Allerton Road (2006)

In recent years, Allerton Road's reputation as a South Liverpool dining haven has flourished with the establishment of several reputable eateries. Most evenings see diners flock here to enjoy a choice of cuisines and the laid-back atmosphere. With a selection of bars and cafes as well as a good range of restaurants, the area offers a quieter alternative to the city centre. Foodwise there's something for all tastes and occasions, ranging from trusty takeaways to fine dining.

Lefteris - Greek

A popular if rather tired Greek restaurant which offers a range of typical Hellenic dishes including stifado, moussaka and the compulsory meze to a fairly large base of regular local customers. The atmosphere tends to pick up at the weekend making it the best time to visit.

Eastern Diner - Chinese

Almost neon in its brightness, this Chinese restaurant and takeaway has been offering a range of typical oriental meals at a prime location on Allerton Road for many years. As well as having a lengthy menu, it's particularly child-friendly so tends to be very full on Sunday lunchtimes. It's also popular with large groups of friends who like to round off a night at the local bars with some dim sum or crispy duck.

Spoon - Fine dining

Award-winning chef David Woolf serves up excellent British- and French-inspired cooking in a quiet intimate environment. The focus is on top quality ingredients and sophisticated culinary know-how reflected in the regularly changing lunchtime and evening menus. In addition an excellent wine list, a kid-friendly policy and cheerful efficient staff means Spoon hits all the right notes.

Pod - Spanish tapas and wine bar

Being a trendy watering hole as well as a respected eatery, it's difficult to get a table here particularly on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. To avoid the crowds and smoky atmosphere head here on a weeknight or at lunchtime. The tapas is very good and there's a good range of light meals and snacks available as well as a more than adequate wine list.

Crichtons - International

One of Allerton Road's more recent additions, Crichtons enjoys great popularity amongst the area's social climbers. Great for a quick glass of wine or cocktail as well as a full sit-down meal and it lends itself to leisurely brunches. With a contemporary interior, a continental atmosphere and an ample wine list, Crichton's has quickly become one of the area's livelier restaurants, albeit slightly cliquey, particularly at weekends.

Millon Tandoori - Indian

One of Liverpool's most popular Indians, the Millon Tandoori offers an expansive menu featuring many classic Indian dishes, some with a contemporary twist. With low lighting, mellow tunes and great alcove seating, the atmosphere is subtle and relaxing. Prices are reasonable and the service is top rate, as is the quality of food. And if you fancy a night in, there's 20% off prices for takeaway food.

La Scala - Family-friendly Italian

One of the longest established restaurants on the strip, La Scala offers Italian-style cooking in bright upbeat surroundings. Popular with families and older couples, the menu offers six types of pasta along with an incredible 15 different sauces, as well as a wide range of other dishes. A roomy venue makes La Scala ideal for large gatherings such as birthdays.

Fact File

Parking:
There's on street parking down most of the side roads off Allerton Road. And a massive Tesco's car park which is very handy for supermarket customers, naturally

Cash:
Cash machines at Tesco's, Natwest and Barclays on Allerton Road

Taxi:
Taxi rank at the junction of Allerton Road and Church Road but you're just as likely to pick one up outside Yates's

Pub:
Nearest is the Rose of Mossley on Rose Lane.

Bar:
A rather out-of-place but busy Yates's

Sandwich Shop:
Subway has bagged a spec next to thrift emporium, Chandlers.

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