Brand New on the Docks: We Try out Peaberry Coffeehouse and Kitchen

There is something about enjoying dinner on Liverpool’s Waterfront that will never get old, no matter how many times you’ve been and with fantastic new places popping up left, right and centre, there’s an excuse to keep returning! Last Friday, we headed down to new kids on the Dock, Peaberry Coffee House and Kitchen. These guys already have a place in Waterloo serving up delicious sandwiches and brunch dishes but with the opening of their new city centre location comes a brand new, creative evening menu and we couldn’t wait to try it.

Situated right in the centre of the dock, Peaberry’s dimly lit, bare brick interior combined with a perfect view of the water makes it the ideal, laid-back place to sit and enjoy an after work drink and bite to eat. The menu presents a carefully selected list of dishes with a range of starters and main courses. From Halloumi fingers to king prawns and Chorizo and Sardines on toast, there’s enough choice to find a bit of what you fancy. To start with we opted for the Halloumi, cos, well, Halloumi as well as the flatbreads served with Harissa Humous, Tzatziki and Red Pepper Tapenade. The flatbreads were lightly spiced giving them a delicious yet subtle fragrant element which worked wonders when dipped into the spicy Harissa Humous – the portion was also extremely generous and at £4, I couldn’t believe the value. The halloumi fingers were breaded (double win) and accompanied by a sweet chilli mayonnaise for dipping – delightful.

Sippin’ on a Zifandel Rose, we had a break in between courses to soak up that new restaurant excitement that surrounded Peaberry. Despite its growing popularity, the atmosphere in Peaberry is pretty chilled out, with the decor kept simple. With wooden benches, floor to ceiling windows and an open kitchen, Peaberry has just the right cosy yet cool vibe, fitting into its new Albert Dock home as if it has always been there.

For the main course, we were torn between the delicious sounding Thai yellow curry, the Squash Squash Squash (whole roasted butternut squash filled with truffle risotto) and the Halloumi and lentil salad with a hint of balsamic. Their strong Veggie and Vegan game meant every preference is catered to with options such as ‘the Vegan tower’ also catching our eye. We decided on the Squash Squash Squash and the Halloumi and lentil salad (we might have a very small Halloumi issue). The Squash was roasted whole, giving it a soft texture and a sweet flavour. It was then served stuffed with a super rich, creamy risotto and sprinkled with crispy onions – an innovative but really delicious dish with the perfect combination of sweet and earthy flavours. The Halloumi salad was piled high on the plate and consisted of lentils and vegetables lightly roasted in balscamic and topped with rocket. The salad was equally as good as the squash – the way Peaberry has used simple ingredients to create dishes packed full of flavour is really impressive.

With the mains being just as generous as the starters with their portion sizes, we decided to take out dessert for later. From brownies to carrot cake and giant homemade cookies the selection of sweets at Peaberry is just as good as their savoury. We filled a box with a couple of their date and banana vegan brownies (they looked far too moist for just one) and some super chunky chocolate and hazelnut cookies which didn’t even last the car journey home – these guys know how to bake.

Next time you’re heading along our docks, consider Peaberry either for an evening meal and a glass of wine, brunch and a hot cup of coffee or even just for a slice of cake (or 3)  – we guarantee you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did.

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