Old Rope Walks Limited opens its fifth pub this week – The Butterfly & The Grasshopper on Renshaw Street in Liverpool – following a £750,000 refurbishment with Star Pubs & Bars.
The site is Old Rope Walks third with Star. The investment has extended the pub over three floors to include a traditional ground floor bar, a new first floor kitchen and a roof garden-style restaurant and a gin and cocktail bar on the top floor.
The venue’s new name and stunning look are inspired by a children’s fantasy poem ‘The Butterfly’s Ball and The Grasshopper’s Feast’ written by Liverpool MP William Roscoe in 1810. A modernist take on Arts & Crafts, the design juxtaposes nineteenth century and contemporary furniture, features and artwork.
Renowned chef David Gale will lead the kitchen team as Executive Chef. Gale’s previous positions include Group Head Chef for Selfridges and Group Head Chef for Ian Shrager Hotels.
Old Rope Walks is set on further expansion in the North West and is currently identifying sites in Liverpool and Manchester. The company is interested in freehold and leased period sites that have the potential to be given a distinctive new identity by one of its eclectic design schemes.
Says Old Rope Walks managing director Mike Girling: “The opening of The Butterfly & Grasshopper helps us cement our position within the city’s competitive market and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Liverpool. It’s great to play such a key role in its fantastic hospitality sector.”
Adds Star Pubs & Bars business development manager Phil McWilliam: “We’ve been delighted to back Old Rope Walks in delivering their vision for The Butterfly & Grasshopper. The company is well known in Liverpool for their iconic pubs and bars and The Butterfly & Grasshopper is set to follow suit. It’s completely unique, highly imaginative and finished to a very high specification. It will be a real destination venue.”