As we hear this evening that all bars and restaurants in the UK are about to close their doors, Jean Hill takes a look at the eateries that will be switching to offering take-out options, and suggests ways in which we can help our favourite independents during these challenging times…
‘Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
…O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
…Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.’
A little inspiration from a Shakespeare sonnet.
A post from a friend yesterday, really impacted. She was writing about the well-being of the planet. With so much worry and concern out there, we are looking for practical and inspirational ways of staying positive, as much as we can. Restaurants want to keep cooking up fabulous food, and we want to keep on devouring it. We probably need to focus on provenance, for the future. The intelligent way to rear animals is for them to be free ranging, organically fed, which should promote robust, healthy stock. A factory farmed, penned and packed in chicken, may not be a healthy option, and will also suffer. Cost is one issue, of course, but health and well-being really do matter. We could probably be trying more vegetarian dishes: Maluco do wonderful veggie pizza, and Rosa’s and Lunya will have vegetarian options. We are having to change the way we live right now, and we can choose to change the way we live in the future.
Deliveroo is not taking orders for any of the restaurants I accessed online earlier. I trust that will change later. We are also recommending gift cards, if your income allows, because it helps to keep restaurants afloat, through truly challenging times.
The gourmet chicken takeaway always offers delivery and is continuing to do so through Deliveroo. Deliveroo orders are paid through their app so cash exchange isn’t necessary. Deliveroo are also offering non-contact delivery where guests can select a safe place for their food to be left, and once their driver has gone, they can collect it from there.
Maluco’s signature wood-fired pizzas, sides and nibbles are available for delivery via Deliveroo. Deliveroo orders are paid through their app so cash exchange isn’t necessary. Deliveroo are also offering non-contact delivery where guests can select a safe place for their food to be left, and once their driver has gone, they can collect it from there.
Mr Chilli, Liverpool city centre (Szechuan)
This comes with a recommendation from Ramsey and Jenny Campbell (much appreciated). We promise ourselves that we will meet here in the near as possible future. I started to cast an eye over their menu, and crispy duck with pancake, and then steamed prawn dumplings won me over completely.
Bold Street Coffee
Gift cards can be purchased for any amount at Bold Street Coffee. Their food comes recommended when you can redeem your gift cards. Their feather-blade beef is a tender treat.
Slim’s, Bold Street
Guests can purchase £10, £10 and £50 gift cards via their website: www.slimsboldstreet.co.uk. Again their food in general and their fries and corn ribs come highly recommended. You can also order Slim’s via Deliveroo to enjoy in the comfort of their own home. Deliveroo orders are paid through their app so cash exchange isn’t necessary. Deliveroo are also offering non-contact delivery where guests can select a safe place for their food to be left, and once their driver has gone, they can collect it from there. Open for business as usual.
Duke Street Market
Guests can purchase vouchers in quantities of £10 to £50 via https://duke-street-food-and-drink-market.vouchercart.com/app/. Pilgrim, who do great tapas, resides on the mezzanine level, and have an online shopping service for wine: https://shop.pilgrimrestaurant.com/
200 Degrees Coffee Shop, Liverpool
For those of you working from home and in need of coffee, You can now get 50% off its subscription coffee delivered to your door for three months, just use the code “”TWOHUNDREDFF”” online, plus there is no longer any postal fee! Their coffee comes recommended. One of my friends thought it was the best she had ever tasted.
We have had some memorable meals at Lunya, Liverpool ONE and Lunyalita on the Royal Albert Dock. Lunya plan to do deliveries, hopefully up and running, as of now. Their inspiration comes from the Basque country. I remember scallops that were divine: and the best hams ever: Ibérico and Bellota, with that slightly salty, sweet tenderness. Their Spanish cheeses are legendary. Peter and Elaine Kinsella (the owners) have an enviable reputation for delivering authentic, fine dining. Their family of restaurants’ motto ‘passion on a plate’ rings true.
Tel: 0151 7069770
Rosa’s Thai Café, Royal Albert Dock
Rosa’s comes highly recommended. We spent an idyllic evening eating fabulous Thai curry (prawns in the mix) and a vibrant chicken salad, watching the lights play across the Dock. Will miss that view. They deliver through Deliveroo.
Gusto Italian, Royal Albert Dock
A message from Gusto: ‘Many have told us they would love to show their support for our hard-working teams at this difficult time. Like them, would you commit to a future visit now by buying a gift experience today?
If so, you can, choose from a £25, £50, £75 or £100 Pay It Forward Gift Experience. Gusto say, to show our thanks, we’ll add a 20% discount as a huge thank you – just add the code SUPPORT at checkout.’
We hope to join you all on a safe night out at one of these fantastic restaurants again very soon! In the meantime, if there’s anything we can do to help spread the word about local independents, please get in touch and we’ll try to help. (Picture of a press night with Think Publicity sampling the cuisine at The Albert Dock).
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