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And we said, what about, breakfast at Liverpool? We at Independent Liverpool believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and shopping local is equally as important. In other words; this article is very important. We’ve compiled a guide to breakfasts through Liverpool’s independents in the hope you get the best start to the day. We know a full English isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so we’ve thrown some other ideas in too.
In no particular order, dig in.
The Tavern Co – Full English
You don’t win best breakfast in the UK two years on a row for nothing, y’know. Almost 20 years ago they served 12 people on their first weekend of serving breakfast and now it is 3000 a weekend. Everything on the plate reaches its potential in meticulous fashion. Plus those home fries are something else.
Address: 621 Smithdown Rd, L15 5AG
Belzan – Shakshuka
Belzan is a relaxed bistro and bar on Smithdown Road with nation acclaim serving simple and seasonal food, wines and cocktails. The brunch and breakfast options are just as beautiful as the decor – we just can’t resist the shakshuka each time we visit which is basically a combination of simmering tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices and gently poached eggs with North Africa/Middle Eastern flavours.
Address: 371 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool L15 3JJ
Brunch Club – Blueberry Pancakes and Bacon
Brunch by name, brunch by nature. Whilst they have lots on offer, we think the stack of blueberry pancakes with bacon and maple syrup might just edge it in the breakfast Olympics we just made up. Take one look, show the person next to you and then proceed to hold each other.
Address: 37-41 Duke Street, L1 5AP
Lucha Libre – Street Food Tray
Lucha Libre put on a Mexican inspired spread that’ll have you whaling out “just one more churro” until the inevitable white flag of defeat is waved. Their take on a full English is incredible, their Mx Muffin, which is basically a McMuffin with pulled pork and self esteem is amazing but nothing beats their taco tray. Tacos and quesadillas with maple crispy bacon, egg, morcilla, chorizo, rancheros, pork belly, cheese and churros all on one tray.
Address: 96 Wood St, L1 4DQ
Mother Espresso – Full Vegan
Mother Espresso occupies a large, high-ceilinged, rectangular concrete shell, with whitewashed walls and ceiling, complete with exposed air-conditioning pipes for that modern, industrial look on Wood Street. It’s one of the best places in Liverpool to work, read a book, watch the world go by, have a coffee and have breakfast or brunch. That’s a strong list of good things.
Address: 82 Wood St, Liverpool L1 4DQ
Mowgli Street Food – Everything
Nisha Katona, curry evangelist extraordinaire, started a voyage a few years ago to bring a little bit of India to Liverpool with her restaurant called Mowgli. One chat bomb at a time. To say she was successful in doing so, would be an understatement. Get there early enough and you can indulge on their brunch menu. Just look at it.
Address: 69 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ
The Brink – Pancakes
Why drink a bar dry when you can drink in a dry bar? The Brink creates a thriving social hub where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can socialise and relax. They’re also pretty good at whipping up pancakes. As a social enterprise, all profits go directly back into the community to support the recovery of those who have suffered as a result of alcoholism and addiction.
Address: 21 Parr St, Liverpool, L1 4JN
Bakchich – Veggie Lebanese
Sumac fried egg, halloumi cheese, fool moudamas, baby cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, organic labneh & cheese man’oucha. This Lebanese extravaganza is a real feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. It’s also very kind on the wallet and the waistline.
Address: 54 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HR
LEAF – Full English
LEAF is the city’s premier tea emporium that offers a creative space to come together in but it isn’t a one trick pony by any means. They’re just as enthusiastic about breakfast as they are about tea. We aren’t entirely sure what those crispy nuggets of potato heaven are but we would like to order a wagon-load of them.
Address: 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ
Naked Lunch – The Withnail
Naked Lunch was started by a group of people who are interested in an ethical and fair business model. The fifty people in the cooperative are from all walks of life – doctors, roofers, electricians, builders, musicians, writers, poets, etc. A real mix of people who have come together to carry out the refurbishment, update all the equipment and re-open. They’re the owners of the business and it’s a wonderful place to spend a morning/afternoon (they won’t judge you if you’re a little hungover from the night before).
Address: 431 Smithdown Rd, L15 3JL
81 Renshaw – Veggie Breakfast
Located at, yes, you guessed it, 81 Renshaw, the cafe is inspired by the arts, good cooking and of course, cakes. Whilst they do a mean meaty version, meat eaters and veggies alike travel from far and wide for their veggie full English. All the usual suspects take place on the plate but what is really special is the vegan black pudding. Yes, you read that correctly and yes don’t worry, you’re allowed to drool.
Address: 81 Renshaw St, L1 2SJ
Clockworks – Full English
The building Clockworks is in has stood for over 200 years and it was fundamental to them to create an interior that reflected that history. With the combination of exposed red brick, steel and iron they have managed to create a comfortable and unique look back into a twisted industrial era. It’s no secret they do one of the best breakfasts in town – the sausages are from a quality local butchers and they’re the star of the show.
Address: 11 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool L1 4JJ
Pippin’s Corner – Full English
What was previously Moon and Pea is now Pippin’s, which is ran by one half of the original owners and they’ve well and truly carried on the great breakfast tradition. So much so that you’ll be thankful for a seat. We’re convinced people camp out for that.
Address: 64 Lark Lane, L17 8UU
Siren – Waffles
Lovers of sweet starts to the day, you didn’t think we’d forget about you did we? Siren, located in the Baltic Triangle are masters of breakfast and their waffles are quite incredible. There’s chocolate chips, marshmallows, syrups and even some healthy berries. What more could you want?
Address: 54 St James Street, L1 0AB
Cafe Tabac – Full English
Situated on Bold Street, Tabac has been going close to 40 years so you know they’ve perfected a good breakfast over the years. It is scientifically proven there is no better way to start the day than a Tabac breakfast and hangovers cower when they see it in all its glory. It’d be rude not to get a Bloody Mary to the side, wouldn’t it?
Address: 126 Bold St, L1 4JA
Hafla Hafla – Veggie Full English
Falafel, potato hash, scrambled egg, halloumi, mushrooms and the most amazing homemade beans you’ve ever tasted. They were the best we’ve ever tasted in heinz-sight. Get it? Because Heinz make beans? OK, as you were.
Address: 73 Lark Ln, Liverpool L17 8UP
The Bagelry – French Toast
The Bagelry recently filled the bagel-shaped void in Liverpool’s life but they’re not just renowned for their bagels, they do a pretty epic French toast. Take two slices of freshly baked brioche, slather it in butter and maple syrup and blueberries and you’ve got one of the most indulgent plates of food in Liverpool.
Address: 42 Nelson St, L1 5DN
Mustard & Co – Poached Eggs & Avocado
Address: 84 College Rd, Liverpool L23 0RP
Delifonseca Dockside – Bubble & Squeak With Duck Egg
Delifonseca Dockside is marking Breakfast Month by celebrating with the humble duck egg. The eatery will be serving up its usual range of delicious breakfast offerings featuring the very best meat from local, free range, British, native and rare breed livestock courtesy of Callum Edge and his team. For the rest of the month, customers will also be able to upgrade their hen eggs to local duck eggs instead. That yolk is brighter than our future.
Address: Brunswick Way, L3 4BN
Espresso Plus – Full American
Rose Lane is already a leafy and beautiful party of Liverpool but Espresso Plus’ presence makes it that bit better. It is a firm favourite amongst the locals and they specialise in giving people a good start to the day. We recommend the “American Breakfast” which is a lot more than a big apple. They’ve combined the best of both worlds, from Merseyside to Manhattan, so you won’t be disappointed.
Address: 173 Rose Lane, L18 5EA
Space Coffee – Poached Eggs Avo
Space Coffee is the latest coffee shop to open in Aigburth, servicing the good people of South Liverpool with enough caffeine to keep them fit and fighting through the day. It’s certainly proved itself as being more than just a coffee shop, it’s created a hub for people of all ages to come sit back, relax and enjoy a wide variety of breakfasts, loaded hot chocolates and more. You can’t beat the poached eggs with avocado.
Address: 382 Aigburth Road, L19 3QD
Bold Street Coffee – Egg Bouy
We get up, we get ready and we all find ways to get through the day. We find happiness within chaos and balance within variables. Some find solace in privacy and silence and some escape through the company of others. Enter Bold Street Coffee, where both are welcome and the one constant is good coffee. Their new menu is full of knockouts but we can’t resist the Egg Bouy sandwiches on soft brioche. It’s basically egg, cheese and an endless variety of breakfast items. Below is the Veggie Buoy: fried egg, cheese, mushroom, avocado, spinach, hash brown, red onion jam.
Address: 89 Bold Street, L14BX
The Quarter – Eggs Benedict
Whilst being renowned for its food, the venue is understated for its romance. The Quarter brings the best of Europe together; the road looks like something out of Amsterdam, the decor is reminiscent of Paris and the food is Italian inspired. It doesn’t get much more continental than that. Add the fact it’s dog friendly and does an amazing breakfast – you’re on to a winner.
Address: 7 Falkner St, Liverpool L8 7PU
Moose Coffee – Pancakes
Moose Coffee is the original breakfast joint and it is still just as hard to get a seat now as it was back then. You’ll end up trying something new every time you go but you have to try the pancakes. Choose between sweet or savoury toppings such as thick back bacon and eggs or fresh fruit but whatever you do, make sure you drench them bad boys in maple syrup.
Address: 6 Dale St, L2 4TQ
Cooper’s Coffee Shop – Welsh Rarebit
Is it okay to like cheese more than we like most people? We think so. Cheese makes us happy and makes us smile, which is exactly why we say it before we take a picture. Take a couple pieces of toast, cover it in a heavenly cheese sauce, bacon and a poached egg and what do you have? Probably the best couple of quid you’ll ever spend.
Address: 362 Aigburth Rd, L17 6AE
East River – Reuben Benedict
Fantastic bagels, eye-catching brunches, eclectic cocktails and smoothies and coffees and all sorts… combining into the unique energy that is East River on Allerton Road. Mustard hollandaise, home cooked salt beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese served on an open bagel make for a brunch of epic proportions. Don’t forget they also do bottomless brunch if you like deciding when the Aperol Spritz ends.
Address: 103 Allerton Rd, L18 2DD
Craft Taproom – Full Vegan
As hypnotic as the beer list is, it’s not just about the beer at Craft Taproom. A few months ago they turned the kitchen fully vegan and launched a brand new junk food inspired menu including delicious seitan burgers, vegan mac n cheese balls, philly cheesesteak sandwiches, breakfasts and more.
Address: 174 Smithdown Road, L15 3JR
Interesting Eating Company – Full English
Located on Allerton Road is Interesting Eating Company, a quirky venue covered in a pretty purple. Whilst many come down for the pancakes and shakes (they’re kinda famous for them) we’d rather dedicate this to their Full English. As there is one of the best butchers in Liverpool across the road, expect quality in the meat and fresh toast on the side. Breakfast just got interesting.
Address: 117 Allerton Road, L18 2DD
Barley & Beans – Nutella Pancakes
The mantra at Barley & Beans is all about reminding people to slow down. Take down their stack of pancakes and we think you’ll have no choice. They’re stacked skyscraper high and covered in cascading slices of banana, strawberries and lashings of good old Nutella. Don’t forget, the strawberries and banana count towards your five a day.
Address: 17 Hatton Gardens, L3 2FE
Alison Appleton Tea House – Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Situated in the leafy environ’s of Liverpool’s Lark Lane, Tea House is filled with a carefully selected range of the worlds finest teas, beautifully designed ceramics, cakes and a pretty mean eggs benedict. Saturate some perfectly poached eggs with fresh salmon and we’re anybody’s.
Address: 24 Lark Ln, L17 8US
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