Bloom Bar & Bistro Allerton Road – Brunching With A Brat.
Being a North Liverpool girl, it takes a lot to entice me to the South of the city, baby in tow, for a brunch. I’d seen the pictures, and Bloom looked unreal! But trying to navigate your morning to time the 35 minute drive in between the nap times of a teething, just turned 1 year old is no joke. Are you wondering how the girls at Bloom Bar & Bistro, Allerton Road managed to convince me? It was their commitment to being a child friendly venue and determination to accommodate even the crankiest of little monsters.
I’d overloaded the pram with clothes (because in a place so photogenic an outfit change was obviously essential) so fumbled with it at the door. The gorgeous staff were quick to our aid to help lift us in, clear the path and settle us at a big table, as out of the way as we could be.
Within seconds the table was strewn with baby paraphernalia. We were like a living demonstration of instagram vs reality. Instagram shows the full length shot of the new outfit, standing in front of a hanging umbrella of flowers, every glass perfectly placed. The reality of the moment involved one kid being left to their meltdown strapped in his highchair and the other being entertained by the waitress. Both mums willing their glass of prosecco to arrive sooner rather than later, in the hope the noise of the kids would be dulled even a little.
The staff were angels and read our cues serving up our drinks in record time, clearing the table of any hazards and realising I needed them to read out their recommendations from the menu to take my order.
I had a Vegetarian Eggs Benedict with a twist. Instead of being served on the classic English muffin, they came on a sweet potato rosti. This potato substitute gave the breakfast classic a more lunchtime feel which was perfect for our 12:30 sitting.
I’ve been to places in the past who’ve claimed to be child friendly, but what they’ve meant is they own a couple of high chairs. As spokesperson for all the frayed parents of Liverpool just wanting to brunch without judgement, thank you Bloom Bar & Bistro!
If there was anywhere I’d choose to brunch with a brat, Bloom, Allerton Road would be it.