Panoramic views

To celebrate R’s birthday today we had lunch at the Panoramic, the restaurant on the 34th floor of West Tower.  The views, on a bright, crisp afternoon, were stunning. No wonder – you’re 100m above sea level, four floors from the top of the highest building in Liverpool, and apparently the highest restaurant in the UK.  The views are 360 degrees – we could see across the Wirral to the Welsh mountains, up the Mersey to the Runcorn Bridge and down the estuary to New Brighton, Crosby and beyond. On a clear day you can see all the way to Manchester.

It was a beautiful winter’s afternoon so we had superb views of the city and the river, from the Runcorn Bridge down to the Mersey bar. The food was excellent, too.We had the lunch set menu (currently £25 for three courses). It’s beautifully-presented nouvelle cuisine – not large portions, but perfectly adequate for lunch and very tasty.

At 140 metres and 40 floors, Beetham West Tower is Liverpool’s tallest building. The first five floors are the new headquarters for the Beetham Organization and the remaining floors, apart from the 34th, have been divided into luxury apartments and penthouses. The 34th floor houses the Panoramic and is completely clad in a clear glass perimeter offering spectacular views of the city of Liverpool and beyond.

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