In recent months, the Albert Dock has seen more and more exciting openings, from the fantastic wines and small plates of Lunyalita to the mouthwatering home-baked pastries of Rough Handmade and next up, there’s a Liverpool chef dubbed as the ‘UK’s next rising culinary star’ to open their doors on the waterfront – and it’s definitely one to watch.
Ellis Barrie is currently gracing our screens in the BBC’s best cooking show ‘The Great British Menu’ after growing a hard earned reputation from his unique restaurant concept ‘Marramgrass’ located in Anglesey. The brains behind Marramgrass came not only from Ellis but also from his older brother Liam. Marramgrass is a quirky countryside cafe that the boys have taken from their parent’s caravan park in North Wales and placed it in the Good Food Guide, with just sheer hard work, determination and a shed load of creativity. Specialising in carefully sourced local seafood suppliers – mussels and oysters are fresh from the waters of the Menai Straits – and rearing their own livestock, Marram Grass has been hailed as one of the most exciting young restaurant businesses in the country.
NOW, much to our delight, the brothers are making a return to Liverpool! With them, they will bring their culinary knowledge and expertise, cooking up a storm for both Liverpool locals and tourists alike as they set up shop on the Albert Dock. They plan to make a giant leap from serving in a small, tin roof cafe to a handful of foodie regulars to serving over 2000 covers per week – and we can’t wait to be a customer!
Liam Barrie, Co-owner and Managing Director of Marram Grass, commented on the opening: “We’re incredibly excited to get the site up and running in such a brilliant part of town. What I love about the Dock is the diversity that it brings to the city – it’s full of locals and tourists alike and there’s a real buzz about the place. I’m confident that my brother’s cooking and the two of ours concept will work well here – we’re Liverpool born and bred so we’re really looking forward to being back in the city to showcase what we do.”
The restaurant will be just another fantastic edition to the Albert Dock’s ever growing independent business scene. With experience of turning a greasy spoon selling nothing but burgers and fry-ups into somewhere locals can trust to get a hearty, homemade meal packed full of local produce, we’re super excited to see what the Barrie Brothers are going to bring to our city!
Marram Grass has built an enthusiastic following amongst diners and critics, winning numerous national industry awards including 2 AA Rosettes in 2018, a prestigious Good Food Guide entry and putting Ellis, now 28, into the TV spotlight.
Bring on 2019!