Artisane: Bringing a Taste of France to Bold Street
Intertwining itself into Bold Street’s independent scene, Artisane have recently opened a sister store, bringing a slice of French delights to Liverpool’s City Centre.
The Patisserie come Boulangerie started out on Woolton Road back in March of last year. Following its steaming success, Artisane has quickly branched out to Bold Street. The names behind Artisane are two couples: Anne-Louise Bouffard-Roupe and her husband Walter Bouffard-Roupe and Alexa Bourgois and Hakim Benyoub.
Both couples originally began working at farmers markets up and down the country for ten years, before opening ‘The French Corner’ back in the 2007. The French Corner differs from the concept of Artisane, focusing entirely on wholesale, delivering speciality French bread and pastries to a variety of bars and restaurants across the North West.
On walking through Artisane’s doors on Thursday I felt a sense of nostalgia, as I was greeted with a smell that has only ever circulated my senses on the streets of Brittany and Paris. The pile of pastries and the biggest bear claws you have ever encountered, will be hard to ignore when you’re wandering down Bold Street in future. And with 18 different cakes to try you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. If you’re not a sweet tooth not too worry, Artisane caters for all taste buds including homemade pies for veggies and meat lovers alike.
Owner Anne-Louise often recommends customers who are in a confused food coma on viewing the mouth-watering display, to work their way through the fridge from savoury to sweet – it’d be rude not to sample everything, right?
The original Artisane on Woolton Road offers a takeaway only service, which is popular with locals as well as students and lecturers from Hope University. The new Bold Street branch however, offers its customers a slightly different French experience. While the option to takeaway is still available, the new Artisane also provides both upstairs and downstairs seating. Artisane’s local chef has adapted to this arrangement accordingly, infusing different flavours and inspiration into the menu each day – think hand-crafted pies brimming with filling, crispy-cased quiches and sandwiches made with the very best blooming baguettes.
With Easter well and truly on its way there’s no better time to give Artisane a visit. There will be a range of Easter delights including Easter Eggs of course; all handmade with valrhona chocolate. Or if you simply want a change of scenery to do some work – with the motivation of a croissant, Artisane offers free wifi as well as multiple charging points. Oh and what’s more, they’ll give you a student discount!
I’ll certainly be popping back for a pastry or several, very soon.
Monday – Friday: 8-6
(With plans to open until late on Thursday evenings underway.)