Where to eat in Liverpool? It's difficult to avoid eating out, there are so many really nice, and varied places to eat. The City Centre is well served by numerous restaurants, serving every nationality of food, and at prices to suit every pocket, but the Allerton Road area, just three miles out of the city in South Liverpool, is excellent. Almost a little village. Try the Tavern on Smithdown Road for great Mexican, Pod on Allerton Road for tapas, Vinci, for pasta and pizza, to name but a few. Another lovely one, fairly new, is L18 in Rose Lane, Excellent food and really friendly service.

Hope Street has some of the city's best restaurants, No 60 and The Carriageworks are both excellent. The Everyman Bistro and Bars at the Metropolitan Cathedral end of Hope St, under the Everyman Theatre, has been a Liverpool institution for nearly 40 years, it has great cheap eats at low prices - everything is fresh local produce - and the self service counter is very fasy and friendly. Good CAMRA recommended bar too. The Philharmonic pub has a good atmosphere and amazing decor - check out the marble urinals (beware gents - ladies often come in to have a look!).

Chinatown is buzzy and vibrant, with big and small eateries, and there are some good ones outside the City Centre such as the Tai Pan on Great Howard Street and the Cheung Ku, south of the LIver Building. Shapla is a tremendous Indian restaurant on Whitechapel.

In the Albert Dock, the Spice Lounge is another excellent Indian restaurant,  and the Pan Am and Baby Cream have sophisticated modern menus.

For very upmarket pub grub, try the Monro.

Undecided? Then check out the Liverpool section of www.sugarvine.com.

Bon Appetit!