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Springtime for calçots and Lunya

The annual barbecue feast is this Sunday

Published on April 4th 2014.

Springtime for calçots and Lunya

LUNYA proprietor Peter Kinsella is a man who knows his onions, especially the the Spanish leek type things that are a bit like them.

We are talking  the "calçot", which looks like a scallion - that's a spring onion to you and not a lad in a North Face jacket.

The calçot is so prized by the Spanish that it has its own festival - the Calçotada.  Taking place every spring, it is one of Catalunya’s most traditional celebrations.

Chop till you dropChop till you drop

Millions of calçots are dug up from the fields and in towns and villages the length of the Costa Brava, fires are lit and they are charred over burning coals, seated in newspaper and served with Romesco sauce, followed by lots of char-grilled meat. 

What's good for the Catalunyans is good for Liverpudlians too, innit? 

Catalunyan restaurant and deli Lunya which is behind the Bluecoat, was the first place in the UK to embrace the Calçotada and it has staged the hugely enjoyable food event for the past two years.

It is well worth a trip if only to witness startled Spanish passers-by giving the staff rounds of applause and having selfies taken with them to show to their mama on Facebook. 

This Sunday they are holding another one.

A lorry bearing 2,000 calcots from Barcelona is chugging down Edge Lane as we write. 

Peter KinsellaPeter KinsellaNew this time is  the fabulous flamenco guitarist Jenny Nelson giving it some full on mood music.

“Come and join us for an afternoon of traditional Catalan food, and entertainment,” says Peter. 

The feast is taking place indoors this year, but that's not because of a repeat spat with Liverpool One or Liverpool City Council, a la 2013. "We have their full support this year," Peter tells Liverpool Confidential. "It's mainly because of the weather."

Aye, it'll be windy alright.

Calçotada Feast,  Lunya, 18 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DS. Tel 0151 706 9770.  £24.95 (veggie, £20.95). Sunday April 6, 1pm onwards.

Calcotada menu

Char-grilled calçots and romesco sauce

Fuet, Salchichón & Catalan Tomato Bread


Char-grilled meat feast

Catalan Butifarra

Lamb chops

Chicken, rosemary, garlic and lemon

Patatas Bravas 

(Vegetarian alternative of char-grilled vegetables and mushroom stuffed piquillo peppers)

Crema Catalana

Fresh Oranges

Price: £24.95 (Vegetarian £20.95)

That number again!  0151 706 9770. Email:info@lunya.co.uk

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

John BradleyApril 5th 2014.

Didn't this start a bit of a fight with the L1 Stumpenfuhrer?

AnonymousApril 5th 2014.

According to the last paragraph in the article, you just might be right. Nicely deduced

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John BradleyApril 5th 2014.

Never read to the end was drooling to much.

Lord StreetApril 7th 2014.

Lunya is the only establishment in Liverpool One at which I have eaten and returned to eat again.

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John BradleyApril 7th 2014.

It is a cullera de tipus.

London RoadApril 7th 2014.

Byron's is good

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