Sean Paul Redding has opened his new restaurant and cafe in Birkenhead. The Texan chef, who has cooked for Paul McCartney, Kate Moss, Liv Tyler and Tamara Ecclestone, has taken over the kitchen at 142 The Lauries in the centre of the town and has created a menu of traditional favourites, with some distinctive twists.
Sean Paul is one of the best known veggie and vegan specialists in the country, and has matched every meat and fish dish on the menu with a vegetarian and vegan alternative, with melt in the mouth bean burgers, delicious super salads and even vegan fish fingers.
There are plenty of sweet treats too, with cakes and bakes by Jennifer Dunn, many of which are also vegan.
“Birkenhead is such a brilliant place to be at the moment,” says Sean Paul. “There’s so much going on here and it feels like we’re at the start of something really exciting.
“Wirral is such a food hub. I’ve been working with local producers and Wirral Chamber of Commerce. Our fish comes from Ward’s, our strawberries and asparagus will come from Claremont Farm, there’s so much amazing food and drink here, it’s a real pleasure.”
The site has a restaurant space and a bar area, and a light, bright coffee lounge, where Sean Paul plans to start serving afternoon teas.
“The people are so friendly here,” he says. “We’ve had so many people come in and wish us luck.
“I’ve been working on Bold Street, which I loved, but I can’t believe this is 15 minutes on the train door to door. In London you’d travel more than an hour to find somewhere like this. It really feels like the next big place for food and drink.”
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