The Good, The bad, The ugly

Oh 2017 you were kind to our eyes, our cameras but only sometimes our tastebuds. It’s been all about Instagram this year from #meatlessmonday to glitter bombing everything. We’ve dubbed it the year of the hipster café and we’ve loved it. The Wirral hasn’t missed that trend either with one of our favourites being Home Coffee in Oxton village which is worth a visit if just for its architecture. 

So to sum up 2017, we thought we’d do a best and worst dressed because honestly, you know that’s your favourite part of any magazine. 

Activated charcoal 3/10

Image Source: @petersyard Instagram

Image Source: @petersyard Instagram


We can sum this up in one simple line, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’ This food trend was so 2017 thanks to its ability to photograph so well and to transform all kinds of foods into the trendiest thing today. However, we’re rounding up the year with studies proving that we actually only benefit from eating charcoal if we’ve been poisoned, and if that were the case, I wouldn’t be heading for ice-cream or pizza. Sorry charcoal, you came underdressed to this party, and it's a trend that we can't seem to track down on the Wirral yet. 

Unicorn food 4/10

Image Source: @caffecreamuk

Image Source: @caffecreamuk

While it may look good, one of the key messages from unicorn food seems to have got lost – colour naturally. Sadly the unicorn food clogging our social media feeds these days is become more about fast convenience than any health benefits and is more often than not packed full of sugar and preservatives. Beautiful, but inevitably deadly- kind of like Angelina Jolie as Mrs Smith. If you fancy a colourful treat however, we'd suggest stopping for an ice cream at New Brighton's Caffe Cream, which also only uses milk from Wirral based cows. So, it's double the way to support local. 

Farm to plate 10/10

Image Course: @claremontfarm

Image Course: @claremontfarm

We love farm to plate so much were giving this trend a 10! Anything that makes us more aware of where our food comes from and what’s in it gets a tick from us. Why not be a trendsetter yourself and head to Claremont Farm to get in on the action? Don’t forget to put it on Instagram though, it doesn’t count if you don’t post on social media! 

Vegan 8/10

Image Source: @blackberrygrove

Image Source: @blackberrygrove



Possibly the biggest trend of the decade but we feel like it still might have a bit of growing to do as a trend before it really blossoms. If you're still sat on the fence however, head to New Brighton's Blackberry Grove which boasts a mixed menu for foodies. Meat eaters, vegans, vegetarians and those who are gluten-free are all covered. 


Gone are the days of molecular gastronomy and food trends being inaccessible in everyday life, 2017 you’ve been the year for the everyday Instagrammer. So thanks for letting us go crazy about food this year and in turn raising our awareness of the origins of the food on our plate. 

Got your eye on a food trend which you'll be trying this year? Drop a comment below and we'll suggest our favourite place to test it out on the Wirral. 

Author: Better Food Wirral Team