Dockside Dining Club, the new food hall and social space, opens its doors at the Pier Head this weekend.
The new venue caters for all dietary requirements, and plans to host events, market stalls, food traders and drinks.
Designed to appeal to tourists and the local scene at bustling Castle Street and The Albert Dock, it will host classes including children’s and adults yoga, meditation, pilates, mindfulness, exercise classes and a number of wellbeing workshops.
Andy Duckworth, who is behind the concept says: “When considering where to position DDC, we wanted somewhere that would draw people to us. The right location was vital because it contributes in making the whole experience awesome.
“Although it is ambitious we want to offer the very best in dining solutions for brunch, lunch and dinner. We’ve visited the best street food markets in the country: Altrincham, Pop Brixton, Camden Market, Sheffield’s Peddler Night Market, Dockyard Social, Platform in Glasgow….and many many more. We know the demand is there, we know what people expect and I’m looking forward to showcasing what we’ve got to Liverpool, in full view of our iconic skyline and three graces.”
Regular events will see Dockside Dining Club hosting a variety of market stalls, offering vintage, vegan prints, crystal jewellery, boho clothing and accessories, naturally handmade beauty products, skin care, candles, fresh bread, homemade chutneys, jams, preserves and much much more.
Andy adds: “There will be photography and silversmith workshops, an introduction to screen printing, ceramics, oil making, stained glass classes, a Bollywood workout group…..honestly the list is endless and we want to utilise this space to create a community and bring together people from all walks of life. Yes, the food here will be second to none, but we are offering much more than that – this will be a creative social space where local talent can use the platform to showcase their work – not only relaxing and enjoyable but can also double up as a networking opportunity.”
A key addition to the site is Blackberry Grove, an independent award-winning eatery previously based in New Brighton on the Wirral. They launched in October 2015 and were soon making waves as they provided for all dietary requirements, while more than adequately catering for the regular diner with no allergies at all. Owner Joanna Jones says: “I’m a born and bred scouser, so my intention from the very beginning was always to open a Blackberry Grove in Liverpool and for a long time it didn’t look like it was going to happen. I’m delighted the owners of Dockside have given us this opportunity. Whenever we have done events or food festivals in Liverpool customers are always disappointed when I tell them we are Wirral based – it’s just that bit too far to travel to regularly.”
The venue will also have Dockside Cafe serving up brunches and lunches, superfood smoothies, handmade juices, locally roasted neighbourhood coffee and artisan teas.
Caffe Cream is an award winning gelato manufacturer based on the Wirral. All gelato is made by hand using traditional Italian batch production methods, which are meticulously developed by the Caffe Cream team during multiple research trips to Italy. Their unique mouth watering arrays of flavours are what has made them such a success over The Mersey. Rocky Road, Clotted Cream & Blueberry, Gingerbread and their famous Accidental Jaffa Cake.
Co-founder of Caffe Cream, Justin Dooley, says: “We are so proud and excited to be a part of what the guys at Dockside Dining Club are doing, their vision to bring this area to life is something that we simply couldn’t resist. Thanks to them we are able to bring our dessert concept to the heart of Liverpool and we have the opportunity to use this space to experiment with our famous gelato combinations and develop some bespoke and truly mesmerising new dessert experiences.”
Cowfish Smokehouse were voted to be the best food offering at The Liverpool Food & Drink Festival on their debut appearance with a glowing review from the festival organisers. Chef Sean Vinten says: “Specialising in authentic BBQ, Cowfish really know how to put a spin on premium fish dishes. As if their smoked scallop lollipop, wrapped in prosciutto ham wasn’t tempting enough, they’ve only gone and surpassed mind-blowing chargrilled expectations with their Surf & Turf choice, which brings foodies the best from land and sea, their smoked lobster with smoked beef brisket is a huge contender for foodies to devour this spring.”
Lucky Fish founder and chef Ben Gorry is a new face on the scene. He decided to showcase the very best of British Street Food, the traditional fish & chips. Ben said “There really couldn’t have been a more perfect place to enjoy a locally sourced beer battered cod, mushy peas and malt vinegar chip than the Pier Head and The Docks. We are thrilled to be making our arrival at such a fantastic venue.”
Full hire of the space at Dockside Dining Club for corporate clients can also be obtained as well as transformations of the space for different projects and ideas. As well as offering free WiFi and a large area for a wide range of events; weddings, private parties, business conferences, corporate functions as well a vast selection of regular entertainment and one off events. The team will also offer a support service to aid customers in creating an event bespoke to their requirements.