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Food and Drink Round Up

Much loved greengrocers vanishes - but will be back minus some. Plus potato-related stories galore in the food and drink round up

Published on March 10th 2010.

Food and Drink Round Up
It's called progress, mateTHE management behind the nearby new neighbours Tesco Express might be seeing this as an opportunity.

But Confidential was mightily alarmed to discover that Christians, the legendary greengrocers in Bold Street, was being bulldozed.

“When?” we asked, after blearily answering the phone last weekend. “Er, tomorrow,” came the reply.

Now Confidential, along with every cost conscious and right thinking fruit and vegetable consumer in Liverpool city centre, counts “Bold Street Produce Market” among its all time favourite institutions.

Other people see things differently - at least from an "aesthetic" point of view. The Christians business proved a thorn in the side of regeneration leaders planning to create four new public squares in the city centre. Indeed, Liverpool Vision tried for years to get Christians kicked off the patch, believing it detracted from millions of pounds of public investment in the area.

They almost succeeded a decade ago and the stall operated from Renshaw Street until an outcry saw the tin shack built on the present site, to be a temporary home.

Planning permission has long run out on the building and, in a nutshell, the council says the fresh produce market's home has to go. Well it is Health and Wellbeing year.

The good news is the Christians remain unbowed and will be back on the site within weeks. But this time they will have to make do with open air barrows and all will have to be packed away in vans every night. But they are not softies this lot. The family has been running market stalls in Liverpool for 125 years, Awnings are apparently planned, a la The Italian Club.

The bad news, however, is that it was all too much for the lovely Debbie, who is familiar to many as the smiling, singing and cheery face of the Christian family, The hat-donning one will not be back on Bold Street. The announcement of the demolition is said to have compelled her to find another job.

So life, for some, is far from a bowl of cherries. We will miss Debbie – not to mention jostling with whoever life threw at you in that oh-so-narrow aisle by the strawbs.

And we remain completely out of spuds.

Fryer truck
FROSTBITE aside, a fruit and veg stall has to be one of the most ecologically sound business, burning no fossil fuels (if you've got a lockable shack, that is) and overheads are zilch.

Big retail players like Liverpool One could never compete with that, but in what is seen as a first for a retail and leisure destination in the UK, they are having a go. This week it has begun an attempt to use cooking fat from its restaurants to power its fleet of vehicles.

That's right. Estate management will collect waste cooking oil from fryers which would otherwise end up in landfill up a motorway somewhere, and recycle it into clean biodiesel.

They say by using biodiesel, they will save an estimated 54 tonnes of CO2­ in the first year of activity alone. Oooer. It's enough to make you drop your kebab.

The importance of being earnest
SPEAKING of technical things, Cafe Scientifique is back in Liverpool, at the Hope Street Hotel, on the second

Tuesday of every month. The next one is on March 9.

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings have taken place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context – and judging by the name – outside a traditional English spelling.

The first Cafes Scientifiques in the UK were held in Leeds in 1998. From there, cafes gradually spread across the country. Currently, some forty or so cafes meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences.

This coming Tuesday Gareth Stratton, Professor of Paediatric Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, will discuss: “The road to an active and healthy childhood, from fitness to fatness and back again”.

For any peckish scientists, there will, of course, be chips all round from the Carriage Works kitchen.

Fit, not fatAND ON that very subject, Paul Heathcote is helping to combat rising obesity among children by launching a new menu at his Olive Press restaurant.

The new healthy choices include baked mushrooms, char grilled chicken strips and fresh fruit salads for dessert. All mains come with a selection of optional side orders that includes green vegetables, salad and new potatoes.

And for parents looking to treat the family on a tighter budget, the new kids’ menu at the Castle Street restaurant has been reduced to just £4.95 for a main course, dessert and a drink.

Macky Dees (although obviously delicious and healthy too, should their lawyers be reading) could be a thing of the past.

Free toast.......at Coffee Republic, Exchange Flags, throughout March, between 8.30am and 10.30am when you order a drink. What more do you need to know?

I can see for miles and miles
CONFIDENTIAL visited the Panoramic last week for lunch. The set £20 lunch and not the massive splurge that we went on last year

We would have reviewed it fully again, but the lunch menu completely changes every week and well, it was a bit pointless telling you about the delicious outdoor reared pork loin, the seared bream atop in the best fish broth ever and the whole shebang in fact, not forgetting an excellent toffee and banana cheesecake.

The point of this exercise is that you can eat a slap up feast and feast your eyes on at least five counties (you can't do that at night) without killing yourself financially. This gives it the wow factor.

And we also wanted to show you the childish picture we took of the mash. Sigmund Freud would have loved this gaff.

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Killer WalesMarch 4th 2010.

Can't you see Flintshire then? How about Anglesey?

Every Little HelpsMarch 4th 2010.

The word around town is that Tesco's sudden arrival on Bold Street had a lot to do with this happening.

NicMarch 4th 2010.

Liverpool City Council get it wrong again. Wonders will never cease.

any more for any more?March 4th 2010.

Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Clwyd, Gwynned. You think you are hard, don't you?

Aycarmela!March 4th 2010.

What's the Neild comment on this. from the Tesco pocket?

Liverpool WagMarch 4th 2010.

Your bubonic eye, more like

AnonymousMarch 4th 2010.


Geographical pedantMarch 4th 2010.

Only five counties from the Panoramic? Six straight off, and maybe on a good day nine.

Maxwell HutchinsonMarch 4th 2010.

"Shack"? Surely you mean 'shed'?

DigMarch 4th 2010.

I can see some hills in Cumbia and Yorkshire too although that may be down to my bionic eye.

Broken BritainMarch 4th 2010.

What a stupid last comment. Dur!

AnonymousMarch 4th 2010.

Did the council planners buy a bunch of grapes off the Christians before informing them that they were demolishing their shop?

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