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Lucky Penny Consultants, the leading Liverpool-based hospitality consultants, have announced the name for the café in the atrium of the new £3.64m Beacon Arts Village in Hoylake and the style of food that will be served there.
The name Beldi, after the Moroccan word meaning traditional, homemade and local, not only hints at the style of food that will be offered, but also the wider vision behind it.
Set in a beautiful courtyard beneath a stunning glass flat roof and mezzanine walkway, with hanging plants and pendant lighting, Beldi will deliver a fresh and buzzy take on Eastern Mediterranean and North African cuisine and Levantine influence. Operating from early morning to late night, Beldi will offer brilliant brunches, lazy lunches and an incredible drinks menu.
While the full menu is still being determined, a flavour of it includes:
– Fried chickpea battered chicken, sesame honey, Beirut hot sauce, garlic tahini
– Berber Nachos, pistachios, pomegranate seeds, harissa
– Lebanese cured salmon, mint & rose pickles
– Farmer’s Market Houmous, chilli chickpeas, beldi lemons, grapes
– Berber Bowl: grilled seasonal vegetables, sorrel, smoked garlic basil yoghurt, sumac, flatbreads
“The atrium at the back of the building is an amazing space which will be flooded with light and we want to make sure that it is really beautiful and delivers a great dining experience whatever time of day people visit.
“With Beldi we are creating something not currently available in the area, but nonetheless which will complement the other offers in the building, as well as what is already on the high street to boost further Hoylake’s growing appeal.
“At Beldi we will serve authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with a few Anglo touches and we want to take people on journey with the food. We believe that it is food that everyone will enjoy.
“In time, we hope to be able to use produce provided by growers from local allotments in order to keep our spend hyper local, to help us be more self-sufficient, and to engender a genuine sense of community ownership.”
Beldi will also be offering own blends of homemade soda as well as cocktails and mocktails and locally brewed beer.
The Beacon Arts Village project is funded through the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, which is designed to help seaside places flourish and strengthen their appeal as places to live, work and visit.
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As well as Beldi, The Beacon will feature a two-screen cinema, a restaurant and a bar and eventually 18 creative studio and retail spaces for artists and makers around a central courtyard. Further announcements on the arts village’s other operations will be made later in the year.
Steven added: “This is an exciting milestone in the project, and we are looking forward to revealing details of Beldi’s neighbouring businesses soon.
“Beldi itself will have multiple entrances, from the main street and through the former fire engine house doors at the side and we will also be encouraging people to arrive from the back in order to access the artists and makers studios, to see them at work and to shop from them.”
The project is creating more than 140 jobs during design, construction and operation. Since 2012, the Coastal Communities Fund has invested £228 million into 395 projects UK-wide.
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