One of Liverpool’s most popular restaurants and cocktail bars, Maray, is set to open its third site this summer at the iconic Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

The company’s expansion follows the success of its existing Middle Eastern-inspired restaurants, on Bold Street, Liverpool city centre and Allerton Road in the south of the city.

The new Maray will join an exciting food and drink line-up currently taking shape at the Royal Albert Dock, which has seen a number of independent operators open over the past year.

These include Spanish cantina Lunyalita, London restaurateur Rosa’s Thai Café, family-run bakery Rough Hand Made, along with the Barrie Brothers’ new restaurant, which is set to open over the coming months.

The menu on offer at the Royal Albert Dock restaurant will be the same as the other two sites, serving a diverse selection of vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian small plates, inspired by the flavours of the Middle East.

The new restaurant will accommodate up to 65 covers and will have a cocktail bar offering a creative drinks menu along beautiful views of the Dock waterfront, part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Maray signing is a pivotal one for Royal Albert Dock, and congruent with Aberdeen Standard Investment’s strategy to offer a collection of high quality independent leisure, hospitality and retail operators at the iconic destination.

Maray was founded five years ago by partners Thomas White, James Bates and Dominic Jones, receiving rave reviews including from Observer restaurant critic, Jay Rayner.

Tom said, “We were really impressed with the recent signings at the Royal Albert Dock, and we’re looking forward to being part of the new food and drink line-up.

“As a business, Liverpool is where we’ve cut our cloth – Bold Street provided us with the perfect introduction to the hospitality scene and continues to do well. With such a diverse mix of visitors at the Dock, we felt we could introduce Maray to a new audience and we’re excited to grow with the launch of the third site.”

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