The 'Eel goes to...Liverpool
Liverpool has the tasty combination of diverse communities and a renowned independent attitude. Scouse gastronaut Lucy Antal finds a food scene that is developing at a rapid pace.
The Real Junk Food Project Liverpool tackles the issue of food waste by saving surplus food and using it to create delicious and nutritious meals. They are well known for their catering service Binner Dinners, provided on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ basis, including non-monetary payment options.
Award winning Edge & Son Butchers, established in 1844, buy their native and rare breed livestock from local farms committed to forage based diets and exceptional animal husbandry. Callum Edge’s butchery courses are a must for aspiring chefs.
As well as baking their own Real Bread, East Avenue Bakehouse import wines directly from small scale family run vineyards and have a seasonal menu only using local produce and ethically sourced meat and fish. Check out their monthly Slow Food Dinners.
Located opposite Liverpool Football Club, Homebaked Anfield is a community owned cooperative, where local people can buy fresh, affordable bakery products. It’s definitely #morethanapie, though they did take Gold at the British Pie Awards for their Scouse pie.
Recently launched pop up SKAUS provides unique Nordic inspired dishes using only locally sourced sustainable seasonal British produce, which proprietors Dan and Josh have foraged, pickled, smoked or cured themselves. Find them at pop-up dining events and mobile catering around town at places such as HUS and The Three Piggies Barn.
Liverpool’s first combined micro roastery and coffee shop, 92 Degrees guarantees that social and environmentally sustainable practices are delivered from farm to cup. Supportive of other independent businesses, they stock loose-leaf teas, fresh cakes, salads, sandwiches and bagels sourced locally.
Home-grown and rooted in Liverpool L8 since 2007, Squash Nutrition is an ambitious social health organisation with food sustainability at its heart. They make visible, edible environments like Grapes Community Garden, and train people to feed themselves and their families well.
Colu, the Liverpool local pound, is a digital currency that supports local independent businesses and keeps more money in local pockets, for the benefit of the city. Download the app and show your love to Liverpool’s independents and to discover the best local shops, bars, restaurants and events.
While you’re there…
- Boggle at the view from the top of the 500ft Liverpool Cathedral bell tower
- Cross the Mersey on the Peter Blake designed Dazzle Ferry
- Join a Shiverpool night tour and find out just why there’s a pyramid tomb on Rodney St.
- Drink from the natural spring and check out the historic headstones at St James’ Cemetery Gardens
- Grab an Independent Liverpool card and get discounts all over Liverpool from independent shops and food places
Read 'The 'Eel goes to...Berlin' for insider info on good food further afield