Birmingham’s loss is Liverpool’s gain

Chef Andrew Sheridan is moving his highly rated tasting-menu restaurant 8 from Birmingham to Liverpool, in a move he describes as a “homecoming” to the city of his birth. The new venue will be close to The Cavern, where The Beatles started out.

He said: “Liverpool is my home and when the opportunity arose, we really couldn’t say no. Planning is advanced and we’ll look forward to publishing the opening date in the near future.”

Andrew opened 8 in Brum’s Centenary Square almost three years ago, billing it as ‘one of the UK’s most progressive dining experiences’. He appeared settled in the Midlands, opening Black & Green with business partner Sam Morgan in the nearby village of Barnt Green last summer.

That has been successful enough for the pair to launch a second branch this year – meaning that Andrew retains his connection with the Midlands.

Sam said: “We’ve got the right team on board and so the time is right to launch a second Black & Green. It’ll be beside a beautiful country pub, deep in the heart of rural Gloucestershire. People will be able to eat and drink well at the pub, with a simple menu, or, if they want to enjoy something a little special, they can pop next door to Black & Green, which will be adjacent to the pub.

Andrew added: “Birmingham has been good to me, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of a great food movement in the Second City.”

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