New Moon Pub Company announces details of second pub and restaurant

By Peter Ruddick

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David Mooney and Paul Newman are set to open their second pub and restaurant after founding the New Moon Pub Company last year
David Mooney and Paul Newman are set to open their second pub and restaurant after founding the New Moon Pub Company last year
The New Moon Pub Company, founded by acclaimed North West chef David Mooney and former Living Ventures director Paul Newman, has announced details of its second pub and restaurant in Cheshire.

The Old Sessions House in Knutsford will open at the end of August after a significant refurbishment. It will be a food-led pub in the mould of The Lord Binning Pub and Kitchen which was opened in Kelsall last year.

The launch will coincide with the first year anniversary of The Lord Binning and the founding of the New Moon Pub Company. It continues the expansion plans for the relatively young business which Newman revealed in January​.

Speaking to BigHospitality, Newman had confirmed the restaurateur and chef pair had at least two more venues in their sights; both in Cheshire and both of which would require refurbs and new kitchens.


"Knutsford is a thriving town, where quality is recognised and expected," Newman said announcing the new project. The Old Sessions House marks a return to the small Cheshire town for both Newman and his business partner David Mooney.

Mooney, who will take on the role of chef patron in the new venue, is a well-known figure in the North West hospitality scene and spent 21 years in Knutsford in the kitchen of Belle Epoque. 

For Living Ventures, Newman helped launch the Gusto restaurant concept in the town. "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," Newman added.

Old Sessions House

The Old Sessions House, formerly The Red Cow, will create 20-30 jobs in the local area when the refurb, funded by a £250k investment, is complete. A further project to develop function space at the pub is expected to follow.

"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," Mooney explained.

Although primarily food-led, the team at the new pub have commissioned the nearby Tatton Brewery to create a unique ale, The Usuale, to be sold exclusively in both New Moon Pub Company venues. 

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