In a surprise move, Robert Owen Brown (pictured) is taking over as head chef of Northern Quarter restaurant Rosylee this month. Brown – or ROB, as he is also known – was formerly head chef at gourmet pub The Mark Addy, where he cooked for celebrities including Adele and Maxine Peake, and previously presided over The Angel on Rochdale Road. The ‘nose-to-tail’ specialist is the author of the cookbook Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle, in which he outlines his love of local and regional cooking. Reflecting this passion, ROB has created a new menu for Rosylee, for which virtually all the ingredients come from the north. Formerly the Rosylee Tearooms, this vintage-style establishment was recently rebranded to simply Rosylee. Other changes include refurbished kitchens – featuring an INKA charcoal oven – and an additional terrace for al-fresco dining. Rosylee will be the prototype for similar restaurants throughout Britain, for which ROB will serve as executive chef. Venues are currently being looked at in Leeds and York.

Roseylee, 11 Stevenson Square, M1 1DB. Tel: 0161 228 6629,

A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Thu 31 Jul 2014