The New World Trading Company made its mark on Liverpool quite a few years ago by opening Smugglers Cove, a rum bar on the Albert Dock. Their next venture wowed the city when it opened in Liverpool One 2 years ago. The Club House is a beach house inspired venue that transports you outside the city the minute you go there.
The New World Trading Company has outdone itself again though by opening The Florist. This is another concept venue, this time one of a floral dream world. It’s the most aesthetically pleasing venue I have ever been to.
The Florist Makes Its Mark
The Florist has opened on Hardman Street, not far from the Philharmonic Hall. It’s taken over the building that was formerly The Old Blind School. The building itself is amazing, it’s grand and is a large space to fill.
The moment you walk in you will say wow. The floral wonderland will greet you right away. The ground floor is the bar area, that’s split in to 3 rooms. The central area on entering is decked out with floral arrangements, the most stunning tree like feature, with vines that crawl up on to the ceiling that’s bursting with flowers.
The main bar area is decadent, with wall murals (that span the whole restaurant), and neon lights. This area leads to a private dining room, as well as the outside terrace.
The other bar area is full with plush benches and chairs. This room gives off a very laid back atmosphere, I think this is because it feels more tucked away than the other 2 rooms. The main draw to this room however is the amazing neon sign on the floral wall.
The bar stocks over 65 beers, and has a wide range of cocktails. This is where your sensory experience begins. Even if you order a mocktail, your drink will be full of thrill.
One tip – be prepared to wait a little while for your cocktails to be made, they do come pretty fancy you know.
A Staircase Of Dreams
For the dining area you head up the most amazing staircase you’ve ever seen. This was the moment I thought to myself, I want this to be my house.
You’re greeted with tiled floors, white walls, and a white banister, it’s modern, but shabby chic at it’s finest. But the wow factor is the floral wall, the wall art and the flowery chandelier.
The staircase is already the most popular spot for that perfect photo. It will be the most instgrammed part of the city. The neon sign among the flowers reads, Let It Bloom, which is the hashtag for The Florist.
This flower wall sits against the graffiti art by JODY. These amazing pieces are dotted throughout the venue.
This is where your sensory journey continues. Sitting among more floral displays you can dine on a menu that is similar to what’s served at The Club House. You can get the likes of hanging kebabs, fish dishes, and delicious lamb rumps. As well as vegetarian dishes, gluten free options, and a kids menu.
At the weekends you can order from the Brunch Menu, and the Sunday Roast menu.
This venue really is the perfect place to relax of a day time, and to celebrate in of an evening.
Speaking of celebrating, if you’re looking for somewhere to mark a special occasion in, then The Florist have a private dining room that can seat between 8-10 people.
Masterclasses to further the experience
One of the concepts behind The Florist is that when you come here you should have a sensory experience. From the scent of the flowers, to the visuals, to the tastes of the food and drinks.
To fully immerse yourself in to this creative environment they’ve put together a menu of masterclasses that you can book on to. They focus on cocktail making, a gin tasting and floristry. There may be a beer tasting or history of beer masterclass also added soon.
The new restaurant isn’t in the centre of town, but it’s only a short (up hill) walk from Central Station. This area of the city has turned very cosmopolitan. It’s new neighbours with the Philharmonic, like I said before, the Everyman theatre, and the stylish venues across Rodney Street and Hope Street.
It’ll be the perfect spot for birthday celebrations, girls night, date night and just a casual brunching coffee date. Whilst you’re enjoying your orders, you’ll either be chilled out by laid back tunes of a day, or a live in house DJ of an evening.
I can’t wait to head back here, and from people I’ve spoken to and heard from, they can’t wait to go.
I’d love to hear if The Florist has taken your fancy. When are you planning on heading there? As always, let me know if you go, and what you think of it.
*A massive thanks to The Florist for having me & my Mum at the launch this weekend. The Florist is now officially open. All images and views are honest and my own.