From the moment we entered Camp and Furnace we were surprised and delighted with what we found. Located in an unprepossessing area in former industrial buildings in the back streets of Liverpool City Centre, this unusual venue is a bar, nightclub, art gallery, camp site, camp shop and restaurant all rolled into one.
Last weekend when we wandered in, there was an enormous screen pulled down and crowds sitting at picnic tables enjoying a premiership football game. This week, the space was transformed to simply the cosy restaurant serving a mouth watering array of dishes, ranging from imaginative mains, to 'classics' with a modern gastro twist such as bacon butties on sourdough bread.
Dad started with a pint of local brewed Liverpool beer on draught, whilst I had a rather delicious coffee and my niece gulped down an apple juice. We judged that it was good by the speed that it disappeared!
I ordered home made black pudding which was served delicately with a 'smoked cheese hash brown' and bloody mary sauce. It came on a porcelain plate with a smattering of fresh watercress - definitely the classiest black pudding I've ever eaten. Meanwhile dad had fish fingers served on a brown roll and salad. We shared a bucket of hand cut chips with sea salt - we noticed that other customers received their chips in tin camping mugs!
Despite this, it is an interesting venue with a great theme. There were customers of all ages enjoying themselves and my little niece certainly found enough things to keep her occupied. All in all a great and different venue for a family (or a grown up) meal.