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North west's Michelin starred restaurant Fraiche goes on the market

Published:  22 November, 2013

One Michelin star chef, Marc Wilkinson, has put his Wirral-based 12-cover restaurant Fraiche on the market.

The bijou freehold restaurant that is set in the centre of Oxton village conservation area and has a bar area that seats just four, is being marketed for £425,000 by estate agent Hilton Smythe.

Founded nine years ago by chef Marc Wilkinson, it was recently ranked as the sixth best restaurant in the UK in The Sunday Times and sees an annual turnover of £120,000.

Wilkinson who opened the restaurant in 2004 and won his Michelin star in 2009 remained tight-lipped and refused to expand the reasons why, or about what his future holds. "I've just put it on the market to test the water and have not yet made any plans," he said.

"I imagine I'll be here for a good while yet though before it sells", he added.

Classically trained in French cuisine he is the winner of three AA rosettes and the first Michelin star on Merseyside. He has had 25-years experience in the industry and spent 20 years cooking venues such as the Chester Grosvenor, Winteringham Fields and Pennyhill Park as well as in Canada.