The Yummy Guide: The Top 5 Liverpool One Restaurants for Students
Your student accommodation in Liverpool places you in the heart of an amazing city that has a plethora of fantastic restaurants and a thriving foodie scene.
There are loads of great restaurants in the city but we’re going to focus on Liverpool One restaurants, those within the area of the L1 shopping section of the city centre and the surrounding streets.
1. Duke Street Food and Drink Market – Duke Street
This amazing food and drink market is located within a beautifully restored building that is over a century old.
Compared to some other food markets that are brash, loud, and cater to stag and hen parties, Duke Street feels tranquil and refined.
It is home to six different food vendors offering a wide range of cuisine, we’ve had some tasty pizza from the Italian counter, great veggie and seafood cuisine and Asian-inspired dishes.
For us, the highlight has to be the Cubano sandwich from Cahita, a soft bun filled with sumptuous pork shoulder, ham, gouda, pickle and mustard. It. Is. Incredible.
Things have changed slightly since the lockdown, with ordering now completed through a QR code at your table and table service bringing all of your food and drink to you, helping you try food from multiple vendors without having to go to each counter to order.
We find this helps with the relaxing atmosphere. A bar at the back and a cake counter at the front of the market finish the experience.
- “The QR code scanning to order is brilliant, even if it wasn’t for Covid this is a really nice way to order your food and drinks while you watch the chefs working. The staff are so friendly and they are on hand for anything that you need! I would recommend this to anyone visiting the area, I can’t wait to come back to Liverpool and visit again!!”
- “We had Steak Frites and the burger from Bone & Block and the calamari and Sui mi from Gingers. All excellent will be back soon!”
2. Albert’s Schenke – Hanover Street
An Alpine-inspired Bier Tavern and cook haus that is absolutely spectacular.
Sit by the fire with a big German beer in your hand, maybe buy a sharing platter of pretzels to help spend the time with your friends.
There are over twenty beers on tap, from local breweries and Europe. All within a pleasant environment with the friendliest staff you can expect to come across in this part of the city.
Albert’s really shines when it comes to the food though, inspired by trips through Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland and Germany, specifically the Alpine areas.
There are some great changing daily specials, and for us, our favourites include the croquette fest, a sharing platter of the alpine cheese and ham, French onion and smoked haddock croquettes at a price of £13.95.
The mains are always difficult to choose between; the chicken schnitzel and bohemian sausage plates the standouts for us, both at a price of £13.95.
- “Great place to visit! Service from the moment you enter is excellent! The waiter was so kind and friendly (even giving us water without asking)! Food was another winner for me, the sharing plate was so amazing for its price (under £10) with enough food to fill up two people! Drinks again are a winner, so much choice and great prices.”
- “Lovely food and drinks, reasonably priced and excellent service. German sausages best I’ve had really good range of beers and a nice bar area.”
3. The Club House – Chavasse Park
The Club House brings the refined air of the Hamptons to the very centre of L1.
For Liverpool One restaurants and bars, Chavasse Park is the beating heart, with a range of chain restaurants and bars, a delightful outdoor space that rises above the shopping and gives a great view of the Albert Dock and the river.
The Club House takes you a step away from the madness, a timeless space where you can relax with a cocktail in hand, an elegant casualness that can’t be matched anywhere else in the city centre.
The food on offer at The Club House is based around comforting food. Take a bite of the salt and pepper chicken wings or calamari for starters (at around £7 each.)
Move straight to the mains with a juicy burger, the plant-based and crispy halloumi burgers at around £12 are a great shout.
The famous hanging kebabs are where it’s at though, with options ranging between £12 and £14.
Choose from the chicken, halloumi, lamb kofta, pork belly or chicken and chorizo, with crispy chips and the option of a flatbread and chilli jam on the side.
- “I’ve visited here a few times over the last few years and last visit was on Friday. Food was delicious. Building is decorated quite uniquely and staff are all lovely. Couldn’t fault it and will no doubt be back.”
- “Love this place, Joe was incredible and always happy to help. The atmosphere is great and the food is lovely. Great place for drinks too. Will be back!”
4. Hanover Street Social – Hanover Street
On a busy stretch of Hanover Street, one of the best Liverpool One restaurants is just a step away from the main hub of the shopping of L1 and offers up simple, delicious food in a modern brasserie.
It is large and spacious, calm and welcoming, and you can expect Classic British grub, great cocktails and beers and some delicious food to suit every person’s taste.
“Social” as a name really makes sense, as this is a relaxed dining experience that is a sanctuary from the busy world outside.
The last time we headed down to Hanover Street Social we went for three courses. The goats cheese mousse with a honey walnut dressing and a pear salad was a great way to start proceedings.
A roast chicken with potatoes, cabbage and bacon, cheese bon-bon’s and a red wine jus was wolfed down for mains, and we made time and space for the classic sticky toffee pudding.
3 courses and a soft drink came to around £30. This might not make it a place you visit regularly because of the cost but Hanover Street Social does offer a great Express Lunch Menu during the weekdays, with two courses for £15 or 3 for £19.
- “It was a refreshing change to be able to go out for a meal and we were not disappointed. Plenty to choose from on the menu. Highly recommend the ribs to start. The Malteser Creme Brûlée is an absolute must. Big shout out to Sasha who gave fantastic service.”
- “Food was absolutely delicious, service was excellent and great atmosphere. There are some very talented people in this kitchen… best steak I’ve had for years. Can’t recommend highly enough.”
5. Amalia – Campbell Square
Just off the beaten track off the bottom of Duke Street, Amalia is famed for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff who always have time to chat to regulars and newcomers alike and some incredibly tasty food.
The restaurant has won awards for its pizza at a national level and if you love pizza the Americana is a taste to behold, a pepperoni pizza topped with crispy fries.
Delicious. The calzone challenge is also something to keep an eye out for, a timed food challenge that is not for the faint-hearted!
Expect to pay between £10 and £12 for any of the wide variety of pasta and pizza dishes.
They also have a great tie in with The Bridewell pub directly opposite the restaurant. So, you can sit in one of the old gaol cells with a pint of beer and a pizza from Amalia. The best of both worlds.
- “This place is friendly and has a great atmosphere all created by their great staff. Food came really quickly and the calamari + pizza was gorgeous. Me and my girlfriend will be back soon.”
- “Loved this restaurant. Great atmosphere. Staff friendly and welcoming. Extensive menu and food tasted fab. Would highly recommend.”
We hope you enjoyed these Liverpool One Restaurants recommendations! It’s safe to say, there are plenty of places to visit with your mates after a busy day at uni. Need some extra pennies to afford these meals? Here are 10 of the best side hustle ideas to help you make some extra cash – hurrah!