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Independent restaurants you must visit this festive season!

We’re doing everything we can to make travel safe and easy this Christmas so you can relax and enjoy your journey with Merseyrail.

All we ask from you is to follow our travel advice and government guidance to keep yourself and our staff safe.

With regular services you can plan your journey before you travel and save time at the station, skip the line and get your Day Saver ticket online.

Whilst it is the time of year to enjoy merry moments with loved ones, please be reminded that you must follow government guidance when indoors or in a public space and only socialise with those that you live with or who are in your support bubble.

Tis the season to enjoy festive food and tasty treats, and even more so knowing how much we have all missed our amazing independent restaurants this year! Get ready to tuck in and tantalise your tastebuds at some of the amazing spots below.

Harrisons Bar & Kitchen – Liverpool City Centre

Harrisons offers exactly what it says on the tin! “A small independent family run business with a big heart.” From cooking up tasty homemade meals, streaming live football and offering brilliant entertainment from talented local singers, Harrisons Bar & Kitchen is a fun and delicious spot for all the family to enjoy.

Nearest Station: James Street Station + 4-minute walk

The Tapas Kitchen – West Kirby

Offering a great mix of traditionally Spanish tapas, this much-loved restaurant in the heart of West Kirby is a great option for groups of friends or families who are looking to save the turkey for Christmas Day!

Offering a range of spicy and savoury dishes, the Tapas Kitchen serves up Andalusian style chicken with honey, saffron, raisins, cinnamon and pine nuts after the baked artisan bread and oils.

However, Christmas food lovers, do not fear! Every Sunday The Tapas Kitchen goes British with succulent roast meats, roasties, root vegetable mash and proper gravy.

Nearest Station: West Kirby Station + 8-minute walk

Duke Street Food & Drink Market, Liverpool

If pulling crackers and wearing paper crowns isn’t your thing, then you’ll thank your lucky stars that Duke Street Food and Drink Market exists.

Made up of mostly communal tables and featuring several different kitchens, you won’t be limited to turkey and Christmas pud! With names such as Ginger, Bone and Block, Cinder, Indigo Greens, Finca and Cucina Di Vincenzo on offer, the only problem you’ll have is in deciding which one to head to first.

Nearest Station: Liverpool Central + 7-minute walk

Justino’s – Aigburth

A family restaurant that provides a cosy, Christmassy venue and a delicious menu. With extensive, flavoursome choices from ham and mozzarella arancini to herb marinated beef ribeye, Justinos cater to 'bambinos' as well as seasoned Italian food lovers! Don't forget to take a look at their carefully selected menu of wines from Valpolicella, the famous Abruzzo region, Benevento and Sicily.

Nearest Station: Aigburth + 4 -minute walk

Dhuma – Moreton

After something less traditional this season? Dhuma focuses on serving their guests a classic rendition of mouth-watering vintage Indian cuisine. All the spices at Dhuma are hand-picked, dried and grounded by their expert Chefs, which gives their foods a unique flavour.

Also offering a specialist burger menu, Dhuma offers an impressive wine list and innovative cocktail creations with complimentary ingredients – the perfect space for a warming dish this season!

Nearest Station: Moreton + 13-minute walk

Six by Nico – Liverpool

If you’re looking to really get into the Christmas spirit, why not try Six By Nico’s festively named ‘Miracle On…’ menu? Promising Christmas classics, no doubt with a creative culinary twist, as well as Christmas carols and a trip down memory lane we’re sure this is the spot to get those festive feels moving!

Nearest Station: James Street + 5-minute walk

Sticky Walnut – Chester

An award-winning local bistro in the heart of Chester serving up hearty and delicious dishes to warm the soul this winter. From a flavoursome roast dinner with all the trimmings to decadent deserts, If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit and treat your tastebuds along the way then give Sticky Walnut a visit!

Nearest Station: Chester + 11-minute walk

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