Hospitality is coming back home to Liverpool, with a continental ‘al fresco’ aspect to restaurants in the city centre.
WORDS: Jean Hill
There will be road closures, pop up mini parks, architecturally designed furniture, a business grant scheme and free trading permits. This is all part of a new pilot package of support for the hospitality sector in Liverpool.
His & Hers flagged up recently: that Liverpool City Council, Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce were putting an ambitious package together. The plan is to help the independent hospitality sector in the city.
Liverpool Without Walls is designed to provide support to help cafes and restaurants trade outside. Bold Street will be closed to traffic across the summer with street furniture and little oases of foliage and seating spaces. Designed by internationally acclaimed urban architects Arup, these new spaces will take over existing parking bays to transform the look of the street. If successful, this could be rolled out to other streets across the city.
Castle Street will also be closed to traffic so that restaurants can spill out onto the streets. All independent restaurants in the city can now apply for a grant of up to £4,000 for them to purchase furniture which will allow them to trade outside.
The fee for a new street café licence – around £600 – is being waived for all new applications to ensure businesses don’t have extra costs as they work towards re-opening.
Delivery & Click and Collect
In the meantime we still have restaurants doing delivery or pick-up orders, that remind us, in a really good way, of what we have been missing. Well worth investigating.
Delifonseca has an award winning delicatessen that is open, and that includes Edge’s the butcher’s shop. There has been talk of braised beef and roasting juice filled baguettes and some mention of tea-smoked barbecued lamb. All this and a new door for the food hall which is open 8am until 6.30pm. There are delivery and pick up options.
The Monroe Gastropub does a wonderful takeaway Sunday roast, so reliable rumour has it, and it is a bargain. One satisfied customer said it was money very well spent indeed.
Mattas Bold Street has an enviable reputation for fine produce, and is selling more and more organic fruit and vegetables these days. Their recipe of the week is brownies. And they look absolutely delicious. They aim to dispatch all orders within 48 hours. Or you can order on-line and collect at store. They have a great international range, that is well worth exploring.
Rumi Bukhara does traditional curries and tandooris, and has a reputation for fine food. You can order through Deliveroo and Just Eat. There is a tempting offer right now: Spend over £25.00 and receive a 20% discount. Use code RUMI25.
Abel & Cole has a powerful slogan: change your shop and change the planet. You can order organic vegetable boxes, and you can order organic meat and game. These can be delivered to your door. As an added incentive you will save 50% on your first and fifth order as a new customer. The quality of their food sells itself.
Duke Street Market is offering a click and collect service at selected times: on Fridays and Saturdays. Pilgrim has beautifully flavoured wood-fired chicken on the menu. Ginger do delicious Prawn Katsu with curry sauce. Or you can try Cucina di Vincenzo for beautifully fresh pasta, ravioli and pizza.
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