Taking local to a whole new level.
Buyers Club is the definition of a hidden gem. So much so, that Google Maps didn’t even have a clue what we were on about. It is just beyond the Old Blind School, a narrow corridor of nothingness that doesn’t look like anything special. But, how often we’ve found that down these unassuming roads we come across the most special of spaces. Healthy slabs of bright orange and yellow tables break the mirage. They look like the kind of tables where one drink turns into five and strangers turn into friends. Norwegian green plants and canopies surround your every being and it feels as if you have stumbled upon a secret. Not just any secret, one worth keeping. Upon first entering the dining hall you’re confronted with a library-like bookcase behind the bar towering with bottles of wine. Much like books, each wine tells a story and we’re so aware of how easy it’d be to get through a chapter in there.
Liverpool restaurant Buyers Club has taken things one step further when it comes to sourcing fresh, local ingredients for its next series of dinners – with the chefs heading out on expeditions and foraging key elements for themselves. Shoreline – the first in the series, which takes place on Saturday 3 September – will showcase an array of exquisite ingredients that can be found on the North Wales coast. Anglesey was the main destination for the recent foraging trip – which saw the chefs don their wellies and waterproofs – and scour the shores at Newborough and along the Menai Strait.
From razor clams to sea lettuce and rock samphire, each dish on the eight-course menu will revolve around and focus on a particular ingredient from the chef’s recent trip across the border. With a differently themed dinner taking place each month, Shoreline will be followed by Meadow, Woodland & Mountain, three further dinners which aim to explore wild and local ingredients from the Cheshire Plain, South Lakeland and Snowdonia.
Daniel Heffy, head chef and co-founder of Buyers Club, says:
“Liverpool is situated in a brilliant position when it comes to the vast amount of local ingredients on our doorstep. The freshness, locality and quality of the food we serve is of the upmost importance to us at Buyers Club – that’s why we decided to put on our wellies, get out on the beaches and source the ingredients for ourselves. We can’t wait to launch Shoreline and the future foraging dinners that follow.”
Tickets for Shoreline are priced at £60 and are available to purchase here. With just 30 places available at the inaugural dinner, tickets are expected to sell out quickly.
Here’s the menu:
Rock Samphire gin gimlet
Laverbread & butter
Red mullet ceviche
Turbot & lobster
Carrageen panna cotta with seabuckthorn
Dark chocolate samphire