A group of friends that started selling Greek food outside Anfield on matchdays has now opened their own café style deli in Liverpool, due to popular demand!
What started out as a mobile food stall selling Souvlaki and pita outside the Anfield Stadium on Liverpool FC's match days has turned into ‘Greekosophy’, the place to head to when you are craving some Aegean flavours in this popular English city.
In August 2017, the food stall was cooking and and selling pork, chicken and lamb Souvlaki (meat skewers) in pita, as well as homemade spicy kebabs and beef burger patties. Owner Stam recalls they quickly became very popular “and we had queues waiting and we ended up running out of food even before the game started. ”
So it came as no surprise when Stam opened up a cafe and deli on Stafford Street, in May. “It's more of a concept store, in that we tried to create a 'home away from home' kind of place, where people can simply come and relax, chat to others, read a book from our library, have a coffee, a cake, buy products from our deli and also eat authentic Greek food at the restaurant section if they like,” Stam says.
"Given the troublesome times Greece has been going through the past decade or so, we wanted to introduce people to the authentic, true Greece. That's why the food we serve is from authentic Greek recipes.”
If you are in the area and want to enjoy a late breakfast, lunch or dinner with a Greek twist, this place has you sorted from the full Greeklish Breakfast (2 fried eggs, 2 Greek farmer’s sausages, sliced apaki (smoked pork cut), sliced soutzouki (spicy sausage), grilled Greek pita bread, grilled tomato, chips, their home made Greek beans and unlimited coffee or tea), cheese croquettes, zuccini balls and soutzoukakia (spicy meatballs), just to name a few!
More than just a place to eat, most of the products sold in Greekosophy’s deli are direct from Greece (apart from the fruit, vegetables, meat and other produce which are from local suppliers) as Stam says “we do this by also supporting the local community and its businesses - after all, Liverpool has been my home away from home since 1989."
Stam, who was born in Greece, says he is trying to introduce his homeland to Liverpool .
"Those memories from my childhood still stay with me. And when I moved to the UK back in the late 80s, as a teenager, my family ensured I kept eating food made from fresh ingredients. Away from the ready-made meal alleys, the freezer and the chemically induced flavours. I remember when, on occasion, I would take a small container with leftovers to work for lunch. My colleagues would look and say ‘Healthy food. Good!’. I always smiled at that term. For me it was normal food, rather than healthy.
A: 29 Stafford St, Liverpool L3 8LX, UK
H: Monday closed, Tuesday- Saturday 11:30am-10pm and Sunday 12-8pm
P: (+44) 151 271 2236