What is it? Yard & Coop is a restaurant specialising in buttermilk fried chicken, offering sides and cocktails as well.
Where is it? Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DN (there is one in Manchester too).
Me and my friend had a table booked on Saturday evening at 7pm. Since I have never been to this restaurant before, I wasn’t sure what to expect upon arrival and the size of the place really surprised me. It’s huge! It was also very busy, which I liked. To me personally it feels strange to sit in a half empty restaurant. They had a DJ playing disco-like music, which was nice, but it was really loud. Me and my companion had to talk to each other in slightly raised voices, however we got used to it quickly. The decor can be described as barnyard-chic, so if you are a fan of posh minimalistic interior, Yard & Coop is the exact opposite. It’s a place where you go to relax, eat some hearty food and forget your diet.
We decided to start off with some alcohol (what else?). I really wanted a cocktail, but I couldn’t decide. I hate sweet alcoholic drinks so I asked our lovely waitress Sharon for recommendation and she suggested the Rooster’s Kick (£7.50), which is a mix of several different rums, pineapple and orange juices, topped with passion fruit. Honestly, it was the best cocktail I’ve had in a long time. Not too strong, not too sweet – just the way I like it. My friend ordered her favourite Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider and the glass came with strawberries and lime, which we thought was a nice touch.
Once again, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to eat and Sharon came to the rescue. One of the dishes she offered was Dirty Bird Fries – a bowl full of chips, bacon, cheese, buttermilk fried chicken thigh, blue cheese sauce, BBQ sauce and spicy Bee’s Knees sauce. For only £8, I received a massive plate of deliciousness that I wasn’t even able to finish and that almost never happens (I do love food). I chose sweet potato fries instead of
regular fries, because it’s not that often that I get to eat them, and fries would be in my top 3 list of favourite foods that I very rarely eat. Now when I’m writing this review, I can still feel the taste of that meal in my mouth, it was that good. My friend ordered Parma Bird (£12), which is a buttermilk fried chicken breast wrapped in parma ham with Mamma Mia sauce, parmesan cheese, rocket, tomato and mayo in a brioche bun topped with dill pickle and she opted for sweet potato chips as well. Again, it was a rather large portion, but she managed to finish it, because she was smart enough not to eat much before going out.
After having a bigger meal, I like to have some coffee to help me digest. I didn’t see coffee on the menu, so I asked our waitress Sharon about it. It turns out that they only have regular coffee, which I think was a filter coffee. Coffee is the one thing that I am addicted to, so I was a little bit disappointed, I’m not gonna lie. It wasn’t the best coffee I’ve ever had, but it was alright. My friend ordered a toffee popcorn milkshake (£4.50) and after her first sip the expression on her face was priceless – she described the taste as having a foodgasm. I was so full after our meal, I didn’t think I would be able to finish a milkshake, but I’m definitely coming back to have one soon!
All in all, we really enjoyed our evening at Yard & Coop. We thought that the food was lovely and great value for money. The service was friendly and Sharon was really attentive. The only let down to me personally was the lack of good coffee.
My score: 4 out of 5