From curries and fried chicken to bubble tea and burgers, you’ll now find it all in Liverpool’s largest food hall located in the Metquarter. The 11,000 square foot space, known as GPO Liverpool, pays homage to the building’s past as the city’s General Post Office, and it has brought a new wave of independent food and drink traders all under one roof.
GPO champions independent regional food talent, showcasing a wide variety of cuisine with a focus on high quality street food. GPO Liverpool’s street food traders line-up features the likes of Japanese-Scandi mash up Konjo, quirky coffee blenders Monkey Board Coffee, Instagrammable ice cream purveyors ICE, as well as some traders with stalls at other food hubs in cities such as Manchester and Sheffield.
The site sits behind the Metquarter’s beautiful historic 19th century façade next to the Everyman Cinema, with open air seating facing onto the recently upgraded Victoria Street. The food hall also includes a Grab & Go area, which is ideal for those short on time with a quick-purchase station providing convenient and tasty lunchtime snacks, takeaway coffees and other hot drinks.
Matt Bigland, Founder and Director of northern hospitality company, The Milestone Group, who manage other street food hubs such as Cutlery Works in Sheffield, said: “GPO will be a hub for Liverpool’s emerging food hall scene and will showcase the best in up-and-coming food and drink talent in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.” Plus, GPO also launched the city’s first revolving cheese and wine bar, The Carousel Cheese Co., where you can dive into the finest cheese, charcuterie, and wine across the British Isles.
Here’s the line-up of some of the current independent traders at The GPO:
Konjo from the team behind Joro, the Japanese-Scandi street food mash-up will be serving skewers, snacks and small plates, cooked over a Japanese Konro BBQ Grill.
Jailbird Nashville Fried Chicken has fried chicken with a choice of three levels of heat – hint of chilli, marinated in Carolina reaper, or clucking hot Nashville-inspired spice.
Patty B’s Burgers – home of the iconic, ironic Pat Butcher logo, it says it’s “just another f**king burger shop” when really it could have the best dirty-loaded burgers.
Ice is all about the amazing Instagrammable ice cream and desserts – fresh, carefully selected, and delicious, you can create your own combinations from ice cream sourced locally.
Sawadee Thai delivers authentic tasting Thai Street food, cooked fast and fresh, with favourites including red and green Thai curries, pineapple fried rice and Nam Tok, a traditional barbecued meat dish.
Chit ‘N’ Chaat transfers the vibrancy and taste of India to Liverpool, with a blast of flavours inspired by parts of North and South India in each mouthful.
ALS Gongcha brings Bubble Tea from Alishan, Taiwan’s famous tea-growing area. Made by blending a tea base with milk, fruit and fruit juices, then adding tapioca pearls.
Monkey Board Coffee sources the best single-origin coffee from around the world, supplying some quirky and unique blends, and working closely with roasters for a top taste experience.
The food hall is open Sunday to Thursday, 8.30am until 11pm, and 8.30am until midnight on Friday and Saturdays, serving alcohol throughout. You can book your place here.
The GPO, Metquarter, 35 Whitechapel, L1 6DA