New bistro will offer work experience and traineeships to college students

Back in May, we told you about a new opening from the owners behind The Watering Can, aptly titled “The Wheelbarrow” in keeping with the cafe-cum-restaurant’s gardening theme. The full deets are now in and it’s been announced that the sister site will open this Friday, 10 June at Greenbank Park.

I am delighted that as a business we are able to invest in and support our local community.

Keith Perryman and Philip Starling opened the original Watering Can in Greenbank Park in April 2019 and have grown the bistro into a successful venue. Now they’ve added to the portfolio by signing a five-year lease in partnership with Greenbank Sports Academy to operate its new food and beverage outlet. 

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The Watering Can, Greenbank Park Image: Confidentials

The Wheelbarrow venue on Greenbank Lane covers 510 square metres and includes a south facing outside terrace. The pics look like the space has been lovingly renovated; the owners have invested £100,000 transforming the previous college canteen into a lush, inviting and welcoming space.

The menu includes a full breakfast offering from 9am including everything from a full English (vegetarian and vegan options available), along with lighter breakfasts including huevos rancheros, croque madame croissant, or a bacon and sausage barm.

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Now open - The Wheelbarrow at Greenbank Sports Academy Image: PR

A child’s breakfast (for those aged 10 and under) is also available. A modest lunchtime menu will initially be available from 1pm including a selection of sandwiches, bigger plates and sides, such as “The Wheelbarrow posh fish sandwich”, fried chicken sandwich, fish and chips and so on. 

The owners say that they’re delighted that as part of the lease agreement they will, in partnership with Greenbank College, be offering work experience and traineeships to the Greenbank College students.

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Pot it like it's hot - nice interiors Image: PR

Owner Keith Perryman said, “As someone who was raised in the area, I am delighted that as a business we are able to invest in and support our local community. 

"My partner Phil and I are incredibly proud of the venues we have created and the attention to detail we have lovingly injected into both café bistro’s and we are also proud of the teams we employ and the many customers who support us.  

"We look forward to welcoming our guests to The Wheelbarrow and showcasing a venue we have transformed into a hidden gem which will be well worth a visit”.

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A leaf of faith... with a second cafe Image: PR

The Wheelbarrow has been quietly trading teas, coffees, snacks and takeaways since 3 June, but is now open to the public with a full menu.

The re-styled cafe is looking to become an oasis in the heart of one of the city's most popular suburbs. It’s fully accessible, dog friendly and will be serving takeaway options running alongside the dine-in menu.

The Wheelbarrow is open 9am - 10pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool, L17 1AG


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