Not so much 'au revoir' as 'nice to see you again' - Marc Wilkinson closed Fraiche on 14 December 2018, with a view to transplanting it elsewhere. But his plans changed though, and this mainstay of the North West dining scene has now re-opened.
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“One of the best in the country” – Marc Williamson “never fails to please and delight with his superb food, excellent wine list, and friendly and knowledgeable staff” at this “very intimate” venture on the edge of Birkenhead. In December 2018 he closed the restaurant with plans to move across The Mersey into Liverpool and double in size from his existing 12 seats (it’s so small, you need to book months in advance). After a March 2019 rethink, though, he decided against scaling up and decided to stay put and do a minor refurb. As he commented in the Liverpool Echo, after he’d decided against going down the expansion route: ‘For good or bad, you get 100% of me – the décor is me, the visuals are me, the music is me. I care, I guess – it’s a passion’.
“Year on year Marc Williamson keeps providing a sublime experience that I happily travel up from London for!” – that’s the level of enthusiasm provoked by this 12-seater on the fringe of Birkenhead which is now acknowledged (with a bit of help from this guide over the years) as one of the UK’s foremost destinations: “a must-do, with a warm welcome, fabulous relaxing atmosphere and exceptional food and wine”.
“There is nowhere better in the North West” than Marc Williamson’s “very special” 12-seater on the fringe of Birkenhead. “Very much a labour of the chef’s love, it is unique and hard to compare as his talent is invested into every conceivable aspect of the experience”. “It’s a fantastic effort all around, the music, the ambience; staff who are excellent, attentive, friendly and professional; but the best is the food, with exceptional taste and flavours”. And it has “a brilliant wine list – exciting and well priced – for a small restaurant” too.
“Mark Wilkinson seems to be taking the cuisine to another level” at his “small but perfectly formed” 12-cover foodie Mecca, on the fringe of Birkenhead. His “dazzling, flavour-packed and perfect” dishes are married with “playful” décor and “superb and attentive” service. “Hard to get a booking, but worth the hassle!”
Fraiche Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Just back from another experience at Fraiche, some established favourites, some new dishes all worth photographing and amazing flavours supported by friendly and capable service ....we will be back"
|Wine per bottle||£25.50|
11 Rose Mount, Oxton, CH43 5SG
|Wednesday||7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|