As I have just come to the end of my first year having an Independent Liverpool membership I thought now would be a great time to reflect on what yummy goodness it has brought into my life over the past year.
Independent Liverpool is a website along with an app that gives 100 independent businesses a platform for the public to view. It includes a blog with stories on these businesses, where they came from and any other news from them.
As part of this website you can purchase an Independent Liverpool Card which gives you discounts and offers for these businesses for one year.
I purchased this card to break my chain habits and explore what my city had to offer while also being able to give back to the community to help it grow.
That’s enough talking, lets get down to the businesses and let the pictures do that talking.
Rookwood Bar and ‘Cue, Back Colquitt Street.
This is the first place that I went to with my Independent Liverpool Card and it’s safe to say I was impressed!
At the time I had the ‘Chefs Bird’ Which was a marinated chicken breast with broccoli and at the time sweet potato chips which has now been changed to sweet potato mash (Just as good in my opinion). The dish was so filling, delicious and perfectly cooked!
My food was that good I went again soon after ordering the very highly recommended ‘Sticky Board’… I now understand what all the fuss was about, it was amazing! The flavours were just sensational and it was perfect as a shared starter.
The Atmosphere was very calm, the staff were very helpful and friendly from the moment we stepped foot in the door and the decoration of the place is pretty cool as well.
As for price, with the Independent Liverpool Card I got 10% off the bill which helped. But even without the card for the portion sizes and what the food tastes like it is definitely great value for money!
Arts Club, Seel Street
Arts Club is a place that hasn’t worn off on me yet, no matter how many time I go I will always want to go back for more! I have been here multiple times as it is mine and my boyfriend’s favourite place to go and grab some food, a couple of drinks and play pool.
The food menu here has something for everybody whether you’re a big meat lover, veggie or even vegan! I have tried the cheese burger, the Arts Club lasagne and also the dessert donuts… they are all to die for!
The atmosphere is again very chilled in Arts Club, I noticed that they have their own Spotify playlist on repeat with a mix of different genres. One cool feature of Arts Club is their games wall, They have shelves of different board that you can play and also a free pool table!
The Arts Club Kitchen is very good value for money, they used to have an offer on a Sunday and Monday where you could get 50% off the food menu and this was even without the card! On other days with the card the food was 20% off.
(While writing this blog post I realised that the kitchen has now been closed which is such a shame! Even without the food Arts Club would still be a fantastic place to go.)
Leaf, Bold Street.
Leaf was the first Independent Coffee shop I tried on the card and I was very impressed! My original blog post on Leaf will be here for you too read but since then I thought I would tell you about my most recent visit.
Last time I went to Leaf I only had a cup of tea, this time I thought I would carry on the tradition but with the addition of cake!
The Lemon Drizzle Cake from Leaf was possibly the nicest I have ever had! It wasn’t too bitter, was lovely and soft and best of all had some icing on the top. This cake along with the tea and the atmosphere made a very lovely afternoon on Bold Street.
Rococo, Lord Street.
Rococo is very different to the other independents I have mentioned, this one is surrounded by chain shops. As you walk on by BHS and EE you see a door with many, many stairs and once you walk up them you come to possibly the most beautiful coffee shop you have ever seen.
I sadly don’t have any pictures to show but Rococo is full of many different rooms with a mix and match of different sofas, chairs and tables making it really quirky.
When I came to Rococo I got a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and a Victoria Sponge Cake. It was nice to have a huge choice of syrups and the Cake was very nice but a little heavy for me.
The price of Rococo is just about the same as any other coffee shop that you would go to but I would say it has a lot more heart.
Lucha Libre, Wood Street
Lucha Libre is a Mexican restaurant just off Bold Street and trust me when I say you will know when you’re walking past… the smell is amazing!
My favourite thing about Lucha Libre is that there is not just a set menu but also great value sharing platters made for two. When I went I shared the ‘Street Food Tray’ which was full of Mexican goodness.
The vibe when inside is exciting, I think this is because of the music and also the staff as they were very energetic.
There are a few places featured on the card that are not food related, one of these is Utility which sells quirky bits and bobs from cards and books too furniture.
Whenever I need to get a present or card Utility is my first point of call. They have any type of card you could want along with gifts to many different tastes.
I would say the prices in Utility are very reasonable the cards are anywhere from £1-£3.50 depending on the type and size. I would say over all Utility is a great place to start if you have no idea what to get somebody as a present because it has so many types different items.
The Brink, Parr Street
I had been wanting to visit The Brink for a while as I was intrigued by the fact it’s a Dry Bar.
Sadly I didn’t taste any of the Mocktails when I went but I did taste some of the food. I had the Chef’s special of the day, Chicken Jambalaya which was so tasty and great value for money!
The atmosphere is again very calm in The Brink, I think it would be great to come here in the evenings when they have an event on.
The food was very good value for money with two of us getting food and a drink and spending around £12 in total.
Overall I feel that the Independent Liverpool Card has helped me open my eyes to what Liverpool has to offer, it’s stopped me from sticking to my ‘usual’ food choices and made me find some of my favourite places to eat and spend time.