Following the popularity of my previous post on 10 Tastes of Crosby You Must Try and the many comments suggesting some other tastes I had missed out, I have expanded the list to include a further 10 tastes to try in Crosby. Please note I have limited these just to Crosby. I am working on a separate Waterloo post to come soon. So following on from my previous 10 here we go:
11. A pint of Liverpool Pale Ale at The Liverpool Pigeon
This was a very obvious omission from my previous list and thanks to Paul for correcting me. The Pigeon was Liverpool’s first micro pub and has started a trend across the area for small scale pubs. It is not the place to go for cocktails and razzamatazz but for good quality ale in a welcoming juke-box free environment this is the place.
12. Iron Men Blend Coffee (IMC) from Crosby Coffee
It is great to see young local entrepreneurs doing well and Jack, the founder of Crosby coffee, is no exception. I did a longer review of several of the coffees from Crosby Coffee (click here) and they are great. All freshly roasted and the IMC is a blend of Brazilian Santos, Guatemalan Coschecha and Indian Cherry. Just opening the pouch is joy in itself as the rich, fresh aroma floods out.
13. Steak and Cheddar Pizza at Blues Bar
Blues Bar has undergone considerably change over the past couple of years and is now a great eatery in the heart of the village. Though they do a range of food they are best known for their excellent pizzas cooked in their own stone pizza oven. I know pizzas are a very personal preference for people but you cannot go far wrong with the steak and cheddar pizza.
14. Banoffee Ice Cream from Rizzi Caffe and Gelateria
A very recent addition to the Crosby food scene this small independent eatery also opens late serving food into the evening. However, on a lovely hot day what could be better than wandering down to the beach or through one of our parks with a freshly made ice cream? Rizzis has exactly that and the pick of the bunch is their new banoffee ice cream. Go on treat yourself!
14. Spit Roasted Chicken from Gillions of Crosby
For those of us who have lived in Crosby for a while the name of Gillions has always been synonymous with quality food (I think the shop existed before the boulder in Coronation Park!). They might be a few pence more expensive than the big supermarkets but they are a family business that provide quality and Brian and his team are always welcoming and helpful. On a Saturday they used to have a large spit roast oven outside the shop serving delicious spit roasted chickens now done indoors thanks to our lovely Sefton Council. Just make sure you are early enough as they ‘fly’ out of there.
15. Thai Street Tapas at Ayuthaya
This is another restaurant I have done a full review of (click here) and the food is very good. The restaurant brings a welcome oriental dimension to the village and is a big improvement on Harry’s Bar. Of the many dishes worth a try I enjoyed the Street Tapas 2 from the lunch / early bird menu: pad thai chicken, mopping (sweet pork skewers), prawn toast and Tom Kha chicken soup.
16. A boneless chicken wing wrap with BBQ sauce from The Wingbox
Time for another takeaway and this time we go for the Wingbox which sits quietly on Cooks Road. Many people may not even have noticed it but they are actually local, with one other store in Liverpool. The buffalo style chicken wings are an obvious choice but drift a little further down the menu and you will find the treat that is the boneless chicken wrap. Enjoy with lashings of BBQ sauce. The diet can start tomorrow!
Almost everyone over the age of 40 will have popped into the Crows at some point. A small pub but with a large character, whether wrapped up warm on a winter evening or sat outside on a summer day. The guest ales change regularly to reflect the seasons so choose your drink based upon any of the following: the weather, your company, the time of day, the month or even your emotional state!
A little further out of Crosby (well yes it is Little Crosby but I would struggle to do a list of 10 things to taste in Little Crosby) is this charming little rural retreat. Like many of the entries above it has a wealth of wonderful offerings but our most enjoyable is the delicious hot chocolate with all the works.
19. Duck Breast with rice at The Lemon Tree
A great little restaurant that has been around a while and always produces great food. Many good dishes to choose from but the duck with plums and jasmine rice is a winner on every level.
20. Jam Roly Poly with vanilla custard at Albina
I know they had a listing in the first 10 tastes but this place really is that good and the jam role poly is to die for. None of your fluffy diet desserts this is made with full on suet and boy can you tell, not stodgy but full of luxurious joy. Have it with vanilla custard and you won’t regret it.