Steph Whalley scopes out Liverpool's most weird and wonderful bottomless brunches
Hands up: who’s been to a bottomless brunch in Liverpool, drank too many pornstar martinis, ended up more smashed than your avocado and chundered from Castle Street to Seel Street and back? If your hand’s not in the air right now you’re a barefaced liar. We’ve all been there and many of us will find ourselves there again no doubt. But in the meantime, we’re up for doing bottomless brunch a bit different.
If, like me, you’re a bit tired of the typical bottomless brunch formula, thank me later because I’ve gone and done the homework so you don’t have to. In this here roundup, we’re throwing the spotlight on some of the bars and restaurants around Liverpool that offer an alternative approach to bottomless brunch and let’s just say, you’re in for a treat.
Read on for the best bottomless brunch in Liverpool - with a difference...
Some people can’t stand the sight of food in the morning. Others fancy themselves a pie topped with garlic potatoes, vine tomatoes and crispy kale, with a side of smoky baked beans and a mimosa or three. If you’re part of the latter then firstly, I salute you. Secondly, it’s time to get yourself down to Pieminister for 90 minutes of brunch pies and bottomless drinks, pronto. Beverages include Prosecco, mimosa and Aperol Spritz, as well as Pieminister’s very own draught beer, the Pie.P.A. Food includes the Morning Glory sausage and bacon pie with cheese sauce and a baked egg, or its vegetarian counterpart, the Sunny Pie Up - just to name a couple. If you want to swerve the booze or you’d just prefer to swill your pie hole with a soft drink, the price drops to £11.50 - and you can’t say fairer than that.
31 Bold Street L1 4DN. £25pp for 90 minutes/£11.50 with no alcohol. Available Saturday 11am-3pm. Book online at Pieminister.
You can tell your box of stale Frosties to F off and you can stick your Shreddies where the sun don’t shine ‘cause we’ve got a better offer. Every Saturday and Sunday, Lu Ban is serving up delicious Chinese food and free-flowing drinks in their take on bottomless brunch. That’s right: we’re talking spring rolls, siu mai, jasmine rice and noodles for breaky, as well as Chef Dave’s specially selected dish-of-the-day. Bottomless drinks include locally-sourced beer, Lu Ban’s cocktail of the week, Prosecco, wine in every colour, or jasmine tea and fruit juice for the more wholesome amongst us. Keep your Szechuan peepers peeled for special Sunday dates featuring Drag hosts and tribute acts.
Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope Street L8 5XJ. £39.50pp for 90 minutes. Available Saturday 12pm-2.30pm and Sunday 12pm-5.30pm. Book online at Lu Ban Restaurant.
Variety is the spice of life, right? Well if you like your bottomless brunch to leave you feeling like a kid in a candy shop, you’re going to love what GPO food market has to offer. The £20pp tier offers bottomless beer, cider and Prosecco for 90 minutes, while the £30pp tier, for those feeling fancy, adds unlimited cocktails and wine to the mix - ordered through your server. Whichever tier you go for, both come with a £10 food credit code to spend on the app so you can take your pick from over 10 kitchens and more than 400 dishes. From a Bombay grilled sandwich and vegan bratwurst to fried chicken and chocolate mochi, GPO has got all your brunch cravings covered.
35 Whitechapel L1 6BW. £25pp tier or £30pp tier - both for 90 minutes. Available every day from 11am, Saturday 11am-3pm. Book online at GPO.
Unlimited drinks? All-you-can-eat pizza? Where do we sign up? Practice an act of self-care and book yourself in for 90 minutes of bottomless booze and stone-baked, sourdough pizza at The Shipping Forecast. Take your pick of Prosecco, Carling, Guinness, Mojito or Sex on the Beach on tap, or upgrade to Peroni or an Aperol Spritz for a fiver. Soak it all up with your fill of BBQ chicken supreme pizza, pepperoni pizza, Garden Party vegan pizza or a classic margherita. Lead the way.
15 Slater Street L1 4BW. £25pp. Available Thursday-Friday 12pm-5pm and Saturday-Sunday 12pm-4pm. Book online at The Shipping Forecast.
While Ma Boyle’s might offer the standard 90 minutes of unlimited bottomless fun, the drinks offer is anything but average. We’re talking a Queen of Liverpool pilsner, a passionfruit Bellini, a local cask ale, a Kir Royale, a fruit gin fizz and the star of the show: a unicorn fizz Bellini with “secret unicorn magic”. All the usual suspects are in attendance too - Prosecco, beer, Aperol Spritz - but guys, c’mon! Unicorn. Fizz. Bellini. Brunch food offers a full English, breakfast burgers on toasted brioche, pancakes, avocado on toast and a good old eggs benny - just to pull out some particularly tasty highlights.
Tower Building, 7 Tower Gardens L3 1LG. £35pp. Available 7 days a week. Monday-Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 10am-12.30pm. Book online at Ma Boyle's.
Where’s the rulebook that says you have to eat eggs in various forms whenever you go for brunch? Stick to the system and go for an all-American all-you-can-drink affair instead, complete with salmon tacos, corndogs, sesame chicken strips and deep-fried mozzarella. That’s what’s on offer at the TGI Friday's take on bottomless brunch, along with unlimited Prosecco, Fridays® American pilsner, low-alcohol G&T or orange juice. Or throw in an extra £5 and upgrade yourself to unlimited cocktails because why the hell not?
14 Paradise Street L1 8JF. £29.95pp. Available all day Monday-Thursday and Friday-Sunday 11.30am-3.30pm. Must pre-book. Minimum of two people per reservation. Book online at TGI Friday's.
You simply cannot consume too much Italian food and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. The limit does not exist and that is an exact science. Fortunately, for those of us who would happily eat pasta for breakfast, Bella Italia is on hand to help us get our delicious, delicious carbs in early doors. With Bella’s Bottomless Brunch, you can enjoy a starter and main off the menu plus free-flowing Prosecco, beer or mocktails. If you fancy upgrading to rosé Prosecco, you can do so for the princely sum of three quid.
39 Ranelagh Street L1 1JP. £29.45pp for 90 minutes. Available Friday-Sunday 11.30am-5pm. Book online at Bella Italia.
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