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After 3 successful years  at Sticky Walnut we're now ready for a 2nd site and are looking to the Kickstarter community for your help.
After 3 successful years at Sticky Walnut we're now ready for a 2nd site and are looking to the Kickstarter community for your help.
891 backers pledged £103,915 to help bring this project to life.

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Sticky Walnut was born in January 2011 in a little suburb of Chester called Hoole.  To say the budget was small would be an understatement.  We had to make the choice, for example, between new tables or an oven. We already knew that our philosophy, with regard to opening a restaurant, was to serve quality ingredients without the fuss.  With that in mind, we sacked off the new tables. These are still our core values – good honest food served in an unpretentious environment, all run by a youthful team of committed professionals.  

www.stickywalnut.com   https://twitter.com/StickyWalnut

All hands on deck, painting Sticky
All hands on deck, painting Sticky
Sticky walnuts
Sticky walnuts
Prepping pork belly
Prepping pork belly
Rolled and stuffed pork belly
Rolled and stuffed pork belly
Beef & chips
Beef & chips
Preparing peppers for peperonata
Preparing peppers for peperonata
Grouse
Grouse
Creme brulee
Creme brulee

Since our opening we have gained a loyal following from both our local community and guests travelling from further afield. Along the way we have been very proud to have achieved the following accolades:

· Cheshire Best Small Restaurant - 2012 and again in 2013

· Best UK Restaurant Menu - Cateys 2013

· Voted 39th best restaurant at the National Restaurant Awards- 2014

http://www.nationalrestaurantawards.co.uk/page/national_restaurant_awards_2013_.html

· AA Restaurant of the Year 2014-2015, England

http://www.aahospitalityawards.com/sites/default/files/media_press/2014-press-releases/ROTY-England-Sticky-Walnut.pdf

We were also honoured to be asked to design the menu for the banquet dinner, this year, for the prestigious hospitality industry awards 'The Cateys', held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in July. 

Burnt Truffle

We now want to expand and open a sister restaurant to Sticky, Burnt Truffle. Even when you are successful it is almost impossible to raise extra finance for such a project, in this day and age, in the traditional way – from banks. We approached the bank last year for short term funding for a refurb (which included our famous airship of an air con unit). 

Whilst we were accepted for the loan it was not without a fight. We have now been looking at potential second sites, and have found three potential locations, but in order to secure one we need the funds in place. 

The bank and all their various forms make it such a painful lengthy process (pain level 8) that by the time a decision is made by the bankers the lease on Sticky will have run out - even before Burnt Truffle sees the light of day.

https://twitter.com/BuRntTruffle

Update

Hey guys, some of you have tried to pledge twice, which is just ridiculously generous. Please be aware you need 2 different email addresses/log in names to do this otherwise site will auto cancel one or more of your existing pledges.

Its not all about money, its about community and support. We know that not everyone can give cash and thats fine. You can still be as involved as everyone else by just getting the message out there....

Press

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/14/sticky-walnut-chester-restaurant-review   

http://www.foodarts.com/people/interviews/31520/kingdom-of-cooks-gary-usher-chefowner-of-sticky-walnut-in-chester-united-kingdom  

https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/353709/sticky-walnut-chef-raises-over-24k-in-under-24-hours-for-new-site

Risks and challenges

Sites are really, really hard to find. We already have our eye on a few places but even when we have found "the one" and made a successful offer, the legal process can be quite lengthy. Without funds in place we risk losing the site once we confirm our interest.

Planning, licences, regulations can all throw up potential problems.

However, having been through this once before at least we will be more enlightened this time round.

The challenges will no doubt be many but we are determined, and have a dedicated team here at Sticky, who are looking forward to being actively involved with Burnt Truffle.

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    Sticky Walnut pork belly masterclass.

    This would be an ideal corporate or team building project.

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    Sticky Walnut Wedding Breakfast

    A 3 course + Coffee Private Wedding Breakfast for upto 50 PPL.

    Getting married next year or the year after?

    Sticky will cook you the first meal of Wedded Bliss.

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