My sister came to visit a few weeks ago and we spent the majority of our time moving from restaurant to cafe and eating lots of delicious food. We started at Filter and Fox for cocktails before heading on to The Grove Beer Tap and Grill. Filter and Fox is a must for anyone who loves a good cocktail made by people who love their cocktails too and are truly interested mixology. This is reflected in their small cocktail menu of only 6 drinks which constantly change depending on what they feel is best to drink that week, a new type of liqueur they have discovered or new cocktail they tried elsewhere and put their own spin on. We went for the Ryesing Sun, a type of old fashioned using rye whiskey and amaro montenegro, and a Pamela Popo, their spin on an aperol spritz using rhubarb liqueur and cava. So good! The Grove is one of Liverpool’s numerous American-inspired restaurants which have sprung up all over the city during the past few years. As big burger fans we were keen to try out the ‘something something’ burger’ which did not disappoint. We also tried the ‘seasoned Spanish fries’ as we heard the topped fries at The Grove were not to be missed. However, we agreed we could have gone without, what ever happened to skinny French fries?!
The following day we went to Bold St Coffee for brunch. We both went for the smashed avocado on sourdough toast with a side of scrambled eggs and, because the coffee machine was being replaced, filter coffee. It was amazing! Having been a bit unsure about the filter coffee because we are normally fans of milky coffees we were pleasantly surprised that the coffee was so good. I had seen other people order from the brunch menu before and always wanted to try out so was not disappointed. After a long day of shopping we were famished so decided to try out Pen Factory just around the corner from where I live. Again, I had heard great things about this restaurant and, again, was not disappointed. The menu at Pen Factory is mainly small plates and tapas style so went for the ‘beer board’, a delicious selection of ham, cheese, cornichons, puffed sweetcorn, scotch eggs and sourdough bread, chorizo in cider and honey and potted shrimp all washed down with Prosecco. The potted shrimp were not for me but the chorizo and scotch eggs really hit the nail on the head and I could have easily eaten them all myself. After devouring all that food we headed over to Salt Dog Slims for some more cocktails. I can’t remember exactly what we had but safe to say they were excellent.
On the last day of my sister’s visit it was really sunny so went down to the docks, ate a Tesco meal deal overlooking the water and went to the Open Eye Gallery. For dinner that night we went to another restaurant round the corner from my flat called Frederiks. I had only been there for drinks but had heard from a friend that the food there was really good. I opted for the pan-fried seabass with chorizo, sweet potato rosti and seasonal greens whilst my sister went for the burger (pictured above). We happened to go whilst their pre-theatre offer was on and received 25% off the food bill which only made our experience eve better.
Also worthwhile checking out: Golden Square Coffee for probably the best coffee in Liverpool situated in a really relaxed calm atmosphere (we went there whilst my sister was here but I forgot to photograph our coffees), Free State Kitchen for THE best burgers on offer in Liverpool (unfortunately when we tried to go there it was fully booked), Lucha Libre for amazing Mexican street food, Moose Coffee for pancakes, The Art School for beautifully presented, incredibly indulgent (and slightly pricey) food, Maray for delicious small plates, and Jenny’s for cocktails in a 70s atmosphere.
(All photos taken by my sister!)