This is Merseyside not Mauritius, but it is possible to get your alfresco on in the winter months.
Tis the season to grab a socially distanced outdoor bite and a pint and hope we stay in Tier 2. But where can you do it under the cosy (ish) glow of a patio heater? Here’s our guide to places to eat and meet, with a little bit of heat.
Whatever the time of year the Kaz Garden is a pretty magical place, and the guys have pulled it out the bag again with their gastro-pods. Cute, cosy, and a great spot to tuck into some incredible food Rose Marie’s kitchen. Look out for the currywurst, Sri Lankan sweet potato curry, and vegan fish and chips.
Address: 32 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BE
Let’s face it halloumi fries just taste better when eaten with your bezzies. That’s why the Baltic Market have rustled up a sheltered and heated outside space so you can get your fix. The excitement of watching the table buzzer has gone, but who can grumble at steak from Beef on the Block, gyros from Christakis, the best vegan junk food from Wholesome Junkies and loads more being delivered to your table.
Address: Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope Street, L8 5XJ
Lovelocks Coffee Shop is a proper hidden gem. The staff are as lovely as the food and we’re super excited that they now have some outdoor heaters so you can meet with a mate for coffee, tuck into some excellent baked eggs for brunch, or get your hands on some of the best cake in town.
Address: 6 Old Haymarket, Liverpool L1 6ER
Maray blazed a trail with their outdoor booths at the Albert Dock earlier this year. They are super-popular so if you want to enjoy an alfresco falafel fix you’ll need to book one pretty sharpish. There can’t be many better settings for an outdoor lunch or dinner and the seasonal crispy sprouts are worth the trip alone.
Address: Unit 4, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
Bakchich Bold Street
There’s something fitting about tucking into street food amidst the hustle and bustle of Bold Street and you can now do it with less of a chill in the air at Bakchich. Hearty, full of flavour and with a Mo Salah seal of approval, it’s some of the tastiest food in town.
Address: 54 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EA
The Quarter was a trailblazer for scouse cafe culture and whether you’re getting together for brunch, lunch, or one of their famous pizzas, the pretty pavement tables are now even more sought after since the addition of some toasty heaters.
There’s always been something of the Parisienne about Papillon and it’s reached new heights now you can bundle up under a heater with a glass of red and a chicken liver pate. The foods great and it’s a top spot to make like the French and watch the world go by.
Buyers Club have got this alfresco business sorted. With big awnings, heaters, blankets and bucket loads of warming mulled wine. These guys serve up some of the best pasta in town, an incredible Sunday roast and it’s 50% off all food Monday-Thursday for the whole of December!
Arguably one of the best outdoor spaces in the city is The Merchant on Slater Street. The stylish, lively hangout is chocka in the summer but the heaters outside mean you can enjoy it in the winter. Substantial meals come in the form of Nightcrawler Pizza – their New York style thin and crispy pizza you can buy by the slice or whole pizza.
Free State Kitchen
Home to juicy, jaw-stretching burgers, the famous Clam Sam, incredible chilli-cheese fries, and now some heated outdoor tables. The FSK garden is a pretty lovely spot to grab a bite with your mates – we recommend washing it down with some sloe gin mulled wine and Baileys hot chocolate. It is Christmas after all…
The Old Stables at Allerton Manor
With far-reaching views over the golf course, The Old Stables is a firm favourite for balmy summer nights, and now thanks to some heated tables it’s set to become a hot winter spot too. Choose from a menu of classics like slow-cooked brisket and fish and chips or get your chops round a Seitan Burger or Rump Steak Ciabatta.
Address: Allerton Manor Golf Club, Allerton Rd, Liverpool L18 3JT
El Gato Negro
Dreaming of lazy tapas lunches in sunnier climes? We can’t quite bring you that but El Gato Negro on Exchange Flags does have a touch of the Spanish plazas about it and the excellent news is that you can now tuck into their croquetas, bravas, ribs and squid under the glow of an outdoor heater and pretend it’s the warm Spanish sun…
Address: Unit 2, Walker House Exchange Flags, Liverpool L2 3YL
Churrasco Steakhouse – the meaty Mecca, just around the corner from Lark Lane on Aigburth Road, did indeed used to be an old public toilets. It was more commonly known as the ‘Wench Bench’ and with a title like that to shake, it’s taken a little while to convince people that the days of necking 6 lites of White Lightening under the Aigburth sky is now a thing of the past. What isn’t a thing of the past is brilliant food, a wonderful set of cabins outside that are dog friendly and fantastic drinks.
Address: Aigburth Rd, L17 8XW
Castle Street Townhouse
Castle Street has been a real hub of optimism this year and in the summer was the perfect place to kick back. Castle Street Townhouse are keeping that vibe going by adding some heaters to its terrace so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner – or even a bottomless brunch while watching the world go by.
Address: 25-27 Castle St, Liverpool L2 4TA
Lunyalita has a huge menu of tapas to choose from and if you’re quick you can enjoy it on one of their heated dockside tables. Whether you’re in the market for traditional albondigas, gambas and tortilla, or fancy trying some fusion Catalan scouse and a chorizo sausage roll, the quality here is always outstanding.
Address: Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
Birdies is for life, not just for summer… thanks to their new cosy heated cabins. There’s a festive drinks menu including Birdies Egg Nog, Festive Shake and a Hot Toddy and alongside their usual menu you can grab a hog roast sandwich, festive seitan burger or locked and loaded festive fries.
Address: Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD