RestaurantsCheshireChesterCH1

Breaking news

January 2021: Simon Radley's replacement is named as Elliot Hill who will run the kitchen of the newly rebranded dining room of this swish provincial hotel; opening in March 2022 He arrives most recently from Liverpool’s Panoramic 34.

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Summary

£109
£££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

After 30 years, in mid-2021, chef Simon Radley left the plush (if windowless) dining room at this city-centre destination. Owned by the Duke of Westminster, and sitting right next to the city’s medieval walls and its iconic Eastgate Clock, the property is unusually grand for a hotel in a provincial city. From soon after his joining in 1998 until he left, Radley held here one of the North West’s most enduring awards from Michelin, bolstered by an impressive cellar (with 700 bins). Closed until 2022, the relaunch should be a significant foodie event when the big reveal of what comes next is finally made. Until then, head for afternoon tea in the hotel’s Arkle Bar & Lounge.

Summary

£101
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

Summary

£101
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

Summary

£99
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

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Restaurant details

No trainers
45
12+

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00 Always available 8
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
56-58 Eastgate Street, Chester, CH1 1LT
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday6:30 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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