The Grand National is on the horizon, so here’s the low-down on some of the winning dining spots nearby…

It’s the race of all races; the race that produces legends, watched by a crowd as much under scrutiny and in the limelight as the horses that run. It can only be the Grand National. So put on your finest garb, place your bets and, after the buzz of the race, rest and recuperate, and celebrate or commiserate, at one of these top dining destinations.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill, Liverpool
Distance from the racecourse: 5.7 miles / 17min drive

The Grand National demands nothing less than Michelin-star quality, and who better to provide it than Marco Pierre White, winner of three of these coveted stars? Located in the luxurious Hotel Indigo, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill provides affordable glamour and a menu of sumptuous steaks, grills and fish. Marco Pierre White is renowned for his keen eye for detail; every one of his restaurants has been carefully designed by the man himself. This Liverpool MPW is lively and unique and the friendly, vibrant setting will help to extend the fun of the races. It’s the perfect place to gather your race-day companions and relax and enjoy a buzzing atmosphere over great cocktails and fine food.

Lakeside Bar & Bistro, Waterloo
Distance from the racecourse: 4 miles / 12min drive

If you’re after some restful waterside dining away from the race-day crowds, head to Lakeside Bar & Bistro for some laidback tucker. With a fantastic location on Crosby Lake, you can dine alfresco and let your mind relax to the sound of lapping water while you enjoy delicious, freshly prepared British and pan-European cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and with accommodation and lakeside activities too, you could extend your visit here quite easily.

The Derby Arms, Aughton
Distance from the racecourse: 5.8miles / 14min drive

Head north of Aintree Racecourse and you’ll happen upon this delightful, pretty village inn. This is just the sort of rural nook you can truly relax in. Think antiques and trinkets, cosy corners, roaring fires, friendly staff and great ales – beers start at just £1.50, which is reason enough to visit. As well as affordable drinks, there is also a selection of mouth-watering, hearty pub grub. The menu features everything from traditional homemade pies, fishcakes and steaks to more adventurous dishes, such as sea bass with sweet chilli noodles.

La Parilla Mexican Bar, Waterloo
Distance from the racecourse: 4.5miles / 13min drive

For a restaurant to pick up the pace, head to lively La Parilla Mexican Bar and carry on the race festivities Mexican style. Appetites will certainly be satisfied with flavourful fajitas, tasty tacos, brilliant burritos and a bit of Mexican spice. Quench your thirst with a classic cocktail or something from the wine list. There are plenty of deals here, such as early-bird menus, to make your visit pocket-friendly if your day at the races wasn’t as successful as you’d hoped.

Filini at Radisson Blu, Liverpool
Distance from the racecourse: 5.9miles / 22min drive

The Radisson Blu is renowned for its comfortable, chic accommodation and its delightful restaurant, Filini – a fantastic choice for those staying at the hotel and daytrippers alike. The menu brings a little Mediterranean sunshine to Liverpool and the decor is chic and a little quirky. It’s a fab setting for getting together with the girls, resting those stiletto-clad feet, and sharing some Prosecco. There’s plenty of choice for dining and drinking in this hotel. Head to the White Bar and share some tapas and cocktails, or grab a lightning lunch if you’re running a little late.

Almond Restaurant & Bar, Liverpool
Distance from the racecourse: 4.3miles / 14min drive

If you’re looking for somewhere that has a firm seal of approval from residents of the area, look no further than Almond Restaurant & Bar, a place that was named ‘best independent restaurant’ and ‘favourite neighbourhood restaurant’ at The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. It’s a cute modern European restaurant, serving food that is out of this world. That’s because the owners listen to customer feedback and tailor the menu accordingly. It’s all about the locally sourced ingredients here, all freshly and carefully prepared. I know I’d be looking forward to a meal of smoked haddock and pea fishcake with lemon mayonnaise, followed by slow-roast belly pork, after a hectic race day.

Emma Cullen

Emma Cullen

Emma is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker that has been released into the wild

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