If you're looking for a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of town, then chances are that The Watering Can is for you. Nestled within Greenbank Park, about 3 miles from Liverpool City Centre, The Watering Can is a quaint little botanical hideaway that's super popular with locals and dog walkers galore.
Instantly recognisable for its lovely atmosphere and décor, the whiff of freshly made desserts on the front counter draws you in on arrival. If you're visiting during the summer months, you'll be lucky enough to step through to the back and lap up the atmosphere as they open up their garden room.
Primarily a café, The Watering Can serve a breakfast and lunch menu. Think sandwiches, small plates, great breakfasts, and mouthwatering homemade cakes. They boast a good choice of soft drinks, quality coffee and hot drinks too (including their famous hot chocolates that kept us going throughout winter lockdowns). With a promising wine list, they now offer a modest choice of cocktails as well.
Having offered a takeaway service throughout lockdown, their opening times were going through a bit of a transition when we visited. We opted for a meal around tea time to explore their more bistro-style options. As we had a later booking, we ended up with our pick of seats in the beautiful garden room. Adorned with hanging foliage and comfy cushions, I was happy as Larry with the best seat in the house.
I'd visited a few times before for various occasions and always had good experiences, but I was yet to try an evening meal, so we were excited to delve into the menu. We chose from the humble selection of bottled beers they had to offer and added on a refreshing San Pellegrino.
As the food arrived, we were happy with our choices:
Mango salad, full of (you guessed it) hearty slices of mango, coriander, mint, toasted peanuts, crispy onions, fresh red chilli and loads of fresh lambs leaf lettuce and spinach.
And finally a side of delicious homemade chunky chips, quirkily plated up in a mini plant pot.
Whether you're a nature lover or not, you can't deny the café's inviting rustic charm, with friendly staff and foliage hanging from above, and they cater for vegans so everyone's a winner. Not ones to shy away from special occasions, they often offer 3-course Sunday lunch options which tend to sell out fast and go down a storm. Make sure to check their social feeds for more of that, as they always require a booking with it being a small venue.
Worth a trip for their beautiful garden room alone, The Watering Can is a cosy little oasis, tucked away against the greenery of Liverpool's Greenbank Park. They're proudly an LBTQ+ space, open 7 days a week, and take bookings for weekend evenings only.