Oktopus Reaches Out To City Diners With Six Weeks Of Pop-Ups

A SERIES of pop-up teaser events will take place during February and March to herald the addition of brand new experimental restaurant Oktopus to Liverpool’s food and drink scene. Launched by the team behind the city’s Black Lodge Brewery, a permanent restaurant will open at the end of March in the city centre. The pop-ups are planned as testing grounds for the restaurant’s new menu and to give diners the opportunity to experience Oktopus in advance of the main opening. Oktopus was devised to showcase a number of Black Lodge’s own-brewed craft beers which are paired with menus by Christopher Ineson, formally Head Chef of Maray and The Clove Hitch, who has recently worked with Mowgli founder Nisha Katona & Penguin Publishing on her upcoming cookbooks. The pop-up dining events are taking place every Thursday and Friday from 3.00pm-10.00pm and Saturday from 12.00pm-10.00pm, for six weeks at Black Lodge Brewery on Kitchen Street, in the city’s Baltic Triangle. Speaking about the concept, Oktopus Head Chef Christopher Ineson commented: “We thought it was a great opportunity to use the Black Lodge Brewery to offer a glimpse of what Oktopus on Hardman Street will be about; clean, simple & seasonal cooking with a focus on the highest quality vegetables & seafood, weekly changing menus pairing dishes with beers on sale at the brewery” The launch menu includes Parisian Gnocchi with pink goat’s cheese, beet crisps and thai basil, lamb belly with white anchovies, cumin soubise, fried parsnips and braised leeks, plus cured sea trout with smacked cucumbers and buttermilk labneh. Black Lodge Brewery opened its doors in December 2015 and is a venture by Paul Seiffert who established Liverpool Craft Beer, Rob Tufnell of The Clove Hitch and 23 Club, and creative agency Smiling Wolf. The Brewery has picked up a number of industry awards since it launched, including Beer of the Festival at Craft Beer Calling Newcastle, for its Exotic Garden Pale Ale, which was brewed in collaboration with LEAF, and has recently upgraded its brewing kit so it can now offer wholesale lines to customers. No bookings are required for the Oktopus pop-up teaser events at Black Lodge Brewery and walk-ups are welcome. Each of the week’s menus can be found at www.oktopus-restaurant.com or by calling Black Lodge Brewery on 07565 299 879 or by emailing hello@oktopus-restaurant.com. The permanent Oktopus restaurant is due to open March 31.