New events at LEAF, another Moose in the hoose, and Liverpool Coffee Co

IT'S COMING HOME. Yes, the Wheel of Liverpool is back at Royal Albert Dock. Oh, you were talking about football? We don't need an excuse to go to the pub, but watching Harry, Jordan and Ken bopping those goals in for England does make that pint of Danish beer even sweeter. 

Whichever way the final goes on Sunday, there are definitely going to be some sore heads in the Confidentials office on Monday morning. And then what? Well, we have noticed a lot of restaurants have been quieter this month; some haven't even bothered to open when there's a match on. So let's keep up our patriotic duty and carry on supporting them. A bar is for life, not just the Euros. 

Read on for this week's bitesize food and drink news, including another gaggle of new openings, super sarnies and more...

I get a kick out of you

We’re big fans of the stonking cocktails at Present Company, so you'd better believe we were banging on the door of The Long Shot when it opened at Royal Albert Dock. Unfortunately there was football on at the time and it was fully booked, so we ended up at The Pumphouse drinking Carling instead. Life can’t always be rainbows and unicorns.

Long Shot owner Simon Thompson and his team are serious about drinks - cocktails range from their take on the classic Old Fashioned with Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s Apple, maple syrup and bitters, to the bar’s signature Long Shot cocktail; a mix of Jameson Black Barrel, apricot and black tea soda. The new bar is singing its own praises as the “place to go for live sporting events, innovative cocktails, craft beers and ‘monster’ sandwiches.” What’s that coming over the hill? It had better be a mojito. Follow The Long Shot on Instagram.

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My telly is bigger than yours. The Long Shot at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

Bowling for soup (and sarnies)

The guys behind PINS Social Club have given their in-house eatery a bit of a makeover in lockdown. Rocco’s Deli & Diner promises a selection of bites, loaded fries, burgers, pizzas and salads. We’ve got our eye on the appropriately titled “PINS Social Club sandwich” with pulled chicken, crispy pancetta, sliced cheese, red onion, fried egg, house slaw, salad and sun-blush tomato mayo. Order a homemade soup to accompany your sandwich and if you don’t dunk yer sarnie in yer soup, you’re doing it all wrong. Strike! 

Let’s get quizzical

LEAF has announced some brand-new events at its three venues over the coming weeks. The Bold Street branch has added live gigs from Martin Stephenson (22 July) and Violette Societa (27 July) to the calendar. Friday 13 August is a film screening of The Orielles' La Vita Olistica, ahead of their show at FestEvol, including an interview and Q & A with the band, hosted by John Robb. 

Over on Smithdown Road, LEAF’s famous quiz is back every Thursday. It’s a general knowledge extravaganza for the best brains out there, and only £2 per person to play, with prizes for the winners. Whizz over to West Kirby for the big family quiz on Tuesdays - expect all of the classic rounds and a challenging difficulty level for the more cerebrally suited. Your starter for ten; what's your mother's maiden name, first pet and favourite colour? (Don't answer that - Ed)

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The Big Family Quiz is back at LEAF West Kirby

New chapter for Simon

If you've never eaten at the Michelin-starred Chester Grosvenor, then you need to get your skates on. After 30 years, Simon Radley has announced his upcoming departure. "Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor" has held a Michelin star since 1990, putting it alongside industry greats like Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Le Gavroche. The restaurant will trade under Radley’s name until the end of the year with the hotel planning a relaunch in January 2022. 

Simon said: “My career at The Chester Grosvenor has spanned decades and I will leave what has become like a second home to me with many fond memories.” 

After a short sabbatical, Simon will be looking to pursue other opportunities: “As many chefs know, this work is a vocation, and I look forward to the next chapter, whatever that may be.”

Simon Radley Pictured At The Chester Grosvenor Michelin Chef
Simon Radley has announced his departure from The Chester Grosvenor

Loose moose

Do I make you horny, baby? And how do you like your eggs in the morning? A brand new branch of Moose Coffee has opened at Princes Dock. The latest Moose has set up hoose at Plaza 1821 in Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters, serving all the usual amazing American Canadian breakfasts and brunches all day long. Moose Coffee at Plaza 1821 is the fourth branch of Merseyside Mooses, boasting waterfront views and a backdrop of some of the world’s largest cruise ships arriving into the city. Grab your Antler bag and hoof it down to meet a deer friend. Too much? Sorry, we just can’t elk it. (Stop it - Ed)

Full of beans

If you were going to start a new coffee business, what would you call it? Brewed Awakening? Steaming Hotties? Fleetwood Macchiato? Avoiding all of those pitfalls is a new locally-roasted coffee company called...Liverpool Coffee. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, co-founders Mike Baugh and Jerry Canady offer a signature bean, which consistently receives high scores from The Coffee Association. The pair say that all of their coffee beans are roasted locally in Liverpool for a real taste of our city. Wake up and smell their coffee - shop online at The Liverpool Coffee Company.

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Mike Baugh and Jerry Canady, co-founders of Liverpool Coffee

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