Gary Usher, the king of Kickstarter chefs, is chasing his third round of crowdfunding to launch the fourth restaurant of his northwestern empire – with fellow chefs led by Tom Kerridge (pictured) rallying to help. Usher needs pledges totalling £200,000 – significantly more than in his first two campaigns – by June 8 in order to proceed with his planned restaurant Wreckfish in Liverpool. […]

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Moor Hall, the long-awaited new restaurant near Liverpool from Simon Rogan’s former right-hand man Mark Birchall, is now open for bookings from March 1 and may be serving meals before then. Birchall, who spent nine years at L’Enclume, Rogan’s ground-breaking gastro destination in Cumbria, has had to be patient while Moor Hall, a historic Grade II* property with […]

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Nomadic restaurant Xiringuito will open in Liverpool on November 15 following its move from Margate in Kent, where it made a debut this summer. Named after the seasonal restaurants that pop up for the summer in Catalonia, Xiringuito is run by Conor Sheehan and chef Jackson Berg, who met when still at school in Liverpool. Architect […]

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It seems as though a few of the usual suspects were off on holiday last week, so here’s a somewhat truncated version of our review of the reviews. Find out where the critics ate this week… First up, did you know that Pret a Manger had launched an evening service restaurant on The Strand? Surely […]

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