World Museum Liverpool has a new café, following an extensive redevelopment, complete with a new menu serving locally-sourced food freshly-made by National Museums Liverpool’s team of in-house chefs.
Once part of the Technical School of Liverpool, which opened in 1901, visitors to the café can now enjoy a selection of hot meals, salads, soups, sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks in a setting perfect for families.
The renovation of the café facilities has made a feature of the original architecture, and intricate plasterworks adorn the wall, depicting messages meant to inspire the students who studied in the building more than 100 years ago, prior to it becoming part of World Museum.
Open daily from 10am – 4:30pm, breakfast is available until 11:30am and the café has a range of additional facilities including free Wi-Fi, highchairs and microwave facilities for the youngest visitors’ bottles and baby food. A dedicated kids’ menu featuring fresh, tasty options is available, there’s ample space for prams, and breastfeeding is encouraged throughout the museum – it’s the perfect place to bring the family for a stress-free lunch.
The latest addition to the café area, the Sir Richard Foster Wing, has opened up an area of the Museum previously unseen by visitors, offering a quieter area for visitors to relax and soak up the historic surroundings. Together with the café, this wing can also be used for events, offering free Wi-Fi, adaptable wireless uplighting and its own private entrance.
The project has contributed to the conservation of the stunning Grade II* listed building, paying particular attention to the plasterwork, murals and reliefs that adorn the walls and ceilings. The magnificent fireplace in the Sir Richard Foster Wing has a relief decoration directly above it, featuring two winged children, holding the central crescent with a Liver bird and an open shell above it.
Underneath the cupids is a Latin inscription, Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecita meaning ‘God has given us these days of leisure’. As one of Liverpool’s mottos, it seems thoroughly appropriate that it should be featured in such a beautiful place within one of the most historic buildings in the city, where people can visit, sit with a cuppa and take a leisurely break.
For more information call 0151 478 4336 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml