Oom-pah for Merseyside

Albert’s Schloss, the Manchester-based mock-Bavarian castle devoted to beer, rib-sticking food and Alpine good times, is to open in Liverpool’s busy Bold Street, taking over Radiator House, a six-storey Art Deco former food market and gas showroom.

Roy Ellis of Mission Mars says he plans to spend £3m on a complete refurbishment, with a view to opening in the autumn. “We’ve designed a beautiful space, restoring a 1,000 square-foot glazed atrium while installing a large stage, green room, two large bars, a fresh tank beer system and restaurant dining for more than 500 guests. The first floor will be home to Ludwig’s Tavern, offering artisan Schnapps, a vermouth bar, shuffle board and other Tavern games. We have plans for roof top terrace and a large open air Biergarten around the back.”

It will be the third Albert’s Schloss – named after Queen Victoria’s German-born consort – after the Manchester original and a new branch in Birmingham, which opened in December; Ellis says it is already recording “phenomenal” trading, with a net turnover of £180,000 a week. Mission Mars is also investigating the possibility of opening in London.

A smaller version, Albert’s Schenke, is already open in Liverpool, and Mission Mars also has plans to open branches of its Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza brand across the north.

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