‘Secret Garden’ opens as part of £300k investment in Liverpool’s business district

Secret Garden

A ‘Secret Garden’ opened today (July 28) at restaurateur Gino D’Acampo’s Liverpool site in Old Hall Street, as part of a £300,000 investment.

The facility is part of his 200-cover restaurant and 360 Sky Bar at INNSiDE by Meliá, Liverpool.

The site is the former offices of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo. The 400 sq m green idyll was overlooked by the boardroom and rarely used.

But it has been opened up as an open-air oasis providing a 170-cover garden boasting an array of plants sourced from Italy.

It features a vast central 25-metre island bar with high seating for 30 and serving an extensive selection of premium Italian and international wines, cocktails, spirits, and beers, with an open lounge complete with relaxed designer lounge furniture.

Catering for those looking for a light bite will be Gino’s open outdoor kitchen providing an ever-changing cicchetti menu, small Italian plates ideal for sharing.

Resident DJs will also be a feature of the garden area.

Gino D’Acampo said: “I’m super excited to announce the launch of my new Secret Garden at INNSiDE Liverpool. Alfresco drinking and dining are a big part of Italian culture. From the moment I saw the space I knew we had to transform it into something special.

“It’s incredible. I can’t wait to invite Liverpudlians and those visiting this amazing city to join me for a negroni.”

Access to the secret garden is through the hotel, with guests directed to the first floor roof terrace. It is open from 12pm to 10pm, seven days a week.

Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure is planning openings in Manchester and Leeds this autumn.

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