Baltic Social

Do you like shiny, glitzy places? Do you like indifferent service from po-faced staff? Do you like overpriced food that’s style over substance? Yes? Well, you go find somewhere like that, go on, and leave the rest of us to enjoy the lovely Baltic Social. You really wouldn’t like it…

Where Elevator used to be, on Parliament Street it’s a great space with stripped wooden floors, an eclectic mix of furniture, twinkly lights and loads of personality.

Food is simple and good value with generous portions. We had the six small plates between two which was plenty and a deal at £10.95 per person. Squid, goats cheese balls, hummus and bread, chicken skewers; you get the picture. Next time, I’m going to get the fish finger sandwich.

The staff are a perfect mix of friendly and efficient. Not ‘too cool for school’ like in some places. We also had a quick chat with Alison, the owner, who clearly recruits people who model her approach; friendly and chatty, but not overbearing.

Even the music is to die for. A bit of Curtis Mayfield always gets a big tick from me. They have regular Acoustic Nights, Quiz Nights, live music and, this weekend, are hosting part of the Threshold Festival.

If you’ve been to Onion on Aigburth Road, you’ll probably know what to expect here, as they’re both owned by Alison.

Last week, the Guardian included it in a Top Ten of places to get good food for under a tenner, and it’s really not hard to see why. I’d still be sitting there if they’d let me! It’s hard to pull off this kind of unpretentiousness but they’ve managed it.

And, with your Independent Liverpool card you can get 10% off your food which edges this place even closer to being a kind of Nirvana.

Christiana Bennett