No one likes to be left off a guest-list. Whether it’s for work or play, event dining space is an important decision that sets the scene for the whole shebang – and when it comes to larger group dining? Well it can be difficult to find the perfect fit.
Hold your horses though; Liverpool’s hospitality scene knows that catering for groups shouldn’t mean having to compromise on quality. That just comes as standard, really.
Here are our top picks for the restaurants that can cater to your growing guest list superbly.
60 Hope Street
USP: Classic British fare in the centre of one of Liverpool’s most sought-after quarters
Private dining up to 45
An institution in the Hope Street dining quarter, don’t let 60 Hope Street’s intimate atmosphere fool you – they’ve got the perfect space for business breakfasts, working lunches and decadent dining just upstairs. Featuring a range of menus to suit any need and requirement of your guests, everyone will be able to go away content knowing that they’ve tasted some of the finest food in the North West of England. Take a look here for more information.
Alma De Cuba
USP: Former Catholic Church which oozes Latin gothic glamour and copious space
Capacity: 80 – 160, with ability to hire entire venue.
You know when you’re after a Wow factor venue? Well, Alma De Cuba is pretty much that venue. The former St Peter’s Catholic Church was opened in 1788 and has retained much of its gothic charm amongst the ultra stylish restaurant and bar that it’s now home to. The restaurant can cater for between 80 -160 people, with the option of hiring the whole venue too. For more information, head here.
London Carriage Works
USP: Triple threat when it comes to service, space and accommodation ease.
Up to 150
The multi award-winning restaurant is hot on event organisers lips when it comes to finding a venue that has it all. Superb food, various spaces and the ease of having a beautiful boutique hotel attached to it courtesy of Hope Street Hotel. They can host up to 150 people within some of their rooms, which means you won’t have to be too stingy with the guest list. You can find more information here.
Dine around the Dock
USP: Incredible venues with an incredible backdrop – the only difficult thing is choosing.
Our Albert Dock makes up the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the country and is home to a delightful array of restaurants that are more than geared up to welcome events with large head counts. Gusto, Revolucion De Cuba & PANAM are three of our favourites to explore.
The Art School
USP: North West food champion chef. Good Food Guide winners. Fine dining in its truest form.
up to 28
…need we say more?
Okay, well just a little more.
Not only should you choose The Art School because the food is delicious and award-worthy, but the atmosphere and added extras are sublime. Their private dining can seat up to 28 of your guests and comes with your very own private kitchen, bar and bathroom and, even if a larger party is required, exclusive use of the restaurant can be arranged subject to an exclusivity fee. Simple! If that wasn’t enough, TAS has a private tasting room down in the Art School Cellars that can accommodate 10 guests; where Chef Patron Paul Askew and his team will be more than happy to take you on a journey through matched foods and wines. Options are good, but options this exquisite are pretty handy to know about.
USP: Versatile, quirky venue in one of the top 20 coolest neighbourhoods in the UK (it’s official)
Up to 500!
Fancy a change? The venues in Liverpool’s ultra hip Baltic Triangle might just seal the deal. Event space, garden, eatery and bar; Constellations is heralded as a one-stop shop for the quirkier side of things. Ranging from small parties under 100 in the cafe & bar area, the 4500 sq. ft garden that hosts numerous festivals per year to the 500 capacity Observatory. Take a look here.
The Floating Grace
USP: It’s a restaurant on the water. REAL WATER.
Up to 50
Perfect for those dinners where dry land just won’t cut it – enter Liverpool’s first floating restaurant. With seating up to 50 guests, hosts can decorate and customise the boat and WiFi and audio/visual equipment is on hand to make the occasion run as smooth as the sea (sorry). You can find more information here.
USP: Japanese cuisine that is made special by the talented chefs entertainment.
In our opinion, the best part about a Sapporo experience is the centrepiece of the chefs. These incredible entertainers train for 5 years to offer guests the ultimate Japanese interactive dining experience for that corporate dinner that might need a little kick. Though small groups are catered to perfectly around just one table, there is the option of hiring out the full venue for up to 150. Their set menus are delightful for ease of dining choice. It’s a winner, basically. You can take a look at the menus they recommend for large groups here.