FIRST LOOK: Oddfellows Chester’s new head chef drives restaurant relaunch


Oddfellows in Chester has relaunched its new restaurant under head chef Elliot Hill who joined the design-led boutique earlier this year.

Cultivated by Elliot Hill is a new restaurant that will focus on small plates delivered in an ‘imaginative and progressive’ way.

Hill comments: “To have the opportunity to bring this style of food home to Cheshire is just wonderful. I previously worked in Manchester, Moscow and London and I’ve brought all I’ve learned back to Cheshire, where the fantastic regional produce makes it a pleasure to produce simple, yet sublime dishes. Cultivated is a dream I have had for many years – where plates are designed primarily by the ingredients we have – so we create the narrative of the dish in synergy with the produce.

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“I love the ethos of small plates, their casual nature and the flexibility it gives the diner – and it inspired me to create ‘odd’ plates. Some are small, some are large and some can be both. Some we cook very simply, allowing the ingredient to shine and others we’ll use complex techniques and flavours, to ensure we get the best out of every morsel,” he adds.

Cultivated sits within the Georgian townhouse that houses Oddfellows, with large glass doors that open onto the garden. Hill has also created a herb garden for use by the kitchen team.

The restaurant features a living moss wall, foliage, micro-herbs and flowers growing in bell jars.

Oddfellows Chester opened in 2011, spearheaded by Jonathan Slater. The group’s second property, Oddfellows on the Park in Cheadle, launched at the end of 2016.

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