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The catering and hospitality sector in Liverpool

  • Executive Head Chef Salary (June 2019) in Liverpool: £45,000 a year / £21.89 per hour
  • Sous Chef Salary (June 2019) in Liverpool: £26,746 a year / £12.86 per hour
  • Chef  de Partie Salary (June 2019) in Liverpool: £22,352 a year / £10.75 per hour

Liverpool is one of Britain’s most iconic cities. From The Beatles’ early appearances at the legendary Cavern Club to Liverpool FC’s glorious European triumphs, this port city on the River Mersey has long carved out a reputation for creativity and success. But when it comes to food and drink, Liverpool is probably no more than an afterthought. Thanks to some forward-thinking individuals and businesses, however, the region’s culinary scene is starting to turn heads.

Alongside Manchester and Leeds, Liverpool’s bar and restaurant industry is undergoing something of a golden age. In 2018, the city topped the tables for the fastest growing bar and restaurant scenes in the UK, with a whopping 408 new sites – an increase of 25.2% – opening in Liverpool in the previous five years. For catering and hospitality professionals, the opportunity to make a mark on the Scouse scene has never been stronger.

Given the gathering pace of the restaurant boom, it’s little surprise that a number of high-profile chefs have opened establishments in the city. Paul Askew’s The Art School champions seasonal and local ingredients and has received critical acclaim from the Michelin, Good Food and AA guides. Liverpudlian restaurateur and Sunday Brunch star Simon Rimmer owns three gastropubs in the city (two in Woolton and one in West Kirby), while TV presenter Nisha Katona brings the rich flavours of Indian street food to her Bold Street restaurant, Mowgli.

If you’re a chef looking to make a name for yourself, a number of industry-recognised training courses across Merseyside can help you upskill. In 2016, the city became the first in the North of England to offer the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Chefs Apprenticeship courses, which are regarded as the gold standard for chef training in Europe. Greenbank College also provides a number of catering and hospitality courses

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Liverpool’s bar and restaurant scene is award-winning, trailblazing and diverse. Simply put, it’s the place to be for catering and hospitality workers who want an alternative to the London rat race. With countless opportunities across the culinary universe – from sophisticated restaurants and indie bistros to boisterous bars and pop-up coffee stalls – the Liverpool dining boom shows no sign of slowing down. And thanks to competitive salaries, you don’t have to achieve your careers goals on a shoestring, either.

Cost of living in Liverpool

  • Average monthly rent in Liverpool: £470-£1,100
  • Monthly travel pass: £65.22 (all forms of public transport)
  • Meal for two in a mid-range restaurant: £40
  • Council Tax: £1,299 - 3,899 per year / £108 - £324 per month

Despite having a global reputation, Liverpool is actually one of the UK’s cheapest cities to live and work. An average 1-bedroom apartment just outside of Liverpool city centre costs around £471.15 per month to rent, while a high-end 3-bedroom city centre apartment will set you back £1,034.06. For context, rental prices in Liverpool are hundreds of pounds cheaper than in Manchester or Leeds, even though catering and hospitality wages are roughly the same.

The Liverpool City Region is easy to navigate thanks to its extensive public transport network, Merseytravel, which connects the city centre with the suburbs and surrounding towns. The partially underground Merseyrail commuter rail network contains three major lines (including one that connects to the Wirral) and 68 stations, while the regular bus services provide a convenient and cost-effective method of transport for Liverpudlians. A monthly transport pass (valid on trains, buses and Mersey ferries) costs £65.22, while a one-way ticket costs £2.30.

When moving to a new city, it’s important for anyone to get to grips with local grocery costs. Thankfully, supermarkets in Liverpool provide food and drink at the same prices you’d expect anywhere else in the country. Eating out at a restaurant also represents fantastic value for money, especially given that it’s one of the best food scenes in the UK. A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant costs around £10, while it’s possible to get a decent three-course meal for two for £40 in a mid-range eatery.

Council tax in Liverpool is dependent on the area you live, as well as the value of the property you buy or rent. The cheapest tax band is £1,299.92 while the most upmarket properties will set you back £3,899.74 a year.

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Bars, kitchens and restaurants in Liverpool

Liverpool is arguably the most exciting bar and restaurant scene in the country right now -- and the statistics certainly back up the hype. According to research by CGA, the scene is expanding at a rate almost three times quicker than London. The epicentre of British food and drink is shifting, and it’s shifting northwards.

For Thom Hetherington, CEO of Northern Restaurant & Bar, these findings reflect the ambition and confidence of Liverpudlian foodies: “it’s no surprise to see Liverpool take one of the ‘medal positions’ with an extraordinary rate of growth; the ‘M62 corridor’ is developing its own centre of gravity, pulling in new residents, businesses and tourists drawn to its unrivalled combination of culture, lifestyle and opportunity."

Stylish new establishments seem to be popping up left, right and centre. In 2018, bar and restaurant openings included; The Wreckfish, a crowdfunded 90-cover restaurant that has transformed a once-derelict building in the city centre; Rosa’s Thai Café, which serves up sumptuous Southeast Asian fare at the historic Royal Albert Dock; Rudy’s Pizza, an independent pizzeria that brings a slice of Naples to the heart of Liverpool; and restaurant and basement nightclub, Dash and XOXO.

Liverpool’s eateries are as eclectic as they are enticing. Leaf on Bold Street serves up experimental Lebanese food and vibrant cocktails -- perfect for some after-work drinks and a bite to eat. Neon Jamon celebrates the best of Spanish cuisine, providing succulent tapas at affordable prices. Moose & Moonshine brings authentic North American diner culture to Merseyside, giving locals a cosy spot for some foodie indulgence. And no tour of Liverpool’s dining scene is complete without a visit to Anton Piotrowski’s Michelin hopeful, Röski Restaurant.

For catering and hospitality professionals, the Liverpool culinary revolution represents a great opportunity to make a name for yourself. Whether you’re an experienced bar manager, mid-level barista or a kitchen porter just starting out in the game, this thriving food and drink scene on the has got you covered.

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Blue Arrow Liverpool
1st Floor Suite
1 Derby Square
L2 9XX

Tel: 0151 2361536
        0151 227 4400

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