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Bordeaux Bar A Vin at Martins Bank Building

ONE of the UK’s most iconic buildings, Martins Bank Building, will open its doors during Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux over the jubilee weekend. Chef Patron of The Art School Paul Askew and Bordeaux Wines are partnering to curate a unique experience for the extended bank holiday – Bordeaux Bar A Vin.

Martins Bank Building is a Grade II listed building situated onWater Street which opened in 1932, a marvel of interwar classical architecture. And for four days the gilded interior and marble detailing with its decadent film-set feel will be used for the first time as a brasserie and bar, available to Bordeaux Wine Experience pass holders during the festival.

A brasserie menu will run 1pm – 7pm on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th June. It includes Terrine of Rhug Estate organic chicken, Sauté of Mr Askew’s Singapore style tiger prawns and Loch Duart salmon and Slices of Seared salt-aged Cumbrian fillet of beef. Shared platters are also on offer celebrating the city region’s local and seasonal produce.

During Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux, Martins Bank Building hosts several key events with food from The Art School. On Thursday 2nd June, the Blessing Of The Grape starts at 9am – the Bordeaux Intronisation Ceremony – and culminates in a unique brunch from 10am with dignitaries and guests from the Bordeaux Wine Council and the City of Liverpool. Then on Saturday 4th June, a lunch service celebrates the Jubilee with the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and the Lord Lieutenant toasting the Queen on her 70th anniversary. And during Saturday evening, a sumptuous dinner includes the opportunity to taste a selection of wines demonstrating the diversity of the Bordeaux region’s various colours, appellations and vintages. There are a few places left for the evening service.

Across the weekend at Martins Bank Building, music from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will echo through the lofted space which has been closed for decades.

Paul Askew said: “Liverpool is blessed with many wonderful and historic buildings and I think Martins Bank is perhaps the most jaw-dropping of the lot. I really want to thank Kinrise first and foremost for letting us use their incredible space and it’s brilliant to be part of Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux in this location.

“For me, this is what the festival is all about, celebrating the fantastic wines Bordeaux produces with our food from The Art School. We really want people coming to the festival to be immersed by the wine culture from this beautiful region – it’s not all about expensive vintages, there’s a huge range of affordable bottles which we really want to talk about – and drink – during the festival.

“This is about the story of Liverpool and Bordeaux Wines coming together to create something truly magical in the city and setting the path for years ahead too.”

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