July 2020: The hotel will reopen on August 27.
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Acclaimed by some conservative types as “the best dining experience in the north-west of England” – this much-accoladed dining room sits in the heart of an unusually grand city-centre hotel (well, it is owned by one of the UK’s wealthiest men, the Duke of Westminster) right next to Chester’s iconic Eastgate clock. Simon Radley has held a Michelin star here nigh-on since he joined in 1998, and his “awesome” cuisine, the “wonderful service” and the duke’s impressive cellar (with 700 bins) maintains this as one of the region’s culinary ‘heavy hitters’ if you are seeking an experience of traditional luxury and sophistication. “Huge bill” though. The hotel also provides “the best afternoon tea for miles” in its Arkle Bar & Lounge.
“Sheer class and quality” shine through the “slightly old-fashioned setting” of the dining room at the Duke of Westminster’s grand city-centre hotel, where exec chef Simon Radley celebrates 21 years at the helm in 2019. His “inventive tasting menus (including a vegetarian version) are served theatrically” and still impress all diners, even if “the price is high for this show”. Baking has always been a feature here: “the pièce de resistance is not the courses themselves, but the amazing bread in between!” Notable cellar here too, which offers a heavyweight selection numbering 700 bins.
The “quiet and unhurried” (“slightly stuffy”) dining room in the bowels of the Duke of Westminster’s grand city-centre hotel is “not the cheapest”, but “for an occasion that you want to cherish”, Simon Radley’s “superior” cuisine (introduced by a particularly “delicious” bread trolley) has long been of note, and is matched with “excellent accompanying wines” from the huge cellar.
By the Eastgate Clock, the Duke of Westminster’s gracious property is unusually grand for a small-town hotel, and its “rather old-fashioned” dining room (a windowless space in the heart of the building) has long held a major culinary reputation under Simon Radley. It drew a few critical reviews this year, and even some supporters say the food is “aiming slightly higher than it delivers”. Overall, however, it scores high ratings for cuisine that “provides a kaleidoscope of taste and texture over a series of theatrical courses”, and for its very heavyweight wine list (plus the “best bread board ever encountered”).
|Wine per bottle||£20.00|
56-58 Eastgate Street, Chester, CH1 1LT
|Tuesday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|