A clucking great place to feed the little chicks and keep them entertained too

Eating out can be tricky with little ones but Yard & Coop has it sussed this summer.

The funky chicken eaterie in Liverpool City Centre is offering Kids Quiz Mornings on Sundays at the Coop. So you can feed the little chicks and keep them entertained in one fowl swoop! (Yes I know it’s meant to be ‘fell’ but that didn’t fit in with the chicken puns…).

Plus it’s Kids Eat Free throughout the summer holidays (between 12 and 6pm) which is always a bonus when you’ve got the school uniforms to fork out for!

Feeling peckish, I took my flock down to Y&C on Hanover Street. You can’t miss it, there’s a giant chicken outside – much to the kids’ amusement!

Inside, the quirky décor has a Kentucky farmyard feel with an urban twist featuring caged bottles of bourbon, foxy graffiti-style murals, old skool arcade games, a ball-filled bath and an indoor tree!

Our waiter led us to the chicken coop-style booths where we perused the menu which is largely based on gourmet southern fried chicken. No greasy buckets here!

The ‘build your feast’ allows you to choose your cut of Y&C’s signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken and one of the mouthwatering sauces, with an option to ‘pimp yo fries.’ There’s also a choice of large plates, burgers and sides with plenty of veggie options.

Meanwhile, the kids menu simply offers boneless fried chicken ‘nugz’ and burgers or the Amaizeballs sweetcorn balls with peas and coriander. These come with a choice of chips, mac ‘n’ cheese, mash or salad.

I chose the ‘Dirty Bird’ whilst my partner plumped for the ‘Massive Cock’ (rather cowardly ducking out of saying it out loud by pointing at it on the menu!). The kids opted for nuggets and burgers with fries.

Our friendly hosts Shamane and Shannon came over to say hi and offered us the chance to join in some fun activities for £1 per child. The girls enjoyed some colouring, a treasure hunt, a game of musical statues and a Paw Patrol-themed quiz with the chance to win prizes. This kept them entertained before our food was served.

My Dirty Bird arrived first – a bowl full of fries loaded with succulent chicken thighs, crispy bacon and smothered with super tasty blue cheese, Dr Pepper BBQ and spicy Bee’s Knees sauces. It was absolutely amazing.

But we gasped when the waitress brought over the Massive Cock – it was like something out of Man v. Food – a towering double-stacked burger with buttermilk fried chicken breast and thigh, lashings of cheese sauce and adobo chilli mayo, stuffed with lettuce, tomato, mac ‘n’ cheese, hash browns, an Amaizeball pattie, Dr Pepper BBQ pulled chicken and crunchy chicken crack.

And that wasn’t all – it was garnished with two chicken drumsticks and served with fries and sweet potato fries. No poultry portions here (groan…).

It was the kind of messy food that’s made for sharing, so we all got stuck in and it was finger-lickin’ good (sorry Colonel!). I heartily recommend the sweet potato fries.

Being the designated driver, I washed my meal down with a coke while my partner supped a pint of the house beer which he said really hit the spot. The drinks menu did look tempting though with an impressive choice of craft beers, creative cocktails and icecream shakes. Next time we’ll leave the car.

For dessert, the kids enjoyed an ice-cream topped with sprinkles and strawberry sauce. I would have liked a pudding but simply couldn’t manage it. If I had though, the Crack Pie sounded heavenly. A good excuse to go back…

And we will be back without a doubt. The food was superb, the staff were lovely and the kids were occupied with all the fun activities so everyone was happy!

There’s more Kids Quiz Mornings coming up – on 25th August (Dinosaurs) and 1st September (Fortnite for age 8+) from 11am. It’s £1 per child to take part in the activities which are suitable for kids aged 5-16. Plus there’s one free kids’ meal with every main meal purchased during the summer from 2-6pm. Booking is essential.

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