If you scroll through pictures of pretty restaurants on Instagram, I can guarantee you will have heard of The Florist already. Housed in a stunning Grade II listed building, the vast space houses a restaurant and bar area complete with a stunning reception adorned in floral installations.
The colour palate of white, pale pink and nudes is most Instagrammers dream and the floral wall, complete with neon signage ‘hey there, wild thing!’ is going to appear in selfies everywhere. Unfortunately the restaurant was full so we sat in the bar area to enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch.
The menus are beautifully put together. The cocktail menu immediately caught my eye for the floral creations and the food menu has plentiful options for most diets, including a specific gluten free menu. We visited on a Sunday so Sunday roast was on the cards. The menu is possibly one of the most varied I have ever seen with lamb, pork, beef and chicken on the menu, as well as a vegetarian option. Meats are cooked rotisserie style and served with all the trimmings.
I mean, look at it! My friend chose the slow roasted chicken with peri peri salt, I chose the garlic and rosemary lamb with homegrown mint sauce. Although we knew our mains would arrive with all the trimmings, we added a side of cauliflower cheese and garlic kale with leeks.
The meat was meltingly soft, the trimmings towering on the plate with a huge Yorkshire pudding towering on the top. The honey glazed carrots were sweet yet still with bite, as was the tenderstem broccoli. The roast potatoes were fluffy with a crunchy coating and the bed of braised red cabbage was my absolute favourite. It is so underrated and should be on every Sunday roast, if you ask me. The sides were also good. The cauliflower cheese had a satisfying thin yet rich cheese sauce, whilst the creamed kale and leeks also had a light sauce so not too overfacing. It was genuinely one of the nicest Sunday roasts I have had and I rarely say that about anything.
If you have room left, you can choose from the regular dessert menu or the sharing option which is available on a Sunday. It was too good an opportunity to miss so we went with the toffee apple, pear and almond crumble. I am so glad we did. Generous chunks of fruit in a rich yet sweet sauce, a crunchy topping studded with almonds, and a creamy ice cream to let melt over the whole thing. It really hit the spot and before we knew it, it was gone.
Well done Liverpool, a visually stunning restaurant with dishes to match. I can’t wait to go back to try the regular menu, if it is anything like the Sunday menu, I know I’ll need to go with an empty tummy. Now can we get one in Manchester?
I was invited to dine as a guest of The Florist and was not ask to pay for my meal.