LIVERPOOL: Speke Hall, Beatles & Maray

by - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Hey everyone, sorry it has been ages since my last post - this is because I have been struggling through my final masters essays - except from the very daunting (15,000 words) final dissertation which is due in September! This weekend me and my friend Louise did our first couples double date to Liverpool to see Speke Hall, the Beatles' childhood homes and finish up at a restaurant no-one had been to before. It was amazing! 

First up we headed to Speke Hall which is super easy to get to in the car. We didn't know what it would be like at all but it actually ended up being really interesting as well as quite cosy. The bathroom and kitchen were definitely Pinterest life goals! Speke was also really handy for heading to see the next part of our trip - the Beatle's childhood homes. We had pre-booked the minibus from Speke Hall. 

Next we went to the Beatles's childhood homes, Paul McCartney's childhood house and Mendips, which is John Lennon's childhood home. I honestly cannot recommend this enough. It was a truly amazing experience and I'm not a gushy person AT ALL. It was interesting, insightful and actually really touching. The houses look perfect, and you can sit on the couches and look in everything - including the bathrooms and bedrooms. The only downside is no photos (as a photo addict) but we decided as the day went on that not being able to take photos was actually a blessing because it meant that everyone else wasn't taking photos and best of all the whole experience felt really special. It actually really encouraged me to live in the moment. There are loads of really lovely stories from in there that I could tell you but I think it would spoil it if you decided to go there. It was so so amazing it was an experience that has really stayed with me. Here are some photos of the outside below: the top is PC's childhood home and the bottom is JL's. 

For dinner, we went to the Maray restaurant which Louise had read about in the Guardian. It was a Middle-Eastern restaurant with a twist (I hate the phrase "with a twist" but that is the only way to describe it) I tried to take as many pictures as possible of our Mezze/tapas but it was so tasty we dug in! We had the falafel starter, whitebait, cod, the mozzarella and I had the buck apple mocktail and for pudding I had the chocolate tart. To find out the "twist" you can read about the dishes on the menu here. I would highly recommend this restaurant and it's not far away from both Speke Hall and the Beatles's houses if you are looking for somewhere convenient. This is the website and we went to the Allerton restaurant.
Let me know if you have been to any of those places before! Claudia 

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  1. This is so beautiful! Definitely on my bucket list to see the Beatles homes if I ever make it across the Pond!