Rivals? Bars, Hotels And Restaurants Are All Working Together

Keeping it cool - Jack Frost at last year's One Magical City Celebrations. This year is going to be cooler still!
Steven Hesketh is the Managing Director of The Know Collection, which owns and manages several hospitality businesses in Liverpool including The Richmond Hotel and District House, among several others. He is Treasurer of the Liverpool Hoteliers Association, and on the committee of many boards, including The Liverpool Visitor Economy Network, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Members Council, The Northern Chapter of the Institute of Hospitality and chair of the Downtown Hospitality Power Panels.
Steven Hesketh is the Managing Director of The Know Collection, which owns and manages several hospitality businesses in Liverpool including The Richmond Hotel and District House, among several others.
He is Treasurer of the Liverpool Hoteliers Association, and on the committee of many boards, including The Liverpool Visitor Economy Network, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Members Council, The Northern Chapter of the Institute of Hospitality and chair of the Downtown Hospitality Power Panels.
IT’S a very exciting time for the hospitality industry in Liverpool. As usual, the Bold Street area of the city is flourishing, with more restaurants and bars open than ever before. The majority of these are independents, and as an independent business owner myself, it makes me so proud to see such great talent emerging. Every place has its own personality and individual offering, the reason, I believe, the area is flying so high at the moment. Additionally, the Commercial District of the city, for the first time, are working together with the City BID, with a goal to create more of a destination for hospitality in this area. In the past two years, the Castle Street area has absolutely thrived, with both local and national hospitality successfully opening up. It’s no surprise, since it’s now one of the most gorgeous streets in the city. The next step here is to create more of a leisure scene further into the district, with Water Street, Exchange Flags and Old Hall Street all streaming with people every day. The aim is to create a common brand for the area marketing to these people to stay in the area more often after working hours, and to come back at the weekend. We recently saw the introduction of District House (former Newz Bar) in Water Street and the venue is doing really well, with its all day offering in their Coffee & Liquor Bar, to its Restaurant & event space in District House. There are some fantastic brands with something for everyone – from cool laid back venues like Ziferblat in St Paul’s Square to more formal dining venues like Fazenda and The Vincent. Working together for the first time, there are representatives from more than 30 venues sitting round a table on a regular basis developing our offering. I am looking forward to sharing more information soon. Don’t hate me… but you need to start thinking about Xmas SOME people will hate me for saying this – but the countdown for Christmas is well and truly on. In the hospitality industry, we begin our seasonal planning in the summer time, so it’s nice that people are finally starting to countdown. Liverpool will be thriving this year, and we at Know Hospitality, as well as the Liverpool Hoteliers Association, are working with the One Magical City Campaign to offer a spectacular experience in food, drink and accommodation for people visiting the city and residents alike. More details will be released soon – but I can confidently say it’s going to be a truly wonderful Christmas in Liverpool. We Know real talent A YEAR ago, I founded the Know Hospitality Training Academy. This was done with a view to teaching and training people in all areas of hospitality, from customer service to senior management. The programme is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 18, who have a keen interest in starting and developing a career within Liverpool City Region’s thriving hospitality sector. We have just begun recommencement of the latest programme, and I am delighted to be working with the City of Liverpool College on the course. Students on the course learn everything from how to make a bed, to how to speak to customers and so on. The aim is to teach real-world skills in hospitality, and so far we have turned out some fantastic talent and many of our former students are working in the city. I am looking forward to announcing the latest Know concept on Bold Street – Love Thy Neighbour in late October. We are launching a health-led bar & restaurant concept which will be a great addition to the already fantastic offering in the area. Watch this space for more – it’s something which will contribute to our already thriving city! The food calendar Each month there are so many different ‘celebration days’ when it comes to food. I’ve listed a few for October below to give you some inspiration; you can keep up to date with them on the hashtag #TheFoodCalendar 10-16 October – National Curry Week 22 October – National Nut Day 25 October – World Pasta Day 31 October – 6 November – British Sausage Week