The Art School And Bordeaux Wines Partner In Grade 2 Listed Martins Bank For Drink Bordeaux Festival

Paul Askew's The Art School Restaurant Partners With Bordeaux Wines To Host A Fabulous Brasserie For The Taste Liverpool Drink Bordeaux Festival

One of the UK’s most iconic buildings, Martins Bank Building, will open its hallowed doors during Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux over the jubilee weekend. Chef Patron of The Art School Paul Askew and Bordeaux Wines are partnering to curate a unique experience for the extended bank holiday - Bordeaux Bar A Vin.


Martins Bank Building is a Grade I Listed Building situated on 4 Water Street which opened in 1932, a marvel of interwar classical architecture. And for four days the gilded interior and marble detailing with its decadent film-set feel will be used for the first time as a brasserie and bar, available to Bordeaux Wine Experience pass holders during the festival.


The famous region of Bordeaux has over 6,000 vineyards producing a sumptuous selection of red, white, sparkling, rosé and Cremant wines, from affordable bottles through to special occasion vintages. At the Bordeaux Bar A Vin, over 20 of these wines by the glass will be available at subsidised prices and all can be purchased by the bottle too to take home.


A brasserie menu will run 1pm – 7pm on Thursday 2 nd , Friday 3 rd and Sunday 5 th June. It includes Terrine of Rhug Estate organic chicken, Sauté of Mr Askew’s Singapore style tiger prawns and Loch Duart salmon and Slices of Seared salt-aged Cumbrian fillet of beef. Shared platters are also on offer celebrating the city region’s local and seasonal produce.


'This is about the story of Liverpool and Bordeaux Wines coming together to create something truly magical in the city and setting the path for years ahead too.' - Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School.

During Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux, Martins Bank Building hosts several key events with food from The Art School. On Thursday the 2nd of June, the Blessing Of The Grape starts at 9am - the Bordeaux Intronisation Ceremony - and culminates in a unique brunch from 10am with dignitaries and guests from the Bordeaux Wine Council and the City of Liverpool.


Then on Saturday the 4th of June, a lunch service celebrates the Jubilee with the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and the Lord Lieutenant toasting the Queen on her 70th anniversary. And during Saturday evening, a sumptuous dinner includes the opportunity to taste a selection of wines demonstrating the diversity of the Bordeaux region’s various colours, appellations and vintages. There are a few places left for the evening service.


Across the weekend at Martins Bank Building, music from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will echo through the lofted space which has been closed for decades.