Originally from Liverpool, Ellis and Liam Barrie founded the Marram Grass restaurant in Anglesey in 2009, and are now about to open Lerpwl in the city. Tony McDonough reports
Acclaimed restaurateurs and brothers Ellis and Liam Barrie are set to open a new restaurant in Liverpool.
Originally from Liverpool, the pair founded the Marram Grass restaurant in Anglesey in 2009. The establishment has become one of the most highly regarded eateries in the region. Ellis Barrie shot to faame on BBC TWO’s flagship Great British Menu and more recently on BBC ONE’s reboot of Ready Steady Cook.
Now they will be opening Lerpwl at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock on Saturday, September 12. Located on the Britannia Pavillion its neighbours include Maray, Lunyalita and Rosa’s Thai Cafe.
Ellis said: “Myself and Liam jumped at the chance to open our new restaurant concept Lerpwl at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock, it feels like a real homecoming. Lerpwl’s style of cooking will feel both accessible and modern.
“Whether it’s the finest sustainably-sourced seafood from Cornish day boats, mussels and oysters from the Menai Straits of Anglesey, or home-grown pork and vegetables from The Fat Pig Farm.
Lerpwl’s vision keys into the links Liverpool has as a port and its connectivity with the rest of the British Isles and North Wales. Ellis added: “The A55 is my ‘Silk Road’. It connects Anglesey and North Wales to Merseyside, I want to bring the freshest produce to our Albert Dock restaurant.”
The 80 capacity restaurant is split across two levels – the main space downstairs wraps around an open kitchen and to the back of the unit is a secluded cocktail bar called Margot’s, named after Liam’s daughter.