Lock and Key, Duke Street

Wandering down Duke Street on a sunny, early Saturday afternoon is the perfect excuse to stop for brunch. We set our sights on recent addition Lock and Key.

Lock and Key is a new botique hotel and bar in the Ropewalks Area. So close to the shops in Liverpool One, bars of Seel Street and sights of the Royal Albert Dock, Lock and Key is the perfect for anybody visiting the city and looking for somewhere a bit different to stay.

However we where there to brunch and brunch we did. Arriving at around 12:30, upon arrival we where seated and told there would be a thirty minute wait for food. This was no problem as the place was busy with people enjoying breakfast and day time cocktails, and they had the tennis playing on a telly perched on the bar (I feel like this is such a British thing). We browsed the menu and watched the world go by on Duke Street. Lock and Key is plushy decorated in dark velvets, reminding me of how a cool jazz bar in the 60s or 70s would look.

I ordered The Contenential (£6.50) – a beautifully presented board of french toast, crossiant, seasonal fruit and maple syrup (it also comes with brie be I opted out). The Contenential also comes with a glass of Eager juice and I went with orange. Jon ordered the American pancake stack (£6.50) with blueberries, maple syrup and bacon, along with a black coffee.


I honestly didn’t expect what I ordered to fill me up as it seemed to light but it was lovely and stuck by me until teatime. Whenever I get into a hungry, pre-food daze, I often go for bigger dishes on the menu but I’m so glad I didn’t. The french toast wasn’t too rich, and the crossiant was soft, perfect and flakey.

Jon’s pancakes where super fluffy and light, but not too thick like American pancakes tend to be. They soaked up the maple syrup without being too soggy, and the bacon was lovely topping.

I was tempted to order a coffee afterwards but we treated ourselves to some smoothies to take away with us. I ordered the Morning Recharge Smoothie (£4) – made with strawberries, raspberries, coconut water, almond milk, honey syrup and chia seeds. I felt like I could taste the coconut water but it wasn’t too overpowering and the medley of fruits in the smoothie made it super summery.

Jon ordered the Very Berry Yoghurt Smoothie (£3), made with greek yoghurt, blackberries, blueberries, banana and sunflower seeds.

Overall it was a “light” breakfast on the surface but everything was so fresh, made with care and delicious that it stuck by us all day. I plan on returning to try their cocktail and gin menu, and maybe even sit outside in the deckchairs.


Lock and Key serve brunch from 9am to 4pm. They have a website here.

They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


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