IN PART TWO OF HER INDEPENDENT RESTAURANT SERIES, JEAN HILL SPEAKS TO SEAN PAUL REDDING AND GARY AND BRETTA ADLEN.
Liv Organic & Natural Food Market
His & Hers knew Sean Paul Redding by reputation, and relished the chance to meet up and chat about his culinary adventures. He is gregarious, charming, and talented. It comes with the territory: he hails from Texas. He grew up loving his grandmother’s Cajun cooking and learnt how to make traditional dishes.
Sean Paul Redding arrived in London aged eighteen, and he has never looked back. He loves food, and it is how he chose to make his living. He learnt his trade in kitchens. He ran a cafe and he managed a pub. Then he answered an ad to cook for Meg Matthews, she who was once married to Noel Gallagher. She loved his versatile culinary style, and they have remained friends over the years. This led to him devising celebrity dinner parties and becoming a chef to Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and latterly Tamara Ecclestone. He travelled with his clients often-times to the South of France, and other exotic destinations. He enjoyed all of it immensely, and said of Kate Moss, for whom he has great respect, that he found her to be really down to earth. I love it that he had a pop-up called The Doghouse at the Roundhouse, that he described as: ‘so much fun’.
He is currently cooking up a storm at LIV Organic & Natural Food Market on Bold Street, Liverpool. He specialises in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. He combines beautifully fresh fruit and vegetables harmoniously, and adds his own signature sauces with enticing spices. There must be some wizardry involved. It is in all our interests to make him feel really welcome in Merseyside, so that he stays around.
Tel. 0151 363 2523, LIV Organic & Natural Food Market
After catching up with Sean Paul Redding, the next eatery on my list was The Chancery, another local favourite…
Gary and Bretta Adlen have built up a reputation with great bistro food and fine wine merchants. Gary had a vision to create a particular kind of eatery in Liverpool, having chanced upon such a place in New York. The Chancery, Paradise Street, is part wine merchant, part bar, part patisserie, part delicatessen, and it is a restaurant with a dazzling menu. Gary had barely begun to describe the breakfast options, and I was on board. This is worth getting up for: ‘Eggs Benedict with Lancashire cured ham. served with soft poached hen’s egg, topped with hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin’. Bliss. There is a Bistro menu that includes: Thai fish cakes and Asian salad and lime dressing. The à la carte menu boasts an oxtail and wild mushroom suet pudding, that reminds me of my mother’s cooking. Pure comfort food. Taylor’s Farm supply the steak options, rib, New York strip and Tornado. The meat is of the highest quality and the results are assuredly haute cuisine.
The Chancery is a beautiful heritage building. It is stripped down carved wood, parquet floors, and an original wooden stairway. It has all been lovingly restored. There is a wonderful King Neptune mural that covers one wall, which reflects Liverpool’s maritime legacy. This is a place steeped in history that is close enough to the Albert Dock to attract tourists and locals alike. Somewhere to celebrate, a place for relaxed lunches and fine dining.
Tel. 0151 703 2200, The Chancery
If you missed the first part of our guide to Merseyside’s best independent restaurants, here it is.