Popular Liverpool dining rooms reopen following £500k refurbishment

Newly refurbished Restaurant Bar & Grill

The Restaurant Bar & Grill, in Liverpool, has reopened following an extensive £500,000 refurbishment.

Located in Halifax House, on Brunswick Street, the impressive Grade II heritage building boasts a stunning new look, with its incredible historical features revived and tasteful modern touches introduced throughout.

The changes are evident on entering the restaurant, with a vast chandelier measuring more than 6ft by 7ft making a bold and sparkling first impression.

Another feature is the incredible ornate ceiling, which sees all intricate features, including the building’s original liver bird motifs, cornice, and columns, restored and decorated in gold leaf, an intricate and intensive job undertaken by world-renowned gold leaf specialist David Thelwell and taking more than four weeks to complete.

The project is the latest in a series of decorative refurbishments undertaken by the 55-year-old from Prescot, with Thelwell having also restored the gold leaf at Liverpool Town Hall and St George’s Hall, in addition to a number of palaces in Saudi Arabia.

The work to the historical ceiling is just one of a number of changes to the striking 200-cover restaurant, with every guest touchpoint refreshed and revived, including new upholstery, statement light fittings and a stripped back and freshly polished floor.

Adorning every wall is a bespoke and ornate wallpaper featuring delicate blossom trees set against a backdrop of gold, designed exclusively to work with the heritage building’s vast proportions. Soft furnishings in shades of lemon, pink, raspberry and baby blue soften the look in a mix of leather and velvet fabrics.

For guests looking to host a private function, the introduction of walnut and glazed ceiling to floor sliding doors create a second event space to the left of the restaurant, with seating for up to 30 at individual tables or 24 boardroom-style.

The new space joins the existing private dining room to the right of the heritage building and in which a further 24 guests can be seated in a boardroom setting. A dropdown screen makes it the perfect space for corporate events and private presentations.

Ornate ceiling and chandelier

The restaurant’s guest bathrooms have also been transformed, with statement fixtures and impressive Italian wallcoverings in a black and floral design.

Coinciding with the reopening is the launch of The Restaurant Bar & Grill’s new autumn/winter menu, with a focus on classic and inspired seasonal dishes, amazing steaks and cocktails to match.

General manager, Kate Keyes, said: “I couldn’t be more pleased to reopen the doors to The Restaurant Bar and Grill.

“The transformation of the beautiful Grade II heritage building, one of the most iconic venues in Liverpool, is nothing short of incredible and I look forward to welcoming our loyal guests to experience it for themselves. It has the most photographic appeal and simply has to be seen.”

The extensive refurbishment was delivered by restaurant designer Bernard Carroll of Carroll Design and took five weeks to deliver.