Thursday Night Feast at Rocket n Ruby

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It’s safe to say that when eating out in Liverpool today, you’re spoilt for choice with all of the amazing places that pop up regularly, and that’s amazing. But there are a few places that really stick with you and you’ll return time and time again, whether that’s for a date night, a girly brunch or just a drink in the sun and for me, Rocket and Ruby has quickly become one of those places. So when i was invited for a press night to sample the dishes on their fab, ever-developing menu (and have a cocktail or 5) i obviously said yes ten times over.

Rocket and Ruby is sat on the corner of Castle Street, next door to sister restaurant and long-time Liverpool favourite Bacaro. From it’s quirky decor to its dusty pink menus, open kitchen and ‘coffee to go’ window, this place is just goals for any instagrammer (ahem) but successfully combines this with an obvious culinary knowledge and some delightfully delicious food.

We met the team from Think (as well as some fab blogger gals) at the restaurant and wasted no time in ordering our drinks: rhubarb rose fizz for me (rhubarb gin and rose lemonade which went down like the most delish juice ive ever tasted and and their better (if possible) take on the classic aperol spritz: the aperol peach punch (this was a thursday evening which is basically friday which is basically the weekend so with all that said and done working our way through the cocktail list was totally and utterly justified). We sipped our cocktails whilst munching on the most delightful olives in the history of olives (i order these every time i come here) and devouring some warm flatbreads and oil whilst we set to work on the menu.

The guys at Rocket and Ruby recommended 4-5 plates between two, so, naturally, we chose five off the menu and even narrowing it down to that was TOUGH. Every dish sounded bloody fantastic but we eventually settled on the following: 

The Harrissa Mac with Buttermilk fried chicken

I KNOW. This was basically as good as it sounds, with a cheeky lil bit of heat added to the mac n cheese which was smothered all over the top of crispy chicken. Diet starts….never let’s face it.

The ham, egg, straw fried and chilli jam

A lil Rocket and Ruby classic and something i always order because what the hell is not to love about a (big) small plate crispy straw fries, runny egg, thick cut ham a lil hint of sweet chilli. I’ll have 5 pls.

The enoki mushrooms with a coconut and avo cream
Light and crispy mushrooms on a bed of rich, smooth avo cream with a hint of coconut sweetness. A revelation.

The sweet n sour fried cauliflower
Crispy battered cauliflower with a sweet n sour sauce, this was just so moreish, with the cauliflower still having a crunch to it, despite the batter being cooked perfectly.

Herb tabbouleh 
 A lil refreshing bowl of goodness packed with pickled cucumber, chilli, goats cheese, walnuts and honey. Delightful. 

DESPITE my top button being undone, it’s no secret this gal can’t refuse dessert, so we ordered the chocolate sponge  – warm and rich with a delightfully creamy banana ice cream and the beautifully light pistachio tart (also w/ ice cream). I couldn’t pick a fave if you PAID ME x

I mean, when Rocket and Ruby say small plates they don’t really mean that small at all and as well as being totally delicious in every way, these generous portions make it amazing value for money. With a creative menu, loads of choice, cocktails galore and just all of the lovely chilled out dinner vibes, it goes without saying that you really should pay these guys a visit. Oh and they also do a bloody fantastic brunch as well – don’t take me word for it. Thank you so much to Rocket and Ruby for a deliciously wonderful evening, i will be back soon to eat you all out of house n home once again. 

A Summer Soiree at Aether

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With the rain battering down in true British Summertime style, we were determined to still have a Friday night to remember at the fab Aether bar (situated on Chavasse Park for those that don’t know) last week and, as if by magic, just at the event started, so did the sun, so it would have been rude not to get stuck into cocktails and canapes to welcome in the weekend.

Aether has to be one of my favourite bars in town at the minute. With a sophisticated and chic décor, floor to ceiling windows and an upmarket yet slightly quirky cocktail menu, it’s a fab place to visit for drinks with the girls or to get dressed up for a date night. When the weather is fab, they have a gorgeous wooden terrace to enjoy drinks and nibbles on and when it’s miserable outside, you can enjoy Aether’s cosy, warm ambience as you listen to live music, because who doesn’t a little bit of opulence?

Last Friday, 9th August, we headed down to Aether for their ‘summer soiree’ event to try out some of their brand-new cocktails. The atmosphere when we arrived was fab and I was living for the shell-style drinks tokens and pink fizz on arrival (my kind of event). As well as the pink summery spritz (known as the Fiero spritz), I also tried out the chilli chocolate cocktail. I was a bit sceptical at first (I mean, I’m usually a basic Aperol kinda gal) but this was a warming rum drink with a hint of sweetness served with not only in a tumbler with one of those big posh ice cubes but also with a totally indulgent, completely melty homemade vegan chilli chocolate on the side. I was sold. Other cocktails on offer included the highly Instagrammable Tanqueray-based Bee Sting cocktail with, of course, edible flowers on the top. We sipped and chatted to the tune of some fab live music and it was the perfect way to relax after a week at work.

East River, a new restaurant based on Allerton Road which is inspired by the delis of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, provided canapés for the evening. We enjoyed warm garlic bagels with pots of humous, loaded sweet potato wedges and beef satay skewers. I haven’t been to East River yet but with a little taste of what they have to offer, I’ll definitely be heading over to try them out properly.

Upon leaving, we were handed lil miniatures of flavoured liqueur to take home and *attempt* to re-create our own cocktails and honestly I’m here for trying to make my own vegan chocolate too ‘cos that shit was delicious (watch this space). Thanks so much to the guys at Aether for a fab lil summery evening – these guys are definitely ones 2 watch and I’m excited to see what other fab inventions they come up with. Well worth a visit.

Toy Story 4 at the other Everyman

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If you haven’t been to The Everyman Cinema, inside The Metquarter yet, then i don’t really know wyd because it’s literally the best thing ever. Walking in to asbolute interior goals, you can not only choose what filom you want to see but also choose from a range of booze and food to be served to you whilst you watch your movie. From chips and guac to full pizzas, burgers and margarita’s, there really is no better way to watch a movie. So when I was invited down to watch Toy Story 4, i was READY (with tissues).

The Everyman Cinema has a number of different screens and for Toy Story we sat in one of the bigger rooms, which is full of the comfiest chairs and side tables. We were shown to our seats and sank right into the sofas as we waited for the film to start. Like EVERYONE, i’ve been a Toy Story fan since I was about 3 years old and now I’m 26 it was an emotional thought that I could potentially be watching the last one ever. Now, i wont give anything away about the film other than to say it definitely was a tear jerker and WELL WORTH a watch. If you don’t fancy Toy Story, I’d definitely recommend visiting The Everyman for a film of your choice because who the hell doesn’t want to watch a Blockbuster movie sprawled out on a comfortable couch with a burger in one hand and a vino in the other. No-one, that’s who.

Jimmy’s Launches in Liverpool

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Bar/restaurant/gig venue/the place of all things good times Jimmy’s has finally arrived in Liverpool, after years of letting Manchester have all the fun, which is super exciting. After receiving the most extra invite ever (including a mini Jagermeister, an actual real life record and my very own band pass) last week, I headed to the launch (where I drank Rose Zinfandel cos I’m super Rock n Roll like that). Packed full of school night drinkers (did you know, Wednesday is the new Friday?), the venue was looking fan bloody tastic, with Jimmy’s signature red n black decor all over the place and a good bit of neon lighting thrown in for good measure cos when it comes to being extra AF in Liverpool, where there’s a will, there’s most certainly a way. Am. I. Right?

The venue is situated right opposite The Bombed Out Church at the top of Bold Street and sits across three floors. The bottom floor is the basement, where fab bands play weekly (check out their website and Instagram for the schedule), the middle floor is the bar area and upstairs the soon to be restaurant which will be serving everything from brunch to Sunday lunch which i am READY for. Looking for somewhere new to drink, eat and watch live music? Head over to Jimmy’s now!

A Taste of Germany with Albert’s Schenke Liverpool

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In a recent (always Prosecco filled) girl’s night out, we paid a visit to the brand new Albert’s Schenke, sister of the famous Albert’s Schloss. Albert’s Schenke has just opened its doors in Liverpool, serving up steins n pretzels n schnitzels n strudels to the Liverpool public as they head over for unique restaurant experience and some especially delicious scran. As we learnt, this place is perfect for group dining, its bench style seating, sharing platters, live music and DH booth (only at certain times) the ideal venue for loads of fun and, most importantly, a huge choice of cocktails and delicious, high quality food. Here’s everything you need to know about Albert’s Schenke’s fantastic launch night.

Belonging to Mission Mars, the restaurant group that also owns some fab other places (the Elephant Woolton, being one). If it’s tradition you’re after, you can rely on Albert’s Schenke to provide the best biers and pilsners on the planet from Bavaria and Bohemia, alongside the best local craft biers from the Liverpool area. There are over 20 biers on tap, curated by the on-site bier masters. As well as the drinks, their fantastic launch night allowed them to showcase the talents of their Cookhaus as we choose from a traditional yet creative menu, to enjoy on the evening.

In terms of food from Albert’s, I’ve been lucky enough to sample a few dishes and I can honestly say the food is completely delicious (totally indulgent but hey, that’s what we like). From the crispy, spicy lamb croquettes with the melty middle, to the succulent schnitzel and THAT raclette burger, it’s safe to say that Albert’s have smashed it when it comes to portion size, food quality AND taste. If you fancy something a bit lighter, i’d also recommend their various kebab flavours – fresh veggie and meat options served with salad on top of a soft pitta – delicious.

As well as highly recommended main course choices, there’s also plenty of sides and starters to choose from. Why not stick to tradition and try a warm, soft pretzel served with crumbly cheese and pickles? Oh and DEFINITELY order the Sformato as a side (that’s baked truffle mash with melting alpine cheese to you and me). If you want something different to the main menu you can also try Albert’s daily special – go on a Monday and it’s a big fat bowl of hearty scouse with a crusty white bloomer. Dreamy.

Finally i move onto arguably the most important part of the meal, the DESSERT MENU and yeah, it’s good. Being the traditional kinda gal that I am, I ordered the warm apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and savoured every last bite. It was SO good, packed full of apples, crispy, crumbly, buttery pastry, sultanas and a creamy ball of ice cream sat on the top. I KNOW. Other options included brownies and affogato which has pretty much secured the fact i’ll be returning very soon.

If you fancy a night out, a few drinks or a SLAP UP meal, Albert’s Schenke is your brand new guy, ready and waiting to show you a good time. You heard it here first (you probably didn’t but let’s pretend).

Monday Funday at Castle St Townhouse

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Last week i had a cheeky lil Monday funday at the fab Castles St Townhouse to try out their new menu offerings (and maybe have a mojito or 3). For those that don’t know, this gorgeous venue sits bang in the middle of castle street with dark green umbrellas on the outside and an interior to dieee for on the in. With it being a Monday and a busy day at work, i was ready to have a girlie catch up over some delicious food and cocktails.

Sitting down in a gorgeous green velvet booth we ordered two mojitos and set to work on the delicious sounding menu. As always, i wanted everything but finally settled on a few nibbles and a steak salad for the main (with a side of fries cos, you know). The nibbles were homemade humous which was deliciously served with warm pitta and some crusty bread with a generous helping of oil and balsamic – my FAVE. We dipped our bread and sipped our cocktails like true ladies that lunch and to be honest, i was living nothing short of my best life. 

Next up were our mains. My steak was cooked so well (medium) and sat on a bed of leafy greens, topped with a drizzle of salty chimichurri. The salad also had peanuts to give it a delicious sweet crunch and my fries were super crispy and skinny, just how i like em. We also ordered the chicken burger which came on a super soft brioche with the meat marinated in all kinds of delish herbs and spices, served with fries. Just so much yes. 

If, like me, you’ve lived in Liverpool a very long time and even work in town but have never ventured into Castle St Townhouse before, you need to, like now. Delicious food, amazing cocktails (the glasses are BIG) and just all round dead good vibes and lovely service. Couldn’t recommend this place enough for a lil friday (or Monday if you can’t be tamed like me) night treat. Go go go

The Fabulous Gin Company Launch Fabulous Pink Gin

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The lovely ladies behind The Fabulous Gin Company launched their amazing new Absolutely Fabulous Pink Gin this week inside Duke Street’s Mayur restaurant. The Fabulous Gin Company’s new pink gin is designed to alert the senses, with an amazing smell of strawberry laces as soon as you unscrew the top. If the strawberry flavouring and delicious taste wasn’t enough, this fabulous gin is low in calories, working out at just seven per serving, so i’ll have 5 please.

No expense was spared at the launch of Gaynor and Lisa’s launch night, with pink, of course, being the main theme. The gorgeous space of Mayur restaurant was totally transformed with gin towers, cupcakes, a beautiful floral arch, a pianist and divine Indian food from Mayur restaurant. Gin balloons were flowing all night as guests enjoyed serving after serving of pink gin, with a miniature for each guest to take home (or lash in their handbag for emergencies…). Huge thank you to Pink Media and the Fabulous Gin Company for having us – here’s to ALL of the gin.

Event: Yu Donut X Aether Liverpool

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If anyone knows me, they’ll know that i’m a big fan of a gin balloon or cocktail bar type situation and so when i was invited down to Aether in Liverpool One Chavasse Park I was READY. Even better, the event wasn’t only to try out the fab cocktail creations of Aether, but also to try out Yu Donut, the brand new street food brand that was poppin’ up inside. Yu Donut has a chinese-inspired donut menu as well as a selection of Dim Sum (yep, you heard that right). Here’s what went down. 

We arrived at Aether and were greeted by the fab Think team to a gorgeous table decorated with colourful mini gins and a selection of nibbles: goats cheese popcorn, prosecco popcorn, olives and Thai chilli crackers which went down an absolute treat with my drink of choice: The Pink Fizz (obvs). This gorgeous concoction slipped down a little too easily, tasting like a fruity combination of strawberries and rose petals, delicious. As sometimes happens at the end of the week, before I knew it I was ordering my second cocktail and was intrigued to try the ‘Wale Watcher’ – a gin infused number that when it arrived, came complete with binoculars – the cutest ever. The drink itself was delicious as well, dill in a cocktail hey – who knew?!

Next up was samples from the brand new Yu Donut residency that now gives Aether a mouthwatering smell of Asian cooking and some super delicious foodie options to accompany your drinks. First up, we sampled every scousers fave; sui mai – and wow was this a good one. We also got some vegetable gyoza’s as well and i’ll just say this: they absolutely trumped Wagamama. Super tasty. The sui mai and gyozas were followed by the main event: the Peking Duck Donut. A super soft, savoury creation stuffed with the sweet but savoury flavours of peking duck and accompanied with an Asian style slaw. As well as being totally original in execution, this dish’s flavours were unreal. A must try and a welcome addition to Chavasse Park.

For veggies or anyone that doesn’t like to eat meat, the next sample is perfect for you. Covered in a sticky glaze and served on a steaming bed of soy egg noodles and crunchy peppers, the char sui seitan was just divine. 

So for cocktails, DONUTS and other delicious Asian style food, head to Aether on Chavasse park and order from Yu Donut. What could be better?

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Review: Retro Dining at Bundobust Liverpool

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A brand new big, open space with to die for retro decor and the most delicious Indian style dishes has open up above Bold Street – and everyone needs to visit. Already taken Leeds by storm, Bundobust is now gracing the streets of Liverpool and the mouths of foodies with it’s fun, creative and most importantly delicious, vegan and veggie Indian menu. 

After arriving at Bundobust, we wasted no time in deciding which cocktail to order (after all, it was Monday), deciding on the top two from the list – the Desi 75 (sipsmiths sloe gin, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup and Prosecco) and the Mango and Rosewater Bramble (Portobello Rd gin, mango, rosewater and lemon juice). Handily, Bundobust actually have combo options on their menu that you can order depending on your party size. This gives you the option to taste a bit of everything. We chose the combo for two and because im literally never full also ordered some extra side dishes, including the amazing Bhel Puri, the infamous Okra fries and some deliciously warm and soft Indian flatbreads.

One of the many great things about Bundobust is the dining style. Whilst canteen trays and paper pots might not be ideal for a dressed up date night, this style, combined with the amazing decor, gives the whole thing a super cool, retro feel. Our combo arrived on a tray and there was more than enough for two and with the extras we’d ordered alongside it – we were strapped in and ready for a huge feast. 

Standout dishes from the Bundobust menu for me are definitely the Bhel Puri (this can literally be described as a rice krispie style texture with all of the spice of bombay mix, topped with pomegranates and smothered in a sweet and spicy tamarind sauce. A close second has to be the Okra fries – it’s easy to see how the guys at Bundobust are famous for these super crispy and salty battered courgette fingers – im not really selling it but TRUST ME on this one. 

Overall our visit to Bundobust was an absolute winner. So many people have been raving about how good it is (it’s already in Leeds and Manchester) and you really should believe the hype. Bundobust – until we meet again.

Review: Sunday Roastin’ at the Maritime Dining Rooms

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You’re probs all familiar with the Maritime museum and the many days spent there as a kid but did you know that there’s also a restaurant that serves Yorkshire puddings the size of your face? No. I didn’t either, until the guys at Pink Media invited me down to go see for myself. Put it this way. We didn’t leave disappointed. Or hungry.

Situated inside the Maritime museum with a gorgeous view of the dock, this place is already interior goals. We were shown to our table and the prosecco was popped as we sat down to eat with some other fab bloggers. 

After a few glasses of the good stuff our roast dinner was brought out in all its glory. The dinner is served on sharing style boards, but don’t let the word ‘sharing’ scare your hangry alter ego – the board is literally PILED with meat (we had beef and chicken) as well as tonnes of veg, a WHOLE cauliflower smothered in cheese, plenty of crispy roasties, carrot and swede mash, a Yorkshire pud filled with BBQ pulled pork and a huge boat of gravy. Absolute roast dinner goals. 

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but i love the  sharing board roast dinner idea. It’s been done in a few places (Camp n Furnace and Baby E off the top of my head) and it just reminds me of a sociable, family style Sunday lunch where everyone just gets stuck in. As well as there being plenty of it, the food genuinely tasted amazing and at £20 pp including dessert it’s definitely well worth it for a Sunday lunch somewhere special.

Despite the more than generous portion sizes, we obviously still had room for a little (big) bit of dessert and it was just as well because before we knew it, out came another bored carrying chocolate brownies topped with salted caramel popcorn and pavlova, whipped cream and fruit. Being a sucker for all things sweet i was delighted that there was more than enough for me to have a big fat slice of each. Each pudding was every bit as good as it sounds and i rolled out of that museum like it was early evening on Christmas day. 

If you’re looking for somewhere a little fancy schmancy for a special Sunday occasion or even just fancy some bloody good food in a venue with a difference – i can’t recommend The Maritime Dining Rooms enough. Book your table now!