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World’s first pop up asparagus restaurant launched by Wirral farmer

13th June 2013

Categories: News

From: Wirral News

Video below: Liverpool Daily Post

Claremont Farm is celebrating the first taste of summer with the world’s first pop-up asparagus restaurant.

Asparagus Patch, in Liverpool One, is a temporary restaurant that celebrates the much-loved vegetable’s short season with a menu of dishes.

Using asparagus from Wirral’s Claremont Farm, the restaurant will be open for a limited period, until June 20.

The farm at Old Clatterbridge Road, Bebington, has staff working around the clock as the asparagus harvest has begun.

Normally the season runs from May day until midsummer’s day, but this year it has been delayed.

The restaurant, on Manesty's Lane, opposite Waterstones, is open for lunch and early dinners.

Farmer Andrew Pimbley said: “It’s the most eagerly anticipated crop of the year – we’re expecting a rush on it. Sadly, it’s a few weeks late in arriving this year, but we are making the most of it.

“We’ve even had people in who have never tried asparagus before – and they loved it.”

English asparagus is the best in the world. Merseyside – particularly the Wirral coast – provides the perfect climate and soil for growing the vegetable.

In the 19th century, Merseyside asparagus was famous across the country for its exceptional flavour and crisp texture.

Cruise liners that sailed out of Liverpool stocked up on it so first-class passengers could munch on this wonderful vegetable as they sailed to distant ports. It was even served on The Titanic.

Asparagus is hard to grow and because it has to be cut below the soil line, each spear is cut by hand with a knife.

Each crown takes up to six years to begin producing edible spears, which grow out of the sand afresh each night.

Donna Howitt, marketing director at Liverpool One, added: “We were delighted when the opportunity to work with Claremont Farm came up. Andrew and his team have created a truly special experience.”

The venture has been such a success that Andrew and the team are considering further pop up restaurants in future.

“Who knows?” he said.

“Perhaps next time we could look at a Claremont Farm strawberry patch. The strawberries are so sweet this year that I can imagine that would be really popular, too.”

You can also watch this video of Andrew talking about Claremont Farm to Liverpool Daily Post

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