Hardman Street, Liverpool
Review by Ellie Adshead | Contemporary food & cocktails | £££ | 24 Hardman Street, L1 9AX |0151 294 4695
Taking over the Old Blind School on Hardman Street is the latest newcomer to the city’s ever-evolving food and drink scene, The Florist. It has quickly become the most photographed place in Liverpool and may already be clogging up your social media feeds. As the name suggests, its theme is completely devoted to flowers – the décor, the menus and even the napkins.
However, it’s not totally overly done and there are rustic elements which give that industrial charm we’re oh-so fond of here. My partner and I visited midweek and we were seated in the restaurant on the first floor.
On our way to the table we couldn’t help but enjoy the vast array of floral installations that greeted us at every turn, particularly the impressive flower wall at the top of the grand staircase. Friendly staff were on hand to talk through the menu and recommended their favourites, which is always helpful when you’re faced with a vast choice. As suggested by our server, I opted for the refreshing Rhubarb in Bloom (£8.50) to drink.
It was a stunning concoction of rhubarb gin, rhubarb and ginger liqueur, green apple liqueur,raspberry syrup and ginger ale. My other half chose a Malbec (£7.25) which hit all the right notes for him. Whilst still browsing the menu, we indulged in some lime and coriander edamame beans (£3.95) and the lavender honey and sunflower loaf with whipped goat’s cheese butter (£4.50).
“The peanut sauce was a welcomed element as it cut the richness of the toffee and coated the teeth in a way that you didn’t mind at all.”
It’s a popular choice for many according to our server, and we didn’t need to question why. The generous portion of bread was deliciously warm and served on a slate with a spread of goat’s cheese butter, a drizzle of lavender honey and adorned with delicate petals. It was picture perfect for about five seconds until we devoured it. We opted to share the baked camembert (£6.95) to start, which was topped with a homemade cranberry and pistachio granola and served with crudités.
The cheese was flavoursome and melted to the right consistency. The crunchy sweet and savoury topping was also a great addition. For the main course my partner enjoyed a deli board (£11.50) which allows you to choose four elements (or more at an extra cost of £3.25 each) from a range of options.
He went for prosciutto, a mango chicken and vegetable spring roll, sweet potato and chickpea tagine and homemade sesame prawn flatbread, and polished the board off in what seemed like record time – it was a clear winner for him. I chose the chicken hanging kebab with piri piri sauce and fries, which were sprinkled with harissa seasoning (£11.95). The chicken came marinated in sweet chilli and ginger and had been impeccably grilled with peppers and onions.
Whilst it was deliciously tasty, I felt that there could have been more chicken on the skewer. Miraculously, we found room for dessert and the hazelnut, chocolate and banana spring roll (£5.50) instantly caught my attention. The crispy filo pastry encased the soft banana and oozing chocolate, and was offset by a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My date ordered the sticky toffee pudding with peanut sauce (£5.95), a combination we haven’t come across before.
“The Florist certainly impressed us visually and most definitely left our taste buds satisfied”
The peanut sauce was a welcomed element as it cut the richness of the toffee and coated the teeth in a way that you didn’t mind at all. To complete our dining experience, we rounded the meal off with a Peaches and Prosecco (£8.50) – a sweet blend of Aperol, wild peach liqueur, peach bitters, fresh mint and prosecco.
The other half, meanwhile, ordered a Schöfferhofer grapefruit weizen (£3.80) – a tangy wheat beer with a hint of grapefruit. Overall, The Florist certainly impressed us visually and most definitely left our taste buds satisfied.
Unsurprisingly, the restaurant and bar is usually fully booked at weekends, so make sure you reserve a table in advance if you’re looking to dine there – otherwise you’ll just have to see it on Instagram!
The lavender honey and sunflower loaf with whipped goat’s cheese butter – an absolute must!