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LIVERPOOL'S L'S L. Panoramic 34 restaurant, which offers spectacular views of our world-famous waterfront, has already all but sold out for the day Cunard's Three Queens arrive on the Mersey.

The venue, on the 34th floor of West Tower, in Brook Street, started a waiting list after receiving its first enquiries about the big day on May 25 a YEAR ago. R ago. Helen Scarisbrick, events and reservations manager, said: "It's a real good news story. People showed they were ahead of the game by getting in touch so early. We even had calls from people who wanted to book the restaurant exclusively for the day. As we hadn't decided what we would be doing on the day - and we wanted to talk to Cunard first - we thought the fairest thing was to start a waiting list.

"We decided it would be lovely for as many people as possible to see the ships from our restaurant. And the best way to do that was to have four sittings, with a five-course tasting menu - at noon, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm. We began going through the waiting list recently, and now only have a few tables left.

"We also have a brunch menu in the bar between 9am and 11am and that's full. Then in the bar in the afternoon we have three sittings - at noon, 3pm and 5.30pm - and there's only one table left.

"We have a fantastic reservations team here which has been super-organised - all we need now is some sunshine on the day, itself!" G. ? GET the flour, sugar and lemon juice stocked up - Pancake Day is just around the corner.

Shrove Tuesday is the day T pancakes and chocolate spread becomes an acceptable evening meal, and thousands of pancakes end up on ceilings and floors around the country, as we all remember the hard way that we can't flip them in the pan. Here's everything you need to know about Shrove Tuesday.

TWhen is Pancake Day? This year, Pancake Day falls on Tuesday, February 17. T So you've got the best part of two weeks to get your ingredients together - and figure out what you're going to give up for Lent this year.

Why does the date change every year? Shrove Tuesday must always must always T fall 47 days before Easter Sunday.

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the day that TChristians would confess all of their sins, before Lent commences the next day, on Ash Wednesday.

So ... how did pancakes get involved? Pancakes became a convenient way of getting rid of "rich foods" such as flour, eggs and sugar before the fasting season of Lent began.

Going back even further, Pancake Day was originally a pagan festival. The Slavs believed the changing of the seasons was the struggle between Jarilo, the god of springtime and vegetations, and the evil spirits of cold and darkness.

In order to help Jarilo fight off the evil winter spirits and bring in the spring time, they ate pancakes, which were supposed to symbolise the sun.


The view from the Panoramic | |34 restaurant, in West Tower

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2015
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