Ropewalks Lounge @ Novotel Liverpool

In my This Is The Week That Was blog posts, I always try and include where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to and it invariably involves food. Sometimes I go on a bit so I find myself dedicating a separate post to an eatery and this time I wanted to give a shout-out to Ropewalks Lounge in Liverpool…

Ropewalks Lounge @ Novotel, Hanover Street, Liverpool

I popped in for lunch at Ropewalks Lounge, which is on the ground floor of the Novotel on busy Hanover Street, after winning some cinema passes in their competition to celebrate the launch of the LEGO Batman Movie. I didn’t go to see LEGO Batman, as I didn’t have my own sidekick with me, but I’ll use them at a later date.

What I will say is it’s a surprisingly nice little* oasis in there you know! I don’t know why I’m surprised – I’d often walked past and casually remarked it looked nice inside. I guess I just thought that a hotel restaurant is a weird place to go if you’re not staying there. Which is a bit daft when you think about it.

*It’s not that little actually – it goes really far back from the front door and is an absolutely fab retreat from the rubbish weather and trudging round shopping (if you don’t know already, I’m not really a girly girl and my idea of hell is a shopping trip where I get that burning sensation in the balls of my feet and don’t even stop for a wee or a bit to eat).

Since proper shopping wasn’t on my agenda (don’t tell the Scouse bird police they’ll strip me of all credentials and send me to Coventry – possibly literally) I wasn’t in a rush and I was happy to order a few things off the menu. Some of them were called ‘Table Bites’ so I thought, as you do, they’d be little piddly things especially at 3 for £12. Something along the lines of a tapas restaurant or the onion rings section of a pub menu; that’s what I had in mind.

So these three items were considerably bigger than expected. In fact the Italian meatballs alone (which came with some nice focaccia) would feed a younger child on its own (one to bear in mind if, like me, you resent forking out for ungrateful little fusspots). The calamari was soft and tasty, the massive chicken skewers (which came with separate peanut satay dip) was nicely done and there really wasn’t any need for me to have ordered a separate club sandwich but I did and I don’t regret it one bit cause it was bloody lovely.

So it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in town and if you’re staying in Liverpool at the Novotel then you’re in for a treat because they’ve got an X Box for kids, a big screen for the sports, and a quiet games area and swimming pool downstairs. In fact I read a blog post ages ago (and I’m sorry I can’t remember who – if it was yours, please give me a shout in the comments section cause I’d love to read it again). And anyway she visited Liverpool with her young family and stayed in the Novotel and it sounded so good that I have been thinking that I should go and stay with 3 year old Primo as part of my hair-brained scheme to ease myself into travelling alone with a small person.

Anyone who knows me will know that the thought of going to Tesco reduces me to trembles and the last time I tried to brave an overnight stay anywhere with him (a serviced apartment just around the corner from Hanover Street) I had to call my friend for help the next morning because I couldn’t pack my things away and check out properly and had tears and snot running down my face.

Me and my “overnight bag” 

I digress. What was I saying? Oh yeah – it’s nice and bustly in this Ropewalks place with guests relaxing with a drink, people lunching, kids occupying themselves – but even with all that going on we still enjoyed a quiet lunch away from any noise (sssssh!) or other peoples kids (booooo!). The decor is lovely and the staff were dead friendly. Not sure what else you’d want really. Maybe complimentary wheelbarrow to be transported back to your car by a sturdy member of staff after over-indulging in those deceptively named “Table Bites”?

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