A couple of times a year me and my husband try to get out into Liverpool without the boys, it usually ends up happening around my birthday in July and again near Christmas. I love it as it gives us a chance to shop in some of the quirkier shops up on Bold Street and eat somewhere new. Liverpool has the most amazing independent scene that’s really taken off in the last few years and if you’re a tourist in the city I highly recommend you take a walk away from the main shopping area to see what else the city has to offer. All around Bold Street, Hope Street and the Baltic Triangle there are new and unique places popping up
We are always really torn when trying to decide where to eat; there are so many places to choose from but since we’re trying to eat a mainly Vegan diet I knew right away where I wanted to try this time. Down The Hatch is a new vegan junk food restaurant on Duke Street and it has a fantastic vegetarian and vegan menu. A lot of restaurants in Liverpool now offer a good vegan menu but going somewhere that is not only totally vegan and veggie but also specialises in junk food was a winner for us. If you’re a vegan or veggie there are plenty of healthy places to eat in but it isn’t often you can get real good junk food, Down The Hatch has this covered.
My husband went for a Satan’s burger. I had Satan’s strips and chips with hot salsa, it was so good! It’s the kind of food I wouldn’t manage to cook at home so it’s perfect for a treat when you’re eating out. They’re made using seitan so it feels like you’re eating something meaty rather than the usual veggie burger. Fresh, homemade hot salsa and a side of onion rings finished off the meal, we were filing up but managed to clear our plates.
Despite being unreasonably full after our main when we were offered dessert I couldn’t say no. I had chocolate fudge cake and my husband had pecan pie both with dairy free ice cream; both were seriously, seriously good and I swear you wouldn’t know it was vegan. They buy the cakes in from Caz’s Kitchen which is now high up on my list of places to visit. I cannot stop thinking about that chocolate cake!
I’d like to think that even confirmed meat eaters would go here and find something they’d love! It has a great atmosphere and friendly staff, they are obviously committed to great veggie and vegan food. I’d whole-hardheartedly recommend it.
Afterwards we had a wander up Bold Street – into a couple of vintage shops, record stores and bookshops. News From Nowhere is one of my favourite bookshops in Liverpool, part bookshop, part community hub it’s somewhere we always visit. There are so many little moochy shops in this part of the city but they are definitely so much easier to navigate without three little boys in tow. It’s a bit of indulgence for us on our child-free days to explore the places we love as a couple. As always, there is so much more we could have done but it will wait until our next day out together.