Last weekend i had the pleasure of attending The Florist Bar & Restaurant launch in Liverpool.
Most possibly the prettiest and most instagrammable venue to hit our city.
The Florist is a bar and restaurant, and it believes in the fundamental properties of floristry to charm each of the senses.
The launch was spread over two days. Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday evening we was treated to an exclusive preview of their cocktails, ales and gins.
There was also various floristry, gin and ale masterclasses taking part through-out the evening.
To say that this venue is aesthetically pleasing, would be an understatement.
Once the home of The Old Blind School Gastro Pub, the building and architecture has always been something pretty special.
The original features and character have thankfully been retained by The Florist, but now it is also home to a vast array of flower arrangements and cool pink toned walls – creating a relaxing and soothing ambience.
Each corner and crevice is unique and quirky, whilst all working together so seamlessly.
From flower walls, flowers in baskets, flowers in vases, flower chandeliers.
Or Flowerliers as my friend called them! (GENIUS)
The flower arrangements are nothing short of breathtaking.
Nestled between all the stunning floristry arrangements are trees draped with lanterns, comfy seating areas though-out, quirky neon signs, beautiful artwork, chandeliers and lights.
If i could sum it up in the three words…..
Total interior inspo!
The main bar area is downstairs and the stunning staircase situated in the middle of the venue, leads up to the restaurant.
There is also a seating area outside the front, perfect for them rare Summer evenings.
We was treated to an array of cocktails on arrival, and the cocktail menu was innovative and varied to say the least.
There are six cocktail menus to choose from. They ranged from their own classics, to the classics we know and love, and sharing vases.
They was presented and decorated so beautifully, with an array of edible flowers and herbs.
If i had to choose a favourite, well it has to be these two beauties below.
Sorry, I can’t just pick one!
R H U B A R B I N B L O O M
Vibrant. Moreish. Sharp. Slingsby rhubarb gin, rhubarb and ginger liqueur, green apple liqueur, raspberry syrup and ginger ale. £8.50
E L D E R F L O W E R & L Y C H E E D A I Q U I R I:
Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, elderflower liqueur, elderflower syrup, lychee liqueur, lychee juice and lemon juice. £7.25
I feel The Florist is going to be the “new” place to be.
I haven’t come across another venue like it in our city.
You feel like you are million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the City Centre, it feels like you are in your very own secret garden.
I was so happy to be able to return on the Sunday, to sample their Roast dinner.
Me and some other blogger friends were seated in the private dining room. It felt like you was in your own dining room, very intimate and calm.
Even though the restaurant was full to the brim and noisy. You could literally hear a pin drop in there.
(Well until my little legs entered).
There was a choice of roast dinners and they included; Lamb, Beef, Pork belly, Chicken and a Mushroom, Red Lentil and Stilton Roast.
Our order was taken quickly and our food arrived around 20 minutes later. The service was impeccable and the waitress even asked the chef to make my little rascal his very own beach themed dessert.
(LOOK AT HIS LITTLE FACE)
The roast dinner portions were huge, and even though you can order an array of sides like stuffing, mash, and cauliflower cheese etc. They really are not needed. (But if you are hungry, then order away, as they were truly delicious).
The Roast dinner was delectable. The roasties crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. The vegetables, especially the carrots and tender-stem broccoli were cooked to perfection. For me overcooked veg ruins a roast, so this was the deal breaker for me!
R O T I S S E R I E – R O A S T E D L A M B
Served with fresh Bramley apple sauce and seasoned with our garlic and rosemary sea salt. £11.95
(Photo above took by Sarah, from Saloca In Wonderland)
I must admit i was SO full. But i couldn’t have passed up the opportunity to sample some of their desserts.
Our two favourites Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Chocolate Spring Rolls were sold out (GUTTED) so after much consideration and a full blown debate (we take our desserts very seriously) we opted for the below.
O R A N G E & L A V E N D E R C R È M E B R Û L É E
B A K E D W H I T E C H O C O L A T E
C H E E S E C A K E
With a ginger biscuit base and topped with lemon thyme and stem ginger. £5.75
I am not a big cheesecake lover, so this dessert wasn’t for me.
But the Creme Brûlée was beautiful. I couldn’t detect the lavender, but the balance of orange, creaminess and sweetness was lush.
I for one, can not wait to return!