We’ll be honest, SevenStreets isn’t the healthiest website team in the world. We love cakes, ale, and bacon with everything. Who doesn’t?

But lately we’ve found eating unhealthily – and, more specifically, lunches – has become a bit depressing. It’s started to feel wrong. If you work in the city centre, what choice have you got? A pretty disgusting sausage roll from Greggs or any number of stodgy, overpriced choices from the supermarkets? Anyone who’s attempted to work an afternoon after scoffing an additive-filled Tesco sandwich will understand the sluggish hell we’re talking about here.

So we were chuffed to hear of a recent venture that’s opened on Castle Street, right in the heart of the business district. SkinniMalinX, questionable name aside, is a real breath of fresh air in a city centre stuffed with unhealthy options on every corner. Having just won a Liverpool Food & Drink award for ‘best promotion’, and launched originally for the diet-conscious (everything carries WeightWatchers points as well as calorie information), it’s quickly picking up a trade amongst workers desperate for a change.

Owner Angela Brennan, along with daughter Katey Hawtin, had the belly-busting idea after being made redundant last year. Clearly, it was a blessing in disguise: the place has been pretty much rammed every day we’ve popped in. It’s still finding its feet – some days proving so popular there’s not that much left on the shelves – but is attracting an interesting mix of business types, shoppers and health freaks to its intimate surroundings.

Foodwise, it’s a solid selection. Noodle boxes (filled with prawns and other delights), salads, desserts and an interesting array of fat-free soups (including the ‘this shouldn’t work, but it does’ turnip and bacon option) are the most eye-catching, and we’re assuming the menu will change around fairly regularly.

If you’re intent on sticking to sandwiches and baguettes, there’s a nice mix of familiar (coronation chicken, ham and mustard), curious (sausage and caramalised onion) and quirky (houmous, carrot and olive) to pick from. Best of all, their prices aren’t too far from what you’d pay in any number of supermarkets or ‘gourmet sandwich’ places – we’re looking at you, Pret – dotted around that end of town.

What would we suggest? We’d tone down the interior – its acid bright oranges and greens aren’t the friendliest of colours and seem at odds with the cafe’s quest for natural and healthy. But minor niggles aside, it’s exciting to see a place in its infancy that’s doing so well, and SkinniMalinX has real potential. If it carries on with the way it does, it might just see us ditch those supermarket meal deals for good.

21 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 4SX
(0151) 236 6116

8 Responses to “SkinniMalinX: The Review”

  1. Some really ill-advised language in this article. I hope you can prove tesco sandwiches are “additive-filled” greggs sausage rolls are “disgusting” or their lawyers aren’t reading..

  2. Any sandwich you buy from a supermarket or takeaway that is pre-made and refrigerated will have additives to keep the bread from going stale and the filling from spoiling. I suspect there might even be some sort of government regulation requiring the inclusion of preservatives so that the general public aren’t buying rotten food. If you want food without additives, you generally have to make it yourself.

  3. Yes, but saying “additive-filled” is very different to saying “contains additives”. When printed in an authoritative review it doesn’t always count as personal opinion.

    Be careful is all I’m trying to say, I don’t necessarily disagree.

    There is no requirement for food to have preservatives.

  4. Crab C Nesbitt

    Rich, there must be some additives in the smart arse pills you are taking. I know there are in mine, hence the following: whoever has written this piece is on legally sound ground for a variety of reasons.
    If you look at the back of a sandwich wrapper you will see they are crammed full of additives. Therefore, claiming a sandwich has additives in them cannot be libellous under the Justification (Truth) defence laid out in the 1996 Defamation Act. Gary Glitter is a paedophile. That is clearly a defamatory comment but it also happens to be true, ergo, no legal case to answer. Just because something is defamatory does not mean you cannot express it.
    Equally, suggesting that sausage rolls are “disgusting” is also not enough to make the lawyers come a-knocking. For example, I think milk – and people who get too uppity on websites – are both pretty disgusting but that is my judgement and my judgement alone. I am free to express it under the Fair Comment defence laid out in the aforementioned statute. Just as the author is allowed to express their opinion in this article, whether you deem it authoritative or not. And how do you class authoritative? Is Simon Jenkins in the Times more authoritative than Jeremy Clarkson in the Sun? I hope some of this helps. See you in Greggs sometime.

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