Bitesize News: Liverpool’s Food & Drink Round-up
Edition #21 November 2017
Words by Natasha Young
New Hope Street bar
A new bar is opening in the city’s Grade II-listed Masonic Building on 17 November.
Tom Birch-Mantova and his wife Rachel are behind the Masonic Bar, and have transformed the Masonic Lodge’s former entrance lobby into an “opulent lounge”.
The venue promises wines, beers and spirits from around the world as well as a cocktail menu.
A “high-end bottle bar” is also in the pipeline for a further bar space on a lower floor of the building.
Pub in running for national title
A Liverpool City Region pub has been named one of the country’s top four in CAMRA’s Pub of the Year awards.
The Cricketers in St Helens won the regional Pub of the Year title in 2015 and 2016 but is this year in the running to win the national accolade.
Pubs are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on atmosphere, décor, welcome service, community focus and beer quality.
The Cricketers will be presented with an award for its achievement on 18 November, before going up against three other finalists for National Pub of the Year in February 2018.
Wigan Central in Wigan, Lowestoft’s Stanford Arms and Kidderminster’s Weavers Real Ale House are also in the top four.
Gin tasting to launch new events
A series of Tuesday tasting events will get underway this month at Cains Brewery Village’s Dockleaf.
Turncoat Gin will be the first to provide tastings and a talk about produce on 21 November as part of The Greenhouse Sessions.
The venue is also lining up other guest curators to showcase everything from wine and beer to hot sauce and cheese during future sessions.
The inaugural event also comes as Dockleaf launches a new cocktail menu in November.