Wirrals Blackberry Grove land top chef

2 AA rosette award winning Andy Jones has today been appointed Head Chef of Independent Bar Eatery Blackberry Grove in New Brighton, Merseyside.

Jones's former roles include Head Chef at Crabwell Manor in Chester, Head Chef and Operations Manager at The White Mare in Cumbria and most recently Head Chef at The Royal Oak in Kelsall, Cheshire.

Having worked with Marco Pierre White and Jean Christoph Novelli amongst other high profile chefs, Andy brings a wealth of experience to the relatively new establishment on The Wirral.

The appointment clearly shows the ambition of owner Joanna Jones;

We are delighted to welcome Andy as our new Head Chef and we are all looking forward to working with him. He is a well-respected chef who is vastly experienced, something which was very important for me going forward.

Blackberry Grove opened their doors in October 2015, with their mission statement being clear, -˜We have something for everyone. In addition to their vast array of meat dishes, they are well known for their imaginative vegan and vegetarian cuisine as well as their extensive gluten free menu.

Within five months of trading, Joanna and the team were recognised winning the -˜Outstanding Customer Care award at The Wirral Tourism Awards 2016. In November 2016 they were shortlisted and named as one of the best 20 places in the country for people with food allergies to eat out at (Free From Eating Out Awards 2016).

Most recently they were recognised nationally again when shortlisted at The Casual dining Awards 2017, down to the final four with three London eateries for -˜Best New Dining Concept.

Joanna adds;

Weve had a great start in these past 18 months, were ready to step it up a gear now. We are ambitious in cultivating young talent here at Blackberry Grove and we are confident that Andy will underpin our ambitions with his foundation of knowledge that can cascade to our less experienced members.

Featured in The Good Food Guide of Cumbria 2015, Andy says;

For me it was about coming back to the area, being close to family and very importantly, working for someone whose ambition matches my own. Jo is hungry for success, like myself and hopefully we can make a great team and put Blackberry Grove on the Culinary map. Im really looking forward to getting started-¦.

Posted: Monday 26th June 2017
ID: 8210 - 1895

Blackberry Grove is an award winning cafe-bar-restaurant in New Brighton, on The Wirral.

Since launching in October 2015, the establishment has proved a big hit with both locals and people coming from further afield to sample their homemade meals, using only fresh local produce.

Blackberry Grove has a rare, unique charm and atmosphere, with guests often commenting on the homely feel.

We offer breakfasts, lunches brunches from 11am and serve right through to evening meals and beyond. We have an extensive menu - even for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners. We are very allergen aware and we really do have something for everyone here, catering for both the casual and the serious foodie in an unpretentious environment.

We are a bar as well as a restaurant so customers are welcome to visit us for drinks only. Perhaps opting for some artisan bread and olives to accompany a chilled wine or a locally brewed craft beer.

We have a variety of mid-week offers, as well as an early evening menu. We have regular monthly occurrences including poetry nights, open mic evenings, music quizzes, one-off events. Sunday Service focuses on our famous roast dinners, tapas style. These always include a vegan dish as well as the option to have gluten free Yorkshire puddings.