It’s all well and good us telling you how great Liverpool is so to back up our opinions on our wonderful city we asked local blog, Scouse Diaries to explore one of Liverpool’s best loved areas, Hope Street and give us their verdict on the best things to do. 

Scouse Diaries is a blog that aims to bring all the latest information about Liverpool from a local’s perspective, so we think they’ll have some great ideas! You’ll find them covering everything from food and drink to top events and everything exiting going on in our amazing city. 

Just before Christmas we headed off to Hope Street for a festive night out and the good news is that one of Liverpool’s most loved streets is the perfect place for a new year night out as well.

Hope Street, which is world famous for having a cathedral at either end of the street, is undoubtedly our favourite area of Liverpool. Rich with Georgian architecture, Hope Street has a wide range of independent bars each completely different from the next. It has one of our favourite restaurants for small plates in Liverpool, The Pen Factory and it has multiple theatres including the Everyman and The Hope Street Theatre. It is also home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic which has paved it’s own place in history as host to performers such as The Beatles, Cilla and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Liverpool's much loved Hope Street with a view of Liverpool Cathedral.

Our evening started at Frederiks which is lodged between Death Row Diner and The Philharmonic Pub. Quite possibly one of the most popular places to wine and dine in the Georgian Quarter, Frederiks echoes the interiors of a bustling Brooklyn or Manhattan bar with an impressive selection of beers and spirits. They have a menu which is updated seasonally so you can be assured that you’ll find something new and they have plenty of space to stand and sit which is always a bonus! 

With our night being all about the festive spirit, we started out with a plate full of pigs in blankets which came with a cranberry sauce. What’s not to like about that? And in-keeping with the theme, we tucked into the Turkey Burger for our main. Topped with stuffing, cranberry and served with fries and coleslaw, we knew we were onto winners! 

Pigs in blankets with cranberry sauce and a turkey burger topped with stuffing and cranberry served with fries and coleslaw at Frederiks.

Although we were feeling pretty full after our first couple of courses, we knew that we couldn’t leave without trying the sticky toffee pudding for desert. We’d heard great things (the waiter was really talking it up… and he wasn’t wrong!). A generous portion of soft sponge smothered in Amaretto sauce and topped with Ice Cream *Say that in a seductive M&S voice for full effect*. 

Sponge cake smothered in Amaretto sauce at Frederiks.

After we had well and truly indulged, it was time to move onto the main event of the evening. We were off to watch Aladdin at the New Hope Street Theatre. I must be honest, I’ve not been to a pantomime since I was sub 10 years old, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I did, though, have high hopes given that it was based on my favourite Disney movie of all time! 

Aladdin at Hope Street Theatre.

There was a great mixture of actors in the production – men, woman, boys and girls of all ages. Most of the cast appeared to be local which was a nice touch – from Ababwa to Allerton! 

Funny, quirky, intimate and a fresh approach. The audience were won over almost instantly and the laughs were apparent throughout. The boo’s and hisses didn’t go amiss either with the resident ‘baddy’ getting her share of heckles throughout but having a perfect response to every single one. Aladdin was a hugely entertaining production and I can’t praise the cast enough. If you enjoy a little sing along (Baby Shark might make an appearance…) and a night of entertainment this will be a perfect night out for you and the family. For the same price of a cinema ticket, it’s definitely worth a visit this January. 

The Hope Street theatre has productions running throughout the year so be sure to check out what else they are performing. Shows in 2019 include ‘A Dolls House’ and ‘The Barn Swallows’. 

Some of the cast from Hope Street Theatre's Aladdin production.

If you’re not quite ready to end the night there, Hope Street has plenty of bars to suit every taste. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, then the Philharmonic Pub would be ideal but if you’re looking for a gin bar or cocktail, then a visit to the Masonic Bar (in the same building at the Hope Street Theatre) or Jenever may be more to your taste. All of which are highly rated with the locals! 

We can’t thank the cast of Aladdin, the team at Frederiks and the team at Visit Liverpool enough for arranging our Night on Hope Street. We’re starting the New Year exactly how we promised ourselves we wouldn’t, with a failed diet and an ever-increasing waist line.

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This is a guest blog written by Scouse Diaries with all images also provided by them. You can find more of their blog posts about everything going on in Liverpool over on their website.


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