When a brand lists itself as an ‘eatery, bar, music venue, boutique caravan hotel, indoor park, photographic studio, camp shop (and) exhibition space’ (they also hold a nightclub), I think it’s fair to say you have every right to feel inquisitive. Camp & Furnace is a Liverpool based collective (I think that’s right?) stationed on Greenland Street in the heart of the Baltic Triangle.
They have an extensive events calender, centered around ”Pop-up’s, fold-downs (and) Drive through’s ” using inventive collaborations to bring a real unique quality to each. Recent ventures have included The Winter Picnic, ‘BEERD’ fest, Vintage Wedding Festival and possibly the best/worst/noidea idea I’ve ever heard of..the ‘Cycle thru noodle cinema‘ which included such activities as ‘Breast Knitting..Noodle Eating” and Pimping ones bike.
If you weren’t already exited enough to order a train ticket to Liverpool, then I should probably inform you that they have commissioned their own Beer and Wine. Camp & Furnace worked with the Liverpool Craft Brewery to produce Brown Bear which is made with a particularly delicious sounding combination of Birch smoked Wheat (using their own furnace) and local Whirral Honey.
As for the wine, they have worked with suppliers Boutinot to source a southern house red, rather brilliantly called ‘Frechie’ which the suppliers state has; “Friendly spice of Grenache sprinkled with Syrah; textured plum and strawberry fruit rounds off the palate, making this a delicious, uncomplicated medium-bodied, soft, fruity and very drinkable red … yet serious enough to accompany food” – all good then, and should go particularly well with one of their specialities; a weekly Sunday lunch held in their indoor park using 28 day dry aged Lancashire Sirloin. Whilst we are on the topic of wine take a look at Camp & Furnace’s Australian collaborators Some Young Punks who are doing some really interesting things with their wine, as well as having one of the best websites I think I’ve ever come across.
There is a real sense of community that you have to admire with this project, Camp & Furnace use their multi-media spaces to centre themselves locally, pulling local talent and skills towards it. Hosting events such as markets and live music help to encourage local creativity. A really nice, and I think a very smart aim of theirs is to cater Weddings. You make think it slightly frivolous or quirky, but weddings are still central act to creating community, through it you help to form households and families and what is essentially, life to an area.
The new Eatery is certainly generating some buzz too, and it looks like pretty decent fayre to me, you can see the Menu here.
This is the kind of projects I really like to see emerging and it’s one I think carries with it an important message of localism along with it’s emphasis on great design and unique fun. However I shall leave it to the Director of Camp & Furnace; Ian Richards to tell you about it in his on words: