12 'hidden gems' hoping to be named the best in Liverpool

By Phoebe Barton

The Liverpool Tourism Awards has announced 12 “hidden gems” that are hoping to be named the best in the city.

The Awards celebrate excellence and achievement across the tourism and hospitality sector and are an opportunity to recognise businesses who have shown “resilience, determination and imagination” during a tough 2021.

All of the winners of the Liverpool Tourism Awards will be announced at a ceremony on March 10, 2022. You can vote for your favourite here.

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Winners across certain categories will then be selected to represent Liverpool City Region at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in June 2022.

Below are the 12 Liverpool City Region “hidden gem” nominees.

A Slower Space, Liverpool

Located on Penny Lane, A Slower Space is an independent lifestyle store selling plants, flowers, coffee, homeware and gifts.

The shop sells collections of curated pieces that portray a relaxed lifestyle, including items from Amsterdam, France, Copenhagen, Stockholm, as well as UK based independents.

Southport Pier Pavilion

Southport Pier Pavilion has a vintage arcade with old penny slot machines and serves food and drinks, including ice cream and donuts.

The Pavilion is open day and night and hosts events from music and comedy, to weddings.

Sudley House, Liverpool

Sudley House in Aigburth was built in 1821 and has impressive vast gardens and rooms, including a dining room, drawing room and library.

Sudley House in Aigburth. (Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

The house contains a collection of period furniture and paintings, transporting guests back in time.

Bijou Cinema, Southport

This small, independent cinema is run by volunteers and shows matinees and evening films.

These include classics, independent films and dynamic world cinema. Bijou Cinema also has a cafe and bar, and The Lounge can be hired out for parties and events.

Sugar and Dice, Liverpool

Sugar and Dice is a board game cafe in Liverpool with hundreds of games for people to play for hours on end.

You can play a variety of games while enjoying savoury food or homemade cakes, and you can even take well-behaved dogs.

British Lawnmower Museum, Southport

This quirky museum has now become one of the world's leading authorities on vintage lawnmowers.

The British Lawnmower Museum has a team of specialists in antique garden machinery, supplying parts, archive conservation of manuscript materials and valuing machines from all over the world.

The Watering Can, Liverpool

Set within 12 acres of Victorian park space, The Watering Can is a glass-fronted restaurant with views over Greenbank Park and a beautiful walled garden.

Diners can enjoy creative seasonal dishes, including sandwiches and small plates.

Enelles Glass House, Southport

Enelles Glass House is a restaurant and bar on Lord Street in Southport serving a variety of food and drink.

One reviewer on TripAdvisor called Enelles a “fantastic venue” and said: “The staff are so friendly and attentive and the drinks are so well priced! Would highly, highly recommend !! Can’t wait to go back”.

Vintage Tea Room, Churchtown

This small vintage tea room offers breakfast and lunch menus, afternoon tea and a large selection of fresh homemade cakes.

Vintage Tea Room is currently the fourth best cafe in Southport on TripAdvisor with one reviewer saying: “Delicious freshly made food”.

Frederiks, Liverpool

Frederiks is located between the cathedrals on Liverpool’s Hope Street and has been “the hub of the Georgian Quarter since 2013”.

It describes itself as a “Brooklyn-style bar” offering a wide range of craft beers, gin, prosecco and “the best cocktails in town”.

Fredericks also serves lunch and dinner daily and a traditional Roast every Sunday.

Invisible Wind Factory Rollerdrome, Liverpool

The Rollerdrome on Regent Street is an “immersive roller skating experience” incorporating live music, visual effects and DJs with wellbeing and fitness.

The Invisible Wind Factory Rollerdrome has live music, DJs and more. (Invisible Wind Factory)

Food and drink is also available and events are often hosted here.

Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo

The Volunteer Canteen is an award-winning traditional cask ale pub. It serves food as well as drinks and hosts a weekly quiz night.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said: “It was like going back in time. Great old place with good ales. We were in the “lounge” side so had table service. All the staff were very helpful and friendly.”

You can vote for your favourite Liverpool "hidden gem" here.

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