoot them.

Whether this kind of crime will lead to security being employed on doors of little family restaurants like this, run for years by Greek baker George Iakovakis, remains to be seen. As police point out, it's still extremely rare.

In the meantime, show them you love them at the Eureka: A slice of Med sunshine in an ugly, Myrtle Parade world.

I'm dreaming of a Nige ChristmasStill not decided where to go for your Christmas do? Another out-of-the-way eating place worth a trip is The Orchard on Blundell Street, and this month you can laugh yourself silly at scally Nige as part of the Magners stand-up series.

Next Friday and Saturday (December 11 and 12) Keith Carter's comic character is doing the do there with Tanyalee Davis. Tickets are £16 for the show and £30 if you want a Christmas meal thrown in.

New Year's Eve, similar, but this time Keith is joined by Daliso Chaponda and Steve Royle. Tickets are £20 for the comedy show and £35 for comedy plus a three course meal.

A pretty good deal, and, as Nige might say, it's decent scran too. Call 0151 709 3060, or see www.theorchardliverpool.com

Tout sweet
Buddleia restaurant has finally relaunched at the Novas centre after branching out from serving just bar meals. The menu is eclectic, the venue luxurious and CUC operations manager Dino tells us that it's already got masses of Christmas do bookings from big corporate payers to see it through to 2010.

It's nearest neighbour, Leaf tea shop, in the same building continues to thrive like, well, buddleia.

Next Monday (Dec 14) sees a Pudding Club Christmas Special, a five course Christmas dessert devastation all washed down with a selection of Christmas speciality teas.

8pm start. £8 ticket. It couldn't get sweeter. www.thisisleaf.co.uk

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

CamboDecember 1st 2009.

Oh I don't know!

WayneDecember 1st 2009.

I can't think of anything worse than staying in a room covered in Echo cuttings. My worst nightmare.

GazbyDecember 1st 2009.

Hear hear. They should rob restaurant Bar and Grill next time.

Myrtle StreetDecember 1st 2009.

It would have made more sense to rob the sort of hyper-expensive restaurant where Council bosses lower their faces into to the trough alongside their property developer pals.

Sir Howard WayDecember 1st 2009.

What manner of blockheads would arm themseves with real guns and then use them to rob diners in a restaurant popular with those of us on lower incomes? I know that since the property price boom of a few years ago that the standard of person that has been moving into the Canning area has plummetted, but this is ridiculous!

NatalieDecember 1st 2009.

I am really glad The Orchard has made it onto this food and drink round up as it is one of my favourite places to eat, drink, and enjoy entertainment. I had their Christmas menu the other day which was great value at £25.95 for 3 courses and was really impressed. Chef did himself proud with the roast, suckling pig with apple and blackberry compote and gravy - it truly was the most delicious thing I've tasted in a good while.

C PalaceDecember 1st 2009.

Natalie, can your company do some PR for us too?

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