Ruth Writes is a 30-something Liverpool based blog covering mid-size fashion, pescatarian food and beauty.
One of the many things I love about Liverpool is the vast range of independent businesses. As a city we really support our own and with so many pop ups, bars and new restaurants to try, I love ticking new eateries of the list.
So when Colu, the team behind the Liverpool Pound got in touch asking if I fancied reviewing the app, I jumped at the chance!
Colu, the Liverpool Pound is a simple and really easy way to pay at independent bars, shops and restaurants. It works through an app on your phone, and the idea being that the Liverpool Pound gives back to small businesses.
Encouraging users to shop local, the initiative supports local businesses by ‘giving back’ in monetary value. The new Liverpool currency keeps money local and in the pockets of some of our favourite bars and eateries.
When the team at Colu got in touch to see if I fancied giving it whirl, I was all ears! With over 40 businesses across the city signed up to the venture, every time you top up and load up your money onto the app, 65p of every pound goes towards that particular business, as opposed to the usual 35p when spending ‘regular’ cash.
I think it’s a no brainer and there are so many cool places that accept the local currency across the city – Bakchich on Bold Street, Sound, Arts School and Delifonseca are just a handful to choose from. However, as soon as I spotted Hus on the app, I knew that’s where I wanted to spend my digital cash!
I actually work just around the corner from Hus and I’ve been eyeing up its funky interiors and choice of ales for a while, so I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl!
We headed over one Friday lunchtime and were pleasantly surprised by the vast menu. With loudly rumbling bellies, we got stuck in…I opted for one of the specials – an utterly delicious chicken tagliatelle dish and my friend opted for one of the vegetarian options – butternut squash and cannellini bean stew topped with feta.
We’ve both ordered a side of rosemary fries and I can honestly say every mouthful was devoured! Each dish was so reasonably priced and it was such lovely food. We can’t wait to return for another lunch date and after-work drinks when the roof terrace opens in summer!
Once fed and watered it was time to ask for the bill. Whilst the app is super-easy to use, I wasn’t quite sure how it would work, but the staff in Hus asked us, cash, card or Colu – which made it super easy!
Using the app, simply select the business you wish to pay –tap into the app and it really is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
If you fancy having a go yourself, – download the app here!
I can’t wait to use the app and again and keep checking every few days to see if anywhere new has been added! However, I did notice Barley and Beans are on there and I’m eyeing up their freakshakes so I may have found my next go-to….