Design-led boutique hotel, Oddfellows in Chester, has announced the relaunch of the restaurant within the hotel to Cultivated by Elliot Hill.
Head chef Hill joined the Oddfellows team earlier this year after working in London, when the ‘small plates movement’ was taking off. This inspired him to create “odd plates”, large, small or both with a mixture of simple and complex dishes.
Cultivated sits within the award-winning Georgian townhouse that houses Oddfellows, with large glass doors that open onto the garden. Hill has created a herb garden for use by the kitchen team and enjoys planting produce that can be used in, or as inspiration, for his dishes. The restaurant has a living moss feature wall, foliage, micro-herbs and flowers growing in bell jars.
Hill said: “To have the opportunity to bring this style of food home to Cheshire is just wonderful. I previously worked in Manchester, Moscow and London and I’ve brought all I’ve learned back to Cheshire, where the fantastic regional produce makes it a pleasure to produce simple, yet sublime dishes. Cultivated is a dream I have had for many years – where plates are designed primarily by the ingredients we have – so we create the narrative of the dish in synergy with the produce.”