Local Chef Returns to Home Ground with New Dining Destination | Knutsford Times

Local Chef Returns to Home Ground with New Dining Destination

By on July 2, 2012

David Mooney, co-owner and chef patron of prestigious Cheshire eatery the Lord Binning in Kelsall has announced his return to Knutsford, where, along with business partner Paul Newman, they will open the second venue for their joint venture, the Old Sessions House.

High profile local chef and enthusiastic restaurateur, David Mooney is the chef patron and co-owner of The New Moon Pub Company. Today he announced that he will return to home ground where he will be opening delightful dining pub in the centre of Knutsford, the Old Sessions House.

Best known for his 21 year stint at family restaurant, Knutsford’s Belle Epoque, David is recognisable as the North West’s original celebrity chef and has appeared on television numerous times namely with the Hairy Bikers, as well as hosting his own series on Granada Television, The Food Hunter.

Business partner Paul Newman, an elite North West restaurateur, was a founder and director at Living Ventures and was responsible for the launch of Gusto in Knutsford and knows the area well. Said Paul: “Knutsford is a thriving town, where quality is recognised and expected. We’re excited to bring our new brand of dining experience to the area and we know it will meet the strict criteria for excellence demanded by local diners.”

Formerly The Red Cow on Princess Street, renamed and revamped, the Old Sessions House will provide the perfect platform to showcase the exquisite local produce that is David Mooney’s passion. Explained David: “We are diligent about using premium quality produce and where possible source products locally, as there are so many wonderful producers on our doorstep…. Willington Farm Apple Juice and Delamere Goats Cheese to name two.”

The New Moon Pub Company has also commissioned its own unique ale, which is currently being produced by the Tatton Brewery in Knutsford. The ale, which has been named ‘The Usuale’ will be on sale exclusively in the Lord Binning and the Old Sessions House.

A full interior refurbishment and the installation of a state-of-the-art kitchen will see a investment of over £250,000. This will be followed at a later date by the creation of top-of-the-range function facilities. The new venue will also create 20 to 30 new jobs including positions for bar, kitchen and waiting staff. Interested parties can email: info@newmoonpub.co.uk for more information.

The Old Sessions House, scheduled to open at the end of August, will be the second venue for the New Moon Pub Company within just 12 months and the unstoppable Mooney/Newman partnership has plans to see the eatery become the restaurant of choice for Knutsford diners.

Visit: www.newmoonpub.co.uk to find out more about the venue and refurbishment plans.

If you can’t wait to try out David’s culinary excellence why not visit him in the Chef’s Theatre or at his bespoke ‘Pop Up’ restaurant at The Foodies Festival, Tatton Park this weekend (6-8 July). Visit: www.foodiesfestival.com to buy tickets and find out more about the festivities.

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