• Will Lyons

Graduation menus in Liverpool that you'll love!

So either you or a family member are about to graduate and you want to make it special. Allow me to give you my insights, so you can quickly and easily find the best graduation menus in Liverpool. Using my local knowledge, they're not only the best places to go, but also the the best value.

My name is Will Lyons, and full disclosure, I own Liverpool's only cook from fresh, Gastropub in Liverpool city centre. With that out of the way, let me give you those insights and recommendations.

So to make it easy I've created two categories - one for "posh" and formal, and the other "Relaxed yet fresh". That way, you can easily find the best graduation menus to suit your taste and budget.

Formal & Posh

Top choices for formal yet inspired dining have to be these top 3:

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They could serve you a Gregg's sausage roll for £20 and you'd still be happy, because of the stunning vistas and decor. But of course the food is on point and the service old school, formal and disciplined. They only use electricity to cook so if you're after bbq, open coals cooking and smokey flavours you'll have to go elsewhere.

Quirks - The restaurant is on top of a residential tower block



Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant

Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant - A stunning redevelopment with a lovely rooftop bar, where each and every dish on the menu is stunningly presented. The food tastes as good as it looks and you'll be delighted with the White Star aka Titanic theme. You will genuinely feel first class.

Quirks - Rooftop bar with fine views



Alma de Cuba

It would be wrong not to include our near neighbours, but they deserve their place in my top 3 of a bit "posh" and formal. Set in the former church of St. Peters you'll enjoy stunning frescos and fresh food. Get a cocktail from the comprehensive cocktail list and the experienced bar team will keep you entertained with their juggling and flaring act.

Quirks - Split level seating with open balconies



Mid range, informal, fresh, relaxed, top notch

For making my top 3 in the quality mid range section, each venue must still cook from fresh ingredients and give you an experience you'll love.

The Monro Gastropub

As I said earlier, full disclosure! But we really have earned our fresh food stripes. We've been featured in the Sunday Times, GQ magazine, The Independent and many more. This is because we're authentic and serve local dishes such as Scouse!

Set in a former merchant's home dating from 1745, you'll enjoy stunning period interior spaces, if cold a log fire and if warm, you could share a gin in our leafy beer garden.

Quirks: It's a tardis with a beer garden




Sited on busy and popular Bold Street, this intimate little restaurant plasters its creativity on every one of your small plates. It may not suit Grandma but if you're after something really different, Maray will offer you a suite of small plates that are invariably excellent. Relaxed, informal it's a perfect match for this category and even if you don't have your graduation here, do give it a try.

Quirks: They serve your food as it comes



Hanover Street Social

Okay this is a big venue, but they've got the interior design spot on. Run by an experienced team, their attention to detail with food, staff and venue all blend together to become an experience bigger than the sum of its parts.

Great location adjacent to Liverpool One, with an eclectic menu and well chosen wine list.

Quirks: They make big into cosy, bargain early bird too



My wild card:

Bistro Noire, Lark Lane

Slightly out of town, but only a short taxi ride away, Bistro Noire is also recommended by my Head Barman. He loves this place, as do I.

You can feast on authentic curries from India or Malaysia, famous dishes from the Caribbean as well as fantastic burgers and Chinese inspired duck dishes. As such I can seriously recommend it.

Quirks: Location, location, location! Lark Lane is a buzzing hotspot of vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants.


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