The first of a number of new independent restaurants coming to Prescot will open this weekend (Saturday 15 September).
Kingsmen Street Food is opening in the old Red Lion pub, serving a new range of food and drinks from around the world.
The team behind Kingsmen is Mike Fleming, his son Michael, Stephen Gilchrist and Stuart Cruise who took over the lease in June 2018. Since then they have worked tirelessly to convert the building and transform it into a wonderful new foodie venue for Prescot.
Inside the restaurant is a bespoke serving area in the form of a burger van, a 3d sky visual effect and plenty more unique features. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are reasonably priced and influenced by street food cooking traditions, but based upon time honoured recipes from around the world. The restaurant also serves a wide range of hot and cold beverages along with world beers and wines.
Mike Fleming from Kingsmen Street Food said:
“My family own restaurants in Liverpool and for some time now have urged me to open my own due to my love of cooking. I felt that the time was right to dip my toes in the water so being local it was an obvious choice to open our first restaurant in Prescot.
This is reinforced by the phenomenal help and support given by family, army veterans, local businesses, the local community and Knowsley Council. We got by with a little help from our friends.”
There will be a wall in the restaurant which will include the names of everyone who has helped with the renovation works and also the names of friends of Mike and Stuart who have lost their lives in service of their country.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“I am delighted that The Kingsmen restaurant is ready to open. There is already a great choice of places to eat and drink in Prescot and this new restaurant will enhance this offer and help to attract even more people into the town centre making Prescot a place that people want to visit and spend time.
With this new restaurant, the others that will follow in the next few weeks, plans for the Shakespeare North Playhouse and the transformation of the outdoor space at Market Place, it really is an exciting time for Prescot.”
The Kingsmen has also received support from the council’s Knowsley Works team who have helped to recruit a team of 6 staff to wait on and serve customers.
Before it has even opened the activity room in the restaurant has been booked by local community groups and there are plans to host Saturday matinee films with tea, coffee and cake, a Veterans Hub and Breakfast Club.
History of Kingsmen
Two of the owners (Mike Fleming and Stuart Cruise) are veterans who served together in the 1st Battalion the Kings Regiment i.e. former Kingsmen.
The specific relevance to the new restaurants chosen location is that during the first world war, the 17th (1st City) Battalion, the Kings Regiment (Liverpool) was raised by Lord Derby at the old watch factory in Prescot on the 29th August 1914. ‘King’s Men’ was also the name given to Shakespeare’s acting troupe when it changed its name from the Chamberlain’s Men in 1603. This is particularly relevant given that the new Shakespeare North playhouse is currently under construction a stone’s throw away from the restaurant.
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