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Written byCharlotte Davenport
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You never knew that you really needed an Alpine food hall in your life until it comes along. I can’t imagine not having Albert’s Schenke to visit for a big hearty breakfast, a quick and tasty lunch, or the massive sausage plates that make me salivate just typing out these words.
Luckily for all you TiL readers excited about a Cook Haus, this writer has been to Albert’s Schenke for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in the name of accuracy of course! The breakfasts are some of the best value in the whole of the city, with a range of breakfast options, including the full Cook Haus breakfast (you can double everything up for a decent price), French Toast, Eggs Benedict, or bacon and potato rosti. We think that the addition of the homemade potato rosti on the menu makes it an absolute winner in our eyes.
The lunchtime offering provides a lighter bite, with tasty sandwiches and a side of fries. Choose from the Alpine Cheese, crispy Porchetta, or Grilled Chicken Royale. Everything is fresh, on local sourdough bread that is packed full of flavour. Instead of a sandwich, why not try one of the Bier Hall sharers, like the range of pretzels, or the mind-blowingly, oozingly-tasty croquettes? You can try either one flavour, or a croquette sharing board, with Berliner Spiced Lamb, Alpine Cheese + Ham, and Porcini Mushroom and Truffle. Other sections of the menu include steak, burgers, kebabs, fish and chips and more, but there is only one real star of the show here!
The Bohemian Sausage Plate is a big meal that will last you for the rest of the day for sure. It comes with three different types of sausage – a smoked bratwurst, a spicy chorizo, and a pork and cheddar. Alongside this is a pot of gravy, melt-in-the-mouth bier onions, and pan roasted potatoes that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You just don’t want the last bite to come!
Then there are the daily specials, including Monday Scouse and a Saturday Schweinshaxe (slow roasted pork knuckle, red wine gravy, red cabbage, pan roasted potatoes, and apple sauce). It just gives you the perfect excuse to go back every day to try something new!
Albert’s Schenke provides that warm roaring fire to welcome you in from the cold and rain that often hits Liverpool. It can be found near the bottom of Hanover Street, after that manic bit of street with Tesco on where there’s never any space to walk and it’s a frantic mess. The customer service is high, attentive without being overbearing, and it is always pretty quick to be seated and for your food to arrive at your table. Alongside the big, welcoming fire is a clean and open space to eat, the occasional promotional offer, and amazing food, you can’t go wrong with this city centre, Alpine-inspired Bier Halle and Cook Haus that brings the best of Germany, Italy, Austria, France, and Switzerland.
The breakfast menu is pretty good for city centre dining, with a big full Cook Haus breakfast coming in at £8.50 (or £11.50 if you double up and go large). The lunchtime menu consists of a range of sandwiches coming in at around the £8/9 mark, including fries, and the starters begin with moreish pretzels at around £3, up to the melting-croquettes at the £6 mark. For mains, the biggest plate (Bohemian Sausage Plate) costs £13.50. Keep an eye out for deals and promotions at Albert’s Schenke however, as they have had a brilliant 50% off the bill before 5pm for the first few months since opening.