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Brand new robata grill restaurant ‘STOKE’ to open its doors this December

STOKE, a brand new robata grill restaurant, will open its doors next month at the new Radisson RED hotel, promising “anything but ordinary”.  

Based on the ground floor of Radisson RED Liverpool – also set to launch in December – the venue offers diners stunning views of the iconic St. George’s Hall, looking out onto the Christmas Markets and the city’s bustling culture district. 

The restaurant, which is set in the Grade II-listed North Western Hall next to Lime Street Station, is a modern, barbecue eatery specialising in organic seasonal dishes and small plates.

And taking the helm is executive chef Paul Whitfield, who brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to the role, crafting a menu of classic dishes with a grilled twist created on a robata grill. 

Working with local suppliers, Paul and his team will offer diners a menu that includes an 800g 38-day dry aged and grassfed ribeye, Dover sole with seasonal herbs, salad and lemon, as well as whole roasted chicken. The menu also offers plenty of vegetarian options such as sticky barbeque maitake mushrooms and truffle arancini. 

The restaurant will champion local food and drink including beer from Love Lane brewery, fresh fish from Fleetwood and Lancashire and Cheshire cheese.

Paul said:

“We’re incredibly excited to fire up the grill and show Liverpool the fantastic food and drink menu we’ve been working on. A lot of preparation has gone into the menu using a farm-to-fork strategy which will educate our guests on where their food has come from, so we hope the amazing quality of the food will encourage people to shop local and find out more about the sorts of ingredients that are right on their doorsteps. 

“I’ve spent most of my career wanting to create lasting memories for people through good food and I’m looking forward to creating more moments in this stunning new restaurant – STOKE is anything but ordinary and we hope our diners will see this from the moment they step inside.” 

The restaurant, which is now open for bookings, will simultaneously open with Radisson RED Liverpool and will be open to the public as well as guests. 

The hotel’s arrival in the city brings the 10-storey building full circle after it was originally created as the North Western Hotel back in 1871, with a total investment coming in at around £30m. 

It will mark Radisson RED’s fifth UK site, with other locations including London, Glasgow, and Heathrow Airport and, globally, Cape Town, Dubai and Brussels. 

Gary Waring, general manager at Radisson RED Liverpool, said:

“STOKE is going to play an important role in helping us deliver on our promise of something fresh and exciting for the city. The team has worked tirelessly to perfect the menu which has been trialled and tested with plenty of feedback and I’m certain it will leave people wanting to come back for more.  

“Our team will also ensure we offer the best possible service alongside some incredible entertainment for our diners and we have plenty of special themed dates to reveal once we’ve opened our doors. We’re now counting down until we can finally welcome visitors to enjoy what we’ve been working on behind the scenes for so long – we can’t wait for locals and tourists alike to come join us.” 

For further information about STOKE and to book, visit www.radissonhotels.com

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