Strap on your Lederhosen, grab your steins and get ready for an Oom-pah-ing good time at Liverpool Oktoberfest 2017. Taking over Pier Head this giant German festival has become a favourite among Liverpool residents and visitors alike and will be hosted this weekend from 21st – 24th September.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect from Liverpool Oktoberfest 2017.
Cheap German Beer
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Fans of a perfectly brewed golden ale will understand the joy of picking up a chilled glass of German beer. Especially when it comes in huge stein glasses that can hold two pints of the stuff.
This year your pennies will stretch further too as organisers are selling these giant bevvies for just £8.
Unlikely to run short Oktoberfest will be supplied by a tanker holding 23,000 litres of specially brewed beer brought in from a 200-year-old Bavarian brewery.
Steins for everyone.
Traditional Bavarian attire will be worn by all staff at Liverpool Oktoberfest, ladies in their dirndl and guys getting their pins out in Lederhosen.
These delightful garments have been around for centuries inspired by the traditional garb of peasants who lived and still live in the Alps.
In the1870’s the dirndl became the height of fashion among ladies of the upper classes in Austria and by 1890 the popularity of the garment had spread to the rest of the country.
A properly tailored dirndl can set you back a couple of hundred euros, made from custom printed fabrics and made to measure.
The dirndls of today are still worn on formal or special occasions by Austrian and Bavarian ladies. The less traditional outfits, whilst styled similar to the dirndl are reserved for festivals or costumes in themed bars and restaurants around the world.
Translated literally as “leather breeches” Lederhosen are derived from the working-class uniform of Bavaria.
The tough wearing material of Lederhosen was perfect for men who daily undertook physical labour in their job roles.
Instead of catapulting to the height of fashion at the end of the 17th-century Lederhosen popularity declined as it was regarded as clothing for “uncultured peasants” rather than fashionable attire for the upper classes.
The classic Lederhosen and techniques for tailoring them are now preserved as a heritage Bavarian garment and are regarded as a symbol of Bavarian pride or male virility. Many regional men still chose to wear Lederhosen to carry out taxing outdoor chores or to attend local festivals or pubs.
At Oktoberfest, both dirndl and Lederhosen will be making an appearance in traditional and more modern forms. Get into the spirit and check out the latest modern Bavarian fashion here for inspiration.
Deliciously Traditional Delicacies
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All this beer will need soaking up with some tasty food and luckily Oktoberfest will be bringing more than mass quantities of German alcohol down to Pier Head.
Immerse yourself in the Bavarian culture completely by dining on dishes such as Bratwurst, Brezel, Schnitzel and Schweinebarten. All perfect dishes to accompany a pint or tow of Bavarian beer made mainly of pork and pastry.
Better still there are fabulous offers for both beer and food available including Bavarian sausage, fries and a ½ pint of Feistber, just to get you started.
Full on Festival Atmosphere
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Through the weekend there will be a live DJ playing some traditional and popular German tunes and of course what Oktoberfest would be complete without an Oom-pah band.
Prepare yourself by brushing up on your German music knowledge with a few favourite tracks;
Anton aus Tyrol
Cowboy und Indianer (Kom hol das Lasso raus)
Ein Prosit der Gemuetlichkeit
Zikke Zakke, Zikke Zakke hey hey hey
You and your friends are guaranteed an experience of German heritage and culture as well as a full stomach and a taste for finely brewed German beer at this year’s Liverpool Oktoberfest.
Don’t forget to grab yourself a souvenir stein glass and head on down to Pier Head this weekend.
The Perfect Oktoberfest Accommodation
Moments away from Oktoberfest fun The Shankly Hotel is the ideal place to rest your tired feet after a day dancing to Oom-pah tunes.
The Shankly Hotel’s group accommodation can sleep up to four guests in pure luxury with huge comfy beds, double whirlpool baths and stylish décor.
What’s more, the Bastion Bar and Restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere for winding down after Oktoberfest fun and will serve you a hearty breakfast the following day to help you recover.
The Shankly Hotel is Liverpool’s only football-themed hotel in the heart of the city. Themed around Liverpool’s favourite football player/manager, Bill Shankly, guests can enjoy a one of a kind hotel experience including a trip into the career and life of the great man himself.
For more information about the Shankly Hotel or to book your stay for Oktoberfest Liverpool call 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com.
Bill Shankly was a true hero of Merseyside. Not only for his raging success in turning Liverpool football Club into the undeniable force it is today, but for his demeanour and connection with the people of the city he came to call home.
To help celebrate The Shankly Hotel’s second birthday, we invited our Facebook followers to share some of their stories of the great man himself, offering an endearing insight into how Liverpool’s greatest football manager was a down to earth and well-loved man.
“Sometimes you have to lose to know how to win”
“When I was 11 my Dad used to run the local Boxing club when I had my first fight I was so excited partly because it was my first fight but mainly because Bill Shankly was giving the trophies out.
Well, I got beat and instead of picking up my runners up trophy I ran out of the ring and into the changing room. I was really upset because in my eyes I had let my Dad down and I had done it in front of the great man. My Dad was trying to console me saying it would be ok.i wasn’t having any of it. Then in came Shanks which reduced me to a blubbering jelly.
You forgot this and gave me the runners up trophy. He put his hand on my shoulder and said: ‘Don’t worry son sometimes you have to lose to know how to win.’
With that he went out to watch the next bout. There was me with a smile as wide as the Mersey I’ve never ever forgot that day and told the story many times over the years. The word legend is used too often these days but in my eyes, there couldn’t be a more appropriate word to describe Shanks”
The Letter to a Fellow Footballer
“This is the letter Bill Shankly sent to Jeff Twentyman the father of my friend Will Twentyman congratulating him on his move to Liverpool and his step up from the third division to the first which is now the premier league and top tier of English football.
This letter which also features in his book the secret diary of a Liverpool scout all about the scouting work Jeff did as he continued to be a great servant to the club for many years after he finished playing for them.
The reason the story is also amusing is because the reason behind the move was a floodlight fire causing part of the ground at the club he was at before was the reason he was sold as the most valuable player at the club at that time to raise funds!”
Mobbed at a Charity Football Match
“In the early 1970’s, when I was about ten, the local football team Poulton Victoria had a football pitch at the back of our house in Wallasey and they hosted a charity match with some big celebrities such as Rod Stewart and Jimmy Hill and it was even filmed by the BBC!
Towards the end of the game Bill Shankly turned up and was absolutely mobbed by fans, I was so overwhelmed I touched his coat and he looked down at me and smiled.
I can still feel that coat, it was a brown raincoat and the memory is as fresh as yesterday over 40 years later.”
Bill Shankly’s Toilet
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“We used to play football on Barnfield Playing fields now known as the Shankly playing fields when I was about 10. We had our jackets as posts and he lived opposite and used to come across and ref.
One day I needed the loo and was about to leave early but instead, he took me home to his to use his toilet so I didn’t miss the footy. Couldn’t believe I was sat on his loo. He also told me that if I wanted to play for Liverpool I should play for a team instead of watching them.
I did just that on his say so. Never played for Liverpool but love playing and love Mr Shankly as we used to call him. An absolute legend who always looked out for us kids.”
Always the Life of the Party
“It was either the 1971 or 1973 FA Cup Final when I would have been 10 or 12 years old. We were having a street party for the cup final in Handel Street (which was off Lodge Lane but sadly no longer there).
The road was partially blocked off due to the party and a car came down the street, stopped and out got Bill Shankly. He was made up we were having a street party for Liverpool. He stayed for a while and chatted to all the adults and children. I said “Hello Mr Shankly” and he shook my hand.
I couldn’t believe how friendly and down to earth he was and the memory will last forever.”
The Man Who Could Walk on Water
“When my husband and I were walking down Muirhead Avenue one afternoon Bill was waiting in his car for his wife Nessie to come out of the hairdressers.
My hubby asked him if it was true that he could walk on water. Bill looked him straight in the eye and said ‘Aye laddie aye.’”
One thing is for sure, the people of Liverpool loved Bill Shankly and Bill Shankly loved Liverpool. Although he was raised in Scotland, the people and the city of Liverpool will always have space in their heart for the man that changed football forever.
In Liverpool, music and football go hand in hand thanks to the rise in both Merseybeat and the quality of Merseyside football in the 1950’s. After Bill Shankly accepted the manager’s role at Liverpool football club there was a dramatic turnaround in performance and of course, Beatlemania began to traverse the globe as the boys made headlines with their unique sound.
The Shankly Museum holds vast archives of rare Shankly memorabilia but none showcase the link between Liverpool music and football so much as the telegram that will be unveiled to mark the two-year anniversary of The Sahnkllky Hotel opening. Shanks received the telegram from the FabFour on the day of the 1965 FA Cup Final when Liverpool played Leeds and won.
This remarkable piece of footballing and music memorabilia marks an upturn in the pop and Kop culture of Liverpool. These two fascinating phenomena took audiences across the world by storm creating a combined passion for Liverpool football and Merseybeat music.
“I’m just one of the people who stands on the Kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It’s a kind of marriage of people who like each other.”
Shankly was loved by Liverpool, not just for what he did to transform the city’s beloved team but also for his quick wit and sharp humour. Scousers are known for being direct, straight talking people with hearts of gold and that’s just what Shankly was like.
Above all Shankly was a down to earth man who knew the magnitude of the task he had ahead of him when he walked through the main entrance at Anfield in December 1959.
It wasn’t long before his work was rewarded as Liverpool football club climbed the ranks sweeping into division one by April 1962.
The turn around delighted fans who could be heard singing their hearts out from the Kop urging their players onward and upwards.
Fathers would drop their boys into the “boy’s pen” and go stand with their mates bellowing out tune after tune from the charts, which at the time was filled with tracks from local Merseybeat bands.
“The fans here are the greatest in the land. They know the game and they know what they want to see. The People on the Kop make you feel great – yet humble.”
The rise in the quality of Liverpool football, thanks to Shanks’, mirrored another sweeping craze of the sixties; Beatlemania.
Four boys from the city were taking the music world by storm producing track after track, each hitting the UK top ten and holding their positions for weeks on end.
Of course, the people of Liverpool were jubilant at this point as two of their homegrown talents were sweeping the world and coming up trumps.
Liverpool Football club even played the top ten at Anfield matches through the PA system before the game as almost every song belonged to a Merseybeat band. This also became known as the earliest instance of pre-match entertainment.
Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Beatles had arrived on the music scene as had Liverpool football club in the international world of football.
The synchronicity of the two occurrences stirred something inside the people of Liverpool creating the amazing mix of music loving football fans we have today.
The Beatles and Shankly
The Beatles are known for having no particular ties to either of the Merseyside football clubs and quite famously when Brian Epstein asked for tickets for the 1965 FA Cup final for the boys Shanks replied;
“I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on the Kop, any tickets I have spare will be going to my mates on the Kop.”
Never the less The Beatles sent support to their home team on the day of the 1965 FA Cup final against Leeds, the clubs greatest moment to date and a testament to Shankly, the man who put them there.
The FabFour sent a telegram wishing the team and Shanks the best of luck and letting them know they’d be watching on TV.
Liverpool went on to play a gruelling match against Leeds, who also gave it their all, and the FA Cup final of 1965 went into extra time with no goals scored.
The first goal of extra time was scored in a matter of minutes putting Liverpool up by one, then Leed’s equalised seven minutes later making it neck and neck. The final goal was scored in the 117th minute by Liverpool winning the game and giving Liverpool their first-ever FA Cup triumph.
Could the Beatles telegram have given them the extra push to perform or was it just the brilliance of Shankly and the player’s reluctance to disappoint him and their fans?
All we know is that The Beatles telegram to Shanks now serves as a reminder of one of Liverpool’s finest footballing moments and Shankly’s “greatest day”.
The Shankly Hotel Museum
Come along and learn more about the man and legend Bill Shankly, take a guided tour of the museum and be recounted with heartwarming stories about the great man from those who knew him best, his family.
Take a Shankly Experience tour around Liverpool, discovering important sites of local history and heritage as well as seeing the hallowed grounds of Anfield or Goodison.
You can even stay the night with amazing accommodation offers that can include, overnight stays, breakfast or evening meals in luxury Shankly themed hotel rooms.
After two wonderful years have passed since we opened our doors to the public The Shankly Hotel has helped make some amazing memories for our guests, our staff and the city of Liverpool. We look forward to what the future holds at The Shankly Hotel.
Call on 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool’s only football-themed city centre hotel.
Not that we need a reason to spoil ourselves but when one comes up it’s wrong not to take advantage. That’s why during afternoon tea week between the 14th and 21st of August The Shankly Hotel is inviting guests to stay overnight and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea after exploring the wonderful city.
As we said any excuse to spoil yourself and if a national celebration of afternoon tea isn’t a good excuse well we don’t know what is.
An Afternoon Tea Service with Style
Afterall, it is afternoon tea week and at The Shankly Hotel, our afternoon tea service certainly is a classy affair.
Served in the stylish and welcoming Bastion Bar and Restaurant our delicious afternoon tea will nourish you after spending some time in the city.
Take your afternoon tea with a nice hot cuppa or, as the national celebration dictates, make afternoon tea week special with a glass or two of bubbly.
Remember you are supposed to be treating yourselves here!
Our Shankly afternoon tea consists of mouthwatering preserves and pastries, delicate wraps and sarnies and a fresh selection of quaint cakes and sponges.
What’s more, you can immerse yourselves into Shankly Experience by taking a stroll around the Shankly Museum afterwards.
Read through some of the heartfelt letters sent to the man himself throughout his career and pour over rare and mesmerising Shankly relics.
Our reception area includes magnificent displays depicting Shankly’s footballing legacy and family life, pieces of which have been kindly bestowed upon the hotel from the Shankly family archives.
So much more than afternoon tea, at The Shankly Hotel, we do everything with a touch of effortless elegance helping visitors make memories worth keeping.
Shankly Themed Luxury Hotel Room
Top off your day in Liverpool with a stay in absolute luxury in one of our superbly stylish Shankly Hotel rooms.
Each room has been carefully designed to give guests a one of kind hotel experience in Liverpool, with a dignified decor and amazing in room facilities.
Our guests are blown away by the quality and comfort of the luxury rooms and studios at The Shankly Hotel, enjoying the flexible space and fabulous central location.
Every room comes complete with ensuite bathroom facilities, often including double whirlpool baths and rainfall showers.
What’s more, guests can continue to learn more about the great man Shankly as they drift off to sleep reading the stories and anecdotes emblazoned into the ceiling of their suite?
Afternoon tea week is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to our Stay and Afternoon Tea Offer at The Shankly Hotel between the 14th and 21st of August.
A Brilliant Breakfast Buffet
When you awake from a perfect night of blissful sleep the only way to begin your day is with a full belly bursting breakfast.
Make your way to the Bastion Bar and Restaurant to enjoy an amazing breakfast buffet, or sit down to a full English served with tea, coffee and fresh juices.
Our amazing chefs have sourced and prepared the best ingredients to fuel our guests up for the exciting day ahead.
Better still the breakfast is all part and parcel of the wonderful Stay and Afternoon Tea offer, so no need to shell out extra for this magnificent morning meal.
The entire Stay and Afternoon Tea offer is just £138 per couple including;
Luxury overnight stay
Amazing afternoon tea
Full buffet breakfast
So go on and book you and a special someone a little treat this afternoon tea week at The Shankly Hotel here or call 0151 601 8801 *
Exploring Liverpool The Shankly Way
Whilst you’re here really get to know the different sides of Liverpool and learn what helped shape the beautiful and exciting city we know and love today on a Shankly Tour.
Our sight seeing adventures take visitors all over the city.
From the hustle and bustle of the thriving city centre to the quaint and charming suburbs that filled with history and character.
Fans of footballing legends will know that Bill Shankly played a huge part in reviving Liverpool football club and transforming the team into the dominating football force we recognise today.
The Liverpool Was Made For Me tour stops at LFC rival club Goodison and LFC hallowed ground Anfield, after which fans of Shanks will get the chance to see his Liverpool family home followed by a tour of our wonderful Shankly memorabilia collection inside the hotel.
Just one of the fabulous tour packages on offer, and perfect for starting your break at The Shankly Hotel checking out some of the most iconic parts of the city.
Check out our other tour options here or contact our team via email email@example.com, they’ll be happy to help tailor your tour to suit you.
*subject to availability offer only valid Sunday to Thursday.
Not sure how to spend the summer? Whether you’re a Liverpool local or simply plan on visiting soon, look no further than our bespoke tours of Liverpool.
Perfect for sunny family days out in Liverpool, our Shankly Tours invite you to embark on a range of jam-packed adventures.
Brought to you by the Shankly family in collaboration with The Shankly Hotel, you’ll discover the city that Bill Shankly loved and the Beatles called home.
Experience the very best of Liverpool, from the picturesque waterfront to the leafy suburbs of John Lennon’s childhood.
Following your busy day out, you may be in need of a well earned pint or two! And you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant back at The Shankly Hotel.
Football Themed Tour of Liverpool
Bill Shankly famously said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.” And with our ‘Liverpool was Made for Me’ tour, you’ll discover why the footballing legend held Liverpool so close to his heart.
This bespoke football themed tour of Liverpool will take you on an unforgettable journey around the city. On this tour, famous landmarks are interwoven with footballing history and remarkable stories, making it perfect for local football fans as well as tourists.
This tour includes the chance to embark on the new Liverpool FC Stadium and Museum Tour and see sights that shaped two of the biggest clubs in football, Liverpool FC and Everton FC.
Combining the best of the city’s landmarks and football history, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups of friends, family and couples to come along and explore this captivating city.
Bill Shankly/Beatles Themed Tour in Liverpool
For a bespoke Beatles tour of Liverpool, this is just the ticket to ride that you’ve been dreaming of.
With Shankly Tours, you’ll discover how Beatlemania ran parallel to the rise of Liverpool FC with this nostalgic tour of Liverpool.
Perfect for couples and groups with a wider variety of interests, our Fab Four and Shanks Tour incorporates unmissable Beatles landmarks and Bill Shankly/LFC themed sights.
We’ll take you on a journey through time as you find yourself transported to the 1960s – the atmospheric era that saw choruses of “She Loves You” fill the Liverpool Kop.
Catch some tunes at the Cavern Club or snap a shot by Strawberry Field with fantastic Bill Shankly sights and stories along the way.
So for those hoping to avoid a squabble over the map, we’ve got you covered with something fantastic for everyone.
Match Day Tour in Liverpool
Not forgetting, we also offer the fantastic Match Day Tour, designed specifically for Liverpool FC match days.
We’ll take you on a special detour before the match as you visit an array of football themed destinations, followed by the new LFC Stadium Tour before the big kick off!
Customised Tours of Liverpool
If you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time or with a larger group, you may have a lengthy list of sights and landmarks you’re hoping to squeeze in.
Why not let us take care of the planning with our customised tours of Liverpool?
You can tell us what you’re looking for from your experience of Liverpool and we’ll do our best to create a personalised tour package tailored to you.
We can showcase the best of Liverpool by incorporating scenic suburban spots, famous homes and the most striking landmarks of Liverpool.
We hope to see you soon for an unforgettable summer day out. With our bespoke tours of Liverpool, you can see Liverpool through a whole new light.
Bill Shankly, Liverpool Football Club’s legendary manager, will be the subject of a new BBC feature length documentary that will hit the screens before the end of the year.
Bill Shankly was a hero to many people across the city and the film will look at his career and his goal to make Liverpool a ‘bastion of invincibility.’ Shankly: Nature’s Fire finished filming at the end of May this year and is due to air within a few months.
The Scottish manager was a true character on the streets of Liverpool and the new documentary will follow his story from start to finish, showcasing his charisma, strength, uniqueness and charm.
Shankly: Nature’s Fire
The film has received a great amount of support from the footballing community, with former players from Scotland and Liverpool Football Club acting as contributors. His family, fans and journalists, including Sports writer Hugh Mcillvanney and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, have also taken part to make this the best tribute to the legend himself.
The film was two years in the making and Peter Hooton, producer of the film and lead singer of local band The Farm was determined to do the story justice.
He said: “Shankly epitomised a different set of values that I think are still admired to this day. I agreed to be involved in the making of this documentary because Shankly was my boyhood hero”.
Shankly: Nature’s Fire will feature archive footage and interviews with those who knew the man best, footage from matches and from his day to day life to give a great representation of the personality and charm that the man himself was known for.
Liverpool FC’s Hero
Bill Shankly was the saviour of Liverpool football club, he took the club from a dwindling position in Second Division to a team that had a trophy cabinet to be proud of, as well as a solid place in First Division.
His now legendary quote, “my idea was to build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility. My idea was to build Liverpool up and up until eventually, everyone would have to submit and give in’, epitomised his attitude and determination to turn the club around.
He wasn’t always about the football, he was a stable family man who was loved by the community and his relatives alike. His grandson, Christopher Carline, credits his Nan, Bill’s wife, with the success and unfaltering determination of his Granddad. Agnes Wren Shankly supported the Scottish native through everything and is an icon and role model for the modern-day WAG.
A Lasting Tribute
The Shankly Hotel was a collaborative effort with the Shankly family to bring the people of Liverpool a lasting tribute to a Liverpool legend.
Offering fans a journey through the life and career of the man who changed the face of ~Liverpool’s football, The Shankly Hotel is a truly unique hotel and dining experience. From letters penned by Shankly himself to handwritten tactic sheets to private memorabilia, The Shankly Hotel is a one of a kind tribute to the man who was made for Liverpool.
Spoil the number one man in your life on this special day and make this a spectacular Father’s Day he’ll never forget.
A Breakfast of Champions
Starting in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, Dad can tuck into a huge buffet breakfast with all his favourites.
Fresh pastries and fruit, bread and preserves or a good old full English will be on the table as well as unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juice.
Start the day the right way in the Bastion as you and dad look forward to what’s still to come.
Take a look around the rare Bill Shankly memorabilia on display in our very own Shankly Museum before commencing onto the next portion of your special Father’s day out in Liverpool from The Shankly Hotel.
Liverpool Was Made For Me
The next portion of a truly memorable Father’s Day out in Liverpool’s comes in the form of a Shankly Experience Tour.
This amazing all encompassing tour will introduce you and dad to the city of Liverpool as seen through the eyes of Bill Shankly whilst he lived and worked in Liverpool.
Take a journey through the rich footballing heritage of Liverpool whilst enjoying tales about the legendary football manager as told by his family and friends.
After seeing and learning all about Shankly’s Liverpool your next stop will take you around the newly refurbished Anfield Stadium.
A New Anfield
Setting foot in Anfield for any football fan is a special experience, whether you are a Reds fan or not. The stadium holds so much history with regards to great footballing moments and sporting icons.
On this special Father’s Day out in Liverpool, you and Dad can take a tour around Anfield and check out the progress of works underway.
A brand-new pitch is being laid as we speak and there are another 40 jobs being carried out to improve the look and accessibility of Liverpool football clubs most hallowed grounds.
Dad will get to go behind the scenes and stand where legends have stood before him. A fabulous footballing experience for any true fan of the sport.
Back at The Shankly
With a new perspective on the life of Shankly in Liverpool, you can return to the Shankly Hotel and learn a little more about how the legend lived and worked.
Enjoy a complimentary drink as you hear all about the items on display in the Shankly museum.
Learn how each piece relates to the footballing icon and in doing so understand the effect Shankly had on all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Next, sit down to a superb three course Sunday lunch prepared by the talented hands of the Bastion Bar and Restaurant chefs who’ve made it their mission to provide a mouth-watering menu for dads who deserve treating this Father’s Day.
The special set menu includes;
Vine Ripened Tomato and Feta Bruschetta with Pine nuts and Ripped Basil
Roast Striploin of Beef, Tenderstem Broccoli, Chantenay Carrots, Mange Tout and Rich Beef Gravy, Served with a Yorkshire Pudding
Wild Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni Bake with a Garlic Ciabatta Crumb and House Salad (V)
Baked Chocolate Fondant, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
What more could you want?
If all this isn’t enough why not top your Father’s Day out in Liverpool off with a luxurious overnight stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel.
Make dad’s day with a luxury hotel suite in the heart of Liverpool city centre complete with large flat screen TV that he can hog all night and an indulgent whirlpool bath (because we all know dad secretly loves a bubble bath).
Organise the perfect Father’s Day out in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel by calling 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For corporate team building in Liverpool with a special twist, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience.
Give standard team building exercises a miss and join us on a Shankly Tour for an unforgettable day in our wonderful city.
Bond with your co-workers over the course of the day as you learn more about Liverpool and most importantly, have plenty of fun!
Our tours of Liverpool offer the chance to see the city in a whole new light, so if you”re lucky enough to have some Scousers on your team, the day will be just as great for them.
Team Building Day in Liverpool
Far from bland and boring, our Shankly tours showcase the best of Liverpool with the flexibility to meet your company’s requirements.
Our tours can be tailored to your group on a personal level, so it’s well-worth letting us know exactly what you’re looking for from your experience with us.
And while our tours can be personalised, we also offer fantastic packages designed with the perfect blend of sightseeing and socialising.
Liverpool Tour Package: Liverpool Was Made For Me
Explore the wonders of Liverpool’s football heritage with our unmissable Liverpool Was Made For Me tour.
You’ll be taken on a tour of the city’s key historical and cultural locations in style, including Bill Shankly’s West Derby home and related locations.
Take a trip to the new stadium and discover a wealth of history upon the Museum Tour at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home.
What better way to spend a day out the office and celebrate the history of Liverpool?
The tour will finish at The Shankly Hotel where you’ll have access to our enthralling collection of unseen memorabilia and have a photograph taken with the legend himself via our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.
Not forgetting, you’ll be able to finish the day off how it should be spent with 20% off at our Bastion Bar & Restaurant. Treat yourself to some delicious dishes and a drink or two after a busy day of exploring!
Liverpool Tour Package: The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour
For a little more variety, why not delve into Liverpool’s iconic music and footballing history with our Fab Four and Shanks Tour?
Renowned for the legendary success of four local lads, this package combines the best of Liverpool’s Beatles sights, thoughtfully interwoven with the city’s famous footballing landmarks.
This ultimate Ticket to Ride will take you on an unforgettable Liverpool journey, featuring the houses of the Fab Four and Bill Shankly, a visit to Strawberry Fields and a trip to Anfield.
Fantastic for a team building day in Liverpool, this varied tour is perfect for groups with a variety of interests.
Upon heading back to The Shankly, you’ll be given the once in a lifetime chance to view unseen memorabilia that you won’t forget.
This spectacular day out also finishes at the Bastion Bar & Restaurant where you can enjoy 20% off food and drink.
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot in Liverpool for wining and dining in style. There’s truly something for everyone on our diverse and vibrant menus.
A fantastic space for gathering as a group, The Bastion is perfect for a sociable sit down meal or some tasty drinks served in a lively atmosphere.
Our menu features hearty dishes guaranteed to hit the spot after a busy day. Choose from dishes including our famous Shankly Burger to Chargrilled Lamb Rump and Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.
We also have a scrumptious dessert menu featuring everything from Baked Chocolate Fondant and Golden Treacle Tart to our Selection of Local Cheeses.
The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool
At Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel we commemorate and celebrate the legendary legacy of Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly.
The great Scotsman played an integral role in the city’s history, proclaiming “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.
We offer guests the chance to stay in the heart of the city, surrounded by plush decor and captivating stories about the man himself.
Hugely popular for group accommodation, you may want to book a stay with us as a final finish to your team building experience.
If you like to play just as hard as you work, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect spot for accommodation in Liverpool on a big night out!
Voted as the best Liverpool F.C match day pub, The Sandon is a must-see on any tour of Liverpool’s most important footballing sights.
Located just a short walk from Anfield Stadium, this famous venue has been an institution for football fans since both Liverpool and Everton were founded and is famously the ‘birthplace of Liverpool Football Club’.
That’s why The Shankly Hotel are thrilled to announce they will be teaming up with this legendary pub as part of the new Shankly Experience Tour route. Guests will now be visiting the friendly team at The Sandon to uncover the history behind one of the most iconic footballing establishments in Liverpool.
A staple on match days and the perfect place to grab a pint before the game, we are really proud to be working with them to promote their remarkable history and legacy.
The History of The Sandon
The Sandon was originally built in 1870 as an outlet for selling beers by a local brewer named John Houlding.
John Houlding was a self-made English businessman with an education from Liverpool college and a keen interest in football.
However, back then there was only one main football team in Liverpool, St Domingo’s who were formed in 1878 and had no fixed football ground.
Houlding Calls A Meeting at The Sandon
Houlding’s interest in football led him to become more and more involved with St Domingo’s and when a ruling was passed that forced the team to play their games at an enclosed ground, a meeting was held at The Sandon.
Having previously played at the public Stanley Park, St Domingo’s needed to find a field they could rent, Houlding suggested a field off Priory Road which was just up the road from Houlding’s brewery.
In 1879 St Domingo’s, now playing at Priory Road, officially changed their name to Everton Football Club and Houlding became their first president.
Everton Move To Anfield Road
The arrangement with the owner of the field off Priory Road didn’t last long and the team were eventually asked to leave.
As the club’s president, Houlding secured a new pitch at Anfield Road, paying a small rent to John Orrell, a fellow brewer and friend of Houlding.
“As many reds and blues know, in the early 1880’s Everton Football Club used to play their games at Anfield.”
The first football match at Anfield Road was played on 28 September 1884, when Everton beat Earlstown 5-0.
Houlding led many Everton Football Club meetings from his brewery, The Sandon. The pub became the headquarters for the team and was used as a dressing room by the players for many years.
The Sandon continued to be used as a hub for Everton Football Club and for over 10 years the team were transformed from amateur enthusiasts into League champions.
Stands were erected at the Anfield Road ground and attendance figures reached 8,000 per game.
In 1888 Everton became a professional football club and played their first Football League fixture against Accrington Stanley on 8 September 1888.
The club continued to grow and in the 1890-91 season, Everton won their first championship, playing in front of crowds of up to 20,000.
Success Soon Brings Trouble
As Everton began to gain more popularity, complications started to arise regarding the ground rent and ownership.
In 1885 the owner, Orrell, wanted to use the land for redevelopment, which would have left Everton Football Club homeless and threatened their existence as a team.
The football committee went to Houlding for help and subsequently, he purchased the land at Anfield Road from Orrell for a sum he couldn’t really afford.
Houlding understood Everton could not offer any promises financially and were only in a position to pay a rent of £100 each year. However, he accepted the terms hoping that with Everton’s growing popularity the team would be able to afford the going rate of £240 a year and the payments would increase.
The Sandon, Oakfield Road, Anfield. 1902
This arrangement continued until three years later when Everton won the Football League title for the first time.
Houlding saw this was the beginning of something big for Everton, becoming champions was a golden opportunity to take the club to the next level.
He proposed Everton should buy his land, plus a plot adjoining it and develop the facilities to cater for cycling and athletics.
It was a visionary idea, as it would mean the club could secure year-round revenue, but the committee rejected it.
They felt the price Houlding was asking for his land was too high at a time when land prices were generally falling.
Many of the club’s members accused Houlding of trying to make a profit at the club’s expense as the rent they were paying was increasing and Houlding wanted only his sparkling ales to be sold at the ground, which would be a considerable profit for him.
So, in January 1892 the club’s 279 members met at The Sandon to discuss the matter.
Oakfield Road Then And Now – Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield
Everton F.C Leave Anfield
Trouble had been brewing for some time and Houlding clashed with the committee led by George Mahon over the direction the club was heading in.
On 25 January 1892, George Mahon, who had grown tired of Houlding, told members of the club that he had an option to buy Mere Green Field, situated on the north side of Stanley Park.
A second committee meeting took place on 12 March 1892, in the upstairs room of The Sandon that changed everything.
Following this meeting Everton F.C moved to Mere Green Field in 1892, which was to become Everton’s new home, Goodison Park.
The Formation of a New Team
After Everton had moved on, Houlding and Orrell were left with an empty football ground and were in desperate need of a new team.
Houlding decided to form a brand-new club, which he initially called Everton Athletic. The team had an identical crest, colours and league position as Everton F.C.
The Football Association refused to countenance two Everton teams, so Houlding was forced to rethink his strategy.
At the end of March 1892, from The Sandon, Houlding decided to rename the club Liverpool Football Club and it gained official recognition three months later.
John Houlding and Liverpool F.C first ever team 2nd September 1893, photographed in The Sandon Car Park Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield
The Birth of Liverpool F.C
Liverpool Football Club prospered and became financially sound with astute guidance from their President John Houlding, their first ever game was a friendly match with Rotherham Town, then of the Midland League, on 1 September 1892.
The team won the Lancashire League in its début season and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season.
After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division.
Within nine seasons Liverpool Football Club were appointed League champions.
What Happened To John Houlding?
John Houlding was an active Tory councillor, he was later elected to the Liverpool City Council as a Conservative representing the Everton ward, before being appointed Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1897.
Houlding eventually saw his team win the Football League championship in 1901 but his health was by then giving cause for concern. He took a trip to the South of France which he hoped would restore his strength.
However, during the second week of March 1902, his condition became serious and he died on the morning of March the 18th in Nice at the age of 70.
Tributes were paid to him in all the local newspapers when the sad news of his death reached Liverpool the next day.
At his funeral, players of both Liverpool and Everton carried his coffin as a mark of respect for all he had done for football in the city.
Anfield Stadium 1912
The Sandon Pub
In the early 1980`s The Sandon was re-branded as a fun pub and renamed “The Picture House”. The pub was a huge success until the decline in this sector and was closed in 1990.
After numerous fires, a demolition order was placed on the pub due to it being in a state of dereliction.
In 1994, George Hindley who owned Sam Dodd’s on the other corner of the block, bought the property from the brewery and began the long restoration process to what The Sandon is today.
Over the years other properties were bought in between Sam Dodd’s and The Sandon and the site now has 2 public bars and 6 function rooms.
The Sandon holds a special place in the hearts of Liverpool football fans and was the first official LFC partner to provide corporate hospitality outside of the stadium in 2008.
It offers excellent matchday hospitality in its newly refurbished function suites, one of which is called the Houlding suite.
Guests can enjoy great food and a friendly service, as well as experiencing the famous pre-match atmosphere.
Shankly Experience Tours
The Shankly Hotel are proud to be working with this historic venue to enhance our famous Shankly Experience Tours. We hope you agree, The Sandon really is where it all began for football in Liverpool.
The Tours provide a unique insight into the City that Shanks loved. Brought to you exclusively by the Shankly Family with The Shankly Hotel, our range of tour options provide something for everyone ensuring you get to take in the best of what the wonderful city of Liverpool has to offer.
A man of the people, the tours take you on a day out to remember and visit all of Shankly’s favourite places around the city.
“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.”
If you want to learn about and experience the real history of Liverpool Football Club, Bill Shankly and The Sandon, the Shankly Experience Tours are the only way to really see Liverpool.
These amazing tours feature entrance into the official LFC stadium and Museum Tour, the home of Bill Shankly in West Derby, a visit to the iconic Sandon pub and off course a tour around the magnificent Shankly Hotel.
If you’d like to delve into the history of both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs and visit the place where it all began, book one of our unique football themed tours and become an expert in Liverpool’s footballing legacy.
Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience Tour of Liverpool.
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Get ready to step back in time and indulge in the perfect traditional swing afternoon tea at The Shankly Hotel.
Afternoon tea is nothing but traditional, so we wanted to take it back to its roots and serve it the way we used to.
If you enjoy a little live music when dining, you’re in luck. Our amazing swing singers will provide the entertainment, whilst our elegant waitresses serve you wearing white gloves, making it a luxurious experience you won’t forget.
So, give into temptation and taste the divine for Liverpool’s best afternoon tea service at our famous Garden of Eden.
Traditional Swing Afternoon Tea £29.95
When? Sunday 4th June at 3pm
Where? Garden of Eden
The talented serving staff will provide your party with a delicious afternoon tea accompanied by some amazing vocal talents.
Enjoy three tiers of delicate finger sandwiches, tasty cakes and pastries, accompanied with a choice of tea, coffee or add a taste of decadence with a glass of bubbly.
Immerse yourself in our version of paradise and enjoy this afternoon of fun and frivolity.
Don’t be shy, sing along with our talented swing singers and ensure that your afternoon at The Garden of Eden is utterly fabulous.
For an unforgettable afternoon of fine food and music to match, join us with friends and family for a special occasion.
The Garden of Eden
Located within the beautiful Shankly Hotel, Garden of Eden is our most lavish event venue and the setting for our traditional swing Afternoon Tea.
Enjoy culinary delights with a stunning backdrop of unrestricted views across the city of Liverpool.
Housed in a glass box, you’ll have panoramic views of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks, including the Three Graces, Pier Head and, of course, the Liver Building.
With a breath-taking setting and delicious food, this unique Afternoon Tea experience will transport you back to a time of opulence.
The Shankly Hotel
At The Shankly we pride ourselves on providing the best service to our guests, from our dedicated staff to the luxurious design and features of our rooms, we hope to create a memorable experience for all of our visitors.
Themed around the footballing legend, Bill Shankly, our hotel is a beautiful tribute to a man that stole the hearts of Liverpudlians.
Our football-inspired hotel not only caters to sporting fans, but provides our guests with a sophisticated, comfortable and flexible experience in Liverpool city centre.
Each room has a décor themed for the hotel’s namesake, Bill Shankly, reflecting the unique style and individuality of the man himself.
Visitors can enjoy beautiful accommodation alongside never seen before Shankly memorabilia, including his tactical notes, trophies and much more.
Book your place
Spoil yourself or a loved one and come along to our traditional Swing Afternoon Tea in the stunning Garden of Eden.
To book your place for our traditional Swing Afternoon Tea simply call and speak with our friendly reservations staff on 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
When people visit Liverpool they often come one of four things, football, nightlife, music or culture. Liverpool is a city famed for producing legendary musical talents such as The Beatles, it’s two premier league football teams, Everton FC and Liverpool FC and oodles of culture from past and present. Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in that you wish to see, but not when you book a Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool direct from the Shankly Hotel.
Choose from one of these amazing tailored tours of Liverpool that are designed to cover all the best sights of the city you want to see.
Liverpool Was Made For Me
If you’ve seen and heard all about The Beatles before, and want to learn a little more about the city beyond the Fab Four then this is a tour of Liverpool perfect for you.
Taking tourists on a journey into Liverpool’s interesting footballing past and exploring some of the key historical and cultural locations along the way, this tour combines all the best bits in Liverpool for one affordable price.
You will learn all there is to know about the cities amazing sights and the best bits of our amazing footballing heritage.
What’s more, tourists will even get to see where the legend that is Bill Shankly lived and trained during his time in Liverpool. His family home and the surrounding local areas which he frequented are all covered under this amazing all-encompassing tour of the city.
The Fab Four and Shanks Tour
Two of the things that attract many a tourist to Liverpool are music and football.
In the early sixties, Merseybeat swept across the nation as did LFC under their new management, Bill Shankly.
Together these two phenomena became synonymous with Liverpool and transformed the into the globally recognised tourist location it is today.
During this superb tour of Liverpool, you will be whisked away on a voyage of discovery. Check out all four of The Beatles Liverpool homes, visit the iconic Strawberry fields then it’s on to the revered footballing stadium, Anfield, topped off with a call to the West Derby home of Bill Shankly.
See parts of Liverpool like you’ve never seen them before, venture outside of the city centre and pass through streets of legend. Imagine The Beatles strolling down these very streets, passing by the home where Shankly and his family lived.
Culminating the tour at The Shankly Hotel, tourists can see a final piece of precious memorabilia. A telegram sent to Shanks ahead of his 1965 FA Cup Final wishing him good luck signed by the Fab Four themselves.
This inclusive tour of Liverpool will give patrons the opportunity to immerse themselves in the parts of Liverpool’s past that ultimately shaped the present. Who knows you could even see a famous face along the way?
The Match Day Tour
If you’ve come to Liverpool to attend one of the amazing home matches at Anfield, let us make the experience even more memorable by taking you on a tour of Liverpool tailored to delivering the perfect match day experience.
This particular Shankly Experience tour will take visitors to Liverpool on a grand tour of the city. Patrons can soak up plenty of Liverpool’s interesting culture, taking a tour around the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and vibrant cultural hotspots.
Once the city tour is complete, fans will be taken to Anfield before kick-off to embark on a bespoke expedition around the hallowed ground that is Anfield stadium.
Taking Liverpool football club fans behind the scenes of this iconic football ground, educating them on the history of the club and the legacy that Bill Shankly left behind following his work with the club.
For any football fan staying in the city on match day, this is the ultimate tour of Liverpool that covers the most sought after city attractions as well as a unique look into the Liverpool’s most legendary football club.
Bespoke Tour Packages
Whilst each Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool has been designed to encompass a variety of interesting sights around the city, there may be something that you think we’ve missed.
If there are parts of Liverpool that you want to visit or if you would like to cover a particular part of our existing tours in more detail then our Bespoke Tour Packages can be adapted to suit your interests.
We are open to suggestions and will always work in partnership with our friends and associates around the city to deliver the most personal tour that’s suited to you. Simply let us know what it is you want to do or see and we will do what we can to make it happen.
After all, Bill Shankly was a man of the people, and we like to operate with the great man always in mind.
The Shankly Hotel
Each tour of Liverpool includes a visit to the Shankly Hotel where visitors are treated to a tour of the Shankly Museum and given VIP access to memorabilia not out for display.
There will be opportunities to enjoy the amazing Shankly Virtual Experience where fans can have their picture taken standing next to a virtual representation of Bill Shankly to take home.
Dining in Liverpool doesn’t get much more fabulous than in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and as part of the tour package guests can enjoy a whopping 20% off the menu including food and drinks.
During any Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool visitors are given a one of a kind excursion across the UK’s most vibrant city. Visiting iconic landmarks of music, heritage, culture and football all in one day.
Each tour is guided by an expert of Liverpool, armed and ready to answer all your questions about Liverpool’s exciting history and today’s vibrant culture.
Why not book the entire Shankly package with a stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel for your visit to Liverpool?
There is always amazing accommodation offers on for groups, families and couples staying in Liverpool so make the most of your time in the city with a Shankly Experience tour and an unforgettable overnight stay in an award winning hotel.
Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool you’ll be glad you did.
If you’re in need of some gift inspiration for a football fan then look no further than The Shankly Hotel, an iconic venue that pays tribute to one of the most illustrious football managers in history.
With the end of the premier league season looming, there’s never been a better time to treat family or friends to an unforgettable weekend filled with football. A stay at this unique hotel is the perfect surprise present for any devoted football fan.
With a range of deals, packages and tours, The Shankly is dedicated to treating its lucky guests to a bespoke experience that really showcases the best of Liverpool and of course Bill Shankly.
So, if you know someone who lives for the beautiful game, this could be the perfect gift for them.
An Unforgettable Surprise
Book an overnight stay at the famous Shankly Hotel and experience luxurious accommodation in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Each room has a distinct link to Shankly and has been designed with comfort and elegance in mind.
A self confessed mini museum to the great player and manager, the Shankly offers its guests an incomparable insight into his fascinating career and life.
Featuring some never seen before memorabilia such as Shankly’s original LFC contract and the keys to the Shankly gates, it is sure to impress any football fan.
The Shankly Tours
Not just an overnight stay, the hotel also offers bespoke football themed tours of Liverpool and its most iconic cultural sights.
You can either design your own day out or follow one of our carefully crafted Shankly Tours that feature visits to the defining locations that led to the formation of both Everton and Liverpool Football Club. Guests have the chance to visit both the home of the Blues and the LFC new stadium and Museum Tour at Anfield. And of course, you can discover the connection between Bill Shankly and the city’s rivalling football teams.
Throughout the tour, enjoy exclusive Shankly family anecdotes to give you a real feel for the city through the eyes of Bill Shankly. The package also features a visit to Shankly’s West Derby home.
To really make this a day they will remember forever, take a picture with Shankly himself with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.
A Dining Experience like no other
Treat them to the ultimate LFC dining experience in the Bastion Restaurant and Bar. A truly unique dining experience, tuck into delicious food and choose from a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails whilst you immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Shankly.
The restaurant and bar is decorated with a plethora of original relics kindly donated by the Shankly family, including handwritten tactical notes, letters from colleagues and fans, medals and training tracksuits.
If you happen to be with us on a match day, the Bastion Bar is the perfect place to catch the game. With around 10 flat screen TV’s and a brilliant atmosphere, it’s the best present a true football fan could hope for.
To make a devoted football enthusiast’s dreams come true, chat to one of our friendly team about organising the perfect surprise gift at email@example.com