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Food & Drink Guide shows why Wirral is Merseyside’s culinary capital

14th February 2013

Categories: News

L-R: Lorna Tyson, Dept Chair Wirral Tourism Business Network, Stewart Warner, Head Chef Hillbark Hotel & Spa, Claire Jones, General Manager Contessa Hotels

A new guide showcasing the very best places to eat and drink in Wirral was launched yesterday (13 February 2013).

The new Wirral Food and Drink Guide 2013-14 highlights around 100 places where residents and visitors alike can find whatever culinary treat they’re after – from breakfast, to afternoon tea, to fine dining, from coffee shops to wine bars, delicatessens, butchers and farm shops.

The 76-page guide features some of Wirral’s best-known gastronomic attractions, such as the Michelin-starred Restaurant Fraiche in Oxton – one of the UK’s top 25 eateries, according to the Which Good Food Guide.

Other celebrated restaurants featured in the guide include Stewart Warner at the Hillbark Hotel and Spa in Frankby, which has received three AA Rosettes for its fine dining.

Da Piero in Irby, which has been named in the Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide for the last four years, is also included, along with the three AA Rosette ‘Lawns’ restaurant at the Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa and Richard Fox at the Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight, which was also listed in the Michelin Guide for the second time.

The guide was launched yesterday at Hillbark – Merseyside’s first 5-star hotel - where chef Stewart Warner presented his take on the traditional British Afternoon Tea.

Lorna Tyson, Deputy Chair of the Wirral Tourism Business Network joined Claire Jones, the General Manager of Contessa Hotels, who own Hillbark, to sample Stewart’s fayre and launch the guide.

Lorna, the owner/manager of five-star, Michelin Guide-listed guesthouse, Mere Brook in Thornton Hough, said: “Wirral really does have fantastic places to go for quality food and drink, which in fact supports businesses such as my own; my short break and business visitors always want to sample excellent, local delights.

“I have a great relationship with the Council, who have developed this beautiful new guide and with their support I now have special partnerships with many of our food and drink businesses across the borough. Mutually beneficial business has definitely resulted from being part of the Wirral Tourism Business Network and again this is to the Council's credit, as they had the foresight to create and drive the Network forward at the start of the national economic downturn, some five years ago.

“Wirral's visitor economy is now worth over £285 million and has increased by some 13% over the past five years – these results speak for themselves."

Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council’s Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, added: “The last Food and Drink Guide we produced in 2011 proved extremely popular and we anticipate that the new one will be even more in demand. As well as award-winning restaurants, Wirral is home to some of the best cafes, gastro-pubs, bars, tea rooms and specialist food shops in the country and we have tried to reflect our fantastic food and drink offer in the guide.

“Wirral's quality food and drink offer is vital to the borough's visitor economy. The latest statistics highlight the sector is now worth over £45million and employs almost 900 full-time equivalent jobs. Combined with our award-winning coast, countryside and accommodation, Wirral is the perfect destination to play, eat and stay.”

Claire Jones, General Manager at Contessa Hotels, said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to host the launch of this year’s Wirral Food and Drink Guide, here at Hillbark Hotel. The guide acts as an essential tool in steering visitors to the vast gastronomic choices Wirral has to offer and we are sure that the guide will continue to raise the area’s profile even further.”

For your copy of the new Wirral Food and Drink Guide, contact Wirral Council’s Destination Marketing team on 0151-666-3188, or download a copy from www.visitwirral.com/foodanddrinkguide



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