Smithdown Road used to be a place I’d only known for the Brookhouse. Now it’s a busy, vibrant street lined with a mixture of business, both chain and independent. Tiny Rick’s Cafe is the UK’s first cereal and board game cafe, right here in Liverpool! Welcoming everyone from the community, owners Cliff and Poppy want to create a fun, safe space for people to do something different and enjoy themselves.
Tiny Rick’s Cafe have a large range of both cereal and boardgames. Their rarest cereal is from Taiwan and their oldest board game is a beautiful vintage 1979 game called “I Vant To Bite Your Finger.” Tiny Rick’s have something for everyone, from students to families. Cliff and Poppy have put everything into Tiny Rick’s, from sanding and painting the tables, to making sure they have all accurate allergen information for every cereal. Their passion for board games and love for retro nostalgia shows, with VHS cases as table markers (Jumanji, Grease 2 and Home Alone are some of the videos) and 80s movie titles for their cereal cocktails, with the Choose Your Own Adventure option!
In honor of the throwback vibe of Tiny Rick’s Cafe, I’ve made a little fact file (I was obsessed with fact files when I was younger) to give you some key points:
We arrived an hour after after opening on a Friday afternoon, excited to eat cereal and play an obscure board game. Tiny Rick’s is bright, welcoming and is filled with boxes of colourful cereal and board games from all over the world. Cliff explained that they viewed the space on Smithdown as a last minute whim, and fell in love with it, doing all of the DIY and handiwork themselves. A great deal of care and attention has went into making Tiny Rick’s, and Cliff & Poppy’s passion shows as we talk favourite board games and cereals.
As well as having a wide range of board games, Tiny Rick’s have a huge selection of cereal! They even have a cereal cocktail menu, with 80s themed names. Jon ordered the Coco Pop Gun – coco pops, chocolate Shreddies, popping candy, chocolate whipped – and a gingerbread latte. I ordered a bowl of Reece’s Puffs with almond milk and a hot chocolate with a huge marshmallow. I love having sweet cereal as a dessert, so this was perfect and such a good snack while you’re playing a board game. If one bowl of cereal isn’t enough for you, you can attempt the cereal challenge: 12 bowls in one hour for £1 each. Beat it and get your name on the leader board!
After eating our cereal, we played was Bill and Ted’s Excellent Board Game (#KeanuClub), but Buck-a-Roo was also a strong contender. Tiny Rick’s don’t start charging you until you start playing – particularly helpful if you like to thoroughly read the rules before playing.
Tiny Rick’s Cafe are a part of the Chatty Cafe Scheme, encouraging people from all walks of life to come in and have a chat at an allocated table. This also do a free cereal day, where every customer gets a free small bowl of cereal. They have so many events on the horizon, including autism friendly days and a possible speed gaming dating night.
You can find Tiny Rick’s Cafe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They also have a GoFundMe page that you can donate to, but get yourself down to Smithdown Road for something more adventurous than a bowl of cornflakes and a game of Cluedo.