“Spotlight on complex, innovative dishes” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Oxton is a charming conservation village, and Fraiche’s discreet frontage gives little hint of how thrilling things are inside. An intimate space makes impressive use of lighting and projections, and Marc Wilkinson’s food is a similarly innovative delight for the senses. Dishes are as stunning to look at as they are satisfying to eat, and a meal here is a truly joyful experience; you’ll soon see why it’s booked up months in advance. The daily-changing set menu offers refined, sometimes challenging dishes which are complex but perfectly balanced and precise. Descriptions are merely ingredients, witness ‘scallop, smoked lime butter, wild rice’ or ‘Gressingham duck, cocoa crisp, kohlrabi’, but rest assured that you can expect creative presentations that will impress and make you smile as you take a celebratory journey of texture and flavour. The wine list leans towards France and has many interesting options for every budget. Wine flights are available.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 12
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.30
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: close
- Wines under £30: 30
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Modern French, European
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About the area
A metropolitan county on the River Mersey, with Liverpool as its administrative centre, Merseyside incorporates the towns of Bootle, Birkenhead, St Helena, Wallasey, and Southport. In the 19th century, Liverpool was England’s second greatest port, and the area has been affected by urban deprivation and unemployment.
When the port of Chester silted up in medieval times, Liverpool took up the slack. The first dock was built in 1715 and the port came to prominence with the slave trade. Following abolition, the port grew to a seven-mile stretch of docks, busy with cargoes of cotton, tobacco and sugar and the huge wave of emigration from Europe to the New World in the 19th and 20th centuries. In its turn, immigration brought an influx of people to Merseyside to join its expanding population, including many from Ireland fleeing the potato famines. In the second half of the 20th century, accessible air travel brought an end to the era of the ocean-going liners. Meanwhile, trade with Europe was picked up by the southeastern ports. Merseyside’s population dwindled, but it remains one of Britain’s most vibrant and interesting areas.
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