Restaurants in Chester: things to know before you go
Chester’s food isn’t about pushing the boundaries so much as doing everything to the highest standard. We’ve answered all your questions about restaurants in Chester. So let’s cut to the chase.
Which are the best restaurants in Chester?
You can’t go far wrong with traditional British cuisine in Chester, but that doesn’t mean you should only stick to the British classics. Here are three of Chester’s finest restaurants:
- The Greyhound Inn, up at Saughall, is a proper village pub that scores extremely well with Groupon users. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but its Sunday roasts are spot-on – as are its fish and chips. The pub has a dog-friendly snug too, so you can bring your canine companion to dinner.
- The Brewery Tap belongs to local brewery Spitting Feathers. While the menu changes with the seasons, the quality remains consistently high throughout the year. The sample menu includes dishes such as rock oysters, braised beef and Old Wavertonian pie with red cabbage and fat chips. Even the sandwiches elevate humble pub grub, with offerings such as glazed ham and stout mustard.
- La Fattoria. You’ll be charmed by the homely feel the instant you walk through La Fattoria’s doors. Decorated with rich colours, exposed brick and warm woods, it’s rustic without ever feeling twee. Make sure you try the calamari calabrittani and the tagliatelle con polpette.
Are there any Michelin-starred restaurants in Chester?
Simon Radley at Chester Grosvenor has retained its Michelin star for coming up to 30 years now – having been awarded it back in 1990. The restaurant also has four AA rosettes.
The Michelin Guide notes the restaurant’s “classically elegant feel”, excellent cocktail lounge and incredibly well-stocked wine cellar. The menu changes seasonally, but the sample tasting menu includes options such as ash-fried and smoked oyster jelly, apples and peas. Another highlight is the sheep’s milk blancmange, candied figs and hazelnuts and an iced honeycomb sabayon with pickled Nashi pears. Nom nom.
Dining here is without doubt an upmarket affair that won’t disappoint.
How many restaurants are there in Chester?
The restaurants in Chester city centre and beyond cover everything from Brazilian to Indian, and it packs in a fair number of eateries for such a modestly sized city. According to the Food Standards Agency there are around 700 restaurants, cafés and canteens in Chester.
Which dishes is Cheshire most known for?
There are several homegrown Cheshire favourites you’ll find in Chester’s British restaurants. These include:
- Pies and peas - one of the great British staples, and Chester is no exception. Cheshire pork pie (traditionally spelled ‘pye’ here) consists of prime pork loin, pepper and nutmeg. It’s traditionally served with garden peas.
- Cheshire cheese - this variety of cheese is the oldest in England, dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086. Dry, nutty and salty, it takes eight weeks to mature.
- Chester pudding - a straightforward steamed suet pudding, made with breadcrumbs and strawberry jam. The Victorian version is made with a shortcrust pastry base, with a filling of almonds, sugar and egg.
- Soups and stews - Chester folk have always loved a hot pot. Cheshire rabbit brawn is a local speciality. It includes rabbit, pig trotters and spices, and is served with seasonal vegetables.