Bitesize News #23 (Dec 2017): Liverpool’s food & drink round-up

Bitesize News: Liverpool’s food & drink round-up

Edition #23 | December 2017

Words by Lawrence Saunders


Upmarket café plan for former Crosby beauty salon

A former beauty salon in Crosby could be transformed into an upmarket café under new plans.

Proposals from Emma Kinsley, who was previously general manager of nearby restaurant So Salsa, have been recommended for approval by Sefton Council’s planning committee.

Emma wants to turn the vacant shop next to St Luke’s Halsall CE Primary School on Manor Road into a new café serving “good coffee and good food” with a “warm atmosphere and real, honest service”.

Emma is no stranger to the catering business. As well as her time at So Salsa, she has managed a number of restaurants and cafés in London including most recently Vinyl Café in Kings Cross.

According to a document included within her planning application, Emma believes an “upmarket café” will be a welcome addition to the area.

> Related | Restaurant Review: Lakeside Bar & Bistro, Cambridge Road, Crosby, Liverpool


Speke Retail Park - Zizzi Italian restaurant

Italian restaurant could be heading to Speke retail park

Italian restaurant Zizzi could be opening at the New Mersey Shopping Park.

The pizza and pasta chain has applied to Liverpool City Council for permission to operate in Unit L9 of the Speke retail centre.

If approved, the new restaurant would become the group’s second in Liverpool, joining a branch in Liverpool ONE.

Zizzi is planning to open in one of the new units currently being constructed as part of a £23 million extension to the South Liverpool shopping hub which will deliver a new 11-screen Cineworld cinema and an additional 29,000 sq ft of restaurant space across six units.

TGI Fridays, Nando’s and wagamama have already been confirmed for three of the units.

The restaurant element of the expansion is expected to open in late spring 2018 with the cinema following in the summer.


About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Move Publishing. He can be contacted via email at or by phone on 0151 709 3871.