Sunday 18 December 2016

Small plates and cocktails at Love Thy Neighbour...

Bold Street is one of the best places in Liverpool for a good variety of restaurants and you can find so many types of cuisine along this bustling street, encompassing everything from Indian street food to fish and chips. I was intrigued to try out one of the newest additions to Bold Street recently, Love Thy Neighbour is a bar and restaurant with an interesting menu including superfood smoothies, brunch dishes, small plates and those all-important cocktails.
The interior design aesthetic is quirky and cool, with stripped back wooden panelling, neon signs, potted plants and custom logo artwork on the walls. It is a fresh concept with plenty of laid back charm and it embodies everything which appeals to the Instagram generation. After a warm welcome, we settled at a table by the window where we could watch the world go by as we sipped a coconut infused espresso martini and a warm apple spiced bourbon, which was so festive with a delicate spice and zesty freshly pressed apple. 

The sourdough bread served at Love Thy Neighbour is sourced from bakery Wild Loaf and we enjoyed thick slices of it with hummus before tucking in to roasted sweet potato wedges which were irresistible. We moved on to sampling a selection of small plates, all of which delivered in terms of both taste and presentation. 

The coriander falafel, spiced aubergine, confit yellow cherry tomatoes and Harissa dressing was an accomplished dish with bright flavours and I loved the kick of spice from the Harissa.

The next plate we tried was salt baked beetroots, raw golden beetroots, Blacksticks blue cheese and charred endive orange dressing, which was a revelation with bold flavours of earthy beetroot which contrasted perfectly with the punchy sharpness of the cheese and subtly sweet dressing.

The vegetarian and vegan dishes at Love Thy Neighbour are inventive with an eye for interesting combinations, as illustrated by the satisfyingly fluffy chickpea pancake with avocado and macerated heritage tomatoes which was tasty and filling. The goats curd with baked butternut squash, watercress and walnut pesto was also a favourite of mine as the tangy goats curd worked well with the butternut squash. 

The versatility of cauliflower is often overlooked, so I was pleased to see slow cooked cauliflower, celeriac, Ras El Hanout, golden raisins and toasted almonds on the menu; this dish successfully combined sweet and woody flavours and the fragrant spices added an exotic element. 

We could not resist sampling one of the freshly made smoothies, which was so refreshing and I think these would be the ideal pick-me-up during a busy day in the city. 

It was time for dessert next and we were lucky enough to sample two slices of cake from Studio Raw, which make raw and vegan cakes. One slice had a mince pie and Christmas pudding base with a mulled blood orange spiced cheesecake topping and the other slice was chocolate and almond. Both cakes were divine and the mince pie and Christmas pudding slice was incredible, combining sweet, zesty and fruity flavours.  

There is such a relaxed ambience at Love Thy Neighbour, it is the kind of place where hours just fly by without you realising it; always a good thing in my opinion. It is great to see another place offering small plates and cocktails of this quality, as well as an impressive array of  vegetarian and vegan dishes. Above all, this place has bags of personality and it does not take itself too seriously, which makes it all the more appealing. 

Love Thy Neighbour 
108 Bold Street,

What do you all think, do you like places which offer a selection of dishes to cater to everybody and which of these dishes would you like to try? As always I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post.

Until next time,




  1. It looks so tasty!

  2. yum! This all looks amazing =o) It's always fun to go to a place that offers a variety so that everyone from the group you are with can choose something they like =o)

  3. Making me hungry! Everything looks so wonderful :)

  4. You get to eat at a lot of cool places.

  5. Looks tasty dear....xx, Neha

  6. what a great variety of food! and the name is beautiful, kind of goes in tandem with the holiday spirit. And vegetarian dishes too? Sign me up :) xo~ Lena

  7. Yum! Sounds like a great place! The food looks so yummy!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  8. So cute! Great post!