Monday, 30 March 2015

The Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool

Earlier this month I was at a conference in Liverpool over a weekend and therefore needed hotel accommodation for two nights. I opted for the Britannia Adelphi which, for me, came with the incredibly useful point of being only a stone's throw from Lime Street Station.

At £80 a night (and that was the discounted conference rate), it was not cheap, though it came in below the charges for the other big hotels in the city catering for conference delegates.

The hotel can best be described as faded grandeur. It is a bit jaded at the edges. Nevertheless, the stay there was not unpleasant. I had previously stayed in the Adelphi but that was over 20 years ago and my lasting memory of it was of long corridors. That hasn't changed!

I had a double room to myself. The floor space was tight but adequate.

Sitting arrangements for breakfast were tight. The food however was reasonable.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Pizza Express in Albert Dock

Another meal out during my visit to Liverpool last week was taken at Pizza Express in the Albert Dock. Meal was reasonable, nothing spectacular, but this is a chain, not an independent restaurant so you can get the same meal in every outlet. I normally avoid eating in chain restaurants but it was the nearest place to the conference centre and I wasn't looking to do a long walk to the city centre.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Spice Lounge, Liverpool

I ate in the Spice Lounge on the Albert Dock, Liverpool last week. The food was good but not outstanding. It was rather expensive however and I'm not convinced it was worth the price, especially as the service was rather slow. Nevertheless, it was a popular venue.

Fortunately for the fish, they were there for display purposes only!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Albert Dock, Liverpool

I was in Liverpool last week for a conference at the Convention Centre, next to the Albert Dock. AN ideal opportunity to take a few photos. Sadly, as I was rather busy at the conferemce, the opportunity to explore Liverpool, or indeed the Albert Dock, was rather limited.  I'll post up a few more photos and articles over the coming days.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Austrian Restaurant

The Austrian Restaurant is in Capelulo. the Fairy Glen, near Penmaenmawr. It was our destination for our walk from Penmaenmawr. I hadn't eaten there for about 17 years so the return visit was eagerly awaited. Top marks. The food was superb but not over priced. Service was good. Staff were friendly. Definitely should be on the must-visit list for anyone visiting North Wales.

Friday, 20 March 2015

A walk to the Fairy Glen

We decided to take a walk from Penmaenmawr to the Fairy Glen to help whip up an appetite for dinner. Uphill most of the way and a distance of over 2 km, so plenty of calories built up. We stopped at Penmaenmawr cemetery on the way and I snapped these two photos looking out over to Anglesey and Puffin Island. An incredible cloud bank was rolling its way up the coast.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A walk through Conwy

We arrived at the quay at Conwy in the shadow of the castle. Yet another marina. The estuary is used for mussel fishing, hence the statue pictured below. There is an interesting set of information boards there about the industry.

Also on the waterfront is the Liverpool Arms. It now enters my record book as serving up the 2nd worst coffee I have ever had. It was tepid, stewed and undrinkable. (The worst was a coffee I bought in 1999 at a roadside stop in Belarus. It cost 150,000 Belarus roubles and was probably made from muck scraped from the ground.)

We then headed up the High Street and caught the bus back to Penmaenmawr from Rose Hill Street.