It’s been open since late last year, this, as it calls itself – ‘devil sibling of Onion’ from Aigburth Road. But this is our first visit and, keen fans of Onion as we are, expectations are high.
We’ve been to the building though, many times before. Leaf were here until a couple of years ago, so we’d come for lunch often, and sometimes sit for hours over a steady supply of tea, talking about business with our advisor David Parrish.
Though as you’d expect the ‘devil siblings’ have put their own characters into the place too.
It’s so welcoming that even before we’ve looked at the menu we’re glad to be here.
We like what The Baltic Social have done with the place, but we also reflect that some spaces seem particularly amenable to sociability. The long room with its long bar, the clever way the wall Leaf’s Natalie Hayward put in shields the toilets, the gentle acoustics, the homely reggae that’s playing. It feels entirely natural even though it’s obviously taken careful planning by all of the space’s occupiers.
But before getting entirely lost in the architecture and interior design we order our lunch.
I have a hot sandwich, Welsh Rarebit. Sarah picks a couple of tapas dishes. And we share a bowl of chips. (It’s been a busy morning!) With drinks this all comes to a reasonable £16, with our 10% discount from the Independent Liverpool Card.
We like the food, and servings are generous.
But we sit on for a good while talking about life, the mornings we’ve both had and our quiet pleasure that this lovely space has come, once again, to a good home. While around us the musicians, dancers and other creative types from the studios above come and go.
Aware that this is my second positive review of a new enterprise in the last few days, a reminder. These are my genuine opinions and no money or so much as a free chip has been paid by The Baltic Social or The Atkinson for what I’ve said. When I find a fantastic place I’ll write about it. And when it’s not so fantastic I’ll tell them.