Over a hundred bars, restaurants and cafés are planning to celebrate
From humble beginnings when it started out as a bit of fun in 2008, Global Scouse Day has since become more than a celebration of Liverpool’s signature dish, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the city itself.
Every 28th February, chefs from the city’s bars, restaurants and cafes get out their nan’s recipe books to put the famous meat and veggie stew on their menu.
Global Scouse Day has grown from a small gathering, into an annual event that captures the city’s imagination and encompasses music, art and cinema from across the city, while raising money for local charities and providing free food to the city’s homeless. Last year, it was even celebrated as far a field as America and Australia.
Here are just a few of the places in the city where you’ll be able to get hold of great Scouse this year:
Sefton Park Palm House, 4pm-11.30pm
An afternoon and evening of live music, local delicacies, arts stalls and entertainment all under one roof is being planned at the iconic Grade II* listed glasshouse during a unique and free party for all ages. The Palm House will welcome renowned Liverpool artists Marc Kenny, Jade Thunder and Redhouse to the stage paying tribute to everyone from The Beatles to Cilla Black and The La’s.
In celebration of the iconic Liverpool dish, guests at the Palm House will be able to explore a number of Scouse stalls; with Liverpool businesses including Sean Webster Illustration, DoorPlaque, Freida McKitrick, Clare Ellis and Isabella Daisy Designs already confirmed, and more pop-up stalls set to be announced.
For more information click here. Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AP
Lunya and Lunyalita
The tapas restaurant and bar will be serving its signature Catalan scouse which combines the classic Liverpool dish with a unique Catalonian twist by adding chorizo and morcilla. If you fancy having a go at making it yourself, they have kindly supplied the recipe here– and you can buy most of the ingredients from their fantastic deli. You can even forego the pickled cabbage/beetroot on the side for some pickled artichokes if you fancy more of a Spanish take on it.
Lunya, 55 Hanover Street, Liverpool One, L1 3DN Tel: 0151 706 9770
The Art School
Local legend Paul Askew wouldn't miss the opportunity to knock out a scouse on Scouse Day. Expect his version at the fancy contemporary British restaurant on Sugnall Street to be one of the city's more refined versions.
Art School, 1 Sugnall St, Liverpool Tel: 0151 230 8600
Aigburth Hall Nurseries
The people who run the café in the popular garden centre are making a bold claim – they reckon that theirs is the best home made lamb scouse in town. Pop down between 10am-5pm to find out and you can always buy a few plants to spruce up your borders while you’re there.
Aigburth Hall Nurseries, 5 Aigburth Hall Avenue, Liverpool
First opened in 1870, Ma Boyle's Alehouse & Eatery is one of the city's most historic public houses, so expect an equally historic scouse come Global Scouse Day. They'll be offering 2 for 1 on scouse all day and night, with blind Scouse available too for veggies and vegans.
Tower Building, The Strand, Liverpool Tel:0151 236 0070
If you can’t wait until the 28th, celebrate Global Scouse Day in the fabulous Welsford Porch with views across St James Garden to Hope Street on Monday 27th Feb. This will be the fourth year running Liverpool Cathedral have taken part. This year £1 from the price of every bowl of scouse sold will be donated to Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust. Of course, they insist that their recipe is heavenly.
Liverpool Cathedral, St James’ Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ
You will be able to choose from three different variations of scouse at Liverpool’s Centre for Contemporary Arts on Tuesday 28th. They'll have lamb, beef and vegetarian versions available on the day in both the ground floor Espresso café hub and the upstairs dining area - all homemade and delicious.
Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX