Bold Street Coffee is back and boy are we celebrating. After a year of turmoil, Bold Street Coffee is back in 89. With a brand new kitchen and a basement refurbishment underway, things have definitely changed in Liverpool’s go to joint for speciality coffee.
At the beginning of 2018, Bold Street Coffee faced urgent maintenance issues which meant 89 Bold Street had to be vacated. Closed until further notice, Bold Street Coffee spent the year holding pop up events, striving to reopen in their spiritual home. After smashing their fundraising goal on kickstarter, work began on the new improved 89 which we looked forward to with bated breath.
Having lost it’s jungle leaf motif, 89 now greets us with a simple black exterior. Warm lights stream out onto the pavement from the large glass front. The main seating area remains much the same; white walls and simple wooden furniture welcome you as you enter the building. Further back, you’ll find the a new open kitchen and a newly built stairway leading the toilets and what will become an events space. Plans for downstairs include a tasting room and bar for which construction is still underway.
We first came across Bold Street Coffee a little over a year ago. We had trundled round Liverpool city centre with our then puppy and found ourselves on Bold Street, looking for somewhere to stop for a brew. We were welcomed in with open arms with staff and patrons alike cooing over a little Ziggy. The coffee was fabulous and we had brunch so delicious we were back to visit again the following day. So our love affair began; no visit to Liverpool is complete without a visit!
The atmosphere at Bold Street Coffee is second to none. During our most recent visit they had a great Johnny Cash record on. Indeed, sometimes regulars will bring in their own records to be played, which I think is just fabulous. Every month, a live band plays at the unveiling of new wall art. The artist currently on show is Becka Griffon, an illustrator whose stylised line drawings of cities around the world are beautiful in their simplicity.
Coffee at Bold Street Coffee is delicious. Supplied by a number of roasters, their coffee is responsibly sourced from farmers who are paid fairly. The Bold Street Coffee house espresso, roasted by main supplier Has Bean, is an exclusive single origin blend which is available to buy along with others by the till. There is also a wide selection of breakfast lunch and cake options with an evening menu coming soon. Being a creature of habit, my favourite dish is always the creamy mushrooms on toast with avocado. Since our last visit, I have stopped having dairy and was delighted to see that this was available as vegan too. No matter what is ordered, the food never fails to hit the spot with plenty of options for meat eaters and vegans alike.
Bold Street Coffee is undoubtedly one of the most dog friendly coffee shops we’ve been to. Staff show a genuine love for dogs, making the place dog friendly as opposed to somewhere that just allows dogs in. Ziggy was offered a bowl of water on arrival and was delighted to be given a sample of the new personalised dog biscuits from the Liverpool Barkery which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Bold Street Coffee has definitely grown in its year away. New plans make way for an exciting future. And yet, even with the modifications, Bold Street Coffee has retained its charming down to earth essence.