‘Great British Menu’ finalist Ellis Barrie has revealed plans to open a new restaurant in his home city of Liverpool.
The 28-year-old chef and his older brother Liam have already achieved Good Food Guide recognition with their Anglesey restaurant Maram Grass, located on their parents’ North Wales caravan park.
The duo have signed up to launch the new culinary venture at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, and are considered a key addition to the landmark destination as owner Aberdeen Standard Investments continues working to enhance its retail and leisure offering.
Liam Barrie, co-owner and managing director of Marram Grass which now serves more than 2,000 covers a week, says: “We’re incredibly excited to get the site up and running in such a brilliant part of town.
“What I love about the dock is the diversity that it brings to the city – it’s full of locals and tourists alike and there’s a real buzz about the place. I’m confident that my brother’s cooking and the two of ours’ concept will work well here – we’re Liverpool born and bred so we’re really looking forward to being back in the city to showcase what we do.”
Chris Wright, real estate portfolio manager for Aberdeen Standard Investments, adds: “Ellis was targeted specifically by our team as he fits our strategy in every way, with his prestige and vibrant energy set to take the destination to a new level.
“For the Royal Albert Dock to secure his first venture back into the city is a major achievement and he is set to join at an exciting time as a significant number of new openings have taken place around the dock this year.
“We look forward to working with Ellis and Liam in making their new concept a success at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.”
The new restaurant is scheduled to open in 2019.
The brothers began their collaboration in 2009 when their parents moved from South Liverpool to set up the caravan park.
Ellis, then 19, had returned from travelling in Australia after a year working at Liverpool’s Panoramic 34 restaurant, and trained surveyor Liam was looking for North West jobs in construction.
They agreed to run the campsite eatery and have transformed the menu from frozen burgers and supermarket pasta to dishes specialising in produce sourced from local seafood suppliers and rearing their own livestock.
Ellis competed in last autumn’s ‘Great British Menu’ as well as this year’s series which is currently being aired on BBC Two, and Marram Grass has also achieved accolades including 2 AA Rosettes in 2018.