Here’s How & Why We Celebrate National Pie Week at The Shankly

There aren’t many sports that have their own designated food group. Think Wimbledon’s strawberries and cream or the US Superbowl and chicken wings. For British football, the dish of choice is the humble pie and during national pie week 2018 from the 5th of March, The Shankly Hotel will be putting on a great offer.

Why do pies and football go so well together?

Perhaps no surprise that the oldest sport in the country has adopted one of the oldest snacks in the country as its symbolic dish.

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The history of pies and football can be traced back over a century with various recorded incidents surrounding the humble pie appearing at some of the earliest matches.

The notorious chant “who ate all the pies?” is said to have been inspired by William Foulke, a 20 stone Sheffield goalie whose own fans used to sing the tune him due to his enormous size.

Others will tell the tale of Micky Quinn, the famous eighties striker who, after having a pie thrown at him by a fan, picked it up and devoured it.

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So strong is the connection between pies and football that only ten years ago a man travelled the country vowing to eat a pie in every UK football stadium. He succeeded by eating a whopping 92 pies and even penned a book about his experiences entitled . . . wait for it . . . “92 Pies”.

As with football it only seems proper to rate all the pies in the league and place them in their very own league chart.

Thanks to pie experts PIERATEERS such a thing already exists and low and behold the top team pie can be found at Morecambe and is a classic steak and ale wonder.

Liverpool, however, cannot be found on the league table at all! The shock of it.

Hombaked Anfield

Turns out the history of the humble pie is strong at Anfield. Some even say that the current cooperative bakery that supplies Liverpool and away fans with their staple match snack was inspired by the kindness of Shankly himself.

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Homebaked was once Mitchell’s, the bakery that supplied the community and countless match goers with their staple football snack for nearly a century. After closing in 2010 it was sorely missed, which prompted locals to reopen the bakery and run it themselves.

Now on any given match day the cues at Homebaked stretch out the door and around the block as it has become custom to purchase a pie too:

  1. a) keep your hands warm during the game
  2. b) support the local community.

Many believe that Homebaked was inspired by Shankly and that could be why their signature pie is aptly named, The Shankly Pie made with steak, bacon, mushroom and onion and a touch of gravy.

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Today Homebaked use their massive match day profits and any other profit to help educate and train their bakers and hold classes and courses and any food left over goes towards help in the local area such as food banks and homeless shelters.

Why not pop in and support them on your next visit to a match day at Anfield?

National Pie Week 2018

So, to celebrate national pie week The Shankly Hotel’s Bastion is offering an amazing two for one of their delicious lunchtime pies from Monday – Friday.

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The tasty fillings change daily so you never know what you might be in for. Everything from the classic chicken and veg to Shankly’s favourite the simple steak is on the cards.

All our pies are made from scratch on site and baked fresh each day so make sure you are in the right place to celebrate national pie week next week and get your hands on a superb piece of Shankly pastry with our amazing two for one offer.

Why not make a night of it, after all your likely to be full up and ready for a lie down after one of these delicious delicacies.

Check out some of our amazing hotels offers including overnight stays and family breaks.

Or what could be more romantic than pie-themed date night to celebrate national pie week at The Shankly?

Call for further info on 0151 601 8801 or email

Love Stories of Past and Present from the Shankly Hotel

Another Valentine’s day in Liverpool and a chance to look back at the three great loves of The Shankly Hotel’s namesake; Bill Shankly.

It’s an undeniable passion that Bill Shankly had for the game of football. In fact, he would probably scoff at the fact that we have just referred to football as a game. Shankly’s love for the sport ran so deep he is known for having just three great passions.

His footballing career, his darling wife Nessie and their family.

First came love, then came marriage

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The pair met during Bill’s time stationed as a Corporal at RAF barracks just outside Glasgow where Nessie was working in the WRAF. They were married in 1944 and had their first child, Barbara, shortly after in 1945.

It is rumoured that despite his new-found love for Agnes, Bill couldn’t let go of his passion for football and rumour once had it that Bill took Nessie to see a Rochdale game on their anniversary, something that was however quickly discredited by Shanks himself who barked;

“Of course I didn’t take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.”

Nessie’s unquestioning attendance of a match for a birthday present set the pace for a future life of supporting her husband’s insatiable appetite for football.

There’s even word that Bill took Nessie to a Tranmere match as a birthday present also, this rumour was quickly quashed by Nessie who corrected

“it was Accrington Stanley but it wasn’t a birthday present”.

The life of the first WAG

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Nessie was a player’s wife before she became the second lady of Liverpool football.

During the early years of her marriage, she married a star player whom 5 years later became manager at Carlisle United.

From here Bill went on to manage Huddersfield in 1956, then came made the final move in his career to Liverpool in 1959.

Through all that Nessie was behind Bill, never complaining and resiliently supporting her husband’s unrelenting passion for football.

Whilst Bill would be out giving his all to LFC, Nessie would be at home helping raise the grandchildren. Having already brought up 2 daughters Barbara and Jeanette Nessie would also devote her time to entertaining and feeding fans of Shankly and the grounds staff of LFC.

Behind every great man, there is a great woman

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After all the support Nessie gave Bill over the years, through thick and thin the couple remained a beacon of true love.

It wasn’t until 1974, 30 years after they married, that Bill decided to relinquish his greatest passion in life in favour of spending quality time wife his wife and family.

In his own words during his retirement announcement;

“I’ve been so wedded to Liverpool that I’ve taken Nessie out only twice in 40 years. It’s time she saw more of my old ugly mug”

So, in time Nessie’s utter devotion to the great man paid off. He had come to realise that even though his love for Liverpool football was strong he had a family and a wife who were missing his attentions.

After half a century of living and breathing the game, Bill Shankly relinquished his strong ties to Liverpool football and began devoting more time to his family. After all;

“There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

Love of the People

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Bill Shankly was and still, is adored by the people of Liverpool.

His dedication to the city earned him the title of honorary Scouser. Without the unyielding love and support of Nessie, his achievements would not have been possible.

Today Bill and Nessie are remembered as the couple who made people happy.

After years of tracking his successful career across the country, Nessie and the Shankly family had set up home in Liverpool. Laying down routes that would help them leave the loving legacy that they both created.

Even with the tragic passing of her one true love, Nessie was comforted by the fact that the people of Liverpool would remember Bill Shankly with such fondness and hold him in loving memory.

What the love of Bill and Ness inspired

Today at the Shankly Hotel our guests can come and learn all about the happiness Bill and Ness shared, as well love they passed onto their children and grandchildren.

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The Shankly Hotel was built upon the strong family values that were made by Bill and Nessie and during their own relationship. The commitment they had to each other’s happiness filtered down into the family we all know today.

Love is always in the air at the Shankly Hotel

Love continues to be a huge part of what goes on at the Shankly Hotel, as we celebrate many happy couple’s special occasions.

Some guests at the Shankly Hotel have proposed, others have said yes.

Some have celebrated special anniversaries whilst others have started their journeys into married life on their wedding day in our stunning Liverpool wedding venue Eden.

Even our own Shankly Hotel Director and grandson of Bill and Nessie; Chris Carline, popped the big question to Lisa, now his intended on the Eden rooftop garden where so many happy dreams have come true.

So on Valentine’s day in Liverpool this year and for the rest of the year ahead, make a visit to the Shankly Hotel to celebrate some fabulous love stories from the past.

Or perhaps make some lasting memories of your own.

Call 0151 601 8801 or check out our latest Valentine’s day offers here.

5 Things Liverpool Can Thank Bill Shankly For

In Liverpool, there is plenty of home-grown talent. We’re a city renowned for birthing The Beatles,  Cilla Black and Kim Cattrall, but one of the most influential figures in our history wasn’t a Scouser, but a Scotsman whom the city took under their wing. In return, the one and only Bill Shankly changed Liverpool forever, and not just on the pitch.

Frequently credited as the manager who revolutionised Liverpool Football Club, Shankly was a firm favourite with everyone in the city.

We’re taking a look back at all the things Liverpool can thank Bill Shankly for.

LFC’s first Victory in the FA Cup

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Despite being crowned League champions twice in the 1920s and again in the 1946-47 season, LFC had been in a steady state of decline in the years prior to Shankly’s reign, even being relegated to the Second Division in the 1953-54 season.

But Bill Shankly had faith in his players and faith in his team, persevering and working hard to turn them into a ‘bastion of invincibility’. After months of hard work, the change in training and dedication to the players paid off and LFC was finally being recognised for their impressive talent.

The team were promoted back to First Division in 1962 and in 1964 Bill Shankly led the way to the club’s first FA Cup victory with a final like no other against Leeds United. The match ended 2-1 in additional time and Shankly cemented his team as a solid force to be reckoned with.

Turning Melwood into a World-Class Training Facility

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Melwood is one of the top training facilities in the world, with three full-size synthetic pitches, rehabilitation rooms, a gym, swimming pool and even a restaurant.

But this wasn’t always the case. Upon visiting Melwood for the first time Shankly was shocked at the state of the training ground, famously stating it was a shambles and ‘a sorry wilderness’.

He put in the orders and it wasn’t long before Melwood was made a suitable fit for champions. The transformation was a success and, along with Shankly and his team’s great training plans, was an important factor in the future successes of the club.

The training ground continues to be the site of LFC’s rigorous training, despite plans to move training to Kirby being announced in 2017. It was redeveloped again in 2001 under the careful eye of then manager Gerard Houllier, but still maintains the Shankly flair.

Outstanding Impact as a Manager

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Shankly was one of the pioneers of legendary football managers, bringing a new style of management to the beautiful game. Inspiring his players, being hands-on in training and always taking time to speak to the fans who made it all possible.

A lot of football managers have dabbled on the pitch themselves before turning their hand to taking charge, but Shankly brought his fire with him to the top spot.

He always instilled the importance of football and what it means to the fans into his players, encouraging them to set standards and helping them to realise how privileged they were to be playing for the club.

His impact as a manager at Liverpool did not go unrecognised, with awards, accolades and tributes flowing in following his retirement and his untimely death in 1981. In 1982, his widow, Nessie, ‘unlocked’ the now iconic Shankly Gates at Anfield, he was given an OBE in 1974 and he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact as a manager.

Bridging the Divide Between Liverpool and Everton

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The story of Liverpool FC and Everton’s rivalry dates back to the creation of LFC by Everton’s former club president John Houlding. It’s hard to imagine LFC being called anything else, but when the team was first conceived, it was named ‘Everton Athletic’.

The rivalry is fierce but friendly, with reds and blues frequently going head to head but always having an undertone of love and respect. Shankly only helped to further this bond with his famous friendship with Dixie Dean, star player and record-breaker at Everton in the 1920s.

Following his retirement as manager in 1974, Shankly struggled with the concept of no longer having football to rule his life and spent a lot of time at Melwood. New manager Bob Paisley felt undermined by Shankly’s empowering presence and the legend soon felt compelled to stay away from the team he loved the most.

He did, however, get regular invites to be a spectator at Goodison Park to watch the blues play top-tier teams from around the world. Chris Shankly, the grandson of the former manager, remarked that Bill developed ‘a soft spot for the blue side of the city’ and the man himself even said that he was welcomed warmly every time he visited Everton’s ground and training site.

Shankly Playing Fields

Shankly is often revered as one of the friendliest managers football has ever seen. Stopping frequently to chat with fans and always taking the time to acknowledge those that did the same to him.

His home in West Derby was a hotspot for kids of the area and football fans alike to come and hope to catch a glimpse of one of Liverpool’s biggest legends. As well as being just a few minutes walk from Melwood, a community football pitch sits nearby.

Even during his time as manager, the fields were used by people from the local area for honing their football skills and coming together for friendly competition. It’s reported that Shankly often walked by these fields, stopping to watch or even dabbling in the game himself.

These football pitches were officially named ‘Shankly’s Playing Fields’ in 1990, with Nessie coming along to give her blessing and open the fields to the youngsters of the area.

An Undeniable Icon

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There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bill Shankly was, and still is, a true icon in the eyes of the people of Liverpool. He changed Liverpool Football Club forever and stole the hearts of the city in the process.

Liverpool has plenty to thank Bill Shankly for, not that the city needs telling. We’ll always hold the Scotsman in our hearts as a true Scouser thanks to the incredible work he did on the pitch and the shine he exuded wherever he went.

The Most Iconic Photos of Bill Shankly

Regarded as one of the most inspiring football managers in history, these iconic photos of Bill Shankly capture him as the powerful, determined and loved manager of Liverpool we all remember.

A self-confessed man of the people, Bill Shankly touched the lives of many Scousers and his illustrious career resulted in some of the most significant professional achievements in football the world has seen.

Take a step back in time and discover some of the most iconic moments of Shankly’s career, captured in these fascinating images.


This brilliant images shows Bill Shankly with Preston North End’s midfielder Hugh O’Donnell before the Cup final on the 15th of April 1937. Shankly only played for two clubs – first Carlisle for one season, then Preston from 1933 to 1949.


Preston North End players carry the trophy after their 1-0 extra-time victory over Huddersfield Town in the 1938 FA Cup final at Wembley, Bill Shankly is to the right of the policeman.


Bill Shankly leads out Preston North End in February 1948.

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After 10 years of managing various teams, Shankly made the move from Huddersfield Town to Liverpool in 1959.

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Liverpool F.C enjoy champagne in the dressing room after they clinch the title with a home win over Arsenal in 1964. Roger Hunt and Milne get their glasses topped up by Ian St John, Lawrence, Thompson, Bill Shankly manager, Steveson, Ron Yeats behind Moran, Byrne and Ian Callaghan.

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Bill Shankly celebrates victory in the 1965 FA Cup after Liverpool defeated Leeds United 2-1 in extra-time. Later, in his biography he described this as his ‘greatest day’.

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One of the most iconic photos of Bill Shankly, this image shows Liverpool’s parade through the streets with the FA cup after their victory over Leeds United in the FA Cup final. The trophy is being held by Liverpool captain Ron Yeats and Willie Stevenson (right), with Bill Shankly standing just behind them.

Shankly leans out of the parade bus to greet fans.

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Arguably the most iconic image of Bill Shankly, this shows the manager revelling in the support after losing to Arsenal in the 1971 FA Cup Final.
Despite the score, the Reds returned to the city to an incredible homecoming. Steve Hale stood on St George’s plateau and was amongst a bunch of other photographers who called out to Bill Shankly to turn around and face them, this is one of the images that was captured.

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Kevin Keegan pictured with Liverpool FC boss Bill Shankly when he signed for the Reds.


Shanks practises some of his own football skills on the training pitch.

Shankly celebrates a win in front of The Kop.

Bill Shankly was a legendary manager, leading Liverpool F.C for 753 games, spanning 15 years.


Shankly and the Liverpool team pose for pictures with trophies in 1966.

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Shankly with the FA Cup trophy on board the train back to Liverpool in 1974

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In 1974, Bill Shankly retired as a manager. This picture shows him leading out his side for the 1974 FA Charity Shield alongside Brian Clough, the new manager of Leeds United

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He died on 29 September 1981. Here, a Liverpool fan holds aloft a homemade banner declaring ‘Shankly Lives Forever’ as he and all of Anfield commemorate the much-loved former manager.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the most iconic photos of Bill Shankly, if you’d like to delve into his fascinating life more, visit the Shankly Hotel and check out the never-seen-before memorabilia in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Or, why not try a Shankly Tour Experience and see the Liverpool Shanks loved.

7 Highlights from Our Shankly Tours

At its heart, Liverpool is a football city. With two great teams representing the real heart of Liverpool, taking a football-themed tour of the city is the best way to see the history that shaped the sport that our city holds so dear. Our Shankly Tours are built with you in mind, taking you to see iconic landmarks across the city.

For an LFC super fan and Bill Shankly admirer, our Match Day and Memorabilia Tours are the perfect way to get a glimpse into Shankly’s Liverpool.

Take a look at just some of the highlights of both these incredible tours and get excited to begin your journey around the city that made for Shankly.

Pre-Game Hospitality at the legendary Sandon Pub

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The Sandon is one of the most famous red pubs in Anfield and is well-known as the ‘birthplace of Liverpool Football Club’. The first brewer in The Sandon was once president of Everton FC in their early days before he started his own football club when the relationship turned sour.

The football club he started would go on to become Liverpool FC as we know them today. Fans flood through the doors of The Sandon every match day to experience the authentic and unique atmosphere that can only come from a pub with deep ties to the Reds.

Our Match Day Tour offers you the option to enjoy pre-match hospitality at the iconic Liverpool drinking hole. If you purchase the entire Match Day Package, you’ll enjoy a free drink on arrival, a delicious, home-cooked meal and unlimited hot drinks before you head to the stadium to watch Klopp’s eleven do their thing.

Match Day Stadium Tour

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When you book onto a Match Day Tour, not only will you get to see all of Bill Shankly’s favourite haunts, you’ll also get a behind the scenes look at Anfield itself.

While the fans are preparing for a thrilling 90 minutes, you’ll get to see the areas that only players and VIP guests can visit. Touch the infamous This Is Anfield sign, walk down the players’ tunnel and stop by the press area and see where many a post-match reflection has taken place.

You’ll even be able to get a photo in Klopp’s seat and see what it’s like to be the man in charge!

Visit the Ground Where LFC Players Train

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Melwood, in West Derby, has been the training ground for Liverpool FC players for decades. After years of use as a school football training ground, the area was in a state of disrepair. Shankly noted in his autobiography that ‘it was a sorry wilderness’ and pledged to improve the training conditions.

Shankly helped to transform and revolutionise Melwood into a top-class training facility. One that his incredible team deserved.

Shankly spent many hours here, making sure his team were up to standard and perfecting his ‘pass and move, keep it simple’ philosophy.

You can now cast your own eye over the place where Liverpool players spend hours upon hours perfecting their techniques and training to be the best in the world.

The Shankly Playing Fields

During his time as Liverpool FC manager, Shankly took up residence in Sandforth Road in West Derby, just a few minutes walk from Melwood training ground.

Sitting at the top end of Sandforth Road are the Shankly Playing Fields, a recreational public area where children, teenagers and adults alike can come together for a bit of football fun.

When he wasn’t leading to Reds to victory, kids of the time reported that he used to come and referee for their friendly matches.

Keith Duckworth, a Liverpool native, once had the privilege of using Shankly’s toilet when nature called one day on Shankly Playing Field’s grass. He said: “Couldn’t believe I was sat on his loo. He told me that if I wanted to play for Liverpool, I should play for a team instead of watching them.”

On the Match Day Tour, you can catch a glimpse of the playing fields and imagine a time when Shankly used to grace the grass and inspire aspiring footballers of West Derby.

Shankly’s West Derby Home

When you visit the Shankly Playing Fields, you’ll also get the chance to see where Bill Shankly lived with Nessie.

Everyone in the area knew Bill and everyone developed a strong respect for the Liverpool manager. He was always friendly, always kind and would stop and sign autographs and speak to anyone that took the time to say hello.

The house is modest for such an icon and hero, but what more would you expect from such a down to earth man?

Guided Tour of our Shankly Memorabilia

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The Shankly Hotel is not only one of the highest rated hotels in Liverpool, it also serves as a lasting monument to the man that changed Liverpool FC forever.

With iconic items from Shankly’s life such as his original contract, trophies and personal artefacts, there’s no place like the Shankly Museum to get your fill of everyone’s favourite football manager.

The guided tour of all this memorabilia is a great way to hear all about the items on display, including anecdotes and explanations that can only be heard from someone who knows them inside out.

A Photo with Bill Shankly Himself

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In 2016, we launched the Shankly Virtual Experience in The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, offering a unique experience for Shankly fans.

The virtual reality hologram will place Bill at your table, enjoying your food with you as you soak in all the memorabilia that the restaurant has to offer.

When you embark on a Memorabilia Tour at The Shankly Hotel, you’ll get your very own photo with the man himself. It truly has to be seen to be believed!

Book One of Our Shankly Tours

All of our Shankly Tours are an incredible way to see Liverpool with a difference, whether you’re visiting Shankly’s favourite spots or gazing upon the memorabilia that was generously donated by his family, they’re the perfect way to spend an afternoon doing something different in Liverpool.

Match Day Tours are available when Liverpool are playing at home in Anfield and the Guided Memorabilia Tour can be experienced every day at 12pm in the Shankly Museum. Make sure you book in advance so you aren’t disappointed!

Email us at to secure your place on an unforgettable Shankly Tour in Liverpool.

Derby Food & Drink Offer: Liverpool v Everton this Friday

This Friday, come in from the cold and enjoy a cosy night at The Bastion with an unmissable offer!

Situated within Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel, you can look forward to an unrivalled atmosphere.

Celebrating the life and legacy of Bill Shankly, visitors to The Bastion can also make the most of our exclusive memorabilia.

Provided by the Shankly family, our stylish bar and restaurant features a museum of special belongings.

Guests can admire everything from Bill’s personal typewriter to original LFC contract.

Derby Deal at The Bastion

Our fantastic Derby deal is available for just £12.95pp and includes live entertainment, food and drink.

You can look forward to delicious food and a drink on arrival plus the live game on big screen TVs.

Plus, you won’t want to miss our In-Play drinks offers including 2 for 1 on shots when LFC score first.

Not forgetting, LFC winning at halftime means 2 for 1 at the bar and an LFC win means 2 for 1 for an hour after the full-time whistle.

If you’ll be joining us with a group of mates, you can also enjoy 4 pint pitchers for £10 , 5 bottles for £12 and double up on house spirits for £1 extra.

This dazzling deal also incorporates a Triple AAA Sports memorabilia raffle and live themed music to keep spirits high!

So, there’s plenty to get your hands on while watching the match in action.

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

A blend of contemporary and classic style gives The Shankly Hotel a luxury yet comfortable feel.

Rooms at The Shankly exude charm and character with fantastic facilities for the perfect stay.

Spend a night in style with your very own double whirlpool Jaccuzi bath, 50″ TV Screen, Bluetooth and free Wifi.

Situated in the heart of Liverpool city centre, enjoy some New Year’s shopping the following day or explore the best of local attractions.

And there’s plenty more to keep you busy in your room. Our Midnight Munchies menu is available from 11pm – 5am so you can make the most of your stay.

The jam-packed menu includes 2 for £10 on selected cocktails plus a range of tasty snacks including sandwiches, pizzas and hot dogs.

And the next day, why not enjoy a lazy morning? Our Lazy Beer Brunch is available from 12pm – 2pm.

This includes full breakfast and chips served to your table with fresh orange juice, coffee, or tea and a hair of the dog pint!

The Upcoming Football Quarter

Last year, we announced the upcoming Football Quarter in Liverpool. And if you’re an Everton fan or you have one in the family, it’s well worth keeping an eye out!

Set to celebrate the friendly rivalry that unites football fans across the city, The Dixie Dean Hotel will sit opposite The Shankly.

The ‘Football Quarter’ will be the first in the world, showcasing the unique and long-standing football history of the city.

Following the success of The Shankly Hotel, the Dixie Dean themed venue will follow a similar format with close involvement from the football icon’s family.

So join us this Friday for an unforgettable Derby night! To book your table simply get in touch on 0151 541 9999.

The Shankly Hotel: What’s On in January Liverpool 2018

Leave the January blues behind and let the fun continue with a winter visit to Liverpool.

With so much to see and do, why not start the New Year in style at The Shankly Hotel?

Find yourself within walking distance of Liverpool’s world famous attractions and top theatres and shops.

So if you’re looking for the best of what’s on in Liverpool this January, take a browse of our recommendations…

Gerry and the Pacemakers

When: Until 7th January 2018

Where: Museum of Liverpool

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This January, don’t miss the last few days of the Gerry and the Pacemakers at Museum of Liverpool.

This spectacular exhibition captures the Merseybeat group at their very best.

Find yourself swept away by sentimental 60s nostalgia as you explore captivating images taken by Graham Spencer and Peter Kaye.

You can look forward to seeing Gary Marsden’s infectious charisma captured inside Liverpool’s world famous Cavern Club.


When: Saturday 9th December

Where: The Playhouse Liverpool

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Prepare to sit on the very edge of your seat this January in Liverpool.

Liverpool’s charming Playhouse theatre will be filled with the twists and turns of Baskerville, the Sherlock Holmes mystery.

Cosy up with a misty and mysterious moors tale as you laugh along to genius wit and gasp with suspense!

Fast and Furious Live

When: 11th – 12th January 2018

Where: Echo Arena Liverpool

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Get ready for a night of non-stop thrills at Fast & Furious Live this January in Liverpool.

The atmospheric Echo Arena is set to play host to two action-packed preview performances that you won’t want to miss!

This adrenaline-fuelled show is sure to keep you hooked from start to finish with showstopping stunts and precision performance driving.

You can also expect to feel transported straight into the Fast & Furious movies with the help of immersive 3D projection mapping.

The Late Wake Club: David Bowie

When: Saturday 13th January 2018

Where: Camp and Furnace

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Celebrate the life and legacy of the one and only David Bowie this January in Liverpool.

The Late Wake Club will be returning on Saturday 13th January for a night of dazzling music brought to you by Camp and Furnace’s resident DJ.

Get ready to hear every iconic Bowie hit as Liverpool’s leading warehouse venue is filled with electric atmosphere.

Not forgetting, you’ll have the chance to get Bowied over at the makeover station!

Celebrating Sgt Pepper: Live

When: 13th January 2018

Where: Liverpool Echo Arena

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Beatlemania is back this January at Echo Arena Liverpool. And it’s certain to be an evening of singing, dancing and non-stop entertainment.

The Bootleg Beatles and award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be teaming up for an unmissable fusion of live music.

This spectacular night is set to celebrate 10 years of the arena and a half century of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Hear the iconic album in its entirety, as well as timeless favourites including ‘Strawberry Fields’, ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘All You Need is Love’.

The Band: Take That’s New Musical

When: 23rd January – 3rd February 2018

Where: Liverpool Empire

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The ultimate musical for anyone who grew up with a favourite boyband, get ready for a nostalgic coming-of-age journey with The Band.

Award winning writer Tim Firth tells the story of five friends in 1992 and 25 years later as they set out to meet their favourite band.

Hear the infectious sounds of Britain’s most successful boyband of all time with hits including ‘Never Forget’, ‘Back for Food’ and ‘A Million Love Songs’.

So don’t miss this breathtaking production at Liverpool Empire Theatre before it takes to the stage at London’s West End!

A Luxury Stay at The Shankly Hotel

Christmas doesn’t have to be the end of relaxation. Why not start January off in utter luxury at The Shankly Hotel?

Our stylish rooms and suites are perfect for enjoying an overnight stay in the heart of the city.

Rooms feature fantastic facilities including everything from double whirlpool baths to 50″ TV screens, Bluetooth and free WiFi.

As Liverpool’s unique Bill Shanky-themed venue, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of exclusive memorabilia.

See Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract, personal typewriter and lots more within our hotel and stunning Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

To book your stay with us or to enquire further about what to expect, simply get in touch with our helpful team today on 0151 601 8801. 

Christmas With The Shankly Family

Every household has their own special Christmas traditions and the Shankly family are no different.

Despite his unwavering commitment to football; Bill Shankly was a big family man and loved to spend Christmas with his loved ones.

One of 10 children born to John and Barbara Shankly, his siblings were Alec, James, John Jnr, Bob, Netta, Elizabeth, Isobel, Barbara and Jean. Shankly placed a lot of worth and tribute to the family unit and carried these values into his own family when he married Nessie and had his own children.

We spoke to Jeanette Shankly, Bill’s second daughter, about what Christmas was like in the Shankly household with Bill, Nessie and her sister Barbara.

A Shankly Christmas

Christmas was a very traditional affair in the Shankly household. Every year, the Shankly’s would spend Christmas at their home and Nessie would cook their traditional Christmas dinner.

Shankly’s young family did a lot of moving around in their early years, and it wasn’t until 1959 when Bill became the manager of Liverpool F.C that they eventually put down permanent roots in the West Derby area of the City, an area the family never left to this day.

family and nessies dad

When she was young, Jeanette remembers their very traditional, happy family Christmases. However, on occasion, Bill would have to work.

“When we were younger, sometimes we were lucky if he was at home to spend Christmas with us. This was because depending on fixtures, he was usually playing or managing a team on Boxing Day. As a result, sometimes he would have to go away Christmas Eve or failing that, Christmas night.”

If by luck he wasn’t involved in football one way or another, he would spend the festive period with his family.

To celebrate this he would stretch to having a bit of whiskey in his tea. Shankly wasn’t a big drinker but on the rare occasion he did, it would always be a small whiskey.

Jeanette also remembers when Bill was managing Liverpool, every Christmas the Shankly family would receive a huge hamper full of festive food for the family to enjoy. Always a treat!

Bill and Agnes Shankly

As the family grew in size when both Barbara and Jean grew up to find partners, the whole family would usually go round to Bill’s on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and celebrate the festive season together.

However, it was still always touch and go whether he would be able to stay, as of course, football dominated his life!

Barbara gave Bill and Nessie their first grandchildren in the form of Karen, Pauline and Emma, and Jeanette soon followed suit with Jenny and Claire. Jeanette would go on to give birth to a sixth grandchild, and Bill’s first and one and only grandson, Chris.

Right up until the end, Bill Shankly’s family was the most important thing to him. Before his death he said: “There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

The History of Football at Christmas

Of course, The Shankly Family weren’t the only ones who knew that Christmas Day and football went hand in hand.

Today, Christmas Day is football free, however up until the 1950s football was once as much of a Christmas Day staple as the Queen’s Speech and pigs in blankets.

One of the great festive traditions that began in 1889 and remained very popular until the end of the 1950s, the Christmas Day home fixture was often the occasion when clubs attracted one of their highest home gates of the season.

But throughout the 1950s, attitudes changed towards playing sport on the 25th December.

Christmas Day 1957 saw a near full round of fixtures: 37 out of a maximum 46 games took place; in 1959 there were just two games.

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Understandably, Christmas Day football was very unpopular with the players, who felt it meant they could not enjoy the festivities and see their families.

As transport systems declined and crowds began to dwindle, the fixture eventually disappeared from the football calendar.

The final December 25th programme of games in England was in the 1957/58 season.

Today, games are still played on Boxing Day but Christmas Day football is a thing of the past.

We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our look inside the Shankly family Christmas.

Shankly’s Liverpool will be taking on Swansea City this Boxing Day 2017, with hopes they can maintain their top 4 place in the league! 

30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza at The Shankly Hotel

Spend a brilliant day watching boxing day football in Liverpool with the whole family at The Shankly Hotel. We’ve tailormade a special boxing day football event for families of footy fans to come together and enjoy the match in an amazing atmosphere.

Pop your new team shirt on and make your way to our 30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza this boxing day in Liverpool.

The best place to watch boxing day football 2017

Where else could you gather together with the whole family, enjoy a menu of delicious food, superb drinks offers and get a guaranteed seat to watch boxing day football in Liverpool?

At The Shankly Hotel, there’s nothing more important than family (but football comes close). Bill Shankly himself was a man who wholeheartedly dedicated himself to the game of football but still made time for his loving family.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza celebrates Shankly’s love of the game and his devoted family by giving people a safe and welcoming place to enjoy boxing day football in Liverpool.

The match will be screened on 10 TV’s dotted all around The Bastion Bar and Restaurant giving every fan unobstructed views of the action.

For just £19.95 per adult, a choice of meal from The Bastion Restaurant’s favourite dishes and a free drink is yours and better still your little footy fans eat for free.

Wait there’s more . . .

Throughout the game, a gifted local musician will be keeping the match day atmosphere alive playing a superb song list of LFC and other football-themed tunes.

To keep the whole family entertained we will also be giving you the chance to get your hands on some unbelievable prizes that include food, drink and accommodation in The Shankly Hotel.

Those in town to watch boxing day football in Liverpool will also have access to The Bastion Bar’s legendary drinks offers and enjoy the “In Play Drink” promotions where the prices are dictated what happening on the pitch.


On top of all this visitors will be able to peruse the wonderful collection of rare Shankly memorabilia including family photos telegrams and coveted LFC treasures.

The Shankly Hotel is Liverpool’s only football-themed hotel, that has family fun at its core so come enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool as Shankly would have, surrounded by family.

Why Bellefield?

When Shankly came to Liverpool he and his loving family settled down in West Derby in a house that is now a footballing landmark.

This family home is situated in the leafy suburbs of Liverpool on Bellefield Ave, within an easy walking distance of Walker Playing Fields, Melwood Training Ground and what is now known as the Bill Shankly Recreation Ground.

It was common practice for the large Shankly family to come together in the Bellefield family home where Shank’s would have the footy on and Nanny Ness would whip up a delicious family meal for everyone to tuck into.


Why not book your family a Shankly Tour including a trip to the hallowed ground which is the Shankly family home?

This, as well as a guided trip around the city’s most iconic cultural and footballing landmarks, ensures the whole family enjoy a fun, family day together before sitting down to watch the boxing day football in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel.

Book today to watch boxing day football in Liverpool

The Liverpool vs Swansea match kicks off at 17:30 pm giving you and the family plenty of time to enjoy a scrumptious evening meal, some “In Play Drinks” and toe-tapping music.

At The Bastion Bar and Restaurant, the homely atmosphere is perfect for bringing families together and for true football fans, a chance to learn a little more about the sports greatest player-manager.

Thanks to the Shankly family there’s plenty of fascinating Shankly stories associated with his time at Liverpool Football Club and hilarious anecdotes detailing Shankly as a family man can be found among the memorabilia.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza is the perfect combination of footballing family fun and the best way to enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool this year.

Also is you are hanging around in town consider the amazing Stardust Boxing Night Disco taking place in Eden our fabulous rooftop events venue click here for more details.

Call to book your table on 0151 541 9999 and check out some of our amazing seasonal accommodation offers here built for families of football.

Gifts for the Ultimate Shankly Fan this Christmas

If you have a dedicated Shankly fan in the family, then look no further for the perfect Christmas gift!

Forget the ordinary and treat someone special to a truly unforgettable Christmas.

Choose from a range of spectacular presents, including Shankly Tours and gift vouchers.

Shankly Experience Tours

Shankly Experience Tours offer bespoke tours of Liverpool.

Choose from an array of fantastic packages for the perfect personalised gift.

Some of our most popular tours include the Liverpool Was Made for Me tour and the Memorabilia Tour.

Liverpool Was Made for Me Tour

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Liverpool FC fans will find themselves in heaven with our Liverpool Was Made for Me package.

This football themed tour is a unique fusion of Liverpool’s world famous landmarks and footballing history.

Take a captivating journey through the remarkable past of two of football’s biggest clubs.

We’ll take a look back at Everton FC and its impact on LFC.

This tour also incorporates the unmissable Liverpool Football Club Tour of the stadium and Museum tour.

Memorabilia Tour

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The Memorabilia tour is another fan favourite at The Shankly.

Giving you an up close and personal experience, you’ll be greeted by a member of the Shankly family.

From there you’ll be swept away on a personal guided tour of The Shankly Hotel’s exclusive memorabilia.

Our collection includes Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

You’ll also have the chance to experience our Virtual Reality Shankly experience.

For just £20pp this is an incomparable treat for Bill Shankly fans.

A Delicious Meal & Memorabilia

This winter, wine and dine in style at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

Treat your other half, friends or family to an exquisite meal in the heart of Liverpool.

The Bastion is a go-to spot for delicious meals prepared to perfection by our talented chefs.

Choose from warming winter dishes and hearty meals guaranteed to hit the spot.

Main Courses include everything from Slow Braised Ox Cheek to Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.

Our tempting desserts range from mouthwatering Sticky Toffee Pudding to Strawberry Cheesecake.

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The Bastion is one of a kind. Ideal for Shankly fans, guests can dine surrounded by our museum of memorabilia.

Admire our archives of rare memorabilia showcasing the life and legacy of Bill Shankly.

One of our most fantastically festive why not join us for Festive Afternoon Tea?

Our famous selection of sweet and savoury treats has been given a special Christmas twist.

Food is without a doubt one of the best ways to the heart. And we’re certain this one will go down a treat!

Come in from the cold and tuck in to tasty scones, sandwiches and delicious cakes from just £19.95pp.

A Luxury Overnight Stay

Treat someone special to a luxury overnight stay at The Shankly.

Perfect for a cosy stay during the winter months, rooms at The Shankly blend classic and contemporary style.

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Enjoy a night of utter relaxation with our deluxe beds and rejuvenating whirlpool baths.

Located on bustling Victoria Street, you’ll find plenty to do surrounding the hotel.

We have a range of wonderful hotel offers to make your Christmas all the more magical.

Take a wander of Liverpool’s enchanting Christmas markets or explore the city’s top bars and restaurants.

Shankly Hotel Gift Vouchers

If you’re feeling a little spoilt for choice, our Signature Group gift vouchers could be the answer.

You can purchase and personalise a gift voucher by adding a message and sending it via email, text or 1st class post.

Upon receiving their gift voucher, Shankly fans will be able to choose the ultimate Christmas gift.

To enquire further or to book your visit to The Shankly or Bastion, you can contact us on 0151 601 8801.

World Kindness Day: Touching stories about the kindness of the Shanklys

The people of Liverpool and fans of LFC remember and cherish Bill Shankly’s name and memory as an undeniable force of kindness. On world kindness day we’ve decided to explore some of the ways in which Bill Shankly’s kindness has endured today.

The kindness of Shankly

It’s a well-known fact that Bill Shankly was a man of the people in every interview given by those who knew him well, endless anecdotes are recounted about his unfailing ability to lift people’s spirits.

Accounts of utter selflessness, unyielding determination to get the best out of people and a wicked sense of humour are all available to read about in the Shankly stories.

We have picked out a few instances where Shankly’s kindness stood out for family members and fans, remaining still strong in their memories today.

Grandson Chris Shankly recalls an interview with his mum when probing about what Shankly was like in the home.

Jeanette remembers her father being entirely devoted to football and LFC, but this didn’t detract from his domestic duties around the house. He helped wherever he could and often got involved in household improvements proving he could still be counted on as the man of the house.

The stories, however, did not always involve domestic successes as Jeanette thinks back to a time when the garden wall was repointed. Shanks came home and realised the workmen had left quite a mess on his front path, so he grabbed the hose to wash away the debris only to also remove all the fresh pointing from the wall as well.

The kindness of Bill Shankly certainly didn’t stop at work or at home and it was his love of the people of Liverpool that has kept him held in such high esteem for all these years, a hero of the city.

After retiring from his position as manager at LFC to spend some quality time with his family Shanks often received fan mail and it was his pleasure to reply to as many as humanly possible. One such letter to a 13-year-old boy shows just how much he honoured his fans and cherished their admiration and support.

It’s not hard to see why Liverpool adopted Shanks as an honorary Scouser the man literally lived for his family, the game and the people and was devoted wholeheartedly to all three until the end.

The kindness of Nessie

The woman behind the great man, Agnes Wren Shankly was hailed by many as the first lady of football. A gentle soul with a strong spirit and an unwavering support for her husband, Nessie was credited with being the glue that held the Shankly household together.

When she wasn’t cooking or providing refreshments for fans who knocked to see or speak to Bill she was getting involved in as many local charities as possible including RNIB among others.

Chris has fond memories of calling in on his Nanny Ness whilst playing with friends, asking for his usual weekly pocket money and a Chunky Choc Ice. His memories include having the best cups of tea and being quizzed about his wellbeing.

“Nanny Ness would always ensure we had everything we needed and when she was satisfied we did she would give us something anyway just to be sure”

A story about Nanny Ness that perfectly supports the ideas behind world kindness day is the day Nanny Ness was robbed.

She had driven to show her face at an event and left her belongings in the car which was broken into and her belongings were stolen. When word got out that these belongings were that off Nessie Shankly’s they were returned sharpish showing that because Nessie looked after the people they, in turn, looked after her.

These may seem like the actions of any devoted Grandmother and wife but given the fact that Nessie’s husband was also married to the game of football it must have taken a lot for her to remain such a steadfast support to Bill Shankly and their family.

Shankly Hotel Kindness

Of course, any venture to bear the name of Shankly under the guidance of the Shankly family themselves has at its heart a drive to satisfy and impress; just like Shankly himself.

With this in mind, those who own and operate The Shankly Hotel work hard to ensure every guest through the doors are given exceptional experiences and the chance to make fond everlasting memories.

There have been instances where staff have been able to continue the legacy of kindness left behind by Bill Shankly. These have been wonderful opportunities where a Liverpool hotel has enriched the lives of individuals by extending the type of kindness expected from Bill Shankly himself.

Marie Wright

Like the terminally ill elderly lady who was welcomed at The Shankly Hotel during a trip to Liverpool to see LFC play at Anfield.

Marie Wright’s wish was made true by the wonderful fans at Irish Reds Club and Dublin 15 LFC, who arranged for a carer and wheelchair access into the match so Marie could see her team play a home game at least once in her lifetime.

Upon receiving contact from the groups Chris Shankly arranged for Marie to visit The Shankly Hotel along with her family where she could shake the hand of LFC Legend Roy Evans.

Katie and Sam

Just like Bill Shankly, when an inspiring story concerning a diehard LFC fan reached the ears of Chris Carline he did what he could to reach out and do something kind.

Katie and Sam are a young couple who had planned to visit Liverpool to watch Sam’s team, LFC at, home. This was a gift from Katie and the pair were very excited to visit the city.

Sadly, one January morning in 2016 Katie was unfortunate enough to have a car accident which left her seriously injured and unable to carry out her well-laid plans to join Sam at Anfield. The pair gave up their match tickets worked on Katie’s recovery.

Miraculously Katie did pull through and was able to walk, talk and study again by April 2016. A friend got in touch with both LFC and The Shankly Hotel and between the two Katie and Sam were invited to watch another game at Anfield and enjoyed a two-night stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Bill Shankly would be beaming at his grandson’s actions to both Marie and Katie as his own kindness was his dedication to the fans believing and knowing it was their support that made his time at Liverpool so rewarding.

It costs nothing to be kind

The Shankly Hotel is dedicated to making happy memories for everyone who comes through our doors. From the individual guest to entire wedding parties, we make it our mission to be kind and considerate to everyone we come into contact with every day.

See if you can remember the last time you reached out with an act of kindness on world kindness day 13th November 2017, or let us know if you can remember a time when someone was particularly kind to you.

It costs nothing to be kind.


The Ultimate Theatre Experience with The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool is renowned for its spectacular theatre and dynamic music scene. And this November, there’s plenty in store for you!

See world-class performances and record breaking shows brought to life on Liverpool’s fantastic theatre stages.

Whether you fancy a dazzling night out of laughter or an unforgettable musical experience, take a look at our recommendations!

You may also want to join us at The Shankly Hotel for our fabulous pre-theatre menu or a cosy overnight stay.

Top Theatre Shows in Liverpool this November

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

When: Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th November

Where: Liverpool Empire

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Catch the globe-trotting Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience in action this November in Liverpool.

With sold-out signs across the world, from Sydney Opera House to Canada, this is an unmissable chance to see Basil, Sybil and Manuel grace the Liverpool Empire stage.

Comedy fans will be pleased to hear that only a third of this laugh-out-loud show is scripted, so you can look forward to personal, improvised comedy as its best.

The interactive show has welcomed non-stop rave reviews and been described as “a two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation” by The Daily Telegraph.

War Horse

When: November 2017

Where: Liverpool Empire

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War Horse is without a doubt one of the most successful shows in the world, enjoying 8 record breaking years in London’s West End.

Based upon the critically acclaimed novel by Michael Morpurgo, see this powerful story brought to life at Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Described as “the theatre event of the decade” by Sunday Times, War Horse is the phenomenal war drama that you’ve been waiting for.

Prepare to be astounded by atmospheric and captivating music as well as striking life-sized horses, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.

Purple Rain: A Celebration of Prince

When: Monday 6th November 2017

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic

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What better venue for a spectacular celebration of legendary Prince than the grand Liverpool Philharmonic Hall?

Purple Rain are renowned for showcasing a world class celebration of the life and legacy of the singing sensation.

The jam-packed show delivers truly mesmerising music and entertainment from a full eight-piece live band.

Expect to be blown away as your favourite Prince hits fill the walls of this magnificent venue.

For Love or Money

When: Tuesday 1st November – Saturday 25th November

Where: The Playhouse

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The Liverpool Playhouse is one of Liverpool’s most charming buildings, dating back to 1866 when it first stood as a music hall.

Catch For Love or Money on stage as it brings the iconic theatre a November of infectious entertainment.

Receiving fantastic four star reviews from The Guardian, The Times and The Observer, it’s safe to say that you’re in for a treat!

Set in a small town in Yorkshire, you’ll soon find yourself swept away with this comedic tale of a love, rivalry and avarice.

The crowd-pleasing production is adapted by Blake Morrison from Alain-Rene Lesage’s eighteenth-century comedy Turcaret.

The Everyman Rock n Roll Panto

When: Saturday 25th November – Saturday 20th January

Where: The Everyman

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This November, Liverpool’s best loved panto is back in town!

And this year, the hilarious cast are diving head first into their roles with a production of The Little Mermaid.

The Everyman’s rock ‘n’ roll panto is simply one of a kind, bringing the best of pantomime and theatre together.

Renowned as the notorious dame and master of mischief, Francis Tucker and Adam Keast are set to make their return to the stage, so you can expect plenty of laughs along the way!

Not forgetting, the show will once again showcase the spectacular live band, the perfect accompaniment to the show.

Situated along picturesque Hope Street, don’t miss out on an enchanting night of festive family fun.

Join us at The Bastion for a Bite to Eat

Our brand new menu is perfect for a delicious bite to eat before catching a theatre show in Liverpool.

Choose from warming winter starters including our Homemade Soup of the Day and hearty main courses.

Our delicious Pan Seared Seabass Fillet and Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini will leave you spoilt for choice as you browse our diverse menu.

Top it all off with a sweet treat from our selection of desserts.

Discover everything from mouthwatering Chocolate and Salted Caramel Fondant to tempting Strawberry Cheesecake.

A Luxury Hotel in Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel is one of the top hotels in Liverpool, offering guests a unique and luxury experience.

The Bill Shankly-themed hotel welcomes guests from across the globe in search of something special.


Located in the heart of the city centre, you’ll find Liverpool’s cultural attractions and theatres only a short walk or taxi ride away.

Situated on buzzing Victoria Street, we’re a favourite for those catching late night theatre shows in Liverpool.

Rooms at the Shankly offer the perfect blend of contemporary and classic style, with fantastically high quality facilities.

Don’t miss our wide range of Autumn hotel deals to choose from for a special overnight stay.

So come in from the cold this November and join us for the ultimate theatre experience at The Shankly Hotel.

To enquire further or to book your visit, you can contact our friendly team today on 0151 236 0166.