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Wirral: The culinary capital of the north

13th February 2015

Categories: News

(L) Laura-Jane Hall, Gusto Heswall & Deputy Chair of Wirral Food & Drink Partnership. (R) Andrew Pimbley, Claremont Farm
Wirral Food and Drink Guide Launch, Claremont Farm

For an area of just 60 square miles, Wirral is certainly punching above its weight when it comes to competing against bigger and more densely populated areas to offer quality food and drink.

With a diverse range of quality restaurants – including Merseyside’s only Michelin-starred establishment – award winning cafes and a whole host of homegrown produce originating here, Wirral could justifiably lay claim to the title of Culinary Capital of the North.

And it is this outstanding and growing reputation that is celebrated in the latest edition of the ‘Wirral Food and Drink Guide’ which launched yesterday at Claremont Farm.

Farmer Andrew Pimbley gave a demonstration of one of the major themes of the latest guide, which is ‘Fresh and Local’. Claremont Farm is one of a number of Wirral-based businesses that supplies homegrown produce to quality hotels and restaurants all over the region.

In addition to Fresh and Local – which includes farms, delis, markets, butchers and breweries – the guide also contains listings categorised under Tempting Treats (tea rooms, cafes and coffee shops), Gastro Pubs and Bars, Restaurants and Casual Dining.

Compiled and produced by Wirral Council’s tourism team in close association with the Wirral Tourism Business Network, the guide highlights some of the best places in Wirral to dine and entertain family and friends.

It is being circulated across Wirral and beyond. Within Wirral, people should be able to pick up a copy at any establishment that is a member of the Wirral Tourism Business Network. It is also available to download at home: www.visitwirral.com/foodanddrinkguide

Lorna Tyson, Chair of the Wirral Tourism Business Network, said: “Wirral has a unique microclimate which lends itself to the production of quality ingredients and as such the area has attracted a number of award-winning producers and chefs over the years.

“Wirral’s food experts are passionate about sourcing natural ingredients from the local environment, resulting in fantastic places to eat and drink. This guide highlights some of the very best places in Wirral to dine and entertain your family and friends.”

Wirral Council leader, Cllr Phil Davies, added: “From farm to fork, Wirral's food and drink sector is vital to the borough's visitor economy, as it has attracted more than £60 million, employed around 950 full time equivalent jobs and grown by more than 20% in past five years.

“The sector continues to go from strength to strength which, combined with our award winning accommodation and attractions, means visitors from near and far have much to entice them to the borough. We look forward to welcoming them all throughout 2015 and encourage them to check www.visitwirral.com for updates throughout the year."

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Note to editors

Wirral boasts a range of celebrated food, drink and accommodation establishments, including:-


• Merseyside’s only Michelin star restaurant Fraiche, ranked number one in The Sunday Times top 100 UK restaurants, situated in the conservation village of Oxton.
• Peel Hey Guest House - listed in the Michelin Guide (serves afternoon tea)
• Caffe Cream - Best UK Café at The Essential Café Awards and has received Great Taste Awards for its ice cream
• The Fox & Hounds - Wirral CAMRA Pub of the Year
• The Jug & Bottle - won the Wirral Taste Award 2014
• The Wro Bar - named Best Bar in Merseyside three times, and five times winner of Wirral’s ‘Most Professional Bar Team’
• Hillbark Hotel & Spa – Merseysides first 5 star hotel, has both a 3 AA Rosette and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant
• The award-winning Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa also has a 3 AA Rosette restaurant called Lawns
• 28 Miles Brasserie at The Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight has a 2 AA Rosette restaurant
• The Portrait House was for the second year in a row home to ‘Wirral Young Chef of thet Year’ – Sam Creedon

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