A new, niche, corporate dining and hospitality service has been launched in Liverpool.
The Chancery Restaurant in Paradise Street, next to Liverpool One, has created a private dining area offering an exclusive, yet relaxed, solution for a wide range of guests.
Despite only opening this July, the restaurant already counts some impressive businesses amongst its growing list of clients, including Shop Direct, shipping giant ACL, University of Liverpool and Guild Energy.
Co-owner Gary Adlen, who runs the business with his sister Bretta, said the corporate hospitality facilities lend themselves to those businesses or individuals looking for something a bit more bespoke.
They can seat up to 20 people, offering all the mod-cons businesses have come to expect, but blended with the quirky, historic aspect of the Grade-II listed building, including original Georgian-style windows.
Open from early morning until late at night, the Chancery can provide anything from a buffet lunch, to soup and sandwiches, to five-star a la carte dining.
Its wide-ranging menu caters for all dietary requirements and more discerning diners, boasting dishes such as monk fish, red snapper, New York Strip steak, surf and turf and lobster tail.
An extensive wine list offers Drappier champagne, the world’s only carbon-neutral wine. There are also tipples from small estates in Spain, and a line of wines from Liechtenstein – who are favoured by the royal family. The Chancery are the only stockist of Liechtenstein wine in the UK.
Mr Adlen said: “The facilities have an informal, lounge feel to them, with their own private bar. They lend themselves to the corporate market.”
“Everyone who comes here is guaranteed a personal service, depending what they want.
“One client used the room for a formal business lunch meeting, and then enjoyed an informal evening meal afterwards.”
“We only opened a few months ago, but we are enjoying repeat business, and are even getting inquiries from around the country now, from both the private, and public sector.
“We’re ideal for people from outside the city coming to Liverpool for conferences or exhibitions.”
He said The Chancery is also proud to be the only restaurant in the city with a female head chef, Natalie Green.
The business represents a new direction for Gary, and his sister.
Bretta previously worked in business administration, while Gary held a number of senior positions, including head of investment for regeneration agency The Mersey Partnership, and foundation director with Liverpool Football Club.
He had previously been based in Paris, working for a French company, where he got the idea for something like The Chancery, which comprises four different elements: private dining; a coffee shop, a bar/bistro; and the restaurant.