Christmas celebrations at Leaf, Liverpool

Oh, it feels good to be writing about Liverpool again! A feature of my home city is long overdue, so, as we’re approaching the most wonderful time of the year, it felt right for me to share a little festive experience that I’ve had recently at LEAF on Bold Street, Liverpool. This post contains references to an experience that I was given as part of a press event. To learn more about this, please feel free to read my disclaimer and privacy policy

LEAF on Bold Street, Liverpool

When it comes to foodie spots in Liverpool, LEAF has to be up there for me. I often frequent both their Smithdown Road and Bold Street venues for some loaded hummus, calamari and chunky chips as an afternoon snack. When the invitation came through to pop down to their Bold Street venue for an evening of festive menu-tasting, I jumped at the chance!

LEAF Liverpool Festive Menu 

So, let’s get into the festive menu then, shall we? Just off the bat, one thing that instantly stood out to me about LEAF’s festive menu was the fact that their options aren’t all entirely “Christmassy”. You can decide for yourself just how festive you want to go with your food. Sometimes, you don’t want a typical Christmas dinner for your work Christmas do, or for a festive family dinner out. So, the fact that LEAF offers a range of options that felt traditional and non-traditional was an instant win in my eyes. Anyway, here’s what I chose. 

Drinks on arrival? Yes please!

Oh, I do love a welcome drink. To get us in the festive spirit, LEAF had whipped up a Santa Spritz for everyone. Think Aperol Spritz but make it Christmas. That’s a Santa Spritz. What’s in it, you ask? Prosecco, Aperol, Cranberry Juice, “Santa Syrup” and a sprig of rosemary. Delicious. 

Ham hock, pork belly and tarragon terrine

Onto the menu itself, to kick off the festive experience I chose their ham hock, pork belly and tarragon terrine. It’s not something that I’d usually go for but, I have to admit, it was pretty amazing. Served alongside the terrine were a spiced pineapple chutney and toasted focaccia. The chutney was the perfect bit of sweetness to cut through the rich terrine. 

Roast cod with warm potato salad and coconut curry sauce

For my main course, I had to go with the fish dish: roast cod with a warm potato salad and coconut curry sauce. Not a typical Christmas dinner meal, I’ll admit. However, as I said before, the non-traditionality of LEAF’s festive menu is what makes it so brilliant in my eyes. The cod was cooked to absolute perfection, and the potato salad almost took me right back to my holidays in Malaga. There was something about it that reminded me of the Russian salads that I tried at some of my favourite tapas bars over there. The curry sauce was light and creamy, with a slight kick to it. A perfect balance to the cod. 

What wine did I pair with them? 

If you know me, and Female Original, then you’ll know that the wine pairing was just as important to me as the food itself. I paired both with their King Stag Chardonnay which was a delicious, medium-bodied, buttery chardonnay. Right up my street. If you like a less acidic chardonnay then the King Stag is most definitely for you. It went brilliantly with both the terrine and the cod, a real star. 

White chocolate and cranberry bread and butter pudding

To round off my three-course dinner, I opted for ultimate decadence with their white chocolate and cranberry bread and butter pudding. LEAF has truly spoiled guests for choice with their range of desserts this Christmas. Whilst their panna cotta was tempting, my love of carbs took over and it was the bread and butter pudding that took my fancy. It was everything that I was hoping for. Sweet, but not too sweet.

What wine did I pair it with? 

I paired this bad boy with a glass of the Apericena Appassimento. This red was giving me pure cherry and plum, with a hint of vanilla. It was the perfect wine to pair with any Christmas dinner. 

LEAF Liverpool at-home feast box

It’s fair to say that the festive experience at LEAF on Bold Street lived up, and exceeded, my expectations. And, if you’re in charge of the work’s Christmas do this year then LEAF should absolutely be on your list. But, if you’re wanting to get a festive experience in your home then LEAF’s at-home feast box could be just what you’re looking for. 

As part of their festive range, LEAF has put together a “feast box” which contains a mix of delicious festive treats to enjoy at home. We’re talking turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, roasties and sprouts. Everything you need for your festive celebrations. Sound like a bit of you? Find out more by getting in touch here.

Does the LEAF festive menu sound like it could be up your street? Will the Santa Spritz become a go-to cocktail for you? Let me know in the comments! 

Female Original

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12 Comments

  1. Lucy
    October 31, 2021

    The food you had at LEAF looks amazing, that’s one place I plan to visit next time I go to Liverpool! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      November 10, 2021

      It was incredible! The Bold Street venue is lovely for a lunch. I’d definitely recommend visiting next time you’re here 🙂

      Reply
  2. Lauren
    November 10, 2021

    This looks like a lovely menu! Some of the things I haven’t tried but they look really yummy! This post is making me hungry ha ha! Thank you for sharing your experience.

    Lauren

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    1. femaleoriginal
      November 12, 2021

      It was a lovely experience! Glad you enjoyed hearing about my experience 🙂

      Reply
  3. Jaya Avendel
    November 10, 2021

    Leaf looks like a positively gastronomical experience and I am drooling over the descriptions of the food and drink! The pork belly sounds like it is juicy and packed with flavor, but the curry also sounds perfectly paired with the cod, and I LOVE the sounds of the white chocolate in the dessert. You won me over with the Apericena Appassimento wine too; those flavors!

    Thanks so much for sharing a marvelous dining-out location. 🙂

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    1. femaleoriginal
      November 12, 2021

      It was such a brilliant tasting experience! The wines went so perfectly with my courses too 🙂

      Reply
  4. Mummy Conquering Anxiety
    November 10, 2021

    This place looks amazing. Would love to visit when I’m next there.

    I could eat this yummy food paired with the wine right now!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      November 21, 2021

      It’s one of my all-time favourite spots in Liverpool! Hopefull you’ll get a chance to visit soon 🙂

      Reply
  5. Sophie
    November 11, 2021

    This sounds like such a lovely evening, everything looks delicious. And the Santa Spritz sounds absolutely divine x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      November 12, 2021

      It was! I’ve taken inspiration from the Santa Spritz for a festive cocktail…coming soon.

      Reply
  6. Jodie | That Happy Reader
    November 12, 2021

    This looks like an amazing place to eat with lots of ambience! I love how you’ve shared what you had to eat and what you paired it with. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      November 23, 2021

      It’s such a lovely place! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and wine pairings 🙂

      Reply

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