The Art School in Liverpool has revelled in a very special anniversary party.

On Thursday 28th September, Chef Patron Paul Askew and his team welcomed esteemed guests and friends from across the city region who have helped tell the restaurant’s wonderful story, which started back in 2014 when Paul took a leap of faith to launch his fine-dining establishment and herald a new chapter of gastronomy in Liverpool.

And now as The Art School on Sugnall Street enters its 10th anniversary year, a series of special events and celebrations are planned all the way to September 2024.

The award-winning sculptor Emma Rodgers unveiled her sublime creation, Le Cochon Volant, whilst exhibiting some of her other stellar works in the Lantern Room. Paul commissioned Emma to create her stunning bronze spectacle – it means The Flying Pig – which will now proudly stand in the restaurant for all guests to see.

Paul says:

“We’ve had many celebrations and get togethers here but we’ve never held a party like last night’s. And wow, what a special occasion it was. Seeing Emma’s incredible creation was a magical moment for me, my team and my family and it will take pride of place at The Art School. The name of our restaurant and that the Lantern Room used to showcase art students’ work feels especially fitting with Emma exhibiting some of her work in our beautiful and hallowed space. It was heart-warming indeed to see so many friends and colleagues old and new coming together who form part of The Art School’s story and continue to help tell it as go all the way to a full decade in business. As a team we’ve continued to refine what we do at The Art School and I’m incredibly proud of all we achieved so far. And of course, there is always more to come as we enter this most momentous period for everyone involved here.”

10th anniversary events coming up include on A Special Dinner with Italy’s premier winemaker, Antinori, with brand ambassador Luca Soldo on Thursday October 26th. Then January 11th features ‘A farewell to Le Gavroche’ with Steven Doherty MCA, followed by January 18th and a special evening with James Golding of ‘The Pig’ & Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Then on January 25th Gary Jones is welcomes, recently of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and a leading Michelin-starred chef from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. The finally on February 1st, Paul’s friend Simon Rimmer of Greens and Sunday Brunch is special guest at The Art School.

The Art School is set inside the stunning Victorian 1888 ‘Home for Destitute Children’ building. The glorious Lantern Room’s menus celebrate the best of the region’s seasonal produce in world-class gastronomy, including tasting and prix fixe choices alongside a global wine list. The Art School Cellars Bar offers Afternoon Tea and cocktails, there’s a stunning private wine tasting space and The Moriarty Room hosts intimate gatherings at one of the UK’s top 50 best restaurants.