Chester’s first plant-based, sustainable venue
Small Plates. Cocktails. Fermentation.
Focusing on craft cocktails, small plates and fermentation; ‘hypha’ is the coming together of Nicholas Friar; who’s been in the industry for over 15 years, working in some of the best bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom and and Ice Rattaphaet; a restauranteur born in Thailand and owner/operator of ‘Nine Elephants Thai Drink & Dine’.
We are located on Chester’s iconic Roman walls with another entrance in the cultural hub of Rufus Court, all of which is part of the growing independent business scene on Northgate Street. As you enter, we want the venue to feel welcoming, with an interactive bar space to drink and dine at and an informal table layout with varying options, whether it is a romantic couple or a group of friends.
Now with the project in full swing, the three of us intend to bring about a new wave on the dining scene where the near 10% of the UK population can enjoy a full-fledged, plant-based food and drinks menu. A place where veganism is not a niche or subculture, but a lifestyle.
At ‘hypha’ we promise to bring the best local produce to our casually fresh and organically ‘urban greenhouse’ providing a dining spot where animal-free products aren’t an afterthought or feature as a spec on a menu. Sustainability will be at the forefront of every thought process along with reducing our carbon footprint, from design and construction through to day-to-day service, logistics, menus and stock management.
The food industry is responsible for at least 20% of the greenhouse emissions produced by human activity and it is projected that it can be halved if everyone took on a vegan diet. We want to cater to those people and we need a little help to make this happen!