Marco Pierre White’s new restaurant officially opened at glamourous launch

MARCO Pierre White’s brand new restaurant has officially opened at the stylish Pullman hotel in Liverpool.

More than 150 guests arrived for the glamourous party at the waterfront hotel for the launch of the famed chef’s Wheeler’s of St James’s restaurant.

VIPS and hotel guests danced the night away and dined on the exquisite food from the menu created by Marco himself, which includes Oysters Rockefeller, 35-day aged Buccleuch steak and other classic dishes created with his signature flair.

Guests were greeted by the Pullman Liverpool Welcomers and walked the red carpet into the chic hotel bar next to the restaurant.

A stunning ice sculpture of a bottle pouring Wheeler’s Bloody Mary cocktail, served with oysters, into an ice chalice was the centrepiece and the partygoers marvelled at the chilled work of art.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and DJ Pete Price were among the guests partying the night away while dining on exquisite dishes from the Wheeler’s kitchen.

Live music from an acoustic duo, a saxophonist and a DJ set provided a funky party at the chic waterfront hotel.

Wheeler’s of St James’s is the oldest fish restaurant in the world and was established in 1856. Many notable historical figures have dined on the menu’s original dishes, which Marco has kept but added his own twists.

One of the menus signature dishes is Oysters Rockefeller and inspired by the original created at Antoine’s restaurant in New Orleans in 1899. The dish is three oysters baked in their shells with finely topped greens and parmesan.

The dishes are classics with Marco twists, like the lobster macaroni with black truffle and mango and coriander fish curry.

The menu has succulent Scottish Buccleuch beef steaks, which are aged for 35 days, when the flavour of the meat is at its best, Wiltshire ham and duck eggs, roast rump of lamb with cockles.

Many of the exquisite dishes were served to the guests who enjoyed a night of music, entertainment and Marco’s delicious food.

Marco Pierre White said: “I’m thrilled to open a Wheeler’s of St James’s restaurant in Liverpool, which is a fine city and one of the most exciting in the world.

“It is important that the cuisine in such a city is of a high standard of excellence and that’s why we chose Liverpool as the location for the world’s oldest and most iconic fish restaurant.

“I will be visiting the restaurant myself in the near future and wish everybody who visits a wonderful experience dining on some of the best dishes I have created.”

The luxury Pullman Liverpool opened in early 2016 and has become one of the city’s most popular hotels. It is the first Pullman hotel to open in the UK outside of London.

The hotel crowned the Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy at this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards and won a bronze British Travel Award for Best International Upscale Hotel at a ceremony in London in November.

Neil Brailsford, General Manager of the Pullman, said: “The launch party was fantastic and we are thrilled to have officially launched Wheeler’s of St James’s at Pullman Liverpool.

“The restaurant has been open since 19th November and is already proving popular with guests and visitors to the city coming to the Pullman to dine at Wheeler’s. We’re looking forward to seeing more people enjoy Marco’s famous recipes.”