Why you should visit Faulkner Street, Hoole

PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 October 2019

Faulkner St, Hoole

Faulkner St, Hoole

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Affectionately known as Notting Hoole, we head to Chester's fashionable little enclave to meet with the independent business owners taking luxury local

Darren LeaDarren Lea

DARREN LEA

Owner, The Faulkner pub

I love everything about this pub. I love the customer interaction, getting to know my regulars and working with my wife, Kelly. I'm a huge foodie and when I'm not cooking in the kitchen, I'm watching cooking shows or I'm reading about it. I love taking the dishes Britain is famous for and putting our own twist on them such as our fish and chip dish which uses local Weetwood Ales for the batter. When someone tells you how much they enjoy the food, it's an amazing feeling.

Emma ThomasEmma Thomas

EMMA THOMAS

Owner, DELI-VERT delicatessen

I've been a chef for 15 years and though it seems like a cliché, cooking is my passion. It all started when I went and worked a ski season in a French restuarant and I instantly loved it and returned for a second year. Owning the deli is very different to working in a fast paced cordon bleu restaurant but for me I get the best of both worlds. I get to interact with the customers and still get to use my culinary creativity in whipping up delicious new dishes and baked goods.

Kathryn BarrKathryn Barr

KATHRYN BARR

Owner, The Lingerie Room

I'm one of those types of people who doesn't like missing opportunities, and in the past, I saw The Lingerie Room was up for sale. I've always been a customer, and when it came back up for sale again, I knew I wanted to buy it. When I told my partner, he laughed, a little shocked, but supported me the whole way. When I want something, I'm very driven and dedicated. My teenage sons aren't massive fans because they can't face coming in to a lingerie shop owned by their mum which I think is absolutely hilarious.

Kerry SmithKerry Smith

KERRY SMITH

Owner, Olivia & Smith gift shop

I've worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years, launching new hotels in Liverpool. It was a high-powered job and stressful, and though having your own business is a different kind of stress, I've never been happier. I've always loved the idea of having my own shop and bought this off a family friend. We sell a range of handmade items from local artists and I'm even creating and selling my own bracelets. I never thought I'd be doing something like this and even old colleagues are dumbstruck that I spend my evenings designing delicate pieces of jewellery.

Jason and Leann ShawJason and Leann Shaw

LEANN AND JASON SHAW

Owners, Hoole Food Market

Our main priority is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We have two children, and as well as trying to be good role models, we want to do our best to protect their future. Our passion is finding the best local produce everywhere we go; even our family holidays are gastro tours of the UK. Cromer in Norfolk is one of our favourite destinations and seeing the fishermen bring in the fresh seafood is something we all enjoy.

Evelyn WelshEvelyn Welsh

EVELYN WELSH

Co-owner, Erj boutique

Hoole is a very close community and being a family led business, it's a great thing to be a part of. Our regulars have seen my children grow up and even notice when our family dogs aren't in the store. Although I love fashion and helping to choose what we stock in the boutique, in my spare time, I love to garden. I even bring in a selection of my own plants to sell. My customers know about my love for gardening, they even come in for some gardening advice and so far, no-ones complained that their plants have died!

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