Champagne corks popping at Art School’s after six-figure funding deal

L-R HSBC’s Barry Millar, Paul Askew, The Art School and HSBC’s Andrea Swift

A fine-dining restaurant in Liverpool has expanded its food and drink offer with the support of a six-figure finance package from HSBC.

The Art School, which was launched in September 2014 by chef patron Paul Askew, has used the funding to refurbish a cellar bar area within the restaurant building to create a new, state-of-the-art champagne and wine bar – adding to its award-winning food credentials.

The wine bar will go by the name of The Art School Cellars when it officially opens to the public.

The opening of The Art School Cellars will create 11 new jobs and is expected to help increase turnover by 65% over the next year.

Barry Millar, HSBC’s area director for Liverpool & Cheshire, said: “HSBC is committed to supporting the growth of local businesses in Liverpool and beyond, and we are pleased to be backing The Art School through our dedicated lending fund, which this year totals £200m for Liverpool and Cheshire.

“This is an exciting stage in the business’ development as the team looks to enhance its current fine-dining offer to make it even more of a special occasion for customers.”

Askew said: “HSBC’s support has been vital in enabling us to bring a fairly underused space back to life and we are delighted to open our new-look champagne and wine bar to customers in the coming days.

“What’s more, we are hoping that the expansion will support our ambition to be awarded the first Michelin Star in Liverpool. We look forward to serving the finest champagnes and wines, paired with charcuterie and cheese to both new and returning customers.”

The Art School Cellars will officially open to the public on September 21.