Liverpool has always been a thriving and creative place, forming many of the United Kingdom’s cultural keystones, from The Beatles to some of the worlds’ most famous football players. There’s something interesting down every street of the city, and the food and drink scene is similarly vibrant. With a nonconformist and alternative atmosphere filling the streets of Liverpool, bolstered by the regeneration that’s been taking place since it was named the European Capital of Culture in 2008, there plenty of independent and local food to choose from.
Independent Liverpool, a scheme to encourage people to shop locally in independently owned business, is a great resource for those who want to get out of the chains and experience some of the interesting eateries that are run with passion by their owners. As is evident from the number of restaurants featured in this scheme, Liverpool is a great place to be when you want to treat yourself to a night out and lots of good food.
One of the most striking is these restaurants is the London Carriage Works, a restaurant that sits on the attractive and flourishing Hope Street. Making a point of sourcing the bulk of its food from the local area, much of the produce they serve originated in farms around the city (for example Wirral Watercress) and its coffee comes from local coffee roasters Joe Black Coffee, who provide restaurant and hotel coffee supplies to the area. Aiming to put Liverpool on the same level as London for good food, the London Carriage works provides fine dining for a comparatively low price, and is great for a special occasion.
For something more relaxed, you can always head to Egg, located on the top floor of an old warehouse just off Bold Street. Laid back and bohemian, Egg serves Vegetarian and Vegan food in large portions and for very reasonable prices. A good place for a lazy lunch or informal dinner, there’s little that go wrong here on their small yet delicious menu.
Another place to head for a bargain is Bakchich on Bold Street. Aiming to serve healthy, organic Lebanese food and create an atmosphere where people from a variety of cultures sit down to eat together, they bring the best of Beirut to Liverpool. Also on Bold Street is Bold Street Coffee, where you can get one of the best breakfasts and morning brew in the city.
Located in Liverpool One, the city’s shopping district, Lunya sources the highest quality local fresh produce and artisan Spanish ingredients to create the UK’s first fusion Catalonian restaurant and deli. Their use of local butchers, fishmongers and farmers really reflects in the quality of the food, and the beautiful setting with a casual atmosphere allows for a dressed-up night out or noisy lunch with friends.
60 Hope Street (located, as you would expect, at 60 Hope Street) is another of Liverpool’s must-visit restaurants. Family-owned, this eatery is set over three floors in a beautiful Georgian town house and local food is its ethos. Their menu is formed from the inspiration their region provides, revolving around what’s in season, and whenever possible they only serve local ingredients. A fine dining experience to rival the London Carriage Works, this is another place to head to when you feel like splashing out.
This guide barely scratches the surface of what Liverpool has to offer in terms of its food and restaurants, and the list is growing all the time. Whether you have lived there for years or are just passing through, there’s a myriad a places to choose from when you want to eat the best local food.