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The Food And Booze Round-up (Sept 20)

Award winning Everyman chef resurfaces at Brink; Little Grapes in Good Beer Guide; new foodie book; Little Pizza Kitchen grows big

Written by . Published on September 20th 2011.

The Food And Booze Round-up (Sept 20)

The Gill of their dreams
TOP city chef Tom Gill is back. 

Tom (main picture, at Sunday's Hope Street Feast) was in charge of the kitchen at the Everyman Bistro for years, making acclaimed, award winning grub. When it went, he, like many of the customers, didn't know what he was going to do.

Carl Alderdice, meanwhile, was bored with beverages. More accurately, as someone who spent years working in the hospitality industry, where “everything revolves around booze”, he wanted to do something different, “put something back”, he says. Then came the chance to open The Brink.

They both saw their ideal next step.

Carl Alderdice at The BrinkCarl Alderdice at The BrinkThe Brink, in Parr Street, launches at the end of next week and opens for business on Friday September 30. Backed by the addiction service Sharp and other fundraisers, it aims at “the recovery community”, but not exclusively.

You might not know it on a Saturday night in Liverpool, but teetotalism is very on-message among the young. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is famously a big advocate of waking up with a clear head and a clean liver, but for many it's more than a lifestyle choice, it's a life-saver

“You could say we’re on the leading edge of an exciting trend, in that we don’t serve alcohol - we believe a great time is better fuelled by people, and their creative spirited energy,” they say at The Brink.

"The recovery movement has a lot to teach us all," they add, "and already "lots of like-minded organisations have signed up to provide partnership work from the service space at The Brink and many artists and musicians are booking their events spaces too".

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Around three-quarters of Brink staff are recovering addicts, but they see the operation as more than a worthy cause to pay lip service to.  

A 70-cover restaurant will serve Tom's award winning scouse and all the fab food he can conjour, even posh fish and chips, which you never got on Hope St.

“We want to serve the best Sunday roast in Liverpool,” says Carl, and a huge range of DIY non-alcoholic shots are on offer to keep it interesting.

Tom is joined by former colleagues Pam Wellings and Claudia Byrne on cakes and puds and the place is open until past 11 most nights.

So a bit like the Bistro. You just won't be able to get bladdered.

Beer cheer
“If the Good Beer Guide hadn't included us this time, I'm not sure it would be fit to be called The Good Beer Guide.”

The observation of Paul Agora whose labour-of-love supervision of the cellar at the Little Grapes has earned the Knight Street/Roscoe Street pub a place among the respectable 19 Liverpool pubs in the 2012 UK beer bible.

Food And Drink Round Up 10He and landlady Anna have spent eight years trying for the accolade. When they took it on in January 2003 it was what was known as a failing pub. Now, inspired by the likes of the Ship & Mitre and the Roscoe Head, it's anything but.

Untied and with nine real ale pumps on the go “there would be 12 if we had the room”, it's up there with the best of them.

But we have been telling you that for the past two years anyway.

The new Good Beer Guide 2012 is out now. Full list of newbies later.

Do try this at home
THE champagne, canapes, and Mersey chefs worth their sea salt were out yesterday at the Hope Street Hotel for the launch of Relish Merseyside & Lancashire. 

It doesn't seem long ago since we were all here for the launch of a similar volume, Home Grown.

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But this is purely a cookbook, one of a national series spotlighting various UK regions, all featuring recipes provided by chefs at some of the area's best known restaurants ranging from the culturally rich city of Liverpool to the majestic rural landscapes of Lancashire. 

From Bowland to Bootle, that's one hell of a region, so just in case anyone feels excluded, the edition has been produced with two different covers: one to appease those more at home on the misty fells or those who enjoy an interrupted view of the Three Graces.

Food And Drink Round Up 06A clutch of chefs
seek divine inspitation
Those featured in the book include Spire, Marc Wilkinson of Fraiche, The Maritime Museum Dining Rooms, Master Chef winner Claire Lara, 60 Hope Street, the Freemasons (hand-shaken vinaigrette anyone?), The Inn at Whitewell, The Bayhorse, plus, of course, host venue The London Carriage Works.

There's a foreword by LCW's Paul Askew. It's £17.50 and available everywhere, including the restaurants themselves.

Supersize me
THAT last outpost of Italian food civilisation, The Little Pizza Kitchen, in Waterloo, is no more.

Not in St John's Road, anyway. So popular has Alex Lawless's bijou venue become that it has been forced to let out the proverbial straining belt and move to bigger premises - on South Road.

LPK had long been championed here on Liverpool Confidential, now it has become a victim of its success. With only 24 covers (fewer if the punters were more "solid") it was having to turn 50 odd people away on weekends. Now it will resurface opposite Nicola's, in the former Cue pool hall (no death was ever more welcomed) on Saturday October 1.

More than pizzaMore than pizza Alex says he hopes the arrival of the restaurant will further accelerate the rejuvenation of the area's main drag. As reported in the past, South Road, right on the Northern Line, can now just about boast some good eating-out options as many of the scuzzy pubs and bars that blighted it go west.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers who have supported us along the way, we couldn’t have done it without you," says Alex, unscrewing the pizza oven from the wall.

The new reservation number is 0151 928 0491 and they are accepting bookings. 

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AnonymousSeptember 20th 2011.

Nice to see Tom Gill on Sunday looking so happy. Hope it works out for you.

mrsmarsaSeptember 20th 2011.

Ditto anonymous. Can't wait to dine at The Brink. Beer frenzy afterwards mind!

EricaSeptember 20th 2011.

Best of luck to Brink

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