A brilliant coffee shop. Just the ticket for modish Liverpool.
The sign says “Liverpool’s best coffee”. My heart tends to sink at the sight of this sort of fluff (claims of “best” anything in anywhere are so rarely true). This time, however, it’s spot on… this actually is the best place for coffee in Liverpool, or at least I’d be somewhat surprised if it isn’t.
My flat white was wonderful. Beautiful latte art, great taste, perfect temperature, etc etc.
The beans are from highly regarded roastery Has Bean, whose owner (Steve Leighton) turned up for a night of coffee-tasting in a Porsche. Business, it seems, is deservedly good.
Bold Street Coffee is one long, pale room with tables in the front, benches in the middle and a big table at the back.
For such a big, white-ish place it’s surprisingly warm and comforting. Stuff that adds to the atmosphere includes a turntable and LPs on the counter (brilliant) and a large map of half the world. Anywhere too far north for coffee plantations failed to make the cut.
The baristas have a passion for coffee and are charming and welcoming to boot. They also offer plenty of food and, of course, non-coffee drinks.
It wasn’t particularly busy but it was a quiet time of day (about 4pm) and it has only been open a few months.
Liverpudlians’ grand old city has transformed over the last few years, sparked by the designation “European City of Culture” in 2008.
In this cultural hub, Bold Street Coffee, or somewhere similar, was long overdue. Highly recommended.
Article by Liverpool-based Seven Streets: http://www.sevenstreets.com/food-and-drink/the-bold-and-the-beautiful/
89 Bold Street
We visited on 14 October 2010.