In the bleak driving rain of a dark November day me and a friend went for lunch at a bright, warm and welcoming new place on Allerton Road. A café called Furrow.
For the past 18 months Baltic Bakehouse have been running a pop-up shop at a couple of places on Allerton Road, mostly staffed by Grace’s mum, Brenda. And this blog has visited before. But now they’ve turned their bread shop into this café which Grace is running. And no longer a pop-up but a permanent addition to our choice of places to eat around Allerton and Smithdown Roads.Furrow opened a few weeks ago and since then I’ve been in to get our bread several times and the place, though newly opened, has always seemed pleasantly busy.
And as I said at the beginning, warm and welcoming was our immediate impression. Together with a distinct smell of freshly cooking foods that we couldn’t immediately identify.
“Our chef Andy is from Liverpool but has spent a lot of time cooking in France’ Grace told me later. ‘So there is clear evidence of there and the Mediterranean region generally in our menu. But also anything else we think might work too, as long as it’s good fresh ingredients and we can cook it from scratch here.”
“Each day there’s one large plate special offered, along with other smaller specials and our charcuterie.”
So go on, what did we have? Well my dining companion (always wanted to write that on here, makes me feel proper, like I’m writing for the Merseymart) opted for olive oil and dukka to start. Well actually we shared this and much enjoyed picking up the toasted nuts and seeds in their lovely bread. Then she had the pork and potato croqueta you can see listed on the specials board there, together with the roast carrot and beetroot salad. And I just can’t write food-review-English but her lunch was clearly much relished and lingered over while she watched me tuck into my two choices.
Grace had explained that for a light lunch you might just want to have one of their relatively small dishes, which all come with bread. But that if you’re particularly hungry or for a treat you might want more.
Well, having been working all morning, involving various stops right round Liverpool on the 27, I was ready for something more than ‘light’. So went for the Satch’smas dhal as well as the Moroccan eggs. And couldn’t tell you which was the more delicious. But next time I’ll more likely have one of them or the other!
Really good though and a truly unusual menu. And while you can splash out on special or hungry days if you wish, you could also come here for something lighter on your stomach and your pocket for around a fiver.
And obviously I bought bread to take home as we left. The rain had stopped too. A magical café can do that sort of thing.
And honest disclosure, Grace invited us for lunch so we didn’t have to pay. But she hasn’t and couldn’t have paid for this post. I’m not a food reviewer (as you can probably tell) so if I hadn’t liked the place I would simply not have written about it. What I’m interested in is the quality of our lives here in Liverpool and Grace’s new café definitely adds to that. So well done you and your team. Next time you can give me a bill!