[Liverpool, U.K.] The Bistro at the Bluecoat gallery

We popped down the M62 to see the Matisse exhibition at the Tate and decided to keep the trip arty with a quick nosy round the Bluecoat. They had a special “art and comedy” exhibition on which, to our minds, missed out on being either arty or funny. But it was lunchtime while we were there so we decided to eat

OK, they probably call it the Bistro to distinguish it from the café on the ground floor. But bistro, it ain’t. They be much better calling it the Upstairs Café, as the food is sandwiches and some fairly straightforward café type hot food. Such as a competent Welsh Rarebit. Good thick slice of granary toast, topped with a good rarebit topping with a little handful of salad. Chips – or fries as they were described, coz it’s an arty place – were extra. A bowl of scouse was also enjoyable – consistency somewhere between a stew and a soup, with knife, fork and spoon being supplied. Very tasty beef, with carrot, potato and swede. A couple of slices of granary bread for the carb and the classic accompaniment of pickled red cabbage.

Worth popping in if you’re in the immediate area and want to avoid the chains (and you find Lunya’s full).

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