Getting an invitation to an event is always exciting. When the email landed in my inbox inviting me to an event celebrating the opening of Liverpool’s branch of The Florist, I was already tingling with anticipation.
Then the physical invitation arrived – I mean, when you get something as pretty as this in the post, how can you not be excited? Just look at how stunning it is! This venue was clearly going to be something very special.
On Saturday 21st April, myself and my bestie Jessica headed down to Hardman Street to check out what the buzz was all about.
A lot of work has been done to the former Old Blind School at 24 Hardman Street. If you’ve ever been to any other venues owned by the New World Trading Company, such as The Botanist or Smugglers Cove, you won’t be surprised by the amount of attention to detail in this restaurant!
I’d already seen a lot of buzz online about the Bristol branch of The Florist, with many describing it as one of the most instagrammable venues they’d ever visited. They weren’t wrong.
From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted by a veritable feast of flora and fauna, adorning the chandeliers, walls and ceilings.
Scripted fonts, neon signs and rustic looking accessories only add to the aesthetic. Even the finer details like the quality of paper on the menus (yes, I’m excited by that) and the flourishes on the cocktails impress.
Upon arrival, we had a little explore of the venue, which is set over two floors. Even getting upstairs is an experience, with the most photogenic staircase I’ve ever seen, from the mural by Jody Thomas, to the evergreen photo hotspot, to the beautiful chandelier hanging in the centre of the staircase.
Blooming Lovely Cocktails!
There were drinks flowing all evening, and we got a chance to try a few of their incredible cocktails – I even got to have a go at making one myself! Safe to say I won’t be following the bartending career path any time soon, although I can now highly recommend the Apple and Vanilla Menthe!
Part of the philosophy of The Florist is the desire to create a sensory experience, which is why such attention to detail has gone into the cocktail menu.
The menu is inspired by three types of gardening: English Summer Garden, Ikebana and Modern, each style taking you on a different sensory journey:
Many of The Florist’s cocktails are colourless, or at least much more toned down than the usual one you gulp down on a weekend. One of the ingredients of the cocktail I made was a clear apple and blackberry juice. What this means is you are presented with a drink that, whilst beautiful, keeps the secret of it’s intense flavours until the last moment.
Alongside the plethora of cocktails is a wine list and ‘Anthology of Ales’, including two gluten-free beers, Peroni and St Peter’s.
You can book your own cocktail masterclass at The Florist Liverpool from £25 per person – choose from English Summer Garden, Ikebana and Modern Experiences. They also offer a gin discovery masterclass from £25 per person.
Also on offer was a floristry workshop, delivered by the lovely ladies from the Joseph Massie School of Floristry. I was pretty proud of my little jam jar arrangement, although once again, I don’t think I’ll be changing career paths…
Fancy trying out floristry for yourself? The Florist offers a masterclass on this as well, from £30 per person.
Food Glorious Food!
After plentiful drinks and chatting, as well as a bit of a sway to the live saxophonist, it was time for home. The first glimpse had certainly given us an appetite to return…
….which was a good job as we’d been invited for Sunday Lunch the next day.
The Florist does offer a gluten-free menu, with dishes including hanging kebabs, sweet potato and chickpea tagine and vegetable ramen – however, you won’t see the roasts on there. There was a bit of a panic when I was presented with the allergen menu, with X’s next to, well, everything on the roasts section! However, after some to and froing, our waitress did confirm that the roasts could be made gluten free on request, Yorkshire Pudding and all!
My friends and I don’t tend to venture up to that end of town for our night’s out, but I’ve no doubt we’ll be making our way to The Florist again at some point!