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Well known Chester city centre pub closes down

New Moon Company goes into administration but some of group's other outlets will continue 

The Mockingbird Taproom in Lower Watergate Street, Chester, has permanently closed.

Chester’s Mockingbird Taproom has closed for business because the parent company has gone into administration.

The New Moon Company founded by Paul Newman and David Mooney will no longer trade having only celebrated its fifth anniversary last month.

However, Dave, the self-titled ‘Gobby Chef’, and his wife Jane have started another company called Carrwood Catering Ltd which will take the group’s strongest gastro pub brands forward following a restructure.

Paul Newman will no longer be involved but he and Dave have parted as friends according to his Twitter account.

The Mockingbird Taproom – best known when called The Fat Cat – in Lower Watergate Street closed last night (Wednesday) with immediate effect and the other casualty is Italian restaurant Casa Matta at Weaverham .

However, the Lord Binning at Kelsall , The Old Sessions House at Knutsford, The Old Blind School at Liverpool, The Montgomery at Eastham Village and Beef and Pudding in Manchester will all continue.

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Richard Jones, head chef from Mockingbird Taproom, with GobbyChef Dave Mooney at The Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival in 2015.

Jane Mooney said: “Those are going forward as the new company but the casualties are Mockingbird and Casa Matta.

“It’s a shame for Chester and the Mockingbird but the company is going from strength to strength. We will share more news on how we are going forward as soon as we can.”

She said The Bronx Bar and Pizzetteria at Knutsford closed ‘a while ago’ but was under offer at the moment.

The Lord Binning in Kelsall will continue to trade.

Jane, whose husband Dave, 53, is classed as a celebrity chef, said ‘sadly’ some staff had been laid off.

“A lot of them hopefully can be rehoused in other venues depending on travelling,” she explained. “We are always looking for good quality chefs and managers.”

She added: “Everybody has been paid up and nobody will lose holiday pay, that will all be taken care of.”

Jane did not wish to comment on the situation with regards any individual unsecured creditors.

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