If you’ve paid a visit to New Brighton recently you won’t fail to have noticed that a not-so quiet revolution is stirring, starting with Habibi, which opens today.
Set back from the main drag of the seafront is the Victoria Quarter, a network of picturesque period roads bordering Victoria Road, the town’s original High Street.
From last October, giant pieces of street art have begun to appear in the area, commissioned by local company Rockpoint Leisure, marking the start of their plans to help regenerate the road and the wider area.
The company, which has been set up by local businessman Daniel Davies is aiming to breathe new life into the
Rockpoint’s regeneration strategy includes the commercial
The building at the
Rockpoint Apparel on the corner of Victoria and Rowson streets is the company’s retail offer and has been trading since December last year, bringing together four established online brands, in their own bricks and mortar store.
Joining the store are two exciting hospitality concepts, which have opened this month.
The first of these, Habibi, is a confluence of cultures, where eastern eats meet western beats. From Brooklyn to Beirut, this constant play of influences
Food comes from the Middle East and North Africa; with deconstructed kebabs grilled over charcoal, served with home-made flatbreads, and indulgent Meze platters to share.
Traditional cocktails are delicately scented with Rose, Tangerine and Pomegranate – which sit alongside intriguing limited-edition canned beers, premium draught lines, as well as specially selected wines and fizz.
Set on the road’s ‘town square’ and in contrast to Habibi stands The James Atherton pub.
Formerly known as The Railway, the site has been completely redeveloped as a ‘modern British tavern,’ and the name change is a celebration of the resort’s founder and a nod to those grassroots workers and Northern
Simple, traditional, warm and welcoming, Rockpoint has worked alongside Punch Taverns group, to create the ‘J.A.’ which is redolent of an age where there was a pub on every corner, and which offers great ales and craft beers as well as guest lines.
Designed to appeal to both the local community, tourists and visitors the town, The James Atherton is also home to a permanent collection of photographs of New Brighton, from the archive of Digital Heritage Specialist Richard Jackson, a Wallasey resident since birth, whom Rockpoint have worked with, to promote the historical aspect of the town.