Under starters orders – New Moon Rising!
It was always the plan and Paul Newman and David Mooney of the prestigious Cheshire based New Moon Pub Company are delighted that they will be launching on to the Chester dining scene this week!
The ambitious duo is taking over the lease on Linenhall, what once was the Chester institution of the Fat Cat, on Watergate Street by Chester Racecourse.
Of course they will be putting their own personal stamp on the place but for now they will be continuing to build on the reputation and already established Linenhall. They will be hitting the ground running with a packed calendar of Chester Race meets!
High profile North West chef and enthusiastic restaurateur, David Mooney is the chef patron and co-owner of the New Moon Pub Company with business partner and ex Living Ventures director, Paul Newman. This week they announced that the company will be launching their first Chester venture. Dave is already well known in Chester but probably more so for his demos at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, where his twitter personality @gobbychef precedes him.
Dave said: ‘We won’t be rushing in and making any big changes, we hope to keep staff on currently working at Linenhall and all the bookings that are in for Chester race goers will of course be well looked after. We are diligent about using premium quality produce and many of our suppliers are local to Chester already, so our customers can expect a great dining experience.”
Dave is also a serial media star with a 10 part series for North West regional TV ‘Food Hunter’ which ran for two years. Dave was particularly pleased to be so involved with the BBC2 series ‘Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain’ and appear in the Sept 09 programme representing Cheshire. More recently in 2012 Dave filmed ‘Perfect’ for Sky TV as a judge, a show about perfect pub food and in 2013 on ITV’s primetime ‘Tonight’ program, Dave championed a reduction in food waste! Previously he has also clocked up over 200 appearances as the ‘Granada Tonight’ resident Chef. From BBC Manchester he has completed live & pre-recorded segments for the Morning magazine programme, to include viewer advice on budgeting & food preparation. Radio work is too numerous to mention, cumulating in guest spots on food for on BBC Radio Five Live.
Business partner Paul Newman, an experienced North West based restaurateur, was a founder member and director with Manchester dominant, Living Ventures and was responsible for the launch of The Living Room concept, the first of which opened in Deansgate in December 1999.
Paul knows Chester very well, having lived there for 10 years. He also worked for Chester based Classsic Wines & Spirits and opened The Living Room and the Blackhouse Grill in Chester. Said Paul: “Chester has always been on our list of priorities for a site, we have just been waiting for the right venue to come up . We are delighted we have got this site and have some great plans for it.”