MOO! – that’s the name of a model cow making a hullabaloo at a restaurant and bar which has just opened on the outskirts of Chester.
Motorists driving past The Barn, Bridge Trafford, may be forgiven for thinking they were seeing things when confronted by Moo’s backside emerging from the gable end.
Moo’s front half is inside the venue which is a 400-year-old building that operated as a dairy farm until 1996. The life-sized cow has since been moved as it proved a popular distraction for motorists.
The Barn was opened last week by the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Chester Brian and Raewyn Bailey who cut through a giant ribbon wrapped around the building. Granada TV news presenter Lucy Meacock was the celebrity guest.
VIPs were treated to a preview of the venue, along with champagne, canapés and taster dishes.
The premises, at Sandfield Farm, Chester Road, was purchased by Sam Sharter in 2006 after being derelict for a number of years.
Mr Sharter said: “The Barn is something completely new for the Cheshire dining scene and we were delighted that the Lord Mayor was able to officially open the restaurant with our ribbon cutting ceremony with a difference!
“With our focus on offering good regional food in a stunning location we know that The Barn will prove incredibly popular amongst Cheshire diners.”
The team behind the new venture is the same as that involved in the renowned Netherton Hall, Frodsham, and have years of experience in the industry.
The venue offers private dining areas for smaller parties and the main restaurant is also available for exclusive hire, seating 120 people.