Cocktails and afternoon tea = a perfect pairing.
A historic guest house has reopened its doors on Liverpool’s Duke Street and with it brings plenty of elegance, boutique rooms and a cocktail menu to rival many bars in the city. Mrs Blodget’s has made a grand return and describes itself as “a place for those setting out on a new adventure, and for those seeking comfort and rest after their last.”
The intimate bar and boutique apartments span across three stunning Georgian town houses, which were once home to the famous Mrs Blodget’s Guest House from the mid to late-1800s which saw famous authors, US consuls and naval captains frequent the venue. The guesthouse went on to become a melting-pot of culture where the evenings were filled with merriment and laughter as traveling musicians would serenade the packed room. Drinks and stories alike were spilled well into the night.
Now with a new lease of life, this unique stay endeavours to keep the spirit of Mrs Blodget’s alive; sharing in the customs and traditions that made the infamous guesthouse so revered. The new venue promises exquisite cocktails, mind-blowing entertainment and mesmerising surprises around every corner with inspiration and décor drawn from the old world.
Mrs Blodget’s bar is pretty special. Sit back in one of their luxurious booths surrounded by antiques which give a nod to the building’s past and sip on unbelievable cocktails. Known as ‘Convivial Concoctions’, guests can swap sugar cubes for ice cubes and tea for gin, as the bar serves a selection of cocktail sharers served in china teapots.
Forget English Breakfast and instead sip on something stronger such as Mrs Blodget’s Rhode Island iced tea- a mouthwatering mix of rum, pink grapefruit gin, strawberry vodka, tequila, lemon and passionfruit. You’ll also find unique individual cocktails known as ‘House Libations’ which are inspired by former visitors to the guesthouse from different parts of the world.
You’ll find fun spins on classic cocktails such as Mister Katz’s Eclectic Old Fashioned (Mister Katz’s bourbon, chocolate bitters, clove and orange) and Nathaniel’s Negroni (Bloody Shiraz gin, a ruby red grapefruit aperitif, a white wine based aperitif and sage). You’ll also find an extensive range of wines and spirits on the drinks menu, as well as beers and ales from various countries such as Laos and Poland.
But that’s not all, as Mrs Blodget’s also boasts a wonderfully whimsical and tipsy afternoon tea. This teatime classic used to be served with a side of saké at this guest house but has now been given a sprinkle of curiosity and amazement.
Mrs Blodget’s afternoon tea features dainty and colourful petit fours hidden behind a miniature cabinet and a small gust of smoke. As well as these tasty sweet treats, the afternoon tea comes with a choice of sharer cocktail served in a teapot, giving boozy Alice in Wonderland vibes. The bar also serves up moreish cheese and charcuterie boards, as well as bar snacks for you to nibble on at your leisure.
As for the guesthouse itself, it has more than 20 beautifully-decorated apartments adorned with rare trinkets and unique artwork for you to retire to after a night of revelling and decadence. Each apartment varies in size and offers suites to host between four to seven guests.
This newly-opened hotel in Ropewalks invites you to join in the unrivalled atmosphere, as it showcases everything from spirited teas, travelling bands and impromptu performances from singing bartenders. Reserve a room or table at Mrs Blodget’s here.
Mrs Blodget’s Guest House, 151-155 Duke Street, L1 4JR