Ever fancied building a mosaic of the Liverpool skyline, learning to sew or receiving business advice while you enjoy afternoon tea – not to mention eating scouse as good as your nan made? Audacious as that claim may sound, Fruit + Fibres on Norfolk Street in the heart of the Baltic Triangle is a hidden treasure boasting the warmest welcome you’ll find in Liverpool and the kind of home-cooked food that makes you want to ring your mum up and tell her you love her. Or just take her there for lunch.
Furnished with sofas and cushions recycled from family and friends, bookshelves full of well-loved second hand books and even donated one-of-a-kind china teapots, the word used most often by customers to describe the canteen-style café is ‘homely’, but it’s also quirky and laid back enough to be a perfect fit for the Baltic Triangle. The brainchild of Hannah Cave, she chose the area after coming to Light Night in 2014, saying ‘I just fell in love with it’. Several weeks later, they walked into the then-empty space and ‘just knew it was the right place’, and Fruit + Fibres was born.
But F + F doesn’t just look the part – the food is all about celebrating the best of Liverpool’s culinary heritage. I’m talking scouse of course, and there are not one, not two, but three kinds on offer. As well as traditional mutton and veg, why not try the Liver Bird Scouse with chicken, dreamed up by Anthony, the face of Posh Nosh catering consultancy who is partnering with Hannah over the next few months. With a range of specials as well as old favourites like the all-day breakfast, it’s safe to say all tastes are catered for. There are even plans to launch a production kitchen nearby in the next few months, so watch this space!
So what sparked the decision to open a café and craft workshop? As Hannah tells me, she wanted to set up a space where people of all ages could feel free to drop in and share their skills as well as try different crafts. As someone who loves trying the latest craft trends, Hannah says ‘I’ve always been creative, but a lot of courses are once a week, for 10 weeks, and if you miss a week then that’s it. I wanted to create a more relaxed, informal space– something more flexible than a course with rigid learning objectives, because life’s not like that’. The idea is already proving popular - the first foray into crafts is the mosaic workshop held every Wednesday from 1pm-7pm, and is already a success with new faces every week.
There’s plenty more planned too, including the Tea Exchange, an afternoon tea networking session and talk designed for those who can’t make breakfast or evening meetings, and an evening of live theatre performed while you eat. ‘We want people to take possession of the space’, says Hannah, saying customers are welcome to suggest activities and share their skills. The building also offers a room known as ‘The Parlour’, complete with bone china and a flatscreen TV, which can be used for events, meetings and parties; Hannah and Anthony will even work with you to create your own personalised menu. I’ll have some of that scouse please…
Fruit+Fibres is at G5, 67-83 Norfolk Street and is open from 9.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. Tel: 0151 352 3008 or tweet them at @fruit_fibres.