It has been over a decade since I left Merseyside to move down to London. During this time some things have changed. None more so than Liverpool Lime Street. The formerly grimy station has had a makeover. An independent coffee shop that any city would be proud of sits between platforms 7&8 with bacon rolls included on the menu to appeal to the taste of the local clientele alongside the Illy-branded expresso cups. Though free Wi-Fi would be a nice touch.
Alongside this progress has come a blandification as traditional Liverpool boozers and independent trendy bars face off with a plethora of lifeforce draining chain establishments like Walkabout, Revolution and the Slug & Lettuce. Some of these chains are champions of the vertical drinking establishment – so not great for a city that has enough social ills already.