In the University quarter, The Florist – a new bar and restaurant in Liverpool’s Hardman Street – gets good grades, for a great night out, says Erica Crompton.
We should start with the Instagram-friendly interiors: a blossoming wall mid-winding staircase, with an Emin-esque neon sign spelling out ‘Let it bloom’. But we are quite far from just a wall, for the interiors have been considered from upholstery to glasses, everything from the cutlery to staff uniform has hints of floral but without being kitsch.
Set in the former blind school, you do ironically need your sight to experience The Florist in full – for the flavours are as much aesthetic as they are culinary and are perfect for social media savvy clientele.
The botanical cocktails are no different. They’re sweet too – whether you opt for a Parma Violet cocktail complete with pegged-on petals or rhubarb gin furnished with red berries. Everything about The Florist has a sugary coating.
That’s not too say it’s cloying. There’s an unpretentiousness about this place that you get with Liverpool. The staff are immaculate, the women no less – all manicures and heels and freshly salon-ed hair. But they’re not aloof or snobby with it.
It’s of club-sized proportions and with such an expansive menu and so many photo-opportunities in each room, it’s easy to while away several hours here and not get bored. The Icelandic wheat bear alone could be a talking point at dinner parties for months to come (there’s a lot of interesting ales from all over the world to sample).
The Florist puts on masterclasses too – which should go down well for hen or stag does, or even for couples looking to learn something new together. The floristry course allows you to take home your own sample arrangement. Just do the course before you start on the cocktail menu especially given the shears involved.
The Florist is based on Hardman Street in Liverpool. For more information visit http://theflorist.uk.com/