But if the thought of turkey and a mountain of Brussels sprouts isn’t doing it for you, try something new this year with a trip to one of Liverpool ONE’s mouth-wateringly good eateries. From tasty winter comfort food that will warm your cockles after a Christmas shopping sesh to exotic twists on festive classics, perfect for the office Christmas meal – we have a seasonal menu to keep everyone jolly.
With so many delicious and quirky Christmas menus to be found across Liverpool ONE, here’s our guide to the best alternative Christmas dinner ideas that you have to try this yuletide.
Yard & Coop: the home of Christmas soul food
Complete with a games area and beer and prosecco pong tables, Yard & Coop is fast becoming one of Liverpool’s most popular hotspots. However, while you might go for the games, you’ll stay for the food – especially when you set your mince pies on this year’s quirky Christmas menu!
Dubbed the Dirty Santa Afternoon Tea, the traditional scones, cakes and cucumber sandwiches are replaced with a three-course soul food banquet. On the bottom tier, sink your teeth into Yards & Coop’s famous buttermilk fried chicken tenders, loaded with bacon jam and served with french fries, sweet potato fries and parsnip crisps, finished off with lashings of chicken gravy. This is followed by a middle tier of deep fried brie, succulent sticky sprouts and ‘Great Grandma’s stuffing balls’, made for dipping in a plethora of delicious homemade sauces. Last but certainly not least, round your afternoon tea off with a top tier of crumbly mince pies and gloriously rich chocolate yule, as well as strawberries, marshmallows and a chocolate dipping pot. Throw in your complimentary ‘festive boozy gin serve’ and with vegetarian options available upon request, Yard & Coop might soon become your newest Christmas tradition.
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A touch of Christmas class at Browns
For a truly memorable fine dining experience this Christmas, look no further than Browns on Paradise Street. Each year, this popular brasserie and bar is filled with Christmas cheer matched only by the hype caused by the announcement of its decadent seasonal menu.
With three courses for £32 (or just £27 if you dine Sunday – Tuesday, between 12-5pm), indulge to your heart’s content with a festive favourite or, if you’re experiencing ‘Christmas dinner-fatigue’, try something a bit different. Kick-off proceedings with Roast Parsnip and Apple Soup served with crispy sprouts and parsnip crisps – just what you need when coming in from the cold. Then, follow this up with the exquisitely luxurious Fillet of Salmon, topped with a lime and pistachio crust and accompanied by crushed heritage potatoes, garlic butter, samphire and a heavenly lobster and Champagne sauce. This is a Christmas dish fit for old Saint Nicholas himself!
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The Club House: a twist on a Christmas classic
Celebrate Christmas with your choice of old-style all-American dishes at The Club House. Located overlooking the green at Chavasse Park, this chilled-out New England-inspired eatery offers the perfect combination of style, great food and drink and effortless class.
Renowned for its famous lamb kofta hanging kebabs, the restaurant’s alternative Christmas menu provides a delicious twist on this old favourite with the scrumptious Turkey Hanging Kebab, available between 28 November and 24 December. Served in a Noël-inspired maple and cranberry glaze and accompanied by roasties, sautéed sprouts, Chantenay carrots and a tantalising bacon and sage gravy for dipping, this is one Christmas dish that certainly won’t disappoint.
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Have yourself a Mexican little Christmas with Wahaca
Known for irresistible and award-winning Mexican street food, Wahaca’s freshly prepared tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, taquitos and burritos really hit the spot if you’re looking for a Christmas feast with a bit of a kick this holiday season. Yet it’s Wahaca’s fresh take on a festive staple that’s got everyone talking this year.
Included in the restaurant’s Christmas Selection and Christmas Feast set menus to share, Wahaca’s Mince Pie Empanada, which is served with a generous dollop of brandy butter ice cream, fuses two culinary cultures seamlessly, providing a treat for the senses. Throw in a glass of Christmas hibiscus ?zz to wash it all down and you’re in for a merry Mexican Christmas feast.
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Three of the best at Cosy Club
Choose from one of Liverpool’s best Christmas menus while marvelling at the magnificent Liverpool ONE Christmas tree at Cosy Club. From 21 November to Christmas Eve, this family favourite’s Christmas menu will leave you feeling festively full without overdoing it on the yuletide clichés.
With three mouthwatering courses for £28.95, get into the holiday spirit with roast spiced beetroot complete with rosemary and beetroot hummus and toasted seeds, which comes as part of the Christmas Sharing Platter. Then, for your main course, move on to divine Confit Duck Leg with dauphinoise potatoes, braised red cabbage and roasted plum, finished off with a red wine gravy. Finally, indulge your sweet tooth with the heavenly Chocolate and Cinder Toffee Cheesecake accompanied by salted caramel and chocolate sauce – a more than worthy replacement for the humble Christmas pudding, sure to be adored by any chocolate lover. The restaurant also offers a gluten-free version.
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A very Caribbean Christmas at Turtle Bay
If you are sick of traditional Christmas dinners, celebrate the holiday season Caribbean style at Turtle Bay. With two courses for £20 or three for £25, this reggae-infused Christmas menu in Liverpool’s city centre has become a local favourite in recent years.
For the veggies among you, don’t panic! There is no need to settle for yet another Christmas nut roast here. Tuck into the delicious Chestnut and Roasted Squash Curry with all the tropical trimmings for a little taste of paradise. And with a twist on a yuletide classic in the form of Rum Soaked Christmas Pudding to round things off, you’ll wonder why it’s taken you so long to celebrate Christmas, island style. Turtle Bay’s Christmas menu runs between 11 November and 5 January.
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With so many delicious Christmas dishes on offer across Liverpool ONE, there’’s something to suit everyone this holiday season. Try something a bit different this Christmas and tag us in your photos using #liverpoolone.