At the end of Summer last year (yes I know.. this is so late that it’s pretty much Summer 2018 now, but better late than never!) we headed up North and decided to plan a day trip somewhere to discover some food places outside of London! We’d been tempted to go to the seaside – I have some seriously fond memories of stuffing my face with hot, fresh sugared donuts in Blackpool or Magpie fish and chips (which I understand is currently closed due to a fire! 😦 ) in Whitby, but we eventually decided to go somewhere new (and somewhere that had plenty of indoorsy things to do should the great British weather decide to fail us (it predictably did!).
Having spent just a day there I can’t even pretend to have discovered half of the foodie delights that Liverpool has to offer, and I wasn’t originally planning on blogging (hence the lack of pictures!) but I wanted to share a few of my favourites.
We started off on Bold Street – which seemed like the place to be for independent cafes and coffee shops! Every other store front seemed to be a cute little café or bakery, and we went into Bold Street Coffee, Leaf on Bold Street and East Avenue Bakehouse before eventually deciding to try Love Thy Neighbour. It’s so cute inside, with little plants on each table, comfy sofas and beautiful pastel colours, which match some of their drinks!
After that we naturally headed for a second brunch at the much less pretty, but seriously delicious Moose Coffee. For anyone with a big appetite, anyone looking to eat off a hangover or anyone who just loves seriously good comfort food this is the place for you! Everywhere I looked there were giant plates of incredible looking food being brought out.. and I saw very few empty plates – except mine of course.. I made sure I got every last bit of that Nutella! They have an absolutely huge menu, with quite literally something for everyone! Their savoury options did sound incredible – smoked chicken cheddar waffles, homemade potato hash with all the toppings and savoury cheese pancakes with bacon and fried eggs to name just a few – but I only had eyes for one thing.. their monster buttermilk pancakes! Unfortunately for me, the option that would’ve been my first choice had peanuts in both the toppings and the granola! I was tempted by the caramel apple option but I just had to have Nutella, so I ended up with a make-my-own version of pancakes with Nutella, berries, butter and maple syrup! A weird combination perhaps, but the savoury butter and the runny maple syrup were the perfect accompaniment to what would have otherwise been a pretty cloying amount of Nutella! I’d visited this place thanks to a number of recommendations and now I’m doing my bit and passing it on – if you only have one meal in Liverpool let it be here!
Sweet tooth still not satisfied, we went to a lovely little bakery called Artisane, where I picked up an almond croissant (what else!) and a bear claw. The bear claw was coated in white chocolate but was unexpectedly filed with a pear and almond custard! A custard filling perhaps wouldn’t have been my first choice but it was delicious nonetheless!
We did plan on wandering round some of the shops, but truthfully I’m not that interested in shopping.. though naturally I did manage to find the Lindt shop and spent a few happy minutes filling a pick and mix bag!
For a late lunch we headed to Mowgli, also on Bold Street. It was incredible! Tapas-style Indian food meant that it was hard to get a decent picture of all the plates (I would’ve tried harder had I known I was going to end up blogging, but at least I got a fairly decent one for the ‘gram!). We got a huge variety of plates – fenugreek fries, Mowgli chip butty, spice omelette wrap, gunpowder chicken, Mowgli paneer, temple dhal, Mother Butter chicken and puri. Everything was incredible – so packed full of flavour! – but I actually think that the highlight for me had to be the spice omelette wrap! Not something I’d ever had before at an Indian and it was so simple, but yet so delicious!
We wanted to miss the football traffic and we wanted to get back in time to spend some time in Huddersfield before going out for dinner with them so we headed home late afternoon, but not before visiting our final stop, Cuthberts. It was actually our second visit there as we’d stumbled across it earlier on after our pancakes, where I’d spotted their afternoon tea menu which sounded divine! You can get a few varieties of afternoon tea and I was happy to try any of them (or even just the classic!) but to my disappointment they said you had to book in advance and they didn’t have the required stock to cater for any walk ins that day.
That said, we were most certainly not disappointed with their cake selection! We walked away with 4 slabs and even narrowing it down to that was challenge enough! Their salted caramel brownie was so dense and fudgy and their red velvet was incredibly soft, with a cream cheese frosting that had the perfect balance of sweetness, but my favourite had to be the chocolate layer cake we got (luckily we got two slices of that!). With so many thin layers, usually I’d think that would be too much frosting for me, but the chocolate frosting was more of a ganache than a traditional buttercream and it made the whole cake so moist and incredibly moreish. If you have the chance I’d definitely recommend calling up in advance and trying to book afternoon tea here – based on the cake selection we tried I have no doubt it would be a seriously good one!
I don’t feel like we got round half of the lovely little independent coffee shops, cafes and restaurants in and around Liverpool but we loved all of the ones we visited! I’d love to hear your recommendations if you have any! 🙂