“An all-encompassing dining experience from a culinary master” - AA Inspector
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The discrete frontage of Fraiche, in the Wirral conservation village of Oxton, gives no clue as to the feast for the senses that awaits within. Dining chez Marc Wilkinson is almost as much as a thrilling visual experience as it is one of taste, with the LED lighting changing throughout the meal, and projected images of the seasons helping to set the mood. What arrives on the plate is a visual treat, too, an array of creative presentations that will make you smile and gasp with amazement. First and foremost, the sense most stimulated will be taste, as Marc and his team deliver a highly personal experience that takes in contemporary cooking techniques while never losing sight of the produce itself – top-drawer ingredients from start to finish. An opening salvo from the six-course signature menu might be Nordic smoked salmon, bringing together bergamot cream and pineapple granité in a compelling combination, with fresh sea herbs, followed by celeriac textures with ceps and pears. Fresh fish is handled with skill, a fabulous piece of brill, say, with crisp rice noodles and a spot-on dashi broth, plus smoked yogurt and more sea herbs. Next up, Loire Valley quail stars in another course with beetroot and kohlrabi, and a wee bit of black pudding, and among sweet courses, toasted coconut flakes and foam come with yuzu gel and shards of sesame tuiles. It’s a joyful journey of texture and flavour, led by a hands-on chef who can be seen at the pass, ensuring the superb standard is maintained. The wine list has lots of interesting options at the lower end of the price spectrum alongside some outstanding vintages.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 12
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- 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
- Vegetarian menu
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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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