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Old Blind School to become 200-cover restaurant

Grade II listed building modelled on Cheshire gastropub

Published on January 27th 2015.

Old Blind School to become 200-cover restaurant

A PUB and restaurant group based in the heartland of the Real Housewives of Cheshire is to convert the former School for the Blind in Liverpool into a 200-cover restaurant.

It will be the first venture in the city for Knutsford-based New Moon Pub Co, and will open late spring or early summer after an £800,000 refit.
Recently used as the headquarters for the Liverpool Biennial, the school was for many years the headquarters of Merseyside Police as well as housing the Merseyside Unemployed and Trade Union Community Centre and the Flying Picket music venue.

New Moon is run by chef David Mooney and marketeer and front-of-house operator Paul Newman.

Unnamed-2Partners: Dave Mooney and Paul Newman say they have been looking for a Liverpool site for ages

Mooney served his apprenticeship with Raymond Blanc and also worked as Commis Chef to Marco Pierre White, while Newman was a founder member and shareholder of Living Ventures Ltd which created The Living Room restaurants and bars, Gusto Restaurants and The Blackhouse Grills.

The run-down Grade II-listed building has been owned, for the past few years, by next door neighbours The Hope Street Hotel. 

Now it will be revamped and "restored sympathetically to convert it in to a 200+ cover restaurant across two floors, with a state-of-the-art kitchen". 

The striking central dome mural by Mick Jones, depicting the Liverpool workers struggles of the 1980s, will not be part of the equation, they say.  The restaurant, which will be based on the concept of the Knutsford's Old Sessions House, will be housed in just the front of the imposing building and the dome set towards the rear.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 At 14.00.44Concept: The Blind School will be modelled on the Old Sessions House, in Knutsford

Paul Newman said: "We have been looking for the right site in Liverpool now for a while and it has always been our intention to be in this fabulous city. We are delighted to have found the perfect site to showcase our thing in Liverpool.

David Mooney added: "We are buzzing and can’t wait to start work on the building. We have already given much thought to our menus, we just can’t wait to get the dishes on the tables."

New Moon Co has established six successful venues across the North West in just three years.

The Lord Binning in Kelsall was the first in 2011 and subsequently the Old Sessions House, Knutsford and The Hanging Gate, Weaverham which opened in the second half of 2012. The Montgomery Pub & Kitchen, followed in June 2013 and then their first city centre location, Beef & Pudding, Manchester, opened in April 2014. They opened their sixth site in Chester, the Mockingbird Taproom, in October just gone.

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

SaladDazeJanuary 27th 2015.

"The striking central dome mural by Mick Jones, depicting the Liverpool workers struggles of the 1980s, will not be part of the equation, they say." Wankers.

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John BradleyJanuary 27th 2015.

What did you expect from Knutsford? The picture shows a cafe, with the sophistication of an early 80s motorway service station or themorrismanpub.co.uk/…, complete devoid of charm or elegance. If McDonald's where to attempt to go upmarket from the Fightarama on Church street, then the would want better than this. I should imagine the owners have shares in Formica and mourn the closing of MFI. What about next door at www.92degreescoffee.com/… is it worth risking my hippster allergy?

AnonymousJanuary 27th 2015.

Perhaps you should read to he end of the paragraph, Saladaze

Paul NewmanJanuary 29th 2015.

"The striking central dome mural by Mick Jones, depicting the Liverpool workers struggles of the 1980s, will not be part of the equation, they say." Wankers. The dome mural is not in the restaurant part of the development, so calling them 'wankers' is a bit unfair

Reader BensonJanuary 27th 2015.

Great news. New Moon Co have great venues, great food and excellent staff. looking forward to it.

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AnonymousJanuary 29th 2015.

Thanks v m

AnonymousJanuary 29th 2015.

Are they not saying the mural is not in their bit? sigh let the haters hate

Barbara BridgewoodFebruary 1st 2015.

We need all the investment and employment opportunities we can get in our city. These restaurants offer great food at really affordable prices plus they employ local people it's better than the building standing empty and falling into disrepair, this way we can all get back into this building and see what has been done and have a drink or meal too win win

Tracy RyanFebruary 2nd 2015.

I feel ill. The history of the building will be entirely lost.

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