Big Lola’s are now serving their Mexican food at Chester Market and you can order it through Uber Eats
2 months ago
Like the recipes for their amazing Mexican menu, the three guys behind Big Lola’s Taquerias and takeaway have all the best ingredients for a successful and happy business – a foundation of friendship, and a passion for fabulous, full-of-flavour food.
“We love Mexican food, in fact food in general,” says Big Lola’s Joe Earnshaw. “We’re all passionate about it.”
And now more people are loving it, thanks to their partnership with Uber Eats.
“Uber Eats allows us to reach a whole new wider audience than we’d be able to attract if we were relying on people just coming in to order or dine with us in person,” adds Joe, “so with the delivery aspect it’s perfect for us.
“And it means that on those days when there are thunderstorms outside or a big sporting game on the telly and you don’t want to leave the house, our customers can enjoy their favourite Mexican food from the comfort of their couch!”
With successful businesses already behind them – Latin American street food restaurant Cahita in Duke Street Market and Secret Diner’s Club which offered pop-up eating events in unique locations – Big Lola’s Taqueria was launched in 2021 by Joe, Michael Harrison and Oliver Smith.
Joe combines a marketing and PR background with his love of food, while Michael and Oliver – who both trained at Colquitt Street Catering College – bring a wealth of creative and culinary experience as chefs.
His travels have taken Oliver across America including San Francisco’s Latino Mission district, famous for its burrito bars and taquerias: “And he came back from there inspired, and wanted to open up his own,” says Joe.
“Together we wanted to create a relaxed and informal taqueria with really good, tasty tacos. Mike and Oli as the chefs would agree that the taco is a great dish to make as it’s a bite-sized flavour bomb and it’s about making them as tasty as possible.
“There are endless opportunities in terms of all the flavours you can create with the tacos, the quesadillas, the burritos and the churros, and more, and I think Mexican food has never been as popular as it is now.
“We loved the flavours of Mexican food, and there’s a little crossover with Cahita which has a Cuban influence.”
Although only launched two years ago, Big Lola’s Taqueria has been hugely successful for the trio, starting out in Liverpool’s Duke Street Market with its great restaurant vibe, and now the new Chester market which offers a range of stores as well as a thriving food corner.
There’s even a Big Lola’s takeaway in Smithdown Road where people can also sit in.
“It’s been brilliant,” says Joe. “The team’s grown massively and it has been surprising and yet manageable. It’s still a small operation but it’s felt like the right thing to take those opportunities when they’ve come, while first and foremost still making sure that the high quality of food is still there.
“That growth wouldn’t have been possible without the customer feedback and support, and the fact that Big Lola’s has been so popular.”
And he adds: “Uber Eats has helped with that. It’s just great to be doing a job we love with people we love, and to share our passion for great food.”