As part of an established worldwide brand, Collage at Liverpool’s Radisson Blu follows a well-tried formula: serving simple, crowd-pleasing dishes cooking in opulent hotel surroundings. The restaurant looks out over the river, which makes for great waterfront sunsets, though the ornate Italian fretwork over the windows means diners need to peep through at the view. As well as tables for two there are leather booths and warm, wooden wine racks, all of which are brought together nicely with hues of rich red that give the place the look of an oriental eatery.
Smart, efficient staff bring the food, which could start with antipasti bursting with the flavours of grilled aubergine, roast peppers, and a carrot and fennel salad or a bowl of steaming soup. Classic main dishes span cuisines, with everything from grilled fish offset by a tangy caponata, pan-roasted lamb rump, burgers, pasta and salads. Light, fresh desserts complete the package; we recommend tucking into zesty sorbets or a rich chocolate fondant as the sun sets over the Mersey.
The Radisson BLU’s location makes it as convenient for visitors on business who are staying at the hotel or one nearby as it does for locals looking to dine somewhere smart. It’s just a short drive from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the River Mersey Ferry Station lies adjacent to the hotel. Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street are both within walking distance too. Guests attending events at the M&S Bank Arena or shoppers partaking in a little retail therapy at Liverpool One might decide to drop in for lunch or an early dinner, or else start the day with breakfast before heading into the city to relive music history at The Beatles Story or step back in history at Liverpool’s seaside maritime museums. Whatever your reason for stopping by, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.