Appendix II Visualisation (indicative) Portside
The boat was previously used as a Mersey crossing ferry

Liverpool’s Royal Daffodil set for transformation

Dan Whelan

Liverpool City Ship, a firm headed up by former Brookside actor Philip Olivier, has won planning approval to convert the former Mersey crossing ferry into “the region’s premier floating food and drink destination”. 

The Royal Daffodil, a waterfront attraction that is no longer in use as a ship, is split across four levels. The promenade deck was used as a bar for passengers and the main deck was previously a restaurant. 

The two other levels are the bridge deck, which contained the captain’s quarters, and the lower deck, made up of staffs’ quarters and the engine room. 

The proposals for the ship, which is moored at Canning Dock, include a 2,000 sq ft bar with the same amount of outdoor drinking space near the stern of the promenade deck. 

Appendix III Visualisation (indicative) Starboard

A 126-cover seafood restaurant will occupy the main deck, while the bridge deck will house a mini heritage museum. 

Plans for the lower deck include event space and potential for a 13-bedroom boutique hotel to be brought forward “in the coming years”. 

The vessel, built in 1958 by Cammell Laird, will undergo minimal changes made to its physical appearance including the repainting of the hull and funnel, and restoration of timber-decked flooring. 

The planner for the scheme is LH Planning with naval architect Lee Nelson as an advisor. 

Olivier’s other ventures include a segway tours company and Joker Boat, a canal barge whose design is based on the theme of the Joker from the Batman franchise. 

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People are happier near water.

By ste

What happened with the floating restaurants that were planned for one of the docks? It was based on somewhere abroad. University of Liverpool were also doing seaweed and seaweed crisp? It was all linked

By Bob Dawson

Can’t wait. Seaweed n chips. Luvvit.

By Fred

Love living on such a beautiful Watrrfront we are so lucky

By Anonymous

“the region’s premier floating food and drink destination”. Because there are so many to beat.

By Captain Ahab

Great scheme ,which will add to the city offer and create interest in this dock …….but still annoyed at the loss to Liverpool of the bar lightship a unique part of out heritage…..the canal a riverboat authority justified in taking it away from the then owner …..but should as a public body never have taken it wat from its home and selling it for a knockdown price

By George

With careful planning we could actually turn this into floating office space and become the first city to do so?

By Michael McDonut

Great! There are many historic Liverpool vessels that could be brought back to life in this way. I believe the Royal Iris is still rotting somewhere in the south. The ‘Royal’ prefix of course comes from the Mersey Ferries’ role in the Dunkirk evacuations. From Canning Dock to Salthouse Dock there’s plenty of room to house them all on the central Waterfront. These craft should have a ‘right of return’, regardless of any premiums from Canal and River Trust. They are an intrinsic part of the city’s history and of the Waterfront’s ‘Universal Value’.

By Roscoe

Great idea!!! It’s a lovely ship, it will be great to see it transformed.


By Liver lad

I know this is not a history site, but the ‘Royal’ insignia on the Mersey ferries doesnt come from the Dunkirk evacuation, its older than that. The Royal name was given after the Daffodil and Iris lead, with a battleship, the raid on Zeebrugge in 1918, 102 years ago today! The original ships were replaced years ago. Liverpool needs an historic ship….even New York has a Liverpool ship,..The Wavertree.

By Billy