Cosy, modest and organic from the off, Mello Mello offers a range of the good stuff from healthy and hearty meals to gluten-free grub. What's more is that the prices are equally as appetising.
By day, acoustic sounds can often be found flowing amidst the mismatching rustic furnishings and noteworthy manuscript light shades. Customers can admire the art-laden walls and take advantage of the free-to-use checkers and chess boards while sipping quality tea out of antique-style ceramics. Meanwhile, the small curtained stage to the far right of the eatery often showcases some great local acts towards the evening.
Feel free to peruse the illuminated blackboard menu above the bar offering a banquet of lagers, ales, wines and juices. For the more indecisive among us I'd suggest asking for a recommendation on the day – the approachable staff are generally more than happy to oblige in this area!
From nachos to nut roasts, this humble hub's food menu is as eclectic as its décor would suggest. Spoil yourself with their 'marry me lasagne' or check out their gnocchi and myriad of soups and sandwiches. Whatever you're in the mood for, be sure to come back and wash down one of their speciality curries with a fine craft ale courtesy of the Liverpool Craft Beer Co.
If you're more of a sweet tooth then there's a wealth of freshly made muffins, cakes and pastries available daily. With new treats showcased regularly, there's no monotony here and you're always spoilt for choice. A firm local favourite of mine, Mello has been a fond host to many events over the years including vintage fairs, interactive art, and live charity fundraiser gigs. Not to mention also functioning as a cosy festive refuge on a cold winters evening (with the added bonus of good company, jenga and hot toddies to boot!)
Founded by volunteers, Mello Mello is a non-for-profit social enterprise. As such, there were threats of its closure following a business rates relief ruling by Liverpool City Council earlier in 2013, much to the dismay of the haunt's loyal following.
Welcoming to all, the venue is a popular hang-out for even the most formidable hipsters. However, by day, kids and old-timers are never far and this only adds to the easy-going vibe of the place. Upstairs above the kitchen lie recording, rehearsal and artist studio spaces where classes and workshops are often held for the creative community.
Whether you're in need of a lively Friday evening or a relaxed Sunday brunch, Mello Mello is unpretentious and laid-back, remaining true to its name.