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Moules frites at The Quarter...

....new life for Ev cake makers, vegan beer at the Caledonia and Harvey Nicks comes to town

Written by . Published on August 5th 2011.

Moules frites at The Quarter...

Outside edge

 One of the best read features on Liverpool Confidential last month was our five bars with a hidden backyard oasis. 

So it's clear that you like being outside, like them in that Paris.

The Quarter, of course, on Falkner Street is very good at emulating the Gallic vibe with its rows of tables filled from dawn to dusk with the chatterati of the city whose only failing is they do not spoil us with the waft of Gitanes.

We took all this for granted until we told Gordo, Confidential's publisher, to meet us in there recently. He fell in love with the place and its fragrant female clientele, and went all misty eyed for the days when he lived in France and not Manchester.

So we thought we would look at it anew.

Anyone for croquettes?Anyone for croquettes?The occasion saw our Liverpool operative erroneously order a Thai red curry pizza, a concoction which sounds improbable but was the finest non authentic-authentic pizza they had eaten in the city centre in a long time.

Last week's brief summer saw us back again, this time indulging in a late supper outside, underneath the awning and the soft lights as the sun went down.

Chicken and chorizo croquettes in an excellent dressed spinach salad (£6.95) followed by that classic Belgian/French combo, moules frites (£10.95) all washed down with a half litre of crisp house white (£9.95).

They serve you this excellent stuff up until 10.30pm too, making it possibly the only choice in town after the witching hour of 10 when only the waiters at the U n I Tandoori will still be nice to you.

Make mine a Ricard, please.

Fancy that

The dearly departed Everyman Bistro was renowned for many things, one of them its inventive cakes and puddings which were some of the best in the city .

Life Is A Bowl Of CherriesThe Garden Bakery: Cherry goodUntil recently Pam Wellings and Claudia Byrne were the patisserie chefs who brought them to you.

But instead of wringing their hands and squeezing their icing bags in dismay at the Ev's demise, they have gone and established their own bakery business.

The Garden Bakery offers personal baking for all types of event, they say. Bespoke desserts and fancies, which means you can expect it to be a notch or 100 above bloody cupcakes.

“We use only fresh, top quality ingredients from the  local area and have over 40 years combined experience,” they say. But we knew that anyway.

So, if you are looking for delicious desserts for an up coming wedding, party, meeting, Christmas or any other event contact them at thegardenbakery@yahoomail.co.ukNOSPAM (you can take that last bit out) or 01517338569.

Q: How do you get a vegan drunk?
A: Not that easily.

See, the problem is that nearly all beer has fish-derived clearing agents in it, so, like many of the best things in life, for your vegan a quiet pint is a no-no.

Until now. Laura King at the Caledonia has decided to cheer them all up by taking vegan real ale, ie beer without these fishy agents. It is technically known as "unfined" beer, or "unfinned" perhaps.

Who to turn to but the Liverpool Organic Brewery, of course.

“We are regularly called by vegans asking where they can buy vegan beer and until now  there was no option, said brewery boss Mark Hensby."

The Caledonia, It SaysNow the Catharine Street pub is taking an unfined version of "24 Carat Gold".

“Most breweries fine their beer at racking (filling the casks),” he explains.

“It makes life easier, but the down side is that the finings determine the shelf life. As soon as beer is fined is has eight weeks' life: unfined it can last for months, and some beers especially stronger ones improve for the first three-to four months. This is where it becomes about economics."

Oh aye?

He added: “We have never fined at racking, always on the day of delivery which means we use an additional closure and have the hassle of opening up the cask (labour cost). but the benefit is that our customers always get eight weeks, and of course the option of having vegan beer as an alternative.”

So now you know.

But shouldn't they have renamed it 24-Carrot Gold?

Harvey Nichols comes to Liverpool

Harvey Nicks is not just known for its Ab Fabbines in the couture department. Nope, its restaurant oop the East Lancs, in the Manchester branch, has won dozens of awards and its food department is is one of the most luxurious in the North.

Now with its eye on the Christmas hamper prize, it is coming to Liverpool, in a pop-up form.

The 1,833 sq ft Harvey Nichols Pop-Up Foodmarket runs from September 1 to December 31 and will be located in Peter’s Lane.

Pamper With A Ha...Pamper With A Ha...Harvey Nichols Manchester Store Manager Iain Mackenzie says: "We already have a large proportion of customers from the Liverpool area visiting the Manchester Harvey Nichols store. A pop up Foodmarket seemed like the ideal way to give Liverpool's shoppers a taste of what Harvey Nichols has to offer in the lead up to the Christmas period."

Ah yes, who can forget when coach loads of Liverpool girls made the pilgrimage to Primark in Piccadilly Gardens before we got our own?

Come on Harvey Nicks, there's a big shop with a naked man over the door just up the road. Yes, missus, we could tell you a thing or two about pop-ups.

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Cupcakes, my arseAugust 2nd 2011.

Good luck to Pam and Claudia.

AnonymousAugust 2nd 2011.

I have never seen a drunk vegan, or a vegan having a good time.

Can you honestly imagine being in a pub with one and offering to buy them a pint and them saying: "I can't, it has been fined with fish guts" or something?

It is they who should be fined!!!!

Plastafarian-Puertorican-RickyricardoAugust 4th 2011.

i recall vegan real ale at the belvedere about two years ago, with half price pork pies for your mates!!

ain't no thing but a chicken wing.

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