Saturday, 27 April 2013

Afternoon Tea at The Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool

Hard Days Night Hotel, Central Buildings, North John Street, Liverpool L2 6RR.
0151 236 1964

Put the Beatles no 1 album on, dress yourself in your Sunday best and meet a couple of your girl friends at The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool for afternoon tea. What a cool way to spend your Sunday afternoon?!...

The Hard Days Night Hotel has a special place in my heart as this was where my best friend got married and I had the pleasure of being bridesmaid. It is very city chic in a non pretentious way and located right in the heart of Liverpool city centre around the corner from Matthew St and the famous Cavern Club.

One of my favourite features in the Hard Days Night Hotel is the reception area which has musical manuscripts floating from the ceiling. They make you go into a relaxed trance and remind you that this is no ordinary hotel - this hotel successfully and very tastefully celebrates everything that was and still is Beatle-mania.

The decor throughout the hotel is Beatles themed in lots of black and white and sepia tones. The Brasserie is where the afternoon tea is served and this is found on the ground floor to the left of the reception area. We had a table booked and were shown to our seats when we walked in.

Now I have to say at every afternoon tea venue I have been to I have experienced the most graceful, polite and ladylike service. This was not exactly the case when we walked into the brasserie for afternoon tea at the Hard Days Night Hotel. We were rather forcefully told 'sit down and I'll bring your tea over straight away'. I thought the whole point of going for afternoon tea was that you get a choice of what tea you get to drink. Apparently not here. There is no tea menu like you find in The Chester Grosvenor, The York Cedar Grand or The Atheneaum London. We were served three big pots of breakfast tea which was a bit disappointing.

The food stands were brought out next which were visually very impressive. One was an oval shaped metal stand and the other a rectangular glass stand. We had a nice selection of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of fresh cakes. Good job we liked them all as we were not asked if we had any dietary requirements. There were pieces of fresh strawberries and raspberries served with the scones and cakes which was a nice touch.

The three of us slowly made our way through the afternoon tea at a leisurely pace. I think we were seated for about two hours catching up on everything. The waiting staff changed part way through and were very polite and courteous in the end and the brasserie was very quiet with only a handful of tables in, which is a shame but I expect the Hard Days Night Hotel has some serious food and drink competition from all the choice at nearby Chavasse Park in Liverpool 1.

After having a look around the hotel walls at some of the Beatles decor we left and made our separate ways home. Afternoon tea at the Hard Days Night Hotel costs £17.95 which is one of the most affordable afternoon teas I have been to.

If you are in Liverpool this hotel is definitely worth a visit even if it is just for a light lunch or a coffee. The bedrooms are all beautifully furnished - in particular the main Lennon Suite - which my best friend got upgraded to on her wedding day (pics below) so it makes a great venue for a treat weekend away.

Here are a few snapshots of memories of a beautiful wedding day at the Hard Days Night Hotel:

"Love, love,love......."

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