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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Exquisite destination dining with music and video accompaniment

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

A journey through the Mersey Tunnel and on to the Wirral peninsula, where the conservation village of Oxton lies not far from Birkenhead, is perhaps the most fitting itinerary for reaching the scintillating culinary adventurism that has put this hitherto neglected area of the north-west on the map. The foundation-stone of Marc Wilkinson's success here has been keeping things on a sensibly restricted rein, with only a small number of covers (great patience will be a virtue when applying for a table), plus the glass-walled kitchen billet, allowing his kitchen to focus to a minute degree on the flawlessly conceived dishes that are the Fraiche stock-in-trade. Natural colour schemes, discreet musical backing and video projections of landscapes and organic processes all help build the mood. Wilkinson's cooking is informed by that creative fusion of raw nature and advanced technology that is the predominant modern mode, and he has the vision and talent to pull it off. The six-course Signature taster is a cavalcade of surprises and delights, opening perhaps with a brave pairing of butternut squash and tangerine, before moving on with truffled roasted sweetbreads and textures of apple. Tuna loin presented sashimi-style, an exquisite morsel, then prepares the way for barbecued dry-aged beef with salsify and celeriac. The first and lighter dessert could be an intensely sharp cherry-foamed lemongrass pannacotta, before the final Salt or Sugar option leads you off towards cheeses, each individually garnished, or another finely wrought dessert, perhaps a study in strawberry that incorporates elderflower-stuffed lychees and the technical miracle of shaved meringue.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December, 1 January, 2 weeks in August
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Thursday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: close

Chef

  • Chef: Marc Wilkinson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French, European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 260
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 12
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 12
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

Getting here

M53 junction 3 towards Prenton. In 2 miles left towards Oxton. Fraiche on right

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Birkenhead Central
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