Merseyside food bloggers Scouse Scran choose ten of the best restaurants in Liverpool for any budget…
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It’s certain that Liverpool has a buzz like no other city. We are constantly surprised when we turn up to the latest restaurant to find people queuing out of the door… To think anyone could turn away the famous four Scouse Scran girls – don’t they know who we are?!
We like to spend our days eating our way around the city, whether we are enjoying a glammed up girl’s night or cheap mid-week eats, we’re constantly sampling the new independent restaurants or enjoying our favourite meals from the high-street chains. You couldn’t fail to be impressed by the variety of food on offer, ranging from speciality cuisines to a secret supper club.
The Brink is a revolutionary venue that’s so much more than your usual café bar. They’ve taken alcohol out of the mix to provide a truly welcoming, creative and intelligent space where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can dine, hang out, socialise and relax. The sausage hot pot is the perfect meal to accompany any occasion! Best of all, The Brink is a recovery social enterprise, which means that all the profits go directly back into the community to fund support for those who have suffered through alcoholism and addiction.
21 Parr St, Liverpool, UK L1 4JN, (0151 703 0582, thebrinkliverpool.com)
Forget Americanized versions of Mexican classics, leave behind any notions of fancy, stylised plates and haute cuisine. This is down and dirty Mexican street food. The kind of food you would find if you were backpacking through Mexico and eating your meals at local roadside restaurants and street carts. In keeping with the ‘street food’ concept, the menu is sectioned into Nibbles and Small Plates, Salads, Street Food, Large Plates and trays for two to share – something for every budget. Afterwards, head downstairs to Maya, Lucha’s late night cocktail bar.
96 Wood St, Liverpool, UK L1 4DQ, (0151 329 0200, www.lucha-libre.co.uk)
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The Baltic Social is the latest opening in the new cool quarter of Liverpool, ‘The Baltic Triangle’, complete with its very own quirky cinema style seating. This is the perfect place for beers and bites after work on a Friday evening, and the burgers definitely get the thumbs up from us burger loving girls. However, hands down we would argue Baltic Social’s roasts are among the best in Liverpool… Does life get any better than a good reasonably priced roast followed by a peanut butter chocolate layer cake? Mmmm.
Elevator Studios, 25 Parliament Street, Liverpool, (www.thebalticsocial.com)
Chris’ Pop Up Kitchen @ Cuthbert’s Bakehouse
Chris’ Kitchen gives customers the chance to try some homemade, bespoke, excellent quality and value menus, after Cuthbert’s baking hours. The welcoming staff and cosy surroundings are the perfect combination for a highly enjoyable evening. Whether you’re looking for a light bite or some Good ol’ Pie ‘n Mash then Chris’s food will not disappoint your taste buds or your wallet. Chris prides himself in using only the finest and freshest ingredients, utilising organic and locally sourced produce whenever possible.
103 Mt Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TB, (0844 245 8612, www.cuthbertsbakehouse.co.uk)
If you are a ‘Come Dine with Me’ fan then Madge’s Gaff is definitely for you. Madge runs a secret supper club in the leafy suburbs of Childwall. Once a month Madge hosts a themed evening with a password required upon entry! £25 per person (bring your own alcohol) will treat you to a five-course themed spectacular. Our experience at Madge’s was quite simply an 11 out of 10 – not only was her food above and beyond restaurant quality, her hosting skills were second to none, so much so that we didn’t want to go home (Madge did actually consider renting out her spare room to us).
Secret Location! (supperclubfangroup.ning.com/events/madge-s-gaff-7)
Neon Jamon is a new edition to the Penny Lane area of Liverpool, describing themselves as a tapas/cava/deli/bar, and the tapas we sampled (there was a lot of it) was mouth-wateringly good! Malaga Style Little Squids; Chorizo and Morcilla (Spanish black pudding for those not in the know); Staw Fries & Eggs (aka egg and chips) to name just a few. It’s a short drive outside of the city centre but well worth the journey. Be warned they don’t take bookings for small parties, but it is definitely worth the wait for a table.
12 Smithdown Place, Liverpool, L15 9EH, (www.neonjamon.com)
Est Est Restaurant & Bar
The leafy Liverpool suburb of Aigburth welcomed its newest addition in November in the form of the stylish Italian restaurant, Est Est. We could not have been any more impressed with our visit there; we’re still craving another sublime lasagne weeks later, but the staff truly did go above and beyond. The restaurant manager arranged for separate pan fried chips for our gluten free girl… A* for service! Head here for some homemade classics, just like Mama used to make.
380 Aigburth Rd, Liverpool, L17 6AE, (0151 427 1155, facebook.com/estestliverpool)
Gusto Bar & Restaurant
Gusto, based at the Albert Dock, is a real dining experience from beginning to end – beautiful cocktails, food and ambiance all combine effortlessly to make this an experience you won’t forget. Not only is the food sublime but the staff really do go the extra mile, recommending their choice of wine for each of your courses. Or why not attend one of their cocktail master classes? We had no idea how many ingredients were used to make a Bellini.
Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AF, (0151 708 6969, website)
Alma de Cuba
Alma de Cuba restaurant and bar is situated in the former St Peter’s Catholic Church on Seel Street and it is the first church in Liverpool to be turned into a social venue. The bar and restaurant are lit by candles and they scatter rose petals from the upper restaurant level at midnight – the perfect romantic setting! Not only is the food incredible but we can highly recommend the cocktails too.
St Peters Church, Back Seel St, Liverpool, L1 4BH, (0151 702 7394, www.alma-de-cuba.com)
Chaophraya is a Thai restaurant located in the centre of Liverpool, based in Chavasse Park. It is well worth a visit for the ambience alone. They offer private dining areas with sunken seats and even perform a birthday ritual on your special day. We can’t get enough of their hot and spicy selections! After your meal you can head to the bar next door, ‘Palm Sugar’, for a few tipples of your choice.
Liverpool One, 5-6 Kenyon’s Steps, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3DF, (0151 707 6323, website)