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The Coolest Restaurants in Liverpool

Looking for bare bricks, parquet wood flooring, dangly filament light bulbs, scandi chairs, clipboard menus, hip staff in trainers, chefs in flatcaps… you get the point. Here’s some of the most interesting and hip places to eat in Liverpool.

  • One of the dishes served at Wreckfish, a recommended restaurant in Liverpool city centre
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    Wreckfish

    Modern British

    Liverpool seems like an appropriate place for a restaurant funded by the people. Wreckfish was financed by 1,522 enthusiasts who raised the record-breaking £200,000 required, via a crowdfunding campaign from Elite Bistros’ Gary Usher. Accordingly, it has the feel of a place for the many, not the few.

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  • Inside Bacaro, the Liverpool bar that serves Venetian-inspired small plates
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    Bacaro

    European

    Like the backstreet Venetian tapas places which inspired this central Liverpool bar and restaurant, there is something about Salt House Bacaro that makes you never want to leave.

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  • The sun shining on Maray restaurant on Bold Street, Liverpool city centre.
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    Maray Bold St

    European

    Serving irresistible Middle Eastern fusion small plates, Maray is a slow-burning smash hit. Inspired by (and named after) the Middle-Eastern flavours of Paris’ Marais district, it provides an informal, communal dining experience which revolves around excellent falafels, small plates, fine wines and cocktails.

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  • Belzan is known for cocktails and maverick small plates
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    Belzan

    European

    Following punchy reviews in the local and national press, it has been hard to secure a table at Liverpool’s Belzan.

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  • A dish served at Roski restaurant in Liverpool from MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski
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    Roski

    Modern British

    Roski is a wild child of a restaurant from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.

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  • People dining at The Pen Factory in Liverpool: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant
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    The Pen Factory

    Mediterranean

    The Pen Factory specialises in the kind of Middle East-meets-Spanish creations you’ll find at Volta or The Refuge in Manchester, where small plates are par for the course. From broad bean and kikone bar snacks to Southport potted shrimps, ‘Spanish’ chip butties, spiced harissa slices and duck ragout with orzo, everything is reasonably priced, perfectly presented and made for sharing.

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