With so many eateries jumping on the bandwagon, it can be hard to distinguish the wheat from the chaff when it comes to dedicated vegan haunts. But Potts coffee Liverpool is a breath of fresh air.
Owners and staff at this plant-based café are clearly passionate about veganism, and it shows. Although a snug and tiny venue, it's flooded with natural light and greenery making it a cosy and pleasant hangout, particularly rare for a city-centre location.
Potts is proudly a dog-friendly establishment, and we even managed to make a furry friend during our visit. Hugo the dog was happy to be fussed over (and was provided with water and doggy treats on arrival.)
Chilling with frenchie Hugo
We happened to be visiting on pancake day, meaning the main menu was swapped out for their delicious pancake specials. Not a problem for this hungry sweet tooth!
Perusing the menu of fresh and local produce we opted for an artisan coffee (of which there was a pleasant selection including all the classics and even some seasonal specials.) All their coffee is ethically sourced and being a plant-based café, dairy alternatives are standard – with oat milk being the default option.
Food-wise we each sensibly opted for the 'original' stack of 3 homemade vanilla pancakes - with a selection of 2 toppings for £6.85. For the more daring among us, other portion sizes included an XL stack of 6 for under a tenner, or even the 'impossible' 9 pancakes (yes, you read that right- 9) for £12.65. Luckily, if your eyes are bigger than your belly, staff are happy to let you take away your leftovers when you (and your food baby!) inevitably admit defeat.
Our pancake stacks arrived - fluffy and light, yet perfectly crisp around the edges (something I didn't think would be easy to do with the absence of a staple ingredient – eggs). They came complete with various toppings including agave syrup, vegan ice cream and fresh berries.
Vegan pancakes with all the trimmings
Our other portion included a deliciously rich slathering of Lotus Biscoff spread (which if you haven't tried before, is a taste revelation – and is bafflingly also 100% vegan.)
Overall, this 100% plant-based stomping ground is enough to make anyone question their dietary habits. But be warned – this may well become your new favourite city centre haunt.
With my vegan friends in tow, I'm already making plans to visit again to check out the rest of the menu!