A Liverpool-Based Food Blog

What's going to be on the menu at Pins?

Aiming to launch in mid-December, Pins is set to be Liverpool's newest entertainment hub. Featuring bowling lanes (obviously) as well as beer pong, table tennis and shuffleboard, the lads behind it aim to bring 'competitive socialising' to all three floors of their converted Duke Street giant.

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Six by Nico

It makes my heart all warm and fuzzy inside when big names in the restaurant world choose to open in Liverpool. Not that I don't want London, Birmingham or the South to miss out, but it's nice to know that the big restaurateurs consider us a serious player. Last year we got Masterchef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski's restaurant Roski on Hope Street,  Pilgrim opened their flagship restaurant at Duke Street Market, El Gato Negro opened up their second home in Exchange Flags and now we've been blessed with the latest instalment of Six By Nico.

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Smoke & Dough

There's one unit at the end of the Liverpool One restaurant strip that has been sitting empty for a suspiciously long time now. It's former occupant Red Hot World Buffet was, let's face it, pretty damn awful and for a long time it's remained empty despite the rest of the strip absolutely booming.

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What's New, Liverpool? (Autumn Edition)

I'm well aware that most of you reading this won't have even realised I'd gone quiet but with my last post published way back in sunny August (!), this has probably been my longest break in posting on this site since I started it. With that said, i'm here, i'm back...ish and loads and loads of fun stuff has happened in the Liverpool food and drink scene over the past few months that I need to fill you in on.

So...what's been happening?


The Royal Albert Dock held it's first Feast Festival
I'm definitely taking the piss a bit with the lateness on this one since this was actually at the start of September (cue face-palm emoji), but it's still definitely worth bringing to your attention since a little birdie tells me this will likely be an annual event. With pop-up bars, music, a floating chef demo tent and cocktails it's all the fun of the old Liverpool Food Fest relocated to the most gorgeous of settings. Keep your eyes peeled for other events at the docks since I've heard they've got big plans for 2020.
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Not Going Home Thursday

When Danielle from Neighbourhood got in touch to see if me and some of my girlfriends wanted to come down for some drinks I was, I'll be honest, slightly wary. In my opinion NBHD is for gorgeous young gals who take a bangin' Insta mirror selfie, and sadly...that ain't me. However, with the promise of food and bottomless drinks on offer and some old school pals in Liverpool on that exact night (co-incidence or fate?) we decided to give it a shot and see what the craic was like at one of Castle Street's busiest bars.


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Albert's Schenke in the Haus

Oh Ja! Albert's Shenke, the hotly anticipated younger brother to popular Manchester hang out Albert's Shloss, have finally arrived, bringing with them their own unique brand of Bavarian chaos, stein-sized pints and Alpine-themed snacks to Liverpool.

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A Look Inside 200 Degrees Coffee

Nottingham-born roastery and coffee shop 200 Degrees have just opened their latest venue and it's right here in Liverpool.

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Dinner at 109 Allerton

Since March of this year, pretty pink cafe 109 Allerton has been owned and run by head chef Ray Taylor, who was inspired to open a more health-conscious restaurant in Liverpool after working and travelling in sunny Australia.

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The Liverpool Pizza A-Z

After the er.. 'roaring success' that was The Liverpool Burger A-Z, I've decided to continue this series of unnecessary alphabetised food lists almost a year later with a comprehensive list of everywhere decent to get a pizza.

Liverpool is bursting at the seams with the stuff at the minute and I, for one, certainly ain't complaining. From classic Italian to New York Style, the traditional to the ridiculous, monstrous sized slices and mini pizzettes we've got it all and I've (just about) found a pizza place for every letter of the whole goddam' alphabet. 

You are welcome.

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East River

It's finally starting to look like summer here in the South of the city and what better way to spend it than in Allerton Road's very own homage to New York dining: East River.

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Pilgrim @ Duke Street Market

Over the past couple of years food markets have been sprouting up across Liverpool faster than you can say 'ooh your buzzer's going!' and they've so far been an unquestionable success. If you fancy reading about why I think they're such a hit, I've written an article about it here. Now, just as we head into the depths of the summer, Liverpool have been hashtag blessed with another: this time in the form of the fabulous Duke Street Market.

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Yard and Coop Brunch Menu

I've got 4 words for you and I think you're gonna like them: fried chicken croissant taco.

Got your head around that yet? You did read it right. A fried chicken croissant taco. Also known as a ‘tacro’. 
There’s only one place in Liverpool that would dream up (and actually have the balls to sell) such a creation and that’s Hanover Street’s very own Yard and Coop.

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Aether x Yu Donut

Despite there being a specific tab for drinks related things up there somewhere in my menu bar, it’s probably the one tab and area of my blog that gets neglected the most. That’s because I’m here for the food y'know and regardless how much fun I'm having in bar, I’mma have to get myself some snacks soon after.

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Bundobust

Whilst I can't help but find it mildly annoying that Liverpool always seem to get all the cool chains some time after London, Leeds and Manchester, in the case of our latest restaurant signing it was definitely worth the wait. Bundobust is a Leeds-born phenomenon that gained an equally fond reception when they opened their doors in Manchester and now, finally, we have one of our very own.

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Free State Kitchen

The funny thing about running this blog is that, despite constantly reviewing new places, new menus and restaurants I've never been to before, I very rarely get the chance to sit down and write about my actual all-time favourites. The places I go to time and time again seem to unfairly slip out of the loop in favour of all the 'new' content and I really need to start making a more conscious effort to mention them more frequently.


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A Big Boss Brekkie for The Whitechapel Centre

The 17th-23rd June this year is a pretty special week as it's now officially 'Big Boss Brekkie' week. Personally, I like to indulge in big boss breakfast as much as I can, but this week it's particularly important as it's a fundraising week for


The Whitechapel Centre is the leading homelessness and housing charity for the Liverpool region. They work with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to find a place to live and they provide support and advice to those who are struggling with independent living.

Last year The Whitechapel Centre served over 25,000 hot breakfasts to their service users and they now need support to help this incredible work continue.For the last three years they have been doing an event called Big Boss Brekkie Week (think of it like an AmnesTea Party or Macmillan Coffee morning, except it’s breakfast!) The point of the event is to raise awareness while also raising funds for their life-saving work to continue.


 They want this year to be bigger, better, and more boss than ever! To do this they need our help and it couldn't be easier. Here's what you can do:

1. Post about the Big Boss Brekkie to raise awareness of the event and encourage people to take part and raise money for the Whitechapel Centre.

2. Have your own Big Boss Brekkie with friends, family or work colleagues.

3. Attend a Big Boss Brekkie at one of the fab cafes and restaurants across the city that are taking part this year. So far the places taking part are:

- Siren on Monday 27th- Friday 21st June
-St Paul's Social on Tuesday 18th June
-Love Thy Neighbour on Sunday 23rd June
-Bean There all week from Monday 17th June- Sunday 23rd June

If any more jump on I'll keep you updated and you can find out more about the incredible work the Whitechapel Centre do on their website here.

Have fun!


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Sunday Lunch at the Maritime Dining Rooms

If you go down to the Liverpool Maritime Museum today you're in for a rather lovely surprise. 

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Small Plates at Siren

Head up to the top end of town, just past the Chinese arch, a little further up than the Baltic and you may just come across Siren. It's a stunning, circular building with floor to ceiling glass and walls of twinkling fairy lights and, up until recently, I was under the impression it was purely an events space.

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Lane 7 Bowling

There's a whole load of glorious nostalgia in the sticky carpets, ancient arcades and terrible food at the Hollywood Bowl. I spent many a childhood party there, as well as a fair few of my teenage years when we couldn't get in anywhere in town without ID (still can't to be honest).

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Bistro Franc

You may or may not recall in my review of Cote Bistro a few months ago I was lamenting the lack of French restaurants in Liverpool. One of the places that got an honourable mention was Bistro Franc, once a part of the Bistro group it's now completely independent of it's French siblings and is standing alone as it's own beacon of retro French joy on Hanover Street.

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Maggie Fu

My meal at Maggie Fu sadly didn't start quite as well as I'd hoped. A series of unfortunate events (including a mix-up about where to wait for our table and then it subsequently being given to some woman called Sandra) left me slightly agitated and hungrier than ever. 

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What we ate in... Bologna

I'm well aware that 'Food Capital' is a title that can be applied to many places in Italy. In fact, I think you'd be hard pushed to find anywhere you couldn't get your hands on a decent meal, but one place that has got to be up there with the best for eating is Bologna.

Much like myself, Bologna is known affectionately as La Grassa (the fat one). This Northern city is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region- an area best known for producing some of the most iconic Italian edibles like balsamic, parmesan and mortadella. Of course it's also the home of Tagliatelle al Ragu, the dish that us fab Brits have somehow turned into Spag Bol.

Pane, Pasta & Vino in the Quadrilatero 
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Liverpool's Secret Gardens- 10 Cool Places to Drink This Summer

Grab the sun-cream and dust off your sunnies ladies and gents, it's that time of year again. The sunshine is back, and if the weather's anything like last year (an unbearable heatwave for months on end) we better get used to it.

 What's kept us going through that long, bleak winter? The thought of outdoor drinking of course! So,with that in mind, I've put together a list of  10 super cool city-centre gardens where al fresco drinks and dining are the order of the day.  In no particular order...

1. Birdies Bar and BBQ

Location:  29-31 Parliament St, Liverpool, L8 5RN 
Vibe: A huge, astro-turf paradise in the heart of the Cains Brewery District. Three different food vendors, live music and plastic palm-trees, it's just like you're in the Bahamas, I swear
More info here
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Ghetto Golf vs. Junkyard Golf- Which is Better?

With the long-awaited arrival of Junkyard Golf at Liverpool One and its grand media launch this week there's been a lot of talk about Liverpool's newest adult-only crazy golf course. 

However, with the markedly similar Ghetto Golf already well-established and thriving up in the Baltic Triangle district, it has to beg the question- which one is better? In this highly scientific essay I will....
Sweet Shop Cocktails at Junkyard Golf

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Brew & Bagel

*Update August 2019- Brew and Bagel has now, sadly, closed.

I’m not entirely certain whether it’s courage or blind confidence that would inspire one to open up a new coffee shop in Woolton Village, but I imagine it’s a certain degree of both. 
Although the locals of this South Liverpool suburb love a good brew (I should know, I am one) there are already a multitude of similar places to choose from within throwing distance of the new Brew and Bagel on Woolton Street.

 
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Castle Street Coffee x Santa Maluco

You may remember around this time last year when, due to a series of unfortunate events, the well-loved Bold Street Coffee were made temporarily homeless. Thankfully the good chaps over at Santa Maluco came to the rescue and offered them a temporary home in their colourful Castle Street home. For more details about that situation and the resulting collaboration have a wee look at my post about it on Liverpool Noise here.

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Sapporo Teppanyaki

There's nothing else quite like Sapporo in Liverpool. As far as I'm aware, this Duke Street institution is our only Teppanyaki restaurant, and it's certainly the only restaurant with it's own Superlambanana. Inside, you'll be seated around a traditional hot-plate with a gaggle of strangers and watch as your meal is prepared in front of you by your own dedicated Teppanyaki chef.  When we went on a busy Friday evening the whole place was an absolute riot of noise, people and fire but even those of a nervous disposition (like myself) would find it extremely hard not to have a good time here.

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Coming Soon to Liverpool

With the first signs of sunshine starting to peek through this week it's been all too easy to believe that summer is on it's way already. Well, and I truly am sorry to burst your bubble with this unwanted reality check, but its sadly still only February. There's a long way to go before those joyous summer months arrive, including some kind of awkward Brexit situation, an inevitably rainy Easter bank holiday, and the clocks rudely going forward an hour (shudder). It's good job we've got some cool new places opening in Liverpool to keep us going then, hey?


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The Old Stables

Located at the end of a rather long and winding drive, the entrance to The Old Stables restaurant is every bit as grand as you'd expect for a restaurant located at a golf club.
It's tucked away in the leafy depths of Allerton, and if you didn't know it was there you'd probably never find it. Which, I think, gives the place a cool secret hideaway vibe (but can't be great for passing trade).


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Sabrosa, Woolton

As we enter the second month of 2019 (can you believe?) I'm just about starting to make a dent in my 'to-eat' list i.e the restaurant edition of the Never Ending Story that's listed in the notes section on my phone. One of these places, and one I've been meaning to try for a while is Sabrosa, a fairly new and completely independent Spanish restaurant that has opened just outside of Woolton village. 

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Côte Bistro

When it comes to French food the choice in Liverpool is small but decent. Cafe Rouge is (thankfully) gone. We still have the Bistros, all of which I know well and who will always hold a special place in my heart. Then there's Caveau in Woolton which I've never tried but heard good things about, and of course we have Bread and Butter whose simple, home-cooked plates really impressed me last year.

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Liverpool Gin Distillery

The eagerly anticipated Liverpool Gin Distillery opened on Castle Street last month and with Christmas just around the corner I had the perfect excuse to buy some tickets for a snoop around.


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The January Sales (Edible Edition)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: January is no time to start going cold turkey on everything you enjoy. I can't think of anything worse than having to go back to work after all the festivities with a vow of a New Year diet, a booze-free month or a spending ban looming over me. January is an excellent time for eating since everywhere is quiet and there are bucket load of special offers on.

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