Whether you are looking for the ultimate in fine dining, something tasty at a cosy country pub, or some quality snacks to go, Chester has something to suit every taste. With an abundance of restaurants, pubs and cafes all serving only the best, fresh local produce, you are sure to find something to suit both your palate and your pocket – from award winning sandwiches and cosmopolitan coffee bars to excellent international cuisines and Michelin starred restaurants! Here’s our easy guide to some of the best culinary experiences on offer in this historic and vibrant city.
Quick Bites and Cheap Eats
Watergate Deli is a popular cafe situated in Chester’s historic Rows. It features a selection of modest but good quality deli goods as well as flavoursome sandwiches and salad boxes packed with homemade cous-cous and coleslaw, meats, cheeses, tuna, hummus and a nice selection of home-baked cakes with tea and coffee. Expect to pay upwards of around £3-4.
The Blue Moon Cafe offers patrons a favourable location on the banks of the River Dee as well as quality, local food, in a setting of 50’s and 60’s memorabilia. Specials change daily and there are some great breakfast to be had here if you want to start your day in a hearty way (you can get the full English for around £6) and traditional dishes like Freshly Battered Haddock & Chips with Mushy Peas, or Hand Carved Roast Ham, fried eggs, chips and peas costing around £7. Sandwiches, light bites and cream teas are also available for less than a fiver.
For some great nosh in truly atmospheric surroundings, The Brewery Tap – occupying an impressive Jacobean feasting hall in the city centre – offers robust, tasty food and locally brewed award winning real ales at an affordable price. The menu uses meat, salad, vegetables, fruit and honey from the Spitting Feathers farm and brewery in Waverton, Chester, and dishes include Local Award Winning Pork and Apple Sausages with Mash and Onion Gravy, Braised Beef and Old Wavertonian Pie with Red Cabbage And Fat Chips And Stout and Ginger Parfait. Expect to pay between £8-10 for a main course.
1539 overlooks Chester’s racecourse, and cuisine is refreshing, good quality and traditionally British and made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. As well as a superb afternoon tea for around £10, there are a plethora of other dishes to enjoy, with starters like beetroot cured salmon gravadlax, roasted beets and horseradish ricotta weighing in at around £7, main courses such as roast chump of Conwy Valley lamb, shepherd’s pie, summer peas & bacon at around £15 and desserts including ‘Summer pudding’ with red wine & mint jelly and clotted cream for around £6. Sunday lunch is particularly good value at £25 for two courses for two people. A good selection of alcoholic beverages, wines and port are also available to accompany your meal.
The Olive Tree at the sumptuous Green Bough Hotel – a luxury Victorian townhouse hotel located just a short walk outside the historic city centre – is crammed with Italian decorative flourishes and comes complete with a 17th century lounge fireplace which makes for a romantic setting with an intimate atmosphere. The Savoy-trained chef has created an eclectic menu which changes weekly according to what’s in season, and includes delights such as Italian Crumbed Cod with Wilted Spinach and Citrus Infused Beetroot Salad, and Poached River Salmon Fillet with Woodland Fungi and Chardonnay Cream from £30 per person.
The award winning Simon Radley At The Chester Grosvenor restaurant has retained its Michelin star since 1990 and has four AA rosettes restaurant has held a Michelin. It’s posh and expensive but wih an atmosphere, which is both refined and rather fun. The food is bold and playful the wine cellar is one of the most extensive in England with over 1000 bins from all over the world. There is a magnificent tasting menu for £90 per person, with dishes ranging from lamb and nettles with pickled tongue, turnips, sweetbread and ewes’ curd, to zucchini flower with Taleggio cheese and pumpkin seeds; or if you prefer to dine à la Carte you can feast on offerings such as Garlic – wild, black and sweet, textures of scallop and baby squid, or Gariguette with speckled snow egg, Tahitian vanilla, and wild and French strawberry from £69 per person – and all within the illustrious setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel.