Mrs Danvers’ owner Maria shares her perfect Christmas

Mrs Danvers Port of Liverpool building afternoon tea
Mrs Danvers Port of Liverpool building afternoon tea

She’s the literary-loving teashop owner who brought Liverpool the amazing Mrs Danvers, tucked away in the gorgeous The Port of Liverpool building.  Here owner Maria Panayiotis shares her perfect Christmas…

What do you serve up on Christmas Day?

Traditional Turkey Dinner, which ever country I’m in. 

Mrs Danvers Kir Royale
Mrs Danvers Kir Royale

What’s your festive ‘never goes wrong’ recipe? 

Mulled wine! Add bottle of red wine into a large pan, add 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 star anise, 4 Cloves, 2 sliced oranges, 2 sliced lemons, 75g brown sugar. Gently heat pan and serve.

Do you have a kitchen cheat? Something that looks like it takes ages but is actually quick and easy?

20 minute Chicken and pepper madras for 4. Wash basmati rice season and bring to boil, simmer for 15 mins. Cube 4 chicken breasts, stir fry in olive oil. Dice a pack of 3 colourful peppers and onions in a separate wok stir fry in with garlic and olive oil. To the chicken stir in a 1/3 jar of Pataks paste add a tin of chopped tomatoes, add water to suit your preferred consistency, add peppers. Serve with rice. Voila. 

How about the drinks? What do you like to serve your guests?

Kir royale at the cafe or at home. 

What would you most like in your Christmas stocking this year?

A Bentley

If you could just buy one recipe book for the year, whose would it be?

Larousse Gastronomique 

Mrs Danvers' owner Maria Panayiotis
Mrs Danvers’ owner Maria Panayiotis

What’s your perfect New Year’s Eve? 

Bringing in the new year from close friends and family. Discussing which new year resolutions I will (fail to) take on…

What would you eat and toast the new year in with? 

Anything from Cafe Nancie and champagne, or at the cafe it would be Mrs Danvers Afternoon Tea with Kir Royal. 

Dry January or party after a December working? 


Have you ever kept a resolution?

Yes, once-not to make any. It was a great success!

Mrs Danvers’ Cafe – 0151 227 2533
Port of Liverpool Building, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1BY


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