Aiden Byrne to open Liverpool restaurant

Chef Aiden Byrne is to open his Liverpool restaurant The Metropolitan Bar & Grill Rooms on the site of the old The Vincent Café & Cocktail Bar in Exchange Flags

Chef Aiden Byrne at his new restaurant in Liverpool city centre. Picture by Gareth Jones

Liverpool chef Aiden Byrne has acquired The Vincent Café & Cocktail Bar in Exchange Flags from owners Paul Adams and Steven Gerrard and plans to open his own restaurant on the site.

The venue will trade seamlessly under the new management from today, in time for the Grand National weekend, and will then relaunch as The Metropolitan Bar & Grill Rooms later in the year, backed by Medusa Hospitality.

This will be the second restaurant that Aiden has opened, backed by a group of investors who joined forces to open restaurant MCR in Manchester’s Spinningfields in December last year.

Located at the heart of Liverpool’s Commercial Business District, the focus for the new venue will be to ensure a warm welcome with Aiden’s relaxed grill rooms concept and his unique menu.

Aiden says: “We are keen to have a seamless takeover as we run into the Grand National Festival. Our patrons’ experience remains – as always – the focus for me and my team.

“I have built my reputation with a fine-dining tasting menu. However, I have always wanted to deliver a high-end grill room concept. The realisation of The Metropolitan Bar & Grill Rooms is a lifetime ambition to pay my respects to legendary venues like The Savoy Grill and The Grill at the Dorchester, which have set the standards for all to aspire to. The menu will be classic, honest food, delivered really well by the best team of chefs around, and a front of house that you can expect incredible service from as standard.”

Paul Adams add: “Steven and I are happy to have brokered a deal that will see the venue go from strength to strength. We are truly proud to pass on the reins to Aiden and his team and wish them continued success. We would also like to thank our loyal patrons, knowing that they are in great hands.”

Aiden has been one of the UK’s leading chefs for more than two decades since receiving his first Michelin star aged 22.