February 24




Take a stroll past Liverpool Town Hall and onwards down the right hand side of Water Street towards the River Mersey and you will discover ‘A Small Fish In A Big Pond’. This friendliest of independent artisan coffee houses, which has a 5-star hygiene rating, was a winner of a prestigious ‘Travellers Choice’ award on Trip Adviser in 2020, placing it in the top 10% of restaurants in the world.

Cheryl Braham is the inspiration behind this lovely and friendly little coffee house, which nestles at the lower street level of the historic Oriel Chambers building. It is a venue that offers a wonderfully creative space for people to socialise or work whilst enjoying a tasty menu offering speciality teas, cakes, pastries, salads and wraps to enjoy in or to take out.

Cheryl, who previously worked in training and development, used to enjoy sitting in a variety of coffee shops across the country while writing training programmes and when the time came these experiences inspired her to open up her own coffee shop. She explains, “For some time I had wanted to set up an independent coffee house and as soon as I got to view this place, with its quirky features and its location at the heart of one of our city’s most historic and beautiful streets (Water Street was one of the original seven streets of Liverpool), I knew it was just right for me.

I was able to lay out the coffee house as I wanted and my idea was to create somewhere cosy and relaxing, where people could study, work, have meetings or just come in and enjoy some social time, and this was just the place in which to do so. My partner came up with the name of the business after he heard a footballer say the phrase after a match and I liked the idea, because we are a small independent in a big city.”

A Small Fish In A Big Pond opened its doors in the summer of 2018 and the delicious handmade cakes, sandwiches and turmeric lattes quickly helped to firmly establish itself with local business staff and the many tourists that visit our wonderful city as a great place to take a break and relax. The layout of the coffee house provides front and rear rooms, while its arched ceilings, original cast iron-doors and vintage furniture and rear room, complete with piano, all contribute to its charm and friendly atmosphere.

Like most businesses, Cheryl has had to close the coffee house due to the current lockdown but she is looking forward to the day when she is able to reopen. She says: “A lot of our customers come off the cruise ships or are local office workers, so obviously we are missing them during lockdown. I am so looking forward to seeing our regulars again, along with the many tourists who call in, especially off the cruise ships when they dock in our city. I get to hear lots of interesting stories and chatting with our customers makes A Small Fish In A Big Pond such an enjoyable place to be.

The news about the Travellers Choice award last year was a real boost and came completely out of the blue for a delighted Cheryl. “When I received the email about the award, which is based on the quality of the reviews a business receives, it was a wonderful surprise and gave us all a great boost following the first lockdown. I thank everyone who placed a review based on their experience with us and I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in the near future.”


Lower Ground Floor ▪ Oriel Chambers ▪ 16 Water Street ▪ Liverpool L2 8TD

Tel: 0151 271 4237

Twitter @smallfishBP 

Instagram: A Small Fish In A Big Pond


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