{$inpagemarkup}

Search News

Results: 1-10 of 697


Business rate reform called for as industry reacts to landslide Labour election win

9 Jul 2024

Following Labour’s general election win, the retail industry has stressed the need for a business rates overhaul to protect high streets across the country.
Read more…

Bira calls on new Labour government to prioritise independent retail sector

9 Jul 2024

Following Labour’s landslide Election victory, Bira, the British Independent Retailers Association, has urged the new government to make good on its promise of change by prioritising the... Read more…

Much loved toyshop saved by owner's daughter

9 Jul 2024

A much-loved toy shop in Aberystwyth that was facing closure has been saved after the former shopkeeper's daughter decided to take over the reins.
Read more…

Inverness-based retailer wins coveted Drapers Award for Best Independent Footwear Retailer

9 Jul 2024

A family-owner retailer in Inverness, Begg Shoes, has been named Best Independent Footwear Retailer at the 2024 Drapers Footwear Awards, held annually to celebrate the outstanding achievements... Read more…

'Pay-as-you-feel' barber wins hairdressing award

9 Jul 2024

A man who offers "pay-as-you-feel" haircuts has been named the UK's best barber.
Read more…

The Times publishes its list of the seven best shopping streets in the UK

24 Jun 2024

The Times has just published its list of the seven best shopping streets in the UK.
Read more…

Indie retail village wins Hospitality Hero Velvet Award for 2024

24 Jun 2024

An independent retail village in Ely that celebrates its one-year anniversary this month has won the Hospitality Hero Velvet Award for 2024.
Read more…

Bike shop owner slams police’s “abject apathy” after three shops broken into in one night

24 Jun 2024

A cycle shop owner has criticised the police’s “abject apathy” towards bike theft after thieves attempted to break into his store for the second time in a year, on the same... Read more…

A simple comparison of the General Election manifestos

24 Jun 2024

With less than three weeks to go until the General Election, Bira has produced a simple table comparing manifestos for Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Reform UK, and... Read more…

Independents Day message - supporting independent shops boosts local jobs and economies.

24 Jun 2024

With the annual Independents’ Day weekend coming up on July 6th and 7th, independent retailers have been reinforcing the message that supporting independent shops boosts... Read more…

Back to news menu

Hidden basement bar in Liverpool named 'best vegan restaurant' in Britain

Posted on in Business News

A family-run Liverpool restaurant hidden inside a basement is officially Britain's best vegan venue.

Down The Hatch at British Restaurant Awards

Picture from @downthehatchliv

Down The Hatch is known for its seasonal plant-based menu, with crispy mushroom and cauliflower "wings", home-made soy and seitan burgers, tofu curry, loaded fries and other popular "junk food" - all with a unique vegan twist.

The restaurant, which began its underground movement inside the former legendary nightclub Le Bateau in 2017, was nominated for 'best vegan eatery' in the British Restaurant Awards 2023, and took home the grand prize.

General manager Rikki Baker, who runs Down The Hatch with her brother Jay and brother-in-law Conrad Sharp, told the Liverpool Echo: "This was an award that I really, genuinely thought wasn't for us. We were up against some amazing contenders from up and down the country, one being a restaurant in London that had blown me away, so I thought we were going up against giants.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to let the world see what we have achieved. This is the first real award that we have won. Years and years of hard work has gone into it.

"It really has been hard. Everyone is going through tough times, we're not the only ones. We see big business not as busy as they used to be, so when it comes to small guys like us it's even harder because we've never been as big anyway. So to get that recognition and be seen is just a massive win." Down The Hatch is also in the running for a further two awards this year, being shortlisted for 'best restaurant' at the England Business Awards and the 'Good Food Award' from Blue Ribbon.

Rikki said the demand for vegan cuisine has risen in recent years, with more vegan eateries opening despite the challenges faced by small businesses amid the cost-of-living crisis.

"A big thing that is important is the continuous support for independent businesses, and support comes in many different ways. It comes in physically coming into the restaurant, but also in online support. If you ever do see a new restaurant pop up on Instagram, give it a like, give it a share - those things cost nothing, and they really do help. One thing I love about Liverpool is the support we have for the little guys, and helping wherever we can."

Back to news menu

Useful links

If you have any other queries please contact us.