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Dine in style in Liverpool: Where to eat after the Grand National

Just in case it’s not yet written in bold and with several heavy underlines in your 2017 diary, get the Grand National earmarked right now. This year, the greatest jumps race in the world takes place at Aintree Racecourse on 8th April, giving you just a few weeks to prepare your tips, your outfits, and your accommodation options if you’re lucky enough to be heading to Aintree for the big day. 

Of course, there is one more crucial consideration for the big day: where to eat after the action is over and done with. After all, betting and indulging in a few beers has the potential to work up a serious appetite. Thankfully, the list of luxury options for dining around Aintree isn’t short, so let’s take a look at some of the tastiest options for this year.  

A taste of France at Malmaison Liverpool

The Brasserie at the Malmaison in Liverpool
The Brasserie at the Malmaison in Liverpool

Aintree is located just 22 minutes away from Liverpool city centre, so it’s well worth making the hop into town rather than relying on the list of 11 top-ranked restaurants for the immediate area (highlights include McDonald’s and Subway, with a Costa Coffee thrown in for good luck, so the journey really is worthwhile!).

With bookmakers including the Grand National betting on Paddy Power boasting a few tempting outsiders such as More of That and Highland Lodge, if you land a big-priced winner at Aintree (and there’s been some huge winners in recent memory!) you’ll want to know where to splash the cash. The Brasserie at the Malmaison in Liverpool presents an ideal opportunity.

Modern twists on French classic dishes are the order of the day here, and if money allows, you can really indulge with lobster, steak, and even chateaubriand. There’s also an extensive wine list that will cover all tastes and preferences.

What’s more, if you book in advance, you’ll be able to organise a room for the night as well, so you can roll back to bed after a day of racing fun and with a belly stuffed full of some of the best steak in town.

True luxury with Paul Askew at The Art School

Paul Askew at The Art School
The Art School is possibly the luxury location for foodies in Liverpool

The Art School is possibly the luxury location for foodies in Liverpool. Make no bones about it, this isn’t a location to turn up to unless you are really serious about fine dining. Whilst there is a prix fixe menu that includes treats such as twice baked souffle, the luxury option here involves going the whole hog by ordering the tasting menu, which boasts fine fare such as Northop wood pigeon with pan-fried foie gras.

Paul Askew is a hugely talented, very experienced chef keen to stamp his mark on Liverpool’s fine dining scene, so make your 8th April one to remember this year by grabbing an evening reservation at The Art School.

Something a little different at Etsu

Etsu was named the best restaurant in Liverpool in 2009

The Grand National might well be an established part of British tradition, but if you fancy something a little different for your evening out after the races, Etsu could be the choice for you.

Etsu, winner of a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence, offers a wide range of dishes such as gyoza and donburi that will help you to understand the wide-ranging diversity of tastes and flavours in Japanese cuisine. There is, of course, also the option to continue the party in style with your friends by enjoying some Shōchū or some Sake.

Wherever you choose for the big day, good luck with your selections and enjoy the racing action! 

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